The man who voiced the always-hungry post-hippie Shaggy on the long-running children’s cartoon Scooby-Doo has died

Radio personality and frequent voice-over actor Casey Kasem died today after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 82. Continue reading »

Fox cancels Raising Hope

After four seasons, the comedy series Raising Hope is coming to an end.  “On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and Raising Hope’s amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons,” EP/showrunner Mike Mariano said in a statement. “We planned our season four finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication.”

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CARTOON NETOWRK – Monday 31 October from 6pm

In the 13 Ghost of Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo embarks on brand-new adventures with real and really scary ghosts, goblins and monsters. When a pair of supernatural tricksters named Weerd and Bogel place an enticing “Pandora’s box” in their path, Scooby and the gang can’t resist opening it. That turns out to be a major mistake as 13 of the foulest demons swirl out of the box and scatter to the far corners of the earth. With help from that master of the macabre, Vincent Price, as narrator Vincent Van Ghoul, Scooby and the gang must find the demons and get them back in their box!

CARTOON NETWORK – Sunday 18 September, 6pm

Career slackers Scooby-Doo and Shaggy must put the “chi” in “muchie” to solve the ultimate martial-arts mystery! The Mystery Inc. crew travels the globe on a transcontinental treasure hunt to solve a series of ancient riddles. They’re racing against the vengeful Black Samurai and his spectral Ghost Warriors to claim the ancient Sword of Fate, a blade fabled to possess amazing powers. Along the way, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are indoctrinated by an unlikely Sword Master who teaches them Boshido, the Way of the Samurai. Their emerging skills are quickly tested by an unstoppable army of Robot Ninjas. And in the end, our harried heroes discover that Boshido, emphasising loyalty, honour and courage, holds the key to the mystery.

CARTOON NETWORK – Saturday 1 – Sunday 30 January, from 7am

Two hours of Scooby-Doo and the gang solving mysteries.

CARTOON NETWORK – Friday 21 January, 6pm

Stranded in a remote desert town, Scooby, Shaggy and the Mystery, Inc. Kids soon discover a plethora of flying saucer buffs, secretive scientists and less-than-friendly extraterrestrials! But after aliens chase and beam them aboard a UFO, something even weirder happens to Shaggy and Scooby (Scott Innes)–they each fall in love: Shaggy with a nature photographer and Scooby with the photographer’s dog. As clues to the mystery of the alien invaders lead them from a top-secret government research base to a huge network of caves hidden under the town, the race to crack the case redefines the term “far out” in this hilarious space-capade.

CARTOON NETWORK – Monday 27 December, 7am

Seven days a week from 7am till 9am from Monday 27 December, 2010 till Sunday 30 January, 2011.

CARTOON NETWORK – Saturday & Sunday from 16 October, from 7am

Scooby Doo and Shaggy Rogers stumble across a lone suit of black armour and embark on a quest to find the artefact’s missing owner.

LOS ANGELES – Without Iwao Takamoto, Saturday morning cartoon audiences in the 1970s and 1980s might have been treated to a show called The Mysterious Five, featuring the adventures of a teenage rock band and their sheepdog Too Much.

Thanks to the efforts of one of American television foremost animators, however, the sheepdog morphed into a distinctly unorthodox Great Dane whose name came from an ad-lib Frank Sinatra once did at the end of Strangers in the Night, scooby-dooby-doo.

Takamoto, who died on Monday at the age of 81, enjoyed a six decade-long animation career, first with Disney and then with Hanna-Barbera, creating such characters as Astro, the dog on The Jetsons, and Muttley and Penelope Pitstop from The Wacky Races.

He will almost certainly be best remembered, however, for Scooby-Doo, the cowardly dog detective who always finds his courage when a snack is in the offing.

When he was assembling ideas for the character, Takamoto talked to a dog breeder on the Warner Brothers lot and learned all about the straight back, straight legs, small chin and other features of a Great Dane.

He then proceeded to ignore every one of these.

“I decided to go the opposite and gave him a hump back, bowed legs, big chin and such,” Takamoto recalled recently.

“Even his colour is wrong.”

Takamoto was a second-generation Japanese immigrant who was interned by the US government during World War Two.

It was while at the Manzanar internment camp in California that he was taught to draw by a couple of experienced animators.

He landed a job with Disney shortly after his release, and his career was set.