The legendary animation writer Joe Ruby has died of natural causes in Westlake Village, California. The co-creator of 'Scooby-Doo' was 87-year-old.
Joe Ruby worked alongside Ken Spears at Hanna-Barbera Productions to create a number of successful series like Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Jabberjaw alongwith the 'Scooby-Doo'.
The animator was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 30, 1933. He began his animation career at Walt Disney Productions. After few years, Ruby went on to meet his creative partner Spears at Hanna-Barbera Productions, where the two created a wide range of animated and live-action titles. Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content President Sam Register said,
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 launched on CBS in 1969. Ruby and Spears created characters like Freddie, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo to entertain the young generation. They wrote the first five episodes of the animated series before supervising and editing the rest of the first season, with the original series running until 1976. Sam also added,
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 honour of carrying on that legacy and send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones.
After the success of Scooby-Doo, Ruby and Spears were hired by Fred Silverman, CBS's president of Children's Programming, to oversee the Saturday morning cartoons, after which they set up their own studio 'Ruby-Spears Productions' in 1977.
They went on to produce series such as 'Alvin and the Chipmunks', 'Superman', 'Thundarr the Barbarian'. Ruby's grandson, Benjamin Ruby, said the animator 'never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged'.