History Creator / Filmation

10th May '18 1:43:28 PM Qaweldon
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* AlanSmithee: Ray Ellis, who wrote much of the music on Filmation series in the pre-Levy/Saban era, was mostly credited as "Yvette Blais and Jeff Michael" - Blais was his wife while Jeff and Michael were the names of Norm Prescott's sons. (Ellis had to be pseudonymous because he was employed at a music publishing company at the time).


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* CreatorBacklash: Some ex-Filmation staffers, such as [[UsefulNotes/NoteworthyDisneyStaff Will Finn]], Creator/JohnKricfalusi, [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Eddie Fitzgerald]], Creator/PaulDini and Creator/JMichaelStraczynski have openly expressed their contempt for the company and the shows they worked on.
** In [[http://www.traditionalanimation.com/2013/30th-anniversary-of-dragons-lair-don-bluth-exclusive/ an interview]], Creator/DonBluth mentions in passing that he worked at Filmation only to pay the rent, and didn't enjoy the shows or working there at all.
--->"After that, my church called me and asked if I wanted to go on a mission trip to UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}}. So I quit the Disney studio, flew off to Argentina, and was there for two and a half years. When I came back I worked at Filmation Studios just to earn money to pay my rent. I didn’t like it (at) all."
** Even Hallmark, who bought out the Filmation library, [[CreatorsApathy looked down on their cartoons with open disdain]] and reacted with aggravation towards fans who approached the company about the shows. Hallmark even went as far as destroying the original film elements for the cartoons once they did broadcast transfers of them. [[note]] [[FridgeLogic Which makes you wonder why they even bought them to begin with]]. [[/note]]
* CreatorCameo[=/=]DescendedCreator: Not exactly a cameo, per say. But applied to co-founder Lou Scheimer, who showed up in nearly all of the company's shows as a lead voice actor starting with ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids''. This is especially noticeable in ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]]'', where he voiced nearly ''half'' of the supporting and one-off cast of both series.


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* HeAlsoDid: Before he founded Filmation, Lou Scheimer supposedly worked as an animator for Creator/HannaBarbera's first animated series, ''WesternAnimation/TheRuffAndReddyShow'' (1957), before quitting early in production [[HilariousInHindsight over the show's animation quality]]. Of course his company would later go on to rival [[note]]and be [[NotSoDifferent unfavorably compared to]] [[/note]] Hanna-Barbera in the Saturday morning market throughout the 70s and 80s.


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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Despite, [[TheScrappy or perhaps because of]], the studio's reputation in the industry, much of their back catalog doesn't receive the amount of home media exposure that their competitors do. Even when a show of theirs is released it's not until long after it had already been bootlegged on the web. The fact that you can find bootleg episodes of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse'' with a quick [=YouTube=] search when it's already available on Netflix really drives the point home.
** This is especially the case for ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbert'', which may never see an official release again following Creator/BillCosby's 2018 conviction of sexual assault.


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* NoBudget: Even more so than [[Creator/HannaBarbera their]] [[Creator/RankinBass rivals]], seeing how [[UpToEleven one of their first employees was a mannequin dressed up to pass as a secretary]]!


