Ken Spears, the co-creator of Scooby-Doo alongside his longtime artistic companion, the late Joe Ruby, has died aged 82.
The author and producer handed away on Friday (November 6) from problems associated to Lewy physique dementia, his son Kevin confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Warner Bros. Animation is saddened to be taught of the passing of Ken Spears and we ship our warmest ideas to his family members,” commented Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Community Studios.
“He was a real innovator within the trade whose presents of humor and storytelling proceed to thrill audiences. You can not discover a display screen on the earth that has not performed a model of Scooby-Doo. We proceed to be impressed by his work at Warner Bros. Animation and are honored to hold on the legacy of his beloved characters.”
The official Scooby-Doo Fb web page additionally shared a tribute to Spears, thanking him for his position in creating “a traditional animated sequence that continues to impression generations”.
Thanks, Ken Spears, for co-creating a traditional animated sequence that continues to impression generations.
Born in March 1938, Spears grew up in Los Angeles, occurring to befriend the son of animation producer William Hanna. Employed as a sound editor on the producer’s Hanna-Barbera firm in 1959, he met Joe Ruby, who he would go on to have a decades-long collaborative relationship with.
They created the primary Scooby-Doo manufacturing for Hanna-Barbera, writing and enhancing a lot of its early episodes. Scooby-Doo, The place Are You? debuted on CBS in 1969, which went on to turn out to be the wildly profitable franchise it’s in the present day. Different exhibits the duo created for Hanna-Barbera and CBS embrace Dynomutt and Jabberjaw.
Within the early Seventies, the duo had been employed by CBS’ president of youngsters’s programming Fred Silverman to oversee the community’s Saturday morning cartoon lineup, taking the same place in 1975 when Silverman moved to ABC.
In 1977, ABC gave Spears and Ruby their very own Filmways subsidiary, Ruby-Spears Productions, the place they oversaw manufacturing on animated sequence’ comparable to Fangface and Mister T together with reboots of Alvin and the Chipmunks and Superman.
Information of Spears’ dying arrives simply three months after Ruby died of pure causes in August, aged 87.