(*sings in a mournful voice*) “Scooby Dooby Doooooo/Where are you?/we got some work to do now/Scooby Dooby Dooooo/where are you?/We need some help from you now…….”
And another bit of my childhood slips away….
This one hurts.
Joe Ruby, the cartoonist who co-created Scooby-Doo 51 years ago and oversaw its rise to its beloved status, has died at 87 of natural causes.
Scooby-Doo launched on CBS Saturday mornings in 1969 as a “gentle alternative” to violent cartoons such as Space Ghost. Ruby and his partner Ken Spears first tried making the characters part of a rock band, before settling on the now-classic combo of Freddie, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo.
(The less we say about Scrappy Doo and Scooby Dumb, though, the better.)
He was worried it wouldn’t last one season. The original series, however, ran until 1976 and spawned numerous series reboots and theatrical films over the decades.
Ruby and Spears went on to create classic ’70s Hanna-Barbera cartoons Captain Caveman, Dynomutt, and Jabberjaw, before leaving for ABC where they set up their own studio in 1977. Among the series produced by Ruby-Spears Productions were Mister T, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Superman, Thunder the Barbarian, Fangface and The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour.
Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content president Sam Register said in a statement, “Joe Ruby made Saturday mornings special for so many children, including myself. He was one of the most prolific creators in our industry who gifted us some of animation’s most treasured characters and it was a thrill to host him at our studio. Scooby-Doo has been a beloved companion on screens for more than 50 years, leaving an enduring legacy that has inspired and entertained generations. We at Warner Bros. Animation have the privilege and honor of carrying on that legacy and send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones.”
Rest in Power, Joe. You prepared me for the world were monsters, ghosts, and witches were always our own horrors. I wanted to hang with Fred and his orange cravat and I wanted to be Daphne wear that purple dress – she was a redhead, like me!
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More bands should have a 15-foot air-breathing great white shark as their drummer. Jabberjaw did exactly that for 16 episodes on the cartoon of the same name from September 11, 1976 – September 3, 1978. The band were the Neptunes: (l to r) Shelly, Clamhead, Bubbles and Biff — who live in an underwater civilization in the year 2076. In addition to playing the drums Jabberjaw also helped the Neptunes stop supervillains from conquering their undersea world, just like a real rock band! Jabberjaw was voiced by Frank Welker as a cross between Roger Dangerfield and Curly from the Three Stooges. On the front of this jigsaw puzzle he is depicted displaying another fear common amongst real rock stars: a fear of crabs. (Arrow, 1978) #toyboxing #jabberjaw #hannabarbera #theneptunes #cartoon #cartoons #fakerockbands #saturdaymorningcartoons #vintage #vintagecartoons #vintagetoys #puzzle #jigsaw #jigsawpuzzle