Iwao Takamoto, the US animator who created cartoon dogs Scooby-Doo and Muttley, has died aged 81.
He was responsible for characters from The Flintstones and The Jetsons when he worked for the Hanna-Barbera studio.
And he assisted in the design of films including Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians and Cinderella, during a career spanning more than six decades.
Mr Takamoto was a vice-president at Warner Bros Animation at the time of his death, caused by heart failure.
He said he created Scooby-Doo after talking to someone who looked after Great Danes. The dog breeder showed him pictures and "talked about the important points of a Great Dane, like a straight back, straight legs, small chin and such", Mr Takamoto explained.
"I decided to go the opposite [way] and gave him a hump back, bowed legs, big chin and such. Even his colour is wrong."
Mr Takamoto - who also co-directed the 1973 film Charlotte's Web - was born in Los Angeles in 1925. His death occurred less than a month after that of Hanna-Barbera co-founder Joseph Barbera, who was 95.
Last Edit: Jan 11, 2007 13:20:05 GMT 1 by Laurence