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On October 17th, the prolific animation giant Lou Scheimer, founder of Filmation studios, has passed a the age of 85. Under his guidance, the studio produced countless hours of children’s programing for both Saturday mornings and syndication, leaving an indelible mark on the memories of countless children of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Though not sci-fi or super hero-related, he did adapt ‘The Archies’ to animation which ended up creating four actual Billboard Top 40 singles, ‘Bang Shang-A-Lang’ (#22), ‘Sugar, Sugar’ (#1), ‘Jingle Jangle’ (#10) and ‘Who’s Your Baby?’ (#40). This cartoon was later paired with a more supernatural series ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’. Both shows were reinvented several times by the company over subsequent seasons.
But the studio crafted many more science fiction/fantasy oriented shows that many will recognize. In the 60s, these included various seasons that featured alternating headliners Superman, Batman and Aquaman. In addition, the studio produced cartoons based on ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ and followed that up with ‘The Fantastic Voyage’.
In the eighties, Filmation produced ‘Blackstar’, a science fiction/swords & sorcery combo that predated ‘Masters of the Universe’.
The most notable of Scheimer’s contributions to the eighties was without a doubt ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’ and its spin-off ‘She-Ra, Princess of Power’. ‘Masters of the Universe’ was a toy line produced by Mattel who approached Filmation about creating a cartoon to feature the various action figures, playsets and vehicles, basically enticing kids to want to buy the corresponding toys. Not content to simply churn out a mindless commercial, Scheimer insisted they build in those morals and lessons so many of his previous shows had included. Not just tacked onto the end, but woven into the actual storylines, so that at the end of the episode, the moral made sense.
It’s certainly worth mentioning that, as more and more animation was being outsources to Japan, Korea and other foreign countries, every frame of animation created by Filmation was crafted in-house in their Los Angeles studio, where all the voice acting and music was also recorded.
Not only did Lou Scheimer executive produce the Filmation shows, he provided several voices including N’Kima on ‘Tarzan’ and Dumb Donald on ‘Fat Albert’. He also composed music for several of the shows.
Filmation folded at the end of the eighties after another toy tie-in ‘BraveStarr’ failed to catch on, but Scheimer continued working.
In recent years, his health began to fail, as he underwent quadruple bypass surgery and he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Anybody past a certain age remembers ‘Fat Albert’, ‘The Archies’, ‘Shazam’ and ‘Isis’, 'Bravestarr' , ‘He-Man’ and ‘She-Ra’ and most probably many more of these programs including the licensed properties. Not only did Scheimer create kids entertainment, he did it with the goal of not just entertaining, but educating and instilling solid values. The world could use more people like that.
Source PlaidStallions & ScienceFiction.com
Another memoriam: he-man.org
A heartfelt tribute to Lou Scheimer from dedicated fan Dan Eardley:
Most of the Lou Scheimer documentaries have been removed from YouTube, but I did found these:
The history of He-Man:
Lou Scheimer (1929-2013)
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October 18, 2013
A technical breakdown of a 90 seconds long animated 3D comic book sequence made for the first 'Kick-Ass' movie. VFX artists worked closely together with John Romita Jr. Romita and his team (Tom Palmer and Dean White) to create the illustrative material that was used to execute this 3D animated comic book sequence.
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October 17, 2013
He taps into a vein of nostalgia that only exists in your childhood memories, the sights, smells, sounds and feelings get re-created and re-told in this three-toned comicbook. His stories are told in such a genuine way, you can't help but relate to the characters and place yourself in the author's thoughts and draw parallels to your own memories from youth.
This is the final book in the trilogy of collected weekly comics. This stand-alone edition is filled with long and short stories all about Little Bear Kid's everyday life during a time of simplicity and self discovery.
-116 page, full color, Manga sized (5.25" x 7.5")
-includes all 25 “Advent Gift” strips
-19 page story “Hero”
-exclusive 24 page story “Dumpster”
-2 extra side projects
-bonus behind the scenes images & photos
This book released October 2013 is available in traditional form ($12.99) and for digital download ($4.99) at the Life In The Analog store.
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October 16, 2013
Blade Runner was always kind of a noir film, but Chet Desmond's black-and-white re-imagining of what the movie's trailer would look like had it been made in the '40s is simply stunning.
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October 15, 2013
From the minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year's Man of Steel.
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