01-09-2007, 08:16 AM #1
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Scooby-Doo Creator Dies At 81
POSTED: 3:10 am EST January 9, 2007
UPDATED: 3:11 am EST 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.
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01-09-2007, 12:32 PM #2
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Further proof that the world is going to Hell in a handbag.I mean,Barbera dies,now Takamoto is gone?All my heros are passing on.
Recently,I was watching"Midway"and my niece came in as Toshiro Mifume was making his speech about the"American industrial might is awesome"and recognized his voice from all the cartoons he did voices for.Kinda weirded her out because she didn't know he'd been an actor for so long.
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