Ruby-Spears

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Ruby-Spears Productions, Inc.
Former type Private
Industry Animation
Live-action
Founded 1977, 1994 (1977, 1994)
Founders Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Defunct 1992, 1996 (1992, 1996)
Headquarters Burbank, California, USA
Products Television shows
Theatrical films
Television specials
Direct-to-video films
Television films
Television commercials
Parent Filmways (1977–1981)
Taft Broadcasting (1981–1987)
American Financial Corporation (1987–1988)
Great American Broadcasting (1987–1991)
RS Holdings (1991–1992, 1994–1996)

Ruby-Spears Productions (also known as Ruby-Spears Enterprises) was a Burbank, California-based entertainment production company that specializes in animation. The firm was founded in 1977 by veteran writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.

History[edit]

Both Ruby and Spears started out as sound editors at Hanna-Barbera, and later branched out into writing stories for such programs as Space Ghost and The Herculoids. In 1968, they were assigned the task of developing a mystery-based cartoon series for Saturday morning, the end result of which was Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. They were also writers and producers for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.[1]

The firm's credits include the animated series Fangface, Fangface and Fangpuss, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Thundarr the Barbarian, Rubik the Amazing Cube, the 1983 version of Alvin and the Chipmunks series, the 1988 Superman series, and the American Mega Man cartoon series.

One series, Piggsburg Pigs!, used Canadian voice talent rather than American voice talent like most of their shows. Ruby-Spears was also responsible for the animated sequence in the 1988 film Child's Play.

The Ruby-Spears studio was founded in 1977 as a subsidiary of Filmways Television and was sold in late 1981 to Taft Broadcasting, becoming a sister company to Hanna-Barbera Productions. In 1991, Ruby-Spears was spun off into RS Holdings while most of the original Ruby-Spears library (its pre-1991 library) was sold along with Hanna-Barbera to Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn merged with Time Warner in 1996. The Ruby-Spears studio closed down and opened back up in 1994 then closed again in 1996.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Shostak, Stu (05-02-2012). "Interview with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears". Stu's Show. Retrieved 03-18-2013.
  2. ^ Shostak, Stu (01-16-2013). "Interview with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears". Stu's Show. Retrieved 03-18-2013.