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4th and Long
01-09-2007, 08:52 AM
Scooby-Doo Creator Dies At 81
POSTED: 2:10 am CST January 9, 2007
UPDATED: 2:11 am CST January 9, 2007

LOS ANGELES -- 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.


01-09-2007, 09:10 AM
That blows...(Fred was a homo though, who the fu*k wears an ascot?)

4th and Long
01-09-2007, 09:13 AM
I'm still waiting for a Scooby snack joke. You people are slipping.

01-09-2007, 09:19 AM
"And I would have survived that heart attack, if it had't have been for those meddling doctors!"

01-09-2007, 09:21 AM
Rot Ruh

01-09-2007, 09:23 AM

01-09-2007, 09:51 AM

01-09-2007, 09:52 AM
Also....I just bought a black lab pup last night....any advice for a new owner?

I bought a cage crate last night to keep her in while we are gone to work...she'll be alone for 3-6 hours a day during the week

and...starting her on IAMS puppy smart food

and...she is already on track to be housebroken

Rain Man
01-09-2007, 01:37 PM
This guy's not dead. He's just faking it and pretending to be a ghost so he can buy an amusement park real cheap.

01-09-2007, 01:40 PM
This guy's not dead. He's just faking it and pretending to be a ghost so he can buy an amusement park real cheap.It would have worked, too... if it weren't for you meddling kids.

01-09-2007, 01:41 PM
WTF is MUTTLEY?!?!?...