History Creator / Filmation

26th Dec '16 3:56:23 PM PaulA
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Throughout the 1970s, Filmation produced some well-regarded {{animated adaptation}}s of various series, such as ''[[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon The New Adventures of Flash Gordon]]''; ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, Lord of the Jungle''; ''Franchise/{{Zorro}};'' ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', as well as some less well-regarded ones, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'' (whose dancing pandas and helicopter-tailed wizard bird are [[ShoutOut deployed]] to hilarious effect in a MushroomSamba sequence in ''[[Series/TheBradyBunch A Very Brady Sequel]]''), ''[[Series/GilligansIsland The New Adventures of Gilligan]]'', ''My Favorite Martians'', and ''WesternAnimation/UncleCrocsBlock'', which featured an all-canine version of ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' called "M*U*S*H".

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Throughout the 1970s, Filmation produced some well-regarded {{animated adaptation}}s of various series, such as ''[[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon ''[[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon1979 The New Adventures of Flash Gordon]]''; ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, Lord of the Jungle''; ''Franchise/{{Zorro}};'' ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', as well as some less well-regarded ones, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'' (whose dancing pandas and helicopter-tailed wizard bird are [[ShoutOut deployed]] to hilarious effect in a MushroomSamba sequence in ''[[Series/TheBradyBunch A Very Brady Sequel]]''), ''[[Series/GilligansIsland The New Adventures of Gilligan]]'', ''My Favorite Martians'', and ''WesternAnimation/UncleCrocsBlock'', which featured an all-canine version of ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' called "M*U*S*H".



* ''[[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon The New Adventures of Flash Gordon]]'' (1979; referred to onscreen as simply "Flash Gordon")

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon ''[[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon1979 The New Adventures of Flash Gordon]]'' (1979; referred to onscreen as simply "Flash Gordon")
7th Dec '16 1:35:05 AM Xtifr
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'''Filmation''' was an [[WesternAnimation American animation]] studio founded in 1963 by Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott that, along with Creator/HannaBarbera, dominated the American Saturday morning cartoon market throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, particularly in the genre of action-adventure cartoons.

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'''Filmation''' Filmation was an [[WesternAnimation American animation]] studio founded in 1963 by Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott that, along with Creator/HannaBarbera, dominated the American Saturday morning cartoon market throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, particularly in the genre of action-adventure cartoons.
9th Nov '16 7:03:03 PM philipnova798
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* ''Series/SesameStreet'' (1969; created new ''Batman'' and ''Superman'' segments for the first season)

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* ''Series/SesameStreet'' (1969; created new ''Archie'', ''Batman'' and ''Superman'' segments for the first season)
9th Nov '16 7:00:03 PM philipnova798
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* ''Series/SesameStreet'' (1969; created new ''Batman'' and ''Superman'' segments for the first season)
6th Nov '16 10:15:02 PM philipnova798
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* NowWhichOneWasThatVoice: Though not made all that hard given Lou Scheimer's penchant for providing the majority of the voices in most of their cartoons.
6th Nov '16 9:30:41 PM philipnova798
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Filmation was owned first by [=TelePrompTer=] and later by Westinghouse (the logo above being rendered in the distinctive [[http://www.fontspace.com/john-sizemore/westinghouse "Group W" font]] shared among most Westinghouse broadcasting assets), but was bought by the L'Oreal Corporation in 1987 and promptly shut down, probably for tax purposes. Its last production to be released was the theatrical feature ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter'', an unofficial sequel to Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (featuring seven "dwarfelles" in place of dwarfs), six years after the studio was killed.[[note]]Their last production to be released while the studio was still in business was ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'' in 1987, a similar attempt by Filmation to ape Disney.[[/note]] Attempts by founder Lou Scheimer to [[IncrediblyLamePun re-animate]] the studio proved unsuccessful; Scheimