This week Hollywood lost one of their best animators, Joe Ruby. The artist was the person responsible for creating the animation of the character “Scooby-Do.”
Ruby was well-known as the co-creator of the cartoon series “Scooby-Doo.” He created the much-loved animation along with his partner Ken Spears.
People dressed up as the "Scooby-Doo" characters on March 22, 2008 | Photo: Wikipedia/Stephen Collins from Canberra, Australia/Scooby-Doo Disco Detectives Movie World/CC BY 2.0
RUBY'S OTHER SERIES’
They also founded other series’ like “Jabberjaw,” “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?,” and “Dynomutt.” His grandson, Benjamin Ruby had this to say about his late grandfather:
“He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged.”
Sam Register, the Blue Ribbon Content and Warner Bros. Animation President released a statement upon hearing about Ruby’s death. He noted how the late artist had made Saturday mornings special for children and himself.
SAM REGISTER’S STATEMENT
Register described the late star as “one of the most prolific creators in our industry.” He shared how Ruby had given their studio characters that they treasured.
Ruby worked for Walt Disney Studios but did other work at the same time.
The president noted how "Scooby-Doo" has been featuring onscreen for more than 5 decades. He shared how the character would live on as Ruby’s legacy and would continue to entertain many generations.
CARRYING ON RUBY’S LEGACY
Register confessed how they would continue to carry that legacy. He ended his statement by sharing his condolences with the late animator’s family.
In 1969, CBS launched the “Scooby-Doo” character after several versions had been made. The character was meant to be a softer and more relatable ghost series.
CREATING “SCOOBY-DOO” CHARACTERS
The accompanying characters evolved for a bit before Ruby settled on of Freddie, Daphne, Velma, Scooby-Doo, and Shaggy. Spears and Ruby wrote the first five episodes and the series ran until 1976, with many more reboots following afterward.
On March 30, 1933, Joseph Clemens Ruby was born in Los Angeles. He schooled at Fairfax High and joined the US Navy during the Korean War.
JOE WAS A COMIC FAN
Ruby was a big comic book fan and was employed by Walt Disney Studios for their animation program. The late star worked as a music editor while doing freelance comic book artist and writer work.
The late animator was actually an inbetweener when he started his animation job. He worked in TV editing before he met Spears at Hanna-Barbera Productions.
WORKING AS WRITERS
Ruby and Spears ended up leaving the company and worked as writers at a different company where they created “The Barkleys” and “The Houndcats.” When “Scooby-Doo” found fame, the pair was hired by CBS’ Fred Silverman.
WORKING WITH SILVERMAN
In 1977, Spears and Ruby joined Silverman to create their own studio. Ruby-Spears Productions created cartoons like “Mister T,” “Thundarr the Barbarian,” “Superman,” “Fangface,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” and “The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour.”
JOE’S EXECUTIVE PRODUCING WORK
In 1981, the production company was bought by Taft Entertainment and in 1991 it was acquired by Turner Broadcasting. The late star ended up working as an executive producer.
SOME OF HIS ANIMATION WORK
He worked on the animated versions of movies like "Punky Brewster,” “Rambo,” and “Police Academy: The Animated Series.” Ruby is survived by his wife, Carole, 4 children, and 10 grandchildren.
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