Joe Ruby, who has died aged 87, was an animator who, with his professional partner, Ken Spears, brought to television one of its most enduring cartoon heroes, … Charles Kenneth Spears was born March 12, 1938, in Los Angeles and grew up in New York City and Los Angeles, where he went to high school with William Hanna’s son Dave. Mr. Spears died at an assisted-living facility. Ruby-Spears Productions (also known as Ruby-Spears Enterprises) is a Burbank, California-based entertainment production company that specializes in animation. Joe Ruby (1933-2020) pic.twitter.com/zoC7AiWlBj. Joe Ruby: We kicked around a lot of names, and just decided which ones seemed to fit their personalities best. Joe Ruby, Ken Spears, Kumiko Okae, Kirby Morrow, Chiang Tu-Hui. To Joe and Ken, thank you both for a franchise that continues to this day. Animator and Scooby Doo co-creator Joe Ruby has died. He was a producer and writer, known for Rumpelstiltskin (1995), Planet of the Apes (1974) and Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983). The co-founder of production company Ruby-Spears passed away in Westlake Village, CA on Wednesday. Joe Ruby was born on March 30, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joseph Clemens Ruby. Now, the other creator, Ruby's friend and associate, Ken Spears, has joined him. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Over their long career together, Mr. Spears and Mr. Ruby had a habit of working on weekends, alternating between each other’s backyard, armed with yellow legal pads and a tape recorder, and cracking each other up. The answer was an emphatic no: “Why would I ever want to work with anybody else but Joe?”, Ken Spears, Partner in an Animation Powerhouse, Dies at 82. He was 82. Heather North, the voice of Scooby-Doo's Daphne, dies at 71, Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? Joe Ruby: There wasn't a story behind Shaggy, only that "Shaggy" came first, then we came up with his formal name. Animator, writer and executive Joe Ruby — who, with partner Ken Spears, created beloved Saturday morning cartoons such as Hanna-Barbera’s Jabberjaw, Dynomutt and … Joe Ruby and Ken Spears produced one good cartoon in the 80's and that's Alvin And The Chipmunks. As reported by Variety, Scooby-Doo co-creator Ken Spears—half of the duo behind Ruby-Spears Productions and an influential figure in the history of Saturday morning cartoons—has died. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Ken Spears, Scooby-Doo co-creator who set Mystery Machine in motion, dies at 82 Ken Spears and Joe Ruby created the long-running Scooby-Doo franchise in 1969. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? He was married to Carole. The animation producer died Friday, Nov. 6 from complications of Lewy body dementia, his son Kevin Spears told Variety. And he later served as an executive producer on animated versions of live-action shows including Rambo and Police Academy. Ken's animation partner, Joe Ruby, died of natural causes back in August. Mr. Spears and Mr. Ruby in 2010 with their fellow children’s-entertainment moguls Sid and Marty Krofft, creators of “H.R, Pufnstuf.” From left, Sid Krofft, Marty Krofft, Mr. Ruby and Mr. Spears. Ruby-Spears Productions was founded in 1977 by veteran writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. "We finally settled on a feisty dog or a big lovable cowardly - which we modelled after [comedian] Bob Hope - great Dane. He died on August 26, 2020 in Westlake Village, California. The firm's credits include the animated series Fangface, Fangface and Fangpuss, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Dink, the Little Dinosaur, Thundarr … .css-po6dm6-ItalicText{font-style:italic;}Follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts. with Ken Spears, has passed away from natural causes. He started as a sound editor at Hanna-Barbera in 1959, then in 1969, he and Ruby co-created Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Ruby-Spears Productions (also known as Ruby-Spears Enterprises) was a Burbank, California–based American entertainment production company that specialized in animation; with another branch in Rome, Italy. Mr. Silverman also wanted the show to feature a pop song in each episode, just like “The Archie Show.” That didn’t work out, but Mr. Spears and Mr. Ruby, working with the artist Iwao Takamoto, created a half-hour comedy mystery with a quartet of teenagers and a goofy Great Dane with a gruff bark. It's been just a couple of months since Joe Ruby, one of the creators of Scooby-Doo, passed away. "Scooby-Doo has been a beloved companion on screens for more than 50 years, leaving an enduring legacy that has inspired and entertained generations.". At least he’s with Joseph Barbera. After 15 or so drafts, they realized that the dog was the star. The animation writer was 87 when he died in Westlake Village, California. The team started as sound editors at Hanna-Barbera Studios, branched out into writing, and eventually went on to create “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” "We started thinking about all the kinds of dogs we might use, and characters we might have," Ruby told Michael Stailey. © 2021 BBC. At Hanna-Barbera, he met Mr. Ruby, also newly sprung from the Navy, and the two began writing gags and scripts. Joe Ruby, the co-creator of the cartoon series Scooby-Doo, has died aged 87. Spears was 82. Fans have taken to Twitter to thank the late animator and writer for helping to give them "a wonderful childhood". Mr. Spears and Joe Ruby were best known for “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!,” perhaps the most spun-off series in the history of television. He joined the Walt Disney Studios animation program in the 1950s, becoming a music editor there. Joe Ruby, Producer: Rumpelstiltskin. Joe Ruby was an American animator, television editor, writer, and producer; the