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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">RG Media Type</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">books</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Creators</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Iwao Takamoto</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Theme</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Coming of age; Expression through art; Overcoming - fear, weakness, vice</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Memoir</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Available</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Free Web Version</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Has Teaching Aids?</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Geography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Los Angeles, California; Manzanar</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Chronology</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1925-2007</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Facility</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Manzanar [7] - Manzanar, California</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters;\nCreators:Iwao Takamoto;\nInterestLevel:;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Coming of age; Expression through art; Overcoming - fear, weakness, vice;\nGenre:Memoir;\nPoV:;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Los Angeles, California; Manzanar;\nChronology:1925-2007;\nFacility:Manzanar [7] - Manzanar, California;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Iwao Takamoto</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">University Press of Mississippi</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2009</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">206</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/472607663\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/472607663</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters;\nAuthor:Iwao Takamoto;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:University Press of Mississippi;\nPubDate:2009;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:206;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/472607663\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/472607663</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>The creator of numerous Hanna-Barbera characters including those from Scooby Doo tells his life story, including his childhood as a <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> in Los Angeles and his experience incarcerated at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a> concentration camp.\n</p>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Synopsis\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">Synopsis</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Iwao Takamoto begins by sharing the unlikely story of how he was hired as an animator for Walt Disney right after he was able to leave the Manzanar concentration camp at the end of World War II. He then goes back in time and recounts his family's history, including his parents' immigration experience, and what it was like for him and his two siblings to grow up in downtown Los Angeles. \n</p><p>When Pearl Harbor was attacked, Iwao did not know much about global politics and was as curious as he was fearful of how he and his family would be affected. He recounts how he and his friends even went to <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Terminal_Island,_California\" title=\"Terminal Island, California\">Terminal Island</a> to try to find out what was going on. His family eventually was taken to Manzanar, where his personal memories were mostly positive and carefree since he was a teenager with few responsibilities. Significantly, he was encouraged to draw by the head of education, who allowed him free access to art supplies. He and his friends eventually volunteered for work furloughs and harvested sugar beets in Idaho. When he left Manzanar in February 1945 and was hired soon after at Walt Disney, the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a> did a photo shoot of him to publicize that Japanese Americans were successfully resettling, to counter the skepticism of those still in camp that it was unsafe to attempt to <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Return_to_West_Coast\" title=\"Return to West Coast\">return to the West Coast</a>. \n</p><p>For the most part, the rest of the memoir recounts his animation career, both at Walt Disney and Hanna-Barbera. He notes that after the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Civil_Liberties_Act_of_1988\" title=\"Civil Liberties Act of 1988\">Civil Liberties Act of 1988</a> was passed, he began to become involved in efforts to share stories of incarceration in his later years, especially through his involvement with the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_National_Museum\" title=\"Japanese American National Museum\">Japanese American National Museum</a> in Los Angeles. \n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Author_Background\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Author_Background\">Author Background</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Iwao Takamoto was an important and influential animator, primarily known for his work with Hanna-Barbera, where he developed some of the company's most famous and beloved characters such as Scooby Doo and Shaggy. He was also the co-director of the animated feature-length adaptation of <i>Charlotte's Web</i> (1973). \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Emily_Anderson\" title=\"Emily Anderson\">Emily Anderson</a></b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Anderson, Emily</div>\n<p>Might also like <i><a class=\"mw-redirect encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/To_the_Stars:_The_Autobiography_of_George_Takei,_Star_Trek%27s_Captain_Sulu_(book)\" title=\"To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Captain Sulu (book)\">To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu</a></i> by George Takei; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Starting_from_Loomis_and_Other_Stories_(book)\" title=\"Starting from Loomis and Other Stories (book)\">Starting from Loomis and Other Stories</a></i> by Hiroshi Kashiwagi; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Out_of_the_Frying_Pan:_Reflections_of_a_Japanese_American_(book)\" title=\"Out of the Frying Pan: Reflections of a Japanese American (book)\">Out of the Frying Pan: Reflections of a Japanese American</a></i> by Bill Hosokawa\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Stewart, Susan. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/10/arts/television/10takamoto.html?_r=0\" rel=\"nofollow\">Iwao Takamoto, 81, the Animation Artist who created Scooby-Doo, Dies</a>.\" <i>New York Times</i>. Jan. 10, 2007.\n</p><p><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0847314/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Takamoto's imdb page</a>\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.108 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.114 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 312/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2071/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 5892/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1105/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3697-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309151123 and revision id 28156\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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