Tuesday, January 09, 2007

An Appreciation

I was watching the crawl on the TV news this morning, when I saw a familiar name, but I couldn't place it: Iwao Takamoto had died at the age of 81.

Then the story came on and it became clear. Growing up I'd seen his name every Saturday morning. Iwao Takamoto was one of the great animators of his time. Working with Hanna-Barbera and Disney, he created a huge chunk of the cartoons that feel like the backdrop for my childhood. He was instrumental in creating "Cinderella," "Lady and the Tramp," "The Jetsons," and "The Flintstones."

And of course he created a gangly, clumsy Great Dane, and named him Scooby-Doo.


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