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`FLINTSTONES,' `JETSONS' THEME MUSIC COMPOSER DIES.

Byline: Holly Andres Staff Writer

Hoyt Curtin, composer of theme songs for such cartoons as ``The Flintstones,'' died on Sunday. He was 78.

His well-known work also includes ``The Jetsons,'' ``Huckleberry Hound,'' ``Josie & the Pussycats,'' ``Jonny Quest,'' ``Quick Draw McGraw,'' ``Top Cat,'' ``Wally Gator'' and ``Yogi Bear.'' His last project for Sherman Oaks-based Hanna-Barbera Studios was for ``The Smurfs.''

Curtin had a long association with animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, whom he first met in 1957 when Curtin was recording music he had written for a national commercial Hanna and Barbera were producing.

Curtin's first cartoon collaboration was for ``Ruff and Reddy.'' Hanna and Barbera wrote the lyrics for the theme song, and Curtin composed the music. Their collaboration on theme songs worked in this way for three decades.

``Hoyt never failed to create a distinctive musical theme, perfectly capturing the feeling of every show he worked on,'' said Jean MacCurdy, president of Warner Bros. Animation. ``He helped set the standard for all musicians working in animation, and his contributions to the field will be remembered and enjoyed by people . . . for many years to come.''

Curtin was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Downey.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Danielle; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Valley Oaks Memorial Park, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village.
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