Next Club Meeting: October 10, 2020, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the fourth Saturday of each month (except when holidays or conventions coincide). The meetings are free and open to the public. Join us for a day filled with anime.

This site provides news, reviews, commentaries, and previews of the world of anime and everything it inspires, such as live-action films, comics, music, art, and other weird things to enjoy and contemplate.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

WandaVision - Official Trailer

WandaVision
Welcome to WandaVision. Coming soon to Disney+. Marvel Studios' captivating new series "WandaVision" stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

100 Things to do in TOKYO, JAPAN

100 Things to do in TOKYO, JAPAN
Follow the beautiful Kim Dao as she travels around Japan.
"This video took me almost a year to make! I wanted to release the video last year, however there were many complications involved (lost footage, broken hard drives, footage not good enough etc) and I wanted this video to be perfect! Some of the footage was filmed from up to 4 years ago, if you are wondering why I look so different in some of the footages haha. Really hope you guys enjoy this video, it took me hundreds of hours to film/edit so I hope it was useful!!"  - Kim

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Captain Scarlet Goes CGI to Battle the Mysterons!

CAPTAIN SCARLET
and the
MYSTERONS
The series begins in 2068. In the first episode, the crew of the Zero-X spacecraft are investigating the surface of Mars after mysterious radio signals are found to be coming from the planet. The source is discovered to be an alien city, which the astronauts fire on and destroy after mistaking a harmless surveillance device for a weapon. The city's inhabitants, the Mysterons, are sentient computers that form a collective consciousness. They are the remnants of the original Mysteron race: beings from another galaxy that maintained their colony on Mars for 3,500 years before abandoning the planet at the turn of the 20th century. The Mysteron computers use their power of "reversing matter" to rebuild their city before vowing revenge for the humans' unwarranted aggression.

Reversing matter, also called "retro-metabolism", enables the Mysterons to re-create people and objects as facsimiles that they can control. This ability is used to wage a "war of nerves" against Earth whereby the Mysterons issue threats against specific targets (from world leaders and military installations to cities and continents) and then destroy and reconstruct whatever instruments are needed (be they human or object) to carry out their plans. The presence of the Mysterons is indicated by two circles of green light that trail scenes of destruction and reconstruction. Although the Mysterons are able to influence events from Mars, their actions on Earth are usually performed by their replicated intermediaries.

Zero-X mission leader Captain Black becomes the aliens' primary agent when they seize control of his mind. Prior to the events of the series, Black was an officer of Spectrum, a worldwide security organisation that mobilises its personnel, vehicles and other resources to counter the Mysteron threat. Spectrum's most senior agents hold military ranks and colour codenames and are posted to the organisation's headquarters, Cloudbase – an airborne aircraft carrier stationed 40,000 feet (7.6 mi; 12 km) above the Earth's surface – where they answer to its commander-in-chief, Colonel White. Cloudbase is defended by Angel Interceptor fighters flown by a squadron of five female pilots codenamed Destiny (squadron leader), Harmony, Melody, Rhapsody, and Symphony. Spectrum also incorporates a fleet of armoured Spectrum Pursuit Vehicles (SPV), which are hidden in secret locations around the world, as well as patrol cars, hovercraft and machine-gun equipped helicopters.
Captain Scarlet becomes Spectrum's main asset in its fight against the Mysterons after the events of the first episode, in which the Mysterons attempt to assassinate Earth's World President as their first act of retaliation. The original Scarlet is killed in a road accident engineered by the Mysterons and replaced with a double under their control. However, after the reconstruction is shot by Spectrum's Captain Blue and falls to his death from a tower, he returns to life with the consciousness of the original Scarlet restored and is thereafter free of the Mysteron influence. Scarlet's new body possesses two extraordinary abilities: he is able to sense other Mysteron reconstructions nearby and, if injured or killed, returns to full health through retro-metabolism. Now able to use suicidally reckless tactics to thwart Mysteron plots, Scarlet repeatedly sacrifices himself in the knowledge that whatever his injuries he will return to face the Mysterons again.

