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Thursday, January 11, 2007

R.I.P. IWAO TAKAMOTO (1925-2007)

I have always hated Scooby-Doo with a passion for copping out on real monsters in the early days, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Iwao Takamoto designed the now-immortal characters from SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (1969), and the motherfucker could draw his ass off.

He also designed Astro from THE JETSONS (1962),

and Penelope Pitsop from WACKY RACES (1968) and THE PERILS OF PENELOPE PITSTOP (1969).

How this dude survived the rigors of both Das Uber-Disney and the mines of Hanna-Barbera I will never know, but that just tells me he was one talented, tough son of a bitch.

1 comment:

John Bligh said...

So was it his idea to make Shaggy a stoner, Vilma a bull-dyke and Fred a (not so) closet case?

There's no way those character designs were accidental...

And Hanna Barbera had a lot of legendary mutherfuckers working for them in the early days, as they were all refugees from (mostly) MGM and Warners. That's why early Flintstones, etc.. are so damn good.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing they stopped caring around 1965 or so...