To me Scooby-Doo is one of those shows I grew up watching and now my own children are watching a different version of, and I think that is rare in today's cartoon world.
Scooby-Doo was the show that taught me to not be afraid of monsters and the dark as a kid, everything has an explanation in the end (like Old Man Jenkins!).
I'm sure even if you didn't like Scooby-Doo, Joe Ruby probably touched something you did. Ruby was a lifelong animator and...
started out as an inbetweener at Walt Disney Productions. After serving in the Navy and working in television editing, he met Spears while working at Hanna-Barbera Productions.
Among the series produced by Ruby-Spears Productions were “Mister T,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Superman,” “Thundarr the Barbarian,” “Fangface” and “The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour.”
Ruby went on to serve as executive producer on animated versions of live-action shows and movies including “Punky Brewster,” the “Rambo” series and “Police Academy: The Animated Series.”
A lifelong comic book fan and artist and writer, he worked with artist Jack Kirby on numerous characters and stories that they hoped to put into production.
RIP Joe and thank you for all your contributions to making mine and I'm sure many others Saturday mornings something to remember.