co-founder with Ken Spears of television animation production company Ruby-Spears Productions. Charged with creating an animated mystery series, Mr. Ruby and his writing partner, Ken Spears, came up with a show that endures more than 50 years later. According to Variety, Spears … Joe Ruby, “Scooby-Doo’s” co-creator and Mr. Spears’s longtime business partner, died in August. SCOOBY-Doo co-creator Ken Spears has died at the age of 82. His mother, Edna (Graiver) Spears, died a month after his birth; his father, Harry, worked as a radio host and producer before becoming a real estate agent. Joe Ruby, known for creating Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Ken and Joe creator the animated series Scooby-Doo as well as founded Ruby-Spears Productions. A scene from the direct-to-video 2001 movie “Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.” Ken Spears and his partner, Joe Ruby, created the long-running “Scooby-Doo” franchise. Ken Spears, who co-created Scooby-Doo and countless other popular cartoons of the 1970s and 1980s, died on November 6 in Brea, California. Scooby-Doo co-creator Ken Spears died on Friday, November 6. Ken Spears, best known for bringing the globally beloved scaredy-dog Scooby-Doo to screens, has died at age 82 just months after the passing of co-creator and Ruby-Spears Productions co-founder Joe Ruby. Joe Ruby, who helped create some of the best, most popular, and oddest Saturday morning cartoons from the 1960s to the 1980s, has died of natural causes in … .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Heather North, the voice of Scooby-Doo's Daphne, dies at 71, Chinese and Indian troops 'in new border clash'. The dreadful 80's. Last August, we lost Joe Ruby, who was half of the writing/producing team of Ruby and Spears, who created and/or supervised some of the most popular animated characters ever on television including Scooby Doo.Now, we must say goodbye to his long-time partner, Ken Spears. The world might have forgotten about you if not for those meddling kids. Read about our approach to external linking. “They had a lot of fun together.”, He added that he had once asked his father if he had ever wanted another partner. ", He added: "We decided we wanted to do the big loveable one as the kids would relate to him, and from a writing point of view it was just more fun in our heads.". Ken Spears’s first wife, Sandra (Mathison) Spears, died in 2007. The firm was founded in 1977 by veteran writers and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Joe Ruby, best known for co-creating the cartoon Scooby-Doo, died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday Aug. 26, according to Variety.He was 87. in 1969 and The Scooby-Doo Show in 1976, as well as Jabberjaw, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and Captain … Ken Spears, known best as the co-creator of the animated series Scooby-Doo, has died. They soon caught the attention of Fred Silverman, then head of daytime programming at CBS. He co-founded Ruby-Spears Productions with Joe Ruby, who died in August. 2020-05-13T14:45:39Z Comment by CoolCaper. Hey, Mr. Stailey, just curious-where did you find Fred Silverman's story? He is survived by his wife Carole, their four children and grandchildren. Has US vaccine rollout been a 'dismal failure'? Video. “It’s amazing,” he added, “that two guys who met in the editing room while cutting film could wind up writing and producing so much material that would end up on film.”. As Mr. Spears said later, he initially had no idea that Mr. Hanna was in the cartoon business; he just liked the salary — $104 a week. Ken Spears was born March 12, 1938 and grew up in the Los Angeles … A rep for Ruby … Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? Joe Ruby grew up in LA, graduating from Fairfax High School before joining the US Navy during the Korean War. "He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged," said his grandson Benjamin Ruby. The cause was complications of Lewy body dementia, his son Kevin said. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Joe Ruby, the co-creator of the cartoon series Scooby-Doo, has died aged 87. Ruby launched the beloved cartoon with co-creator Ken Spears in 1969 Scooby-Doo co-creator Joe Ruby dies aged 87 The Hex Girls, sporting slight makeovers, alongside Scooby and Shaggy in … Ruby also co-created Dynomutt, Dog Wonderand; Jabberjaw, The Barkleys, and The Houndcats. "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," he continued. This comes just three months after Ken’s animation partner Joe Ruby died of natural causes. Mr. Spears and Mr. Ruby worked for Mr. Silverman at CBS and then ABC before starting their own company, Ruby-Spears Productions, in 1977. Yet the pair never felt that they had received their creative due for inventing the powerhouse that was “Scooby-Doo,” which is considered the most spun-off series in the history of television, said Kevin Sandler, an associate professor of film and media studies at Arizona State University who is working on a book about the show. In an oral history, Mr. Silverman said he had landed on the name Scooby-Doo after hearing Frank Sinatra sing the familiar riff from his 1966 hit “Strangers in the Night”: do-be-do-be-do. A number were hurt in the incident several days ago at Naku La in Sikkim, Indian media say. Scooby-Doo creator Joe Ruby died on August 26, while his co-creator Ken Spears died on November 6. No Comments on In Memoriam: Joe Ruby and Ken Spears I’m going to list these two together, even though Mr. Ruby passed away a few months ago and Mr. Spears died just last week. Over the next two decades, they rolled out numerous animated shows, including the postapocalyptic “Thundarr the Barbarian” and “Fangface,” which starred a gang of teenagers and an adorable werewolf (like Scooby but weirder). 