Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cereal adventures

Lou Scheimer: Creating The Filmation Generation

I've always been a huge fan of Filmation animation. Not always the best animation, but always the best cartoons! From Tarzan and Flash Gordon series to Star Trek, and Blackstar as you might be able to tell from the near perfect condition Warlock action figure above. Filmation wasn't always known for the best animation, often reusing poses and scenes so much you couldn't count on one hand the number of times you'd see the same shot of Tarzan swing by in one episode, but they more than made up for it with the most dramatic poses and compositions, bold, heroic voices and fast-paced, exciting music, as far as I'm concerned they made for some of the most fun cartoons ever. They made Aquaman exciting and fun! Something Hanna-Barbera were unable to do years later in 9 whole seasons of the Superfriends. It used to drive me crazy as a kid watching the Superfriends dorky versions of the JLA after discovering the Filmation versions of DC superheroes, along with the King of the Seven Seas there was Superman, Batman, The Atom, Green Lantern and Hawkman, in simple fast paced adventures filled your head with heroic voice characterization and awesome music, the best were the all too few JLA team-ups and the mis-colored Kid Flash in the Teen Titans cartoons.

I'm really looking forward to reading this new book from TwoMorrows publishing, on sale Wednesday, November 7.

From the publisher, "Lou Scheimer was the co-founder of Filmation Studios, which for over 25 years provided animated excitement for TV and film. Always at the forefront, Scheimer’s company created the first DC cartoons with Superman, Batman, and Aquaman, ruled the song charts with The Archies, kept Trekkie hope alive with the Emmy-winning Star Trek: The Animated Series, taught morals with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and swung into high adventure with Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, and Zorro.  Forays into live-action included Shazam! and The Secrets of Isis, plus ground-breaking special effects work on Jason of Star Command and others. And in the 1980s, Filmation single-handedly caused the syndication explosion with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its successors. Now, with best-selling co-author Andy Mangels, Lou Scheimer tells the entire story, including how his father decked Adolf Hitler, memories of the comic books of the Golden Age, schooling with Andy Warhol, and what it meant to lead the last all-American animation company through nearly thirty years of innovation and fun! Profusely illustrated with photos, model sheets, storyboards, presentation art, looks at rare and unproduced series, and more — plus hundreds of tales about Filmation’s past, and rare Filmation-related art by Bruce Timm, Adam Hughes, Alex Ross, Phil Jimenez, Frank Cho, Gene Ha, and Mike McKone — this book shows the Filmation Generation the story behind the stories!" 

Order at your local comic book shop, or click here to get it directly from TwoMorrows at 15% off and get the free Digital Edition. 

Click here to download a FREE PDF PREVIEW 

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