Joe Ruby, the man behind the iconic 90’s animated series Scooby-Doo passed away at his home in California of natural causes, Variety reported.
The animator, writer, and executive co-created Scooby-Doo with Ken Spears – one of the most beloved cartoon series ever to grace the western and global screens.
Ruby died at his home in Westlake Village, California. He was 87. Scooby-Doo finally starred on CBS in 1969 reportedly after a number of version trials.
It was a trial to broadcast something gentler than the then-running “Space Ghost” series featuring an intergalactic crime fighter from a ‘Ghost’ planet.
Scooby-Doo, on the other hand, bought a mystery adventure on the table where characters include the now-classic group – Freddie, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo.
Scooby-Doo Where Are You? was launched on CBS in 1968 and aired until 1976, spawning several spin-offs and reboots.
“Joe Ruby made Saturday mornings special for so many children, including myself,” Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content president Sam Register said in a statement to Variety. He added:
“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.”
Joe Ruby, a US Navy worker joined television with Walt Disney Productions. Later he met his future hit-colleague, Ken Spears while working for Hanna-Barbera Productions where Scooby was born.
A big but friendly Great Dane, always on the lookout for food, became children’s favorite in a short time, wherewith his brave group would unravel scary mysteries involving ostensibly supernatural beings who’d turn out to be simple regular humans.
Perhaps, the idea was to deliver often the most dangerous predators are humans in disguise. Here’s a Scooby-Doo episode for you to enjoy: