Iconic animator Joe Ruby, best known for his work on Scooby Doo, has passed away. Tributes are pouring in for the incredible talent.
Joe Ruby was an animation legend.
via: TwitterHe worked for Walt Disney after joining Hanna-Barbera productions.
There, Ruby met creative partner Ken Spears.
via: TwitterThe two paired to create the first 5 episodes of Scooby Doo in 1969.
The two worked on editing for the whole first season, too.
via: TwitterThe pair also worked on shows like Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Jabberjaw.
"It was just a 'freak' opportunity that came up at Hanna-Barbera in 1959."
via: Twitter"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."
Scooby Doo has become an empire since Ruby's creation.
via: TwitterMany have offered tributes to the talented man.
@Variety @IkeNwosu1113 :( Like, sob, man.— F.BARRA. (Not Voicing But Drawing, #SpreadtheLove) (@F.BARRA. (Not Voicing But Drawing, #SpreadtheLove))1598557257.0
@Variety Zoinks that’s sad— Todd Koniezhny (@Todd Koniezhny)1598557220.0
@Variety Thanks for creating this timeless cartoon— Tolu E. (@Tolu E.)1598555636.0
@Variety rest in peace, god comfort your family thanks for everything❤️— sasa (@sasa)1598556655.0
@Variety A very creative guy! Many blessings and condolences to his family.— Chris Thomas (@Chris Thomas)1598554095.0
@Variety Welp 2020 strikes again. RIP Thanks for the memories @BoomerangToons Hanna Barbera https://t.co/AAUkaZTHUO— Searching.......... 🔍 (@Searching.......... 🔍)1598554622.0
@Variety this is very sad, God comfort the heart of the family. thanks for everything Joe, all Scooby-Doo fans love you💚😢— Scooby-Doo Verso (@Scooby-Doo Verso)1598555576.0
@Variety @frankp316 Rest in Peace sir. Thank-you for the cartoon and the memories growing watching on a Saturday morning.— David Shepard (@David Shepard)1598574924.0
@Variety Who grew up with Scooby Doo and didn’t try to solve the mysteries before they did? Joe Ruby made so many… https://t.co/aWiuTvw7FA— TheTVAddicted (@TheTVAddicted)1598554704.0
@Variety @IkeNwosu1113 "Scooby-Dooby-Doo." "Like, so long, man." (March 30, 1933–August 26, 2020) https://t.co/4ooWPLmXjQ— F.BARRA. (Not Voicing But Drawing, #SpreadtheLove) (@F.BARRA. (Not Voicing But Drawing, #SpreadtheLove))1598557769.0
@Variety @RICHEYHELL and is revealed to be local lighthouse keeper in a mask.— themiseryshows 🇸🇪 (@themiseryshows 🇸🇪)1598558153.0
RIP to Joe Ruby. Ruby and Ken Spears co wrote the first 5 episodes of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You” and wither wrote… https://t.co/sDv6kOSfQd— Scooby-Doo History (@Scooby-Doo History)1598571417.0
RIP Joe Ruby, co-creator of Scooby-Doo, Jabberjaw, Captain Caveman & several others. Watching old VHS tapes of thos… https://t.co/TvL3DbG1st— 🧨🎸 noah pasternak 🧨🎸 (@🧨🎸 noah pasternak 🧨🎸)1598549265.0
I just found out that Joe Ruby died yesterday at the age of 87. He had a long successful career in animation workin… https://t.co/FXeakTjjV1— Animated Antic (@Animated Antic)1598558826.0
@EW https://t.co/hvomQStZyI— Javysgirl (@Javysgirl)1598583626.0
@EW Really sad! Grew up with all the VHS tapes— Real LauraMarie (@Real LauraMarie)1598568440.0
@EW Scooby-Doo is the best. Thank you, Mr. Ruby.— bazanna (@bazanna)1598568489.0
@EW Thundarr the Barbarian will forever be one of my favorite cartoons of all time. Thank you Mr Ruby for the childhood memories— The Kenny (@The Kenny)1598576465.0