Scooby-Doo is an American animated franchise comprising much-animated television series produced from 1969 to the present, as well as their imitative media. Writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears created the original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, for Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1969. Creator of Scooby-Doo Ken Spears Dies at 82: Saddens the Animated World.
Together with Ruby, who Spears met as a sound editor and staff writer at Hanna-Barbera, the two created one of the most beloved cartoon series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! His departure has distraught the vibrant world of cartoons to the core.
Creator of Scooby-Doo Ken Spears Dies at 82: Saddens the Animated World
According to Spears son, Kevin who informed the Hollywood Reporter about the great loss!
“Ken Spears’s achievements are stellar. He was the Co-founder of the television animation production company Ruby-Spears production and a four-time Emmy nominee, he died in California from Lewy body dementia, his son Kevin informed the Hollywood Reporter. The news comes less than three months after his partner Ruby passed away on Aug 26.”
The first episode of Scooby-Doo aired on 13 September 1969, to amuse the kids across the globe
Together with Ruby, who he met as a sound editor and staff writer at Hanna-Barbera, the duo created the magic with the ghostly cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and its seamless spell is still haunting the same. All but four of the first 25 episodes were written and story-edited by them.
The official Scooby-Doo Instagram account paid tribute to Spears
After Spears’ death was announced, the official Scooby-Doo Instagram account paid tribute, with an image of the Scooby-Doo gang.
“Thank you, Ken Spears, for co-creating a classic animated series that continues to impact generations.”
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Sam Register, president of the Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, said in a statement
“Warner Bros. Animation is saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Spears and we send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones. He was a true innovator in the industry whose gifts of humour and storytelling continue to delight audiences. You cannot find a screen in the world that has not played a version of Scooby-Doo. We continue to be inspired by his work at Warner Bros. Animation and are honoured to carry on the legacy of his beloved characters. “
Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, honors #ScoobyDoo co-creator Ken Spears: “He was a true innovator in the industry whose gifts of humor and storytelling continue to delight audiences” https://t.co/OIwI8woYvW
— Variety (@Variety) November 10, 2020
Kevin Spears said in a statement to Variety!
“Ken will forever be remembered for his wit, his story-telling, his loyalty to family, and his strong work ethic. Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as co-creator of Scooby-Doo. Ken has been a role model for us throughout his life and he will continue to live on in our hearts.”
The eerie adventurous series enthrals all age groups
Scooby-Doo has followed the adventures of a fainthearted but good-natured Great Dane, Scooby, who travelled the US solving spooky mysteries with a group of plucky teens – Daphne, Fred, Velma, and his skiver crony, Shaggy.
The pair went on to create characters including Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and Jabberjaw and were asked to administer the Saturday morning cartoon lineup at CBS, and later did the same job at ABC. In 1977, ABC set up Ruby-Spears Productions, which went on to sire series such as Mister T and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Spears is survived by his two sons, Kevin and Chris; their wives, his five grandchildren, and his three great-grandchildren.