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* TroubledProduction: Happened on several occasions, according to the book "Creating the Filmation Generation":
** The company ''itself''. After numerous production blunders involving the below-mentioned ''Journey Back to Oz'', the studio was close to becoming bankrupt and shutting its doors even before they began. It wasn't until Creator/DCComics gave them the contract for ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' that they were able to get out of bankruptcy.
** This was the reason why the ''Zorro'' cartoon was even given to Creator/TMSEntertainment in the first place. As the company was working on multiple shows at the time (Among them being ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}}''), it was the only viable option. Problems were further complicated when TMS had to animate the first episode in '''''five weeks'''''.
** ''WesternAnimation/UncleCrocsBlock'' also suffered from things such as ExecutiveMeddling, low ratings, and a uncooperative Charles Nelson Reilly. Who only took the job in order to get a show in prime time.
** The three movies they did fared little better- ''WesternAnimation/JourneyBackToOz'' took nearly a half a decade to complete (and three more years to even be released). ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'' caught the unwanted attention of Creator/{{Disney}}, who took them to court over the matter (thus driving the budget to its final $9 million as a result). ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter'' meanwhile, was made near the end of Filmation's lifespan. And wasn't given a release until [[DevelopmentHell 1993]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Plenty of examples.
** During their run on ''Superman'' the company experimented with a few more pilots. Among them included a show based on the Creator/MarxBrothers; a superhero series entitled ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cTZHnwosXM Dick Digit]]'' and a cartoon based on ComicBook/GreenLantern.
** In 1969, the company was in talks with Creator/{{Toho}} over making a {{Franchise/Godzilla}} film, but plans fell through. Also that year, talks of a ''Series/StarTrek'' cartoon were instigated[[note]]in this incarnation, the crew of the USS Enterprise were given child sidekicks[[/note]]. Though unlike most examples, it eventually ''did'' get [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries made]], but not as originally pitched.
** Before the lawsuit with Disney, the company was set out to produce twelve films in their "New Classics Collection", a series of films meant to be sequels to the original literature they were to be based upon. This included ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice Returns to Wonderland]]'', ''[[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein Lives Again!]]'' and ''[[Literature/TheTimeMachine The Time Machine II: The Man Who Saved the Future]]''. Of them, only two were ever released (''Emperor of the Night'' and ''Happily Ever After''). And ''Frankenstein Lives Again!'', the third in the series planned for release, was abandoned in pre-production after the lawsuit and subsequent failure of ''Emperor of the Night''.
** ''Hardchrome: The Last P.I.'', which would have been Filmation's first adult-oriented animation. The show was to have focused around a [[HollywoodCyborg half-man, half machine]] ex-police officer turned private investigator named Hardchrome, who makes his living in the slums of Frisco City. The show was never made beyond some pitch artwork due to the AnimationAgeGhetto being in full effect.
** Also around this time, a pitch for a cartoon based on ''Film/KingKongLives'' titled ''Kid Kong'' was also made. It too fell through after issues with Dino De Laurentiis.
** Just before the L'Oreal acquisition, two more cartoons- ''Bugsburg'', a spin-off to ''Emperor of the Night'' and ''Bravo'', a spin-off to ''WesternAnimation/{{BraveStarr}}'' were in production. Both shows were ultimately scrapped by L'Oreal despite having two episodes of each series completed, with recording and scripts finished for both shows.
4th May '18 8:33:38 AM DarkStorm
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* BlackMagicianGirl: Evil-Lyn on ''He-Man;'' Apparitia and Mysteria on ''Ghostbusters''; Shadow Weaver on ''She-Ra'' (she actually looks a little bit like a Black Mage...)

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* BlackMagicianGirl: Evil-Lyn on ''He-Man;'' Apparitia and Mysteria on ''Ghostbusters''; Shadow Weaver on ''She-Ra'' (she (who actually looks a little bit like a Black Mage...)



* TransformationSequence: The title characters of ''He-Man'' and ''She-Ra''; Thirty-Thirty of ''Bravestarr''; the animated ''Ghostbusters''; ''Web Woman'' from Tarzan and the Super 7; Micro Woman of ''Super Stretch and Micro Woman''; and many many others. One of Filmation's favorite methods for avoiding new animation (not that it was limited to their animated shows, as the sequences in the live-action Shazam! and Isis series demonstrated).

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* TransformationSequence: The title characters of ''He-Man'' and ''She-Ra''; Thirty-Thirty of ''Bravestarr''; the long SuitingUp sequence from animated ''Ghostbusters''; ''Web Woman'' Web Woman from Tarzan ''Tarzan and the Super 7; 7''; Micro Woman of ''Super Stretch and Micro Woman''; and many many others. One of Filmation's favorite methods for avoiding new animation (not that it was limited to their animated shows, as the sequences in the live-action Shazam! ''Shazam!'' and Isis ''Isis'' series demonstrated).
4th Apr '18 6:54:03 PM marciabradypink78
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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/ChipnDalesRescueRangers'')

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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/ChipnDalesRescueRangers'')''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'')
4th Apr '18 6:52:22 PM marciabradypink78
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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/Chip&DalesRescueRangers'')

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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/Chip&DalesRescueRangers'')''WesternAnimation/ChipnDalesRescueRangers'')
4th Apr '18 6:51:57 PM marciabradypink78
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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDalesRescueRangers'')

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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDalesRescueRangers'')''WesternAnimation/Chip&DalesRescueRangers'')
4th Apr '18 6:51:29 PM marciabradypink78
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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDalesRescueRangers'')

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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDalesRescueRangers'')''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDalesRescueRangers'')
4th Apr '18 6:51:00 PM marciabradypink78
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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973)

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* ''Lassie's Rescue Rangers'' (1973)(1973) (not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDalesRescueRangers'')
30th Mar '18 10:56:35 AM DarkStorm
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* InkSuitActor: Rick Springfield on ''Mission: Magic!''; most of the casts of ''Star Trek: The Animated Series'' and ''The New Adventures of Gilligan''.

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* InkSuitActor: Rick Springfield on ''Mission: Magic!''; most of the casts of ''Star Trek: The Animated Series'' and Series'', ''The New Adventures of Gilligan''.Gilligan'', and ''The Brady Kids''.
30th Mar '18 10:36:18 AM DarkStorm
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* DemBones: ''The Groovie Goolies'' featured a skeleton band called "The Bare Bones Band", A skeleton named "[[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Bone-Apart]]",who was dressed in a Napoleonic hat and was constantly falling apart ([[IncrediblyLamePun Groan!]]) and later, "Scared Stiff" on ''Ghostbusters'' was a [[SkeleBot9000 skeletal robot ghost]] (who was ALSO constantly falling apart) -- and, of course, Skeletor, at least from the neck up.

