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January 17, 2007
Sargento brings Scooby-Doo to string cheese snacks line
Sargento Foods Inc. has introduced Scooby-Doo Mini String Snacks, the companyys first co-branded cheese natural snack.

"With string cheese and cheese shapes being such strong kid-oriented products, weere confident that these new co-branded products will do very well," said Chip Schuman, senior director of marketing, Sargento Foods. "With the ongoing concerns about kidss eating habits, our Sargento all-natural cheese products are excellent snack alternatives for kids and families."

The Scooby-Doo Mini String Snacks will include approximately 40 cheese pieces in each 10-oz package with a suggested retail price of $3.99. Sargento said it will cross-promote with newly released Scooby-Doo DVDs from Warner Home Video and feature a multi-partner back-to-school coupon book.

Langston Communications, Inc. of Atlanta developed the licensing partnership and the accompanying marketing campaign.

January 8, 2007
Iwao Takamoto, 81, the Animation Artist Who Created Scooby-Doo, Dies
Iwao Takamoto, the artist who created the mystery-solving Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, among many other indelible cartoon characters, died on January 8, 2007 in Los Angeles. He was 81. The cause was a heart attack, suffered at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was in the hospital for another ailment.

December 18, 2006
Joseph Barbera Dies at 95
Joseph "Joe" Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced Scooby-Doo, died on December 18, 2006. He was 95. Barbera died of natural causes at his home with his wife Sheila at his side.

August 2, 2006
Zoinks! the Mystery Machine is voted children's favourite car
Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine has been voted the best screen motor of all time - ahead of the Batmobile, 007's gadget-laden Aston Martin and Del Boy's Reliant Robin. The vehicle - based on a 1968 Chevrolet Sportvan - made its TV debut in 1969.

Over the years the flower power cartoon cruiser has spawned copies around the world with fans painting their Chevrolet Sportvans blue and green.

The van came top of a poll of 3,000 children conducted by Toys "R" Us in conjunction with the launch of Disney Pixar's new film Cars. It revealed that Herbie, the No 53 Love Bug, takes second place as the most memorable fictional car.

The Beetle, which has a life of its own, has appeared in five movies.

Third place went to comic book superhero Batman's Batmobile whose original 1966 model began life as a Lincoln Futura concept car.

Family favourite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flew in at fourth place.

A spokeswoman for Toys "R" Us said: "We know fictional cars are incredibly popular, because when any new film is launched, sales of related car merchandise go through the roof."

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December 31, 2005
Scooby-Doo ranked 49th
Scooby-Doo ranked 49th in the UK network Channel 4's 2005 list of the "100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time."
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