Over the course of the series, it is discovered that Mysteron reconstructions are particularly vulnerable to electricity and can be detected by X-rays, to which they are resistant. Consequently, Spectrum develops two anti-Mysteron devices: the "Mysteron Gun" and "Mysteron Detector". A three-episode story arc focuses on the discovery of a Mysteron base on the Moon, its destruction by Spectrum, and Spectrum's efforts to negotiate with the Mysterons after converting the base's salvaged power source into an interplanetary communication device. A failed attempt to survey Mars, aborted military conferences and the sabotaged construction of a new Earth space fleet hinder Spectrum's progress in taking the fight to the Mysterons, and the organisation twice fails to capture Captain Black. In the penultimate episode, the Mysterons destroy Cloudbase with a fleet of spacecraft, but this is revealed to be a nightmare dreamt by a shot-down Symphony Angel. The final episode is a clip show that ends the series inconclusively with regard to the war between Earth and Mars. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

STAR WARS - The Musical

STAR WARS - THE MUSICAL
What if Disney remakes Star Wars... as a Musical? We think the Lucasfilm take-over could look something like this...

Sunday, September 20, 2020

New RPG in the Harry Potter Universe

H O G W A R T S
L  E  G  A  C  Y
Trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, an RPG set in the Harry Potter universe for the PS5.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Take a Long, Long Vacation in France During WWII

The Long Long Holiday
The Long Long Holiday (Les Grandes Grandes Vacances) is an animated series broadcast in 2015 on France 3, which tells the story of the occupation of France during the Second World War through children living in Normandy.
In September 1939, Colette and Ernest are welcomed by their maternal grandparents in a fictional village named Grangeville, near Dieppe in Normandy. The short vacation becomes semi-permanent when their father goes off to fight, following the mobilization of France to fight the invading German Army, and the poor health of their mother, required to leave to be treated in a sanatorium. The two little Parisians discover life in the countryside during wartime, including occupation, Resistance, deprivation, but also life with friends.
 
The ten episode mini-series (sometimes shown as five episodes, including on Netflix) was created by Emile Bravo (graphic design), Paul Leluc (director), and Delphine Maury (author), and produced by Les Armateurs Cyber Group Studios. Olivier Vinuesa and Alain Serluppus assisted Delphine Maury at the beginning of the writing on the narrative arc, then Guillaume Mautalent and Sébastien Oursel became co-writers on the whole series, along with Timothée de Fombelle, who also lent a hand on the arc of the ten episodes. Syd Matters composed the music for the series. 

In 2016 the show won Best Children's TV Program by the Paris Radio and Television Club.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Kyoto Animation Studio - One Year later

Aftermath of the Kyoto Animation Studio Fire
It's been over one year since the July 18th Kyoani fire. Things have changed since then, so we are going to look back today to reflect on how this amazing studio was able to overcome the biggest tragedy in anime history.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Trailer for 'THE MANDALORIAN' Season 2

THE MANDALORIAN - SEASON TWO
The Mandalorian and his precious Child return in the epic trailer for season 2.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

NETFLIX presents Dragon's Dogma

DRAGON'S DOGMA
After losing his home to a dragon, Ethan sets out to hunt it down once and for all. A pawn appears by his side and serves to protect his life. But the dangers that lie in wait for Ethan are beyond their imaginations, for when you fight a monster... you just may become one too.
Premieres September 17 only on Netflix.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Anime Viewing Schedule for September 19, 2020

 
 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
            11:15 - 12:05   Deca-Dence 3-4
            12:05 - 12:55   Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 3-4
            12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting / Announcements
            1:30 - 1:55       Re:ZERO - Starting Life in 
                                       Another World S2 ep 2
            1:55 - 2:45       Vinland Saga 2-3

            2:45 - 4:40       Weathering With You [Movie]

"It's a beautiful day outside,
so let's stay indoors to watch anime!"

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Meeting Room A, First Floor

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM


All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Deca-Dence and Vinland Saga
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Monday, September 14, 2020

Honkai Impact 3rd - The Anime

Honkai Impact 3rd
Honkai Impact 3rd is a gacha, free-to-play 3D action role-playing mobile game developed by miHoYo. It is the third entry in the Honkai series and spiritual successor to Honkai Gakuen, using many characters from the previous title in a separate story.
Honkai Impact 3rd is set in an alternate version of Earth, plagued by catastrophes resulting from "Honkai" (in Chinese translates as "Chaos", while in Japanese, it is said "Houkai".). Honkai is largely viewed as a malevolent force with a will of its own, able to corrupt humans into undead creatures, manifest itself in the form of various monsters, and select various individuals known as "Herrschers" to imbue with god-like powers able to trigger apocalyptic events. The Honkai is a cyclic phenomenon, returning to end civilization on Earth each time it gets too advanced - the Previous Era ended 50,000 years prior to the game's start, after the 14th Herrscher defeated humanity.

In the present day, various global factions exist to combat or take advantage of the power of Honkai. These include "Schicksal", a European-based peace keeping organization that deploys human warriors known as Valkyries to combat the Honkai; "Anti-Entropy", formerly the North American branch of Schicksal that objected to the use of human soldiers in favor of mechanized robots; and "World Serpent", a shadow organization manipulating events since the end of the Previous Era.

Prior to the story's start, three Herrscher awakenings (or "Impacts") have occurred in the Current Era: the Herrscher of Reason who became the leader of Anti-Entropy instead of fighting humanity, the Herrscher of the Void who was sealed away by Schicksal under mysterious circumstances, and the Herrscher of Lightning who was prevented from fully awakening and sent to train her powers as a Valkyrie at Schicksal's St.Freya school.

The storyline of Honkai Impact 3rd spans multiple supplementary media including an anime series, multiple manhua series, and promotional videos.

The game's story starts with three Valkyries-in-training (Kiana Kaslana, Mei Raiden, and Bronya Zaychik) boarding the Selene, a hostile flying battleship. The three take control of the battleship, then subdue Bronya when she is abruptly controlled malevolently. Following the successful mission, the girls take a graduation exam, during which a mysterious voice contacts Kiana and informs her of her lost parents, Siegfried Kaslana and Cecilia Schariac.

The Valkyries then dispatch to Schicksal's Oceania Branch to recover the Gem of Desire following a local Honkai Eruption that decimated the area. The trio discovers Wendy, who was implanted with the Gem of Desire, and learn that Wendy triggered the Honkai Eruption due to a hatred of Schicksal, which had crippled Wendy. Bronya is controlled again and attacks, causing Wendy to transform into a Herrscher. Although Mei and Kiana are able to subdue both girls, Anti-Entropy forces appear and Bronya kidnaps Wendy and Mei. The Valkyries subsequently track Anti-Entropy to the hijacked ME Corp with Bronya's assistance. There, Bronya destroys the biochip in her brain to free herself from Cocolia's control and enable the Valkyries to escape, but leaving Wendy behind.

Searching for a way to revive Bronya, Theresa Apocalypse creates a virtual datascape to find data on the biochip. Kiana is transported to a recreation of Siberia during the year 2000 in the midst of the 2nd Honkai War. Kiana meets virtual recreations of her parents, Siegfried and Cecilia, and while Siegfried is badly injured, Kiana and Cecilia team up and successfully defeat a recreation of 2nd Herrscher, Sirin. Upon Sirin's defeat, it is revealed that the events that Kiana experienced were a hallucination created from Kiana's desires by Sirin. Fu Hua captures Kiana and takes her to Schicksal HQ.

Theresa, Mei, and Himeko ally with Anti-Entropy forces and storm Schicksal HQ to save Kiana, breaching its defenses with the Selene and the Hyperion. While the Valkyries are successful in infiltrating Schicksal HQ, Rita Rossweisse and Fu Hua captures Himeko and Tesla. Otto Apocalypse successfully reawakens Sirin using Kiana's body as a host. Sirin dispatches Mei, Theresa, and the Anti-Entropy forces and engages Fu Hua in combat, stealing the 3rd Herrscher's power in the process. Himeko and Tesla, with Fu Hua's help, obtain a vial of anti-Honkai serum and a prototype battlesuit imbued with the Herrscher of Flames' power. Himeko dons the battlesuit and engages Sirin, fighting her to a standstill. Einstein uses the Selene's cannon on Sirin, forcing her to retreat into "Imaginary Space" with Himeko being pulled in as well. Himeko duels with Sirin in the Imaginary Space and injects the anti-Honkai serum into Sirin, causing her to revert to Kiana. Suffering massive losses, the remaining Valkyries and Anti-Entropy mechs retreat, and the world is left devastated in the wake of Sirin's attack. Himeko and Kiana both go missing.

Four months after Sirin's attack, Mei, Theresa, and Bronya attempt to meet with an intel dealer named Gray Serpent in Arc City who claims to have seen the Herrscher of the Void, unaware that Otto Apocalypse had dispatched Rita to obtain his information as well. Rita seems to kill Gray Serpent and steals his cybernetic implants, leading the Valkyries to capture a cyborg girl called the Ningyo. Before they can extract the Ningyo's information, Rita intercepts the Valkyries, steals the data, and formats the Ningyo's memory. While Einstein and Tesla attempt to retrieve the Ningyo's lost memories, the team is contacted by Cocolia, who convinces them to help find the Gem of Desire. Gray Serpent, seeking payment for the Valkyrie's theft of the Ningyo, hacks into the Selene. When Bronya follows Gray Serpent into virtual space, he traps Bronya in a data labyrinth formed from her memories to deter her. Bronya is able to escape, though she witnesses a record of the 1st Herrscher, Welt Young, and Einstein battling the World Serpent, who is sealed within the Sea of Quanta.

Bronya, Theresa, and Einstein travel to The Deep, where Bronya is reunited with Cocolia and childhood friends Rosalia and Liliya. Cocolia informs the trio that the Gem of Desire was lost in the Sea of Quanta, and must be retrieved. While Einstein prepares to enter the Eye of the Deep, a portal leading to the Sea of Quanta, Bronya attempts to reconcile with Cocolia. When Einstein discovers Cocolia scheming with Gray Serpent, Gray Serpent attacks Einstein and she vanishes. A swarm of Honkai emerges from the Eye of the Deep and attacks, leading Bronya to dive into the Sea of Quanta alone. In the Sea, Bronya is greeted by Joachim, a fragment of Welt Young. Joachim sends Bronya to multiple pocket universes as a test, during which Bronya is reunited with Seele Vollerei (Bronya's childhood friend who became stuck in quantum state following a failed X-10 Project years ago). In efforts to guide Seele out of the quanta, they resolve to escape together.

After clearing some honkai beasts and being separated, Seele and Bronya reunite and try to escape the labyrinth. The two girls reach the edge of the Quanta but are caught by tentacles. Bronya makes a sacrifice and cuts the tentacles binding Seele, succumbing to the tentacles herself. However, Seele dislikes her powerlessness and the Dark Seele (Velonia) finally agrees to lend her power to Seele, and they use their combined power to rescue Bronya.

Back to Kiana; after recapturing control of her body, she has been living in exile alone in the Arc City in order not to hurt others with the Herrscher personality. One night, she is fighting with Honkai beasts when Sirin seeks the opportunity to torment and brainwash Kiana, attempting to reawake the Herrscher. Fortunately, Fu Hua reaches Kiana's mind and drive Sirin away. Kiana holds hatred towards Fu Hua at first, but Fu Hua tells Kiana that their spirits are combined forever due to the power of Key of Deity, and that Kiana must learn to control the Herrscher power by herself. Under Fu Hua's training, Kiana finally succeeds, and returns to fighting against Honkai in Arc City. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Wolfwalkers Trailer

