Scooby-Doo creator dead

Such sad news for cartoon fans – the creator of the Scooby-Doo cartoons has passed away.

Iwao Takamoto, the man who created the cartoon dog Scooby-Doo, has died of heart failure at 81. Takamoto also directed an animated version of Charlotte’s Web and worked on Disney features including Peter Pan and Cinderella. But he will likely be remembered most for his cowardly, goofy, mystery-solving dog.

The original radio article I heard on this mentioned how Takamoto created the animated Scooby-Doo to have an appearance opposite the natural Great Danes’ features such as a rigidly straight back and recessed chin. No mention was made what, exactly, Takamoto was smoking which inspired him to make the dog talk.

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