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    'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07

    Cartoonist who created Scooby-Doo dies

    Updated 1/9/2007 9:06 AM ET

    Iwao Takamoto, the animator who designed the
    cartoon canine Scooby-Doo, died at 81.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Iwao Takamoto, the animator who created the beloved Scooby-Doo and directed the cartoon classic "Charlotte's Web," has died. He was 81.

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

    In a career that spanned more than six decades, Takamoto assisted in the designs of some of the biggest animated features and television shows for Disney and the Hanna-Barbera animation team. They included Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Jetsons and The Flintstones.

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

    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.

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    Re: 'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07

    Still a sad time at the Hanna-Barberra studios

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    Re: 'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07

    I loved his show when i was a kid!

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    Re: 'Scooby-Doo' creator dies - USA TODAY 1/9/07

    Yeah, I know, it's a little depressing that this much tallent has passed in such a short time period... sigh.
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