W O L F W A L K E R S
The wild within cannot be tamed. The legend of Wolfwalkers is coming soon to Apple TV+: https://apple.co/_Wolfwalkers
In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the Wolfwalkers and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Genshin Impact Impressions - Overall Thoughts

G E N S H I N   I M P A C T
After playing Genshin Impact's final beta for 20+ hours, questing through the story, trying out the co-op, rolling for characters in the gacha and more, here are our overall thoughts/impressions. 
In a world called Teyvat, certain individuals chosen by the gods are given a Vision — magical gemstones that give their bearers the ability to control an element. The player starts out as a Traveler of unknown origin who is searching for a lost sibling. The player can choose between a male or a female version of the Traveler. As the adventure progresses, the player controls several other characters met by the Traveler on their journey, each with unique personalities and special abilities, as they undertake quests to understand the truth about the primordial gods of this world.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Next Club Meeting is September 19, 2020

 

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Dancinnnnng YEAH!
Can't wait for the next meeting!
M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Meeting Room A (1st Floor)
Saturday, September 19, 2020
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
PLEASE READ

We will be in the large MEETING ROOM A on the
First Floor. At this time, masks will be required.
There can be only one person per desk (in order to
keep that 6 foot distance from each other).
The maximum number of people allowed
in the room is TEN, so please 
arrive early to claim your seat.

SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES:

In order to help protect patrons and staff, and in adherence with the state of Illinois’ Phase 4 meeting room guidelines, we ask that you please adhere to the following requirements when visiting the library:

  1. Wear a face covering or mask at all times.
  2. Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  3. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
  4. No food or drink inside the library (Please note, the water fountains are turned off, and Brooks Cafe is not open at this time.)
  5. Staff will wipe down furniture and equipment with disinfectant between groups.
  6. Reduced capacities and availability for meeting spaces. One person per table. There will be limited seating.
  7. If you feel sick or have a high temperature, please use common sense and stay at home. 
 
THANK YOU!

Hope to see everyone there!

 
A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
 
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps)

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Official DUNE Trailer


-- D U N E --
Beyond fear, destiny awaits. Watch the trailer
for the highly anticipated DUNE movie!

Watch the Official Trailer
Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise) Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” HBO’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Netflix’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”). Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert. Behind the scenes, Villeneuve reteamed with two-time Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette (“Arrival,” “Sicario,” “The Young Victoria”), two-time Oscar-nominated editor Joe Walker (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Arrival,” “12 Years a Slave”), two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (“First Man,” “Blade Runner 2049”), and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer (“Blade Runner 2049”). He also collaborated for the first time with Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Lion,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”); three-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Revenant,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Quills”) and co-costume designer Bob Morgan; and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception”). Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Inception,” “Gladiator,” “The Lion King”) is creating the score. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present “Dune.” 
 
The film is slated to be released in theaters on December 18, 2020.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Raised by Wolves | Full Episode | HBO Max

RAISED BY WOLVES

When two androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet in the wake of a religious war, they learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous task. From Ridley Scott, legendary director of The Martian, Gladiator, and Alien, comes Raised by Wolves. Stream the series now on HBO Max.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Today is STAR TREK DAY!

STAR TREK DAY
Star Trek Day is today, and while a so-called celebration is being held by the very people who have run this once vital and noble franchise into the ground, we have decided to talk about what Star Trek means to us, and why the current iteration is a complete failure.
Here's the Schedule

Monday, September 7, 2020

The Inspirational Advice of GEORGE LUCAS

The Inspiration of
G E O R G E   L U C A S
George Lucas spoke at the Academy of Achievements Awards, and he tells an inspiring story about how he got into the film business.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Unknown 9: Awakening Official Trailer

UNKNOWN 9: Awakening
Reflector Entertainment reveals a first look at its new game.

