Animation: Ken Spears, co-creator of Scooby-Doo, dies aged 82

Ken Spears, co-creator of the cartoon series Scooby-Doo, died at the age of 82.

Spears, who created an animated character with his creative partner Joe Ruby, died of Lewy body dementia.

Their original show “Scooby Doo”, “Where are you!” Only two series of performances has performed between 1969 and 1970. But a template has established and a story of 50 years has produced.

Spears’ death is three months after his co-creator Ruby’s death.

His son Kevin confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that Spears died in Los Angeles on Friday.

In addition, Sam Register, president of Warner Bros., said in a statement:

“Warner Bros Animation is saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Spears and we send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones.

“He was a true innovator in the industry whose gifts of humour and storytelling continue to delight audiences.

“You cannot find a screen in the world that has not played a version of Scooby-Doo. We continue to inspire by his work at Warner Bros. Animation and are honoured to carry on the legacy of his beloved characters.”

Ken Spears was born in Los Angeles on March 12, 1938. He met Ruby while working as a sound editor and behind-the-scenes writer for animation studio Hanna Barbera.

There, the two created “Scooby-Doo”, “Where are you!”, the film debuted on CBS in September 1969.

Followed by the adventures of a timid but kind Great Dane Scooby (Scooby), he travels the United States with a group of clumsy teenagers-Daphne, Fred, Vemma and his lazy partner Shaji , Solved the weird mystery.

Spears and Ruby wrote and edited the story, and there were only four episodes in the first 25 episodes.

The two went on to create characters including Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Jabberjaw. It has asked to supervise the cartoon show on CBS on Saturday morning. And later did the same work at ABC.

In 1977, the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) established Ruby-Spears Productions, and subsequently launched the Mister T, Alvin and Chipmunks series.

After announcing the death of Spears, the official Instagram account of Scooby Doo paid tribute and captioned the picture of the Scooby Doo gang: “Kean Spears 1938-2020”.

Kevin Spears said in a statement to Variety Show: “Ken will forever be remembered for his wit, his story-telling, his loyalty to family, and his strong work ethic.”

“Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as co-creator of Scooby-Doo. Ken has been a role model for us throughout his life and he will continue to live on in our hearts.”

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