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Old 09-01-2007, 16:09   #1
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Scooby-Doo's creator dies aged 81


Scooby-Doo was a cowardly dog but had an adventurous heart
Iwao Takamoto, the US animator who created cartoon dogs Scooby-Doo and Muttley, has died aged 81.

He was responsible for characters from The Flintstones and The Jetsons when he worked for the Hanna-Barbera studio.

And he assisted in the design of films including Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians and Cinderella, during a career spanning more than six decades.

Mr Takamoto was a vice-president at Warner Bros Animation at the time of his death, caused by heart failure.

He said he created Scooby-Doo after talking to someone who looked after Great Danes.

The dog breeder showed him pictures and "talked about the important points of a Great Dane, like a straight back, straight legs, small chin and such", Mr Takamoto explained.

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

Mr Takamoto also created Fred, Velma, Shaggy and Daphne
The character was named after a scat-style phrase at the end of Frank Sinatra's song Strangers in the Night, which contained the phrase "dooby-doo".

Mr Takamoto - who also co-directed the 1973 film Charlotte's Web - was born in Los Angeles in 1925.

He received informal training in illustration techniques from fellow Japanese-Americans in a prison camp, where he spent part of World War II.

His death occurred less than a month after that of Hanna-Barbera co-founder Joseph Barbera, who was 95.

Mr Barbera's business partner, William Hanna, died in 2001.
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Old 09-01-2007, 18:27   #2
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RIP, but, i could never stand Scooby-Doo
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Old 09-01-2007, 18:45   #3
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Aw. Scooby Doo was great, it was the addition of Scrappy that spoilt it.
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RIP Mr Takamoto, you made millions of teatimes in the 1970s more bearable

PS Not a Scooby Doo fan either but Dastardly and Muttley and their shows were GENIUS

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Old 09-01-2007, 20:52   #5
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RIP, but, i could never stand Scooby-Doo
Same here but his character designs were excelent.
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:01   #6
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Dastardly and Muttley and their shows were GENIUS
Ahhh! Now were talking
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Old 10-01-2007, 11:04   #7
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Yeah rename this thread to Muttley creator dies !!!!
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Loved Scooby Doo! As already mentioned, Scrappy spoiled it! RIP!
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