Icon in the cartoon world dead at 82


– A big name in the world of Saturday morning cartoons died on Friday at 82, Variety reports. Ken Spears co-created Scooby Doo with her writing partner Joe Ruby; the two went on to found a studio that produced iconic shows such as Alvin and the Chipmunks, Superman, Thundarr and barbare, and Mr. T. “Ken will be forever remembered for his wit, his stories, his loyalty to his family and his strong work ethic,” one of his two sons said in a statement. “Ken not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he touched the lives of many as the co-creator of Scooby Doo. Ken has been a role model for us throughout his life and he will continue to live in our hearts. “

Spears, who died of Lewy Body Dementia, grew up in Los Angeles and got a job at Hanna-Barbera Productions from animation producer William Hanna after befriending Hanna’s son. After meeting Ruby, they started writing for this company together with Sid and Marty Krofft Television Productions and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. They created shows such as Dynomutt, Wonder Dog, Jabberjaw, The Barkleys, and The Houndcats. They then oversaw all of CBS’s Saturday morning programming and then did the same to ABC, according to the Hollywood journalist, before creating their own studio, which was eventually bought by Hanna-Barbera’s parent company. Ruby also passed away this year. (Read more obituaries.)


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