Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Scooby-Doo Creator Dies

Iwao Takamoto, the creator of Scooby-Doo died Monday at the age of 81.

Takamoto was a great person with an incredible spirit. He learned to draw with the tutelage of fellow internees when he was sent to the Manzanar internment camp in the California desert during World War II. He was able to turn this experience into something good and create the most well-known of dog cartoon characters. Not only did he create the beloved character of the clumsy Great Dane, but he also developed Astro from The Jetsons, Muttley, the Hanna-Barbera mixed breed, and Lady in Disney's Lady and the Tramp.

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