Scooby Doo Co-Creator Joe Ruby Dead at the age of 87

Joe Ruby, the American animator, and writer died this Wednesday at the age of 87. Ruby was the co-creator of cartoon series ‘Scooby-doo’.


According to Joe’s grandson Benjamin Ruby, he died of natural causes in Westlake Village, California. Benjamin confirmed his grandfather’s death to Variety.


He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged,” said Benjamin while telling the publication about his grandfather’s passion for TV.


After completing his studies, Ruby joined the United States Navy and worked as a sonar operator on a destroyer during the Korean War. He commenced his career as an inbetweener at Walt Disney Productions. Then he met Ken Spears while working at Hanna-Barbera Productions.

The duo then worked as writers for Sid and Marty Krofft Television Productions and DePatie–Freleng Enterprises. They formed their own animation production company, Ruby-Spears Productions.

Among the series produced by Ruby-Spears Productions were “Mister T,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Superman,” “Thundarr the Barbarian,” “Fangface” and “The Plastic Man comedy-adventure Hour.”

‘The show: “SCOOBY-DOO”

Ruby formed the idea for the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series with his TV writing partner Ken Spears back in 1969. The cartoon series ran on CBS from 1996 to 1997. Scooby-Doo was produced as a much gentler and family-friendly animation series after some of the other cartoons were considered violent.

The show displayed Scooby-Doo the Great Dane and his puppy pal Scrappy, along with teenagers Freddie, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy, encountering ghosts, monsters or other creatures and bring them to justice. Each episode ended with a catchphrase, “If it wasn’t for those meddling kids…”

The animation series was successful in generating various film versions. One of them titled ‘Scoob’ starring Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried as Fred and Daphne.  

“We were worried it wouldn’t last but one season,” Spears recalled.

Sam Register, Warner Bros Animation and Blue Ribbon Content president, stated 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, he added.


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