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NYCC 2014: Animator Tom Cook On His Career and the Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Challenge of the Superfriends, Thundarr the Barbarian, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Bravestarr. Those are just some of the cartoons worked on by animator Tom Cook, whose animation career started in at Hanna-Barbera Studios in 1979 and stretched through the heyday of Saturday morning animation and beyond. At New York Comic Con Mr. […]

Warner Archives brings "Gilligan's Planet" to Earth on DVD

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Hordak Set To Terrorize Comic Con

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Mattel has done the unthinkable – releasing Hordak to terrorize the thousands at the 2014 Comic Con in San Diego next month. The Hordak action figure from the “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” animated show of the 1980s will be offered in “Filmation”-style complete with a robot hand and cannon arm. Additionally, Hordak […]

PR: Warner Archive Instant Now Streaming Filmation Batman & Superman; Aquaman Coming in June

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Warner Archive Instant Now Streaming The New Adventures of Batman & The New Adventures of Superman; Filmation’s Aquaman Coming in June Warner Archive Instant (WAI) Now Available with Airplay on AppleTV; Free Two-Week WAI Trial Membership Open to Everyone Continuing to make available rare and hard-to-find classic films, TV movies and TV series, Warner Archive […]

More 60's Superman and Batman Cartoons Coming to DVD

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Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Warner will release two classic Filmation versions of Superman and Batman with The New Adventures of Superman: Seasons 2 & 3, and The Adventures of Batman: The Complete Series on DVD June 3,2014. The New Adventures of Superman: Seasons 2 & 3 sees the Man of Steel in action with 32 episodes on […]

Hal Sutherland, Co-Founder of Filmation, 1929 - 2014

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The Saturday Morning Historical Reenactment Society weblog has noted the passing of Hal Sutherland on January 16, 2014, due to health complications from a gall bladder issue. Sutherland began his career in animation in 1954 working with Disney on Sleeping Beauty, before moving on to Larry Harmon Pictures where he met Lou Schiemer. The pair […]

Lou Scheimer, Filmation Co-Founder, 1928 - 2013

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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 […]

NY Times Talks with Bill Cosby on "Fat Albert"

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The New York Times has interviewed Bill Cosby on the eve of the release Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: The Complete Series on DVD on June 25, 2013. Among other topics, Cosby discusses how the show came to TV; the ties between the show and its characters and his own life and experiences growing […]

A Note of Recognition for: Filmation's "Star Trek" Animators

There are a lot of fond childhood memories surrounding the assorted products of Filmation Studios, but it’s pretty safe to say that none of them involve shockingly high production values. This becomes painfully evident when watching the recently released Star Trek: The Animated Series boxed set. Watching the first few episodes, the animation is almost […]

"Blackstar The Complete Series" Review: He's No Man, He's a Star

Dungeons and Dragons, Conan the Barbarian, and He-Man are arguably the only sword and sorcery properties to have notably endured beyond the genre’s brief boom in the early 1980s. Most of the many also-ran properties have been all but forgotten, regrettably including the two animated series that blazed the trail for He-Man. Ruby Spears’ excellent […]

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