As I'm sure you've all heard by now (mainly because of all your personal messages to me asking if I would post about it here in the 1980's Saturday Morning Historical Reenactment Society community), Filmation cartoon producer Lou Scheimer died earlier this week at the age of 84
SHORT LIST OF WHAT YOU KNOW HIM FROM: Fat Albert, Star Trek The Animated Series, He-Man, Archie, The New Adventures of Batman, Gilligan's Planet... so many more.
Meeting Mr. Scheimer was one of the low points in my early days of animation fandom, one that I've tried to just block out and put behind me but I'll recount it here for all y'all as best as I remember.
It was the early 90's and i was living (temporarily) in Anaheim California with my Brother and his wife. I had just graduated high school so OF COURSE i knew EVERYTHING and my opinions were MUCH more valid and important than those of anyone else (I was SUCH an ASS). My Brother and his wife were very heavy in to the (then recent) hobby of "Animation Artwork Investment" - they bought a lot of animation cells and, as a result, were invited to all sorts of Gallery Events that I had no interest in because they were usually 1960's Warner Brothers stuff (Bugs Bunny and the likes), which I had NO interest in because I was much more sophisticated than that and only collected Super Hero things. One day they were invited to a Filmation Animation Sale preview gallery showing and I tagged along because I hoped to see some of those early DC Comics cels they had made back in the 60's.
We got there and I complained the whole time I was there. "Filmation cartoons are the WORST!" and "Ugh who would make stuff like this ON PURPOSE?" and other vitally important opinions of mine were expressed loudly and to anyone who would pause near me long enough for me to speak. One of the people I forced my opinions on to just shrugged at me and said "Hey, we did the best we could with the money we had" and then a large man in a very nice suit asked me to please leave. I tried to ignore him, the large man then put his hand on my shoulder and said "C'mon, buddy, let's go" and I was escorted out of the building.
The large man informed me that THAT was mister Scheimer and how he was a saint of a man and they didn't need this kind of grief at their Gallery Showing and a bunch of other stuff that I ignored and argued against because I was 18 and stupid and vain and ignorant and AAAAAARGH!!!! I HATE THIS STORY SO MUCH!!!
So over the years my appreciation for Animation History grew, and through all my research that ever crossed over in to Filmation History the facts remained the same - Filmation could - and WOULD - make cartoons cheaper than anybody else, and would keep the jobs (or at least the majority of them) here in the USA using all the master animators that had become unemployed thanks to the other animation studios shipping all their jobs overseas. He was a master of "Making it up on the back-end" - making the cartoon at a loss so he could get a piece of the merchandising action and then using those profits to pay all those animators who needed work.
So there's my story. Please feel free to leave your own remembrances, thoughts and whatnot in the comments below :)