Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Iwao Takamoto, RIP.

The name may not be familiar, but you've seen lots of his work. Animator Iwao Takamoto has died at 81. Takamoto worked on numerous animated projects, but his best known creation was Scooby Doo. Scooby may not have been high art, animated or otherwise, but he has been one of the more enduring animated characters of the post WW2 era. It's funny to read about this just a few weeks after Joe Barbera, Takamoto's boss at Hanna-Barbera, died. It's also interesting to read his history given that I've noticed his name in the credits of several Hanna-Barbera productions.

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