A man who had his creative hand in television shows like “The Barkleys, “The Houndcats,” “Dynomutt,” “Jabberjaw” and especially “Scooby-Doo” has passed away.
According to Variety, Joe Ruby died of natural causes in Westlake Village, California, on Wednesday at the age of 87.
Ruby’s best-known work was “Scooby-Doo,” which he and Ken Spears co-created and which first aired in 1969 after a number of iterations were tested out — but Ruby didn’t start in television.
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“There was no great awakening or such,” Ruby once said during an interview with ScoobyAddicts.com.
“I did some magazine cartooning years before, but never pursued it much. 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.”
Ken Spears and Ruby worked together for years on projects, and the creative duo accomplished a lot in their time with Hanna-Barbera.
“We loved all the ones we either wrote or were heavily involved in the writing,” Ruby said of the partners’ favorite “Scooby-Doo” episodes. “But we really liked ‘Mystery Mask Mixup’ and ‘Nowhere to Hyde’ probably best. They just came out real well overall.”
And as for Scooby Snacks, well, those were a bit of a mystery to Ruby.
“No we’ve never eaten a Scooby Snack,” he said. “We imagined they were just going to be a super delicious doggy snack.”
The two worked well together and shared a similar vision, so eventually it was natural for them to join forces and form their own studio: “Ruby-Spears Productions.”
Ruby’s creativity was boundless.
“He never stopped writing and creating, even as he aged,” his grandson, Benjamin Ruby, told Variety.
Ruby leaves behind Carole, his wife of 63 years, as well as four children and 10 grandchildren.
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