These days, there’s only so many animation companies out there, because it’s very hard to compete with Disney and Pixar. But back in the day, there were a number of cool companies that made cartoons. Not only did Hanna-Barbera rule Saturday morning TV, but you also had the classic Warner Brothers re-runs, and the terrific cartoons of Filmation.
Filmation gave us Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, He Man, The Groovy Ghoulies, Shazam!, Tarzan, She-Ra, Star Trek the Animated series, an animated version of Batman, and many more. Now the co-founder of Filmation, Lou Scheimer, has passed away at the age of 84.
Scheimer founded Filmation with Norm Prescott and Hal Sutherland, and the company was indeed a major cartoon powerhouse on Saturday mornings. As a long time fan of animation, I grew up with the re-runs of so many Filmation classics, and still enjoy them to this day.
With the return of fantasy as a popular genre, there’s been interest in reviving He-Man as a live action movie, and female fans have also grown attached to the nostalgia of She-Ra. Filmation was a big part of growing up for me and so many kids, and we salute Lou Scheimer for making our Saturday mornings so enjoyable.