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Lou Scheimer, Filmation Co-Founder, 1928 – 2013

by on October 18, 2013

Cartoon Brew reports that Filmation Co-Founder and Producer Lou Scheimer passed away on Thursday at the age of 84.

Scheimer got his start in animation working for companies like Warner Bros., Larry Harmon, and Hanna-Barbera until he co-founded Filmation Productions in 1962 along with Hal Sutherland and Norm Prescott. The studio produced animated shows like The New Adventures of Superman, The Adventures of Batman, The Brady Kids, Star Trek, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, Tarzan Lord of the Jungle, Flash Gordon and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, as well as live-action shows like Shazam!, Isis, Space Academy, and Jason of Star Command.  He also provided voices for characters like Dumb Donald, Orko, and Kowl.

Many of today’s artists and writers like Bruce Timm and Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series), Glen Keane (Walt Disney Feature Animation), and John Kricfalusi (The Ren & Stimpy Show) got their start with Filmation. Today the majority of the Filmation Library which includes He-Man, She-Ra, and Fat Albert are owned by DreamWorks Animation subsidiary Classic Media.  In 2012, Scheimer wrote his autobiography Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation.

Lou is survived by his son Lane and daughter Erika.

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