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Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation Paperback – December 4, 2012
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Andy Mangels is the USA Today best-selling author and co-author of over twenty fiction and nonfiction books including many Star Trek and Roswell books, as well as Iron Man: Beneath The Armor, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters and Animation on DVD: The Ultimate Guide, and other tomes. He also co-wrote an adventure story that heavily referenced the Filmation series, for Moonstone Books Tales of Zorro anthology.
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THOUGHTS: Lou Scheimer found his niche in life and stuck with it, eventually helping to co-found one of the most prolific animation studios in U.S. history. And he was the lone hold-out who kept American animation going strong on our shores until, eventually, an 11th-hour business salvation deal, (which Lou truly believed would rescue Filmation and keep it going strong for several more years), sadly turned out to be nothing of the kind... and he had the business ripped away from him, causing the end of U.S.-based animation. Probably forever. Still, the story found within these pages is mostly a great (and happy) one, with lots of fascinating details and first-hand insight into the beloved shows that Filmation produced for almost three decades; packed with behind-the-scenes trivia and personal tidbits, interwoven in a easy informal style that will keep you whirring through to pages right up to the final sentence. This book is fascinating, fun and funny, and will be of interest to both Filmation fans & casual cartoon watchers alike. Please note: despite the description on this product page, only a handful of the pictures inside are in color. But in the end, it's the stories contained within that are important here, not whether a certain number of pages are in color or black & white. Absolutely worth buying if you grew up watching Filmation shows. "Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation" is a self-contained slice of motion picture, television & animation history and comes very highly recommended.
Mr. Scheimer's book was very informative and entertaining as he relates his stories in running his studio; dealing with staffers, voice performers, and tv network people; and revealing his personal stories and ideas that worked and didn't advance past the planning stages. He didn't pull any punches in communicating his thoughts about various creative folks, especially well-known controversial talents like Don Bluth and John Kricfalusi, who both previously worked for Filmation Studios, but probably won't list their experiences as career highlights.
For this regular tv viewer of Saturday mornings in the hip 1970s...I say thank you, Filmation.
I found myself highlighting trivia to share with anyone I can find to share it with later and also heading to youtube over and over to relive some of the shows that I had completely forgotten about. It was a very enjoyable experience overall and I recommend this book to anyone interested in Filmation in particular or reliving some of the old Saturday morning magic.