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Joe Ruby (1933–2020), Scooby-Doo co-creator

by Kirk Fox

Joe Ruby was an animator who was the co-creator of the iconic cartoon character Scooby-Doo.


Joe Ruby and Ken Spears created the animated television series “Scooby-Doo, Where are You!” in 1969, while working for the legendary cartoon studio Hanna-Barbera. The duo also created the characters Dynomutt and Dog Wonder at Hanna-Barbera. In the 1970s, the pair were hired by CBS to oversee the network’s Saturday morning cartoon line-up. Ruby and Spears then moved to the same position at ABC. They later started Ruby-Spears Productions, producing “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Fangface.”

On starting his career with Hanna-Barbera 

“It was just a freak opportunity that came up at Hanna-Barbera in 1959. They desperately needed people to write the short openings, closings and 30-second bridges for the Huck Hound and Yogi Bear shows, and both Ken and I started writing them on the side while we worked our regular jobs in the editorial department.” —Interview with scoobyaddicts.com 


What they said about him

Full Obituary: Hollywood Reporter

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