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[R.I.P.] Scooby-Doo creator dies at 81

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    Scooby-Doo creator dies at 81 By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press Writer Tue Jan 9, 6:24 AM ET LOS ANGELES - In a career that spanned more than six decades, Iwao
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 9 8:29 AM
      Scooby-Doo creator dies at 81
      By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press Writer
      Tue Jan 9, 6:24 AM ET

      LOS ANGELES - In a career that spanned more than six decades, Iwao
      Takamoto assisted in the designs of some of the biggest animated
      features and television shows, including "Cinderella," "Peter
      Pan," "Lady and the Tramp" and "The Flintstones."

      But it was Takamoto's creation of Scooby-Doo, the cowardly dog with
      an adventurous heart, that captivated audiences and endured for
      generations.

      Takamoto died Monday of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical
      Center, Warner Bros. spokesman Gary Miereanu said. He was 81.

      Born in Los Angeles to parents who had emigrated from Japan,
      Takamoto graduated high school when World War II began. He and his
      family were sent to the Manzanar internment camp in the California
      desert, where he learned the art of illustration from fellow
      internees.

      Despite a lack of formal training, he landed an interview with Walt
      Disney Studios when he returned to Los Angeles and was hired as an
      apprentice.

      Takamoto worked under the tutelage of Disney's "nine old men," the
      studio's team of legendary animators responsible for its biggest
      full-length films before moving to Hanna-Barbera Studios in 1961.
      There he worked on cartoons for television, including "Josie and the
      Pussy Cats," "The Great Grape Ape Show," "Harlem Globe Trotters"
      and "The Secret Squirrel Show."

      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.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070109/ap_on_re_us/obit_takamoto
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