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'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07


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  • 'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07

    Cartoonist who created Scooby-Doo dies

    Updated 1/9/2007 9:06 AM ET

    Iwao Takamoto, the animator who designed the
    cartoon canine Scooby-Doo, died at 81.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Iwao Takamoto, the animator who created the beloved Scooby-Doo and directed the cartoon classic "Charlotte's Web," has died. He was 81.

    Takamoto died Monday of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Warner Bros. spokesman Gary Miereanu said.

    In a career that spanned more than six decades, Takamoto assisted in the designs of some of the biggest animated features and television shows for Disney and the Hanna-Barbera animation team. They included Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Jetsons and The Flintstones.

    But it was his creation of Scooby-Doo, the cowardly dog with an adventurous heart, that captivated audiences and endured for generations.

    Takamoto said he created Scooby-Doo after talking with a Great Dane breeder and named him after Frank Sinatra's final phrase in Strangers in the Night.

    The breeder "showed me some pictures and talked about the important points of a Great Dane, like a straight back, straight legs, small chin and such," Takamoto said in a recent talk at Cartoon Network Studios.

    "I decided to go the opposite and gave him a hump back, bowed legs, big chin and such. Even his color is wrong."

    Takamoto also created other famous cartoon dogs such as Astro from The Jetsons and Muttley, the mixed-breed that appeared in several Hanna-Barbera animations. He also directed the 1973 feature Charlotte's Web.

    Takamoto was survived by his wife, Barbara, son Michael and stepdaughter Leslie.

    Funeral arrangements were pending.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

  • #2
    Re: 'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07

    Still a sad time at the Hanna-Barberra studios


    • #3
      Re: 'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07

      I loved his show when i was a kid!


      • #4
        Re: 'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07

        Yeah, I know, it's a little depressing that this much tallent has passed in such a short time period... sigh.
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