2019-02-24T01:27:02Z Ken Spears, the animation veteran who co-created the character of Scooby-Doo and oversaw Saturday morning kids programming at CBS and ABC, all with his longtime creative partner, Joe Ruby… “He and Joe left behind hundreds of hours of cartoons that will rerun forever, featuring characters they created that were an important part of millions of childhoods. Ken Spears: Except for "Freddy" which was suggested, coincidentally, by CBS head guy, Fred Silverman. “Ken was half of the most important creative team in Saturday-morning animation in the ’70s and ’80s,” Mark Evanier, a television writer who at one time worked for Mr. Spears and Mr. Ruby, said in an email. He started in sound editing at Hanna-Barbera in 1960, then he and Spears co-created Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Video, Actress Argento accuses director Cohen of assault, Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly again 'too early', Wealthiest 10 men could 'pay for vaccines for all', China takes new foreign investment top spot from US, Clashes erupt during Dutch Covid curfew demo. 2019-02-24T01:31:12Z Comment by CoolCaper. “I remember them just sitting there out the back, laughing,” Kevin Spears said. In addition to his son Kevin, Mr. Spears is survived by another son, Chris; two sisters, Sharon Holleran and Sudie Poggi; two brothers, Victor and Steven; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The 'punchline queen' who offended Chinese men, What it's like under one of world's strictest lockdowns. Joe Ruby was the co-founder of Ruby-Spears Production alongside Ken Spears. Ken was born Charles Kenneth Spears on March 12, 1938, growing up in Los Angeles. Spears’ son, Kev… Joe Ruby Dies, Scooby-Doo Co-Creator Was 87. creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. The firm was founded in 1977 by veteran writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Ken Spears, co-creator of the beloved animated series “Scooby-Doo” and co-founder of Ruby-Spears Productions along with the late Joe Ruby, died Friday. He was 87. Ruby passed away due to natural causes on August 26, 2020, according to his grandson Benjamin Ruby. Ruby, who created the much-loved characters alongside his creative partner Ken Spears, died of natural causes in California on Wednesday. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Mr. Spears was just out of the Navy when a friend’s father, William Hanna, offered him a job in the editing studio of his new company, Hanna-Barbera. Warner Bros' animation president, Sam Register, said Ruby "made Saturday mornings special for so many children, including myself". Ken Spears was an American television editor, writer, and producer; the co-founder with Joe Ruby of television animation production company Ruby-Spears Productions. He was 82. RIP Joe Ruby (1933-2020) 😔Thank you for giving me wonderful childhood. Animation is a collaborative business, and cartoons are considered work for hire, so it was often the studios — or the studio heads — who got the credit for the shows created under them. Why your face could be set to replace your bank card, The extreme ways to 'hack' your immune system, Vaccine divides in the Middle East. Spears… "Since the sixties Joe Ruby and Ken Spears have been the most successful writing, creating, and producing team in Saturday morning television. Ken died last Friday following a long illness. "We were worried it wouldn't last but one season," Spears later recalled. Spears co-created Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!with his creative partner Joe Ruby, who died earlier this year. A second marriage ended in divorce. in 1969, and The Scooby-Doo Show in 1976, as well Jabberjaw, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and Captain Caveman and … Scooby talk starts here! Moving to Hanna Barbera as a sound editor, he formed a writing partnership with Ken Spears. VideoAre Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? 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Nine found dead after China gold mine collapse, Russia hits out at West as it downplays protests, The homeless addict who became a professor. He charged them with creating a cartoon series that would be a blend of “I Love a Mystery,” a radio show popular in the 1940s about three friends looking for adventure; the 1948 comedy-horror movie “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”; and “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” the popular sitcom that ran from 1959 to 1963 about a teenager looking for love and his slacker beatnik sidekick. Vaccine divides in the Middle East. He was 82. If you have a story suggestion email [email protected] Ruby, Spears and character designer Iwao Takamoto tried out several incarnations, including making the characters part of a rock band, before settling on the well known line-up of Freddie, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and the crime-solving titular great Dane, Scooby-Doo. He was 82. … Ken Spears, who helped create “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!,” the series starring a gang of mystery-solving teenagers and a hapless, hungry dog that became one of the most lucrative franchises in the history of animation, died on Nov. 6 in Brea, Calif. .css-1snjdh1-IconContainer{display:none;height:0.875em;width:0.875em;vertical-align:-0.0625em;margin-right:0.25em;}Are Egypt's dreams of democracy still alive? Ken Spears, best known for bringing the globally beloved scaredy-dog Scooby-Doo to screens, has died at age 82 just months after the passing of co-creator and Ruby-Spears … A scene from the direct-to-video 2001 movie “Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.” Ken Spears and his partner, Joe Ruby, created the long-running “Scooby-Doo” franchise. The company also produced “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” a reboot of the 1961-62 series “The Alvin Show.”. 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