Introduced as a next-gen adventure game during Opening Night Live in August 2020, Unknown 9: Awakening tells the story of a young Indian girl who is able to access hidden dimensions with a supernatural ability. Little else is known, but developer Reflector Entertainment does get into specifics:

"Raised on the streets of Kolkata, India and haunted by visions of her own death, Haroona struggles to understand her mysterious innate abilities to manipulate the unseen," an official summary reads. "A mentor soon helps Haroona hone her gifts, teaches her to access the mysterious hidden dimension known as The Fold and propels her on a journey to unlock the mysteries of this new realm."

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Joe Ruby, co-creator of Scooby-Doo, Dies at age 87

JOE RUBY
(March 30, 1933 - August 26, 2020)
Writer and co-creator of Scooby-Doo
[Source: Yahoo!] Joe Ruby, who has died aged 87, was an American animator, writer and co-creator of the cartoon favorite Scooby-Doo, the intellectually challenged talking Great Dane, who has entertained children over five decades.

The simple tales of Scooby and four teenagers hunting ghosts in their “mystery machine” van first aired on CBS in America in 1969. It soon became a huge success in the UK, too, and went on to become a global franchise worth billions of dollars.

Scooby and his gang, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, Velma Dinkley, Daphne Blake and Freddie Jones, were dreamed up by Ruby and Ken Spears, Hanna Barbera’s head storymen, after Joseph Barbera had been approached by the CBS executive programme maker Fred Silverman.

Silverman wanted a child-friendly cartoon “mystery show” with the working title “Who’s S-S-Scared?” for the station’s Saturday morning slot. It was Ruby and Spears who suggested that a dog should be the star of the show. They originally thought of a creating a big, comically cowardly sheepdog, before settling on a Great Dane.

The dog was originally going to be called Too Much but, listening to music on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, Silverman misheard Frank Sinatra’s scat sequence at the end of Strangers in the Night: “As we’re going in for the landing, Frank Sinatra comes on and I hear him say ‘Scooby dooby doo’.”

At first the CBS thought the artwork for the Great Dane was “too frightening” for an intended audience of children, but Hanna-Barbera’s art director Iwao Takamoto saved the day by making Scooby comically big and clumsy, with a hump back, bowed legs and big chin.

The eponymous Great Dane
Don Messick, the voice of Muttley on Wacky Races, was picked to speak Scooby-Doo’s lines and decided to add to the comedy by introducing rolling r’s into Scooby-Doo’s speech pattern. The dog would frequently say “Ruh-roh, Raggy” as he jumped into the arms of his hapless sidekick Shaggy.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? was an instant hit on CBS, and the early programmes created a formula for several revivals as well as film adaptations, numerous spin-off series and lines of merchandise. Scooby-Doo routinely features in polls of the best cartoon characters of all time.

The series also spawned suggestions of inner meanings. The way that Shaggy was always giggling in the back of the Mystery Machine, and was constantly suffering from “the munchies”, fuelled rumours that the character was a hippy “pothead”, while there were claims that “Scooby Snacks” were not really dog biscuits, but cannabis brownies.
Scooby and the gang, l-r, Velma, Shaggy, Daphne and Fred - PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy
However, in his memoir My Life With a Thousand Characters, Iwao Takamoto denied there were any veiled drug references in the series: “Drugs of any kind were an anathema to Joe Ruby; he hated them.”

Joe Clemens Ruby was born on March 30 1933 in Los Angeles, where he attended Fairfax High School. During the Korean War he served in the US Navy as a sonar operator on a destroyer.

He began his career at Walt Disney Productions as an assistant animator, before moving to Hanna-Barbera Productions, where he met his writing partner Ken Spears in 1959.

As well as Scooby-Doo, the pair were credited with creating cartoon characters including Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, Jabberjaw, The Barkleys, and The Houndcats.

In 1977 they founded their own production company, Ruby-Spears, which created Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mr T, Superman and Thundarr the Barbarian.

Ruby also wrote the sci-fi thriller series Planet of the Apes (1974) and the horror film Rumpelstiltskin (1995).

Joe Ruby is survived by his wife Carole, whom he married in 1957, and by two sons and two daughters.