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* DemBones: ''The Groovie Goolies'' featured a skeleton band called "The Bare Bones Band", A skeleton named "[[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Bone-Apart]]",who Bone-Apart]]", who was dressed in a Napoleonic hat and was constantly falling apart ([[IncrediblyLamePun Groan!]]) and later, "Scared Stiff" on ''Ghostbusters'' was a [[SkeleBot9000 skeletal robot ghost]] (who was ALSO constantly falling apart) -- and, of course, Skeletor, at least from the neck up.



* DullSurprise

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* DullSurpriseDullSurprise: A side-effect of the LimitedAnimation. The characters didn't actually have that many expressions.



* SmallAnnoyingCreature: For some unholy reason a favorite character with Filmation, including Ping and Pong the Pandas in ''The Brady Kids'', Ptolemy and Tut-Tut on ''Mission: Magic!'', Batmite in the ''The New Adventures of Batman'', Mo in ''WesternAnimation/SpaceSentinels'', The "Trobbits" in ''Blackstar'', Orko in ''He-Man'', Cowl and Imp in ''She-Ra'', Belfry and Brat-A-Rat in ''Ghostbusters'', Deputy Fuzz and his crooked cousing Outlaw Scuzz in ''Bravestarr''.

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* SmallAnnoyingCreature: For some unholy reason a favorite character with Filmation, including Ping and Pong the Pandas in ''The Brady Kids'', Ptolemy and Tut-Tut on ''Mission: Magic!'', Batmite in the ''The New Adventures of Batman'', Mo in ''WesternAnimation/SpaceSentinels'', The "Trobbits" in ''Blackstar'', Orko in ''He-Man'', Cowl and Imp in ''She-Ra'', Belfry and Brat-A-Rat in ''Ghostbusters'', Deputy Fuzz and his crooked cousing cousin Outlaw Scuzz in ''Bravestarr''.



* TransformationSequence: ''He-Man''; ''She-Ra''; ''Bravestarr''; ''Ghostbusters.'' One of Filmation's favorite methods for avoiding new animation.

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* TransformationSequence: ''He-Man''; The title characters of ''He-Man'' and ''She-Ra''; Thirty-Thirty of ''Bravestarr''; ''Ghostbusters.'' the animated ''Ghostbusters''; ''Web Woman'' from Tarzan and the Super 7; Micro Woman of ''Super Stretch and Micro Woman''; and many many others. One of Filmation's favorite methods for avoiding new animation.animation (not that it was limited to their animated shows, as the sequences in the live-action Shazam! and Isis series demonstrated).
17th Mar '18 12:06:28 PM philipnova798
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The studio was run on a shoestring budget, so they had to limit costs wherever possible. This condition was aggravated by Filmation's "people before art" policies which forbade the company from outsourcing jobs to cheaper foreign animation studios, known in those days as "runaway production."[[note]]Although they did work with Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} on ''Zorro''. However, ''Zorro'' was even cheaper to produce than TMS's own domestic productions, and TMS paid their staff members more than Filmation did—to put ''that'' in perspective, a typical episode of an American cartoon usually has around 3 times ($300,000) the budget of a typical episode of an anime ($123,000)—showing just how cheap Filmation was. The only thing saving the American studio was the favourable yen-to-dollar exchange rate at the time; once that changed, they decided to just do the rest of their shows themselves. Scheimer later regretted sending the work overseas because it also upset several people in the company, some of who quit over the issue[[/note]] This resulted in Filmation's (in)famous cost-cutting techniques: LimitedAnimation and considerable reliance on [[StockFootage re-used footage]].

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The studio was run on a shoestring budget, so they had to limit costs wherever possible. This condition was aggravated by Filmation's "people before art" policies which forbade the company from outsourcing jobs to cheaper foreign animation studios, known in those days as "runaway production."[[note]]Although they did work with Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} on ''Zorro''. However, ''Zorro'' was even cheaper to produce than TMS's own domestic productions, and TMS paid their staff members more than Filmation did—to put ''that'' in perspective, a typical episode of an American cartoon usually has around 3 times ($300,000) the budget of a typical episode of an anime ($123,000)—showing just how cheap Filmation was. The only thing saving the American studio was the favourable yen-to-dollar exchange rate at the time; once that changed, they decided to just do the rest of their shows themselves. Scheimer later regretted sending the work overseas because it also upset several people in the company, company (And soon after, the union itself), some of who quit over the issue[[/note]] This resulted in Filmation's (in)famous cost-cutting techniques: LimitedAnimation and considerable reliance on [[StockFootage re-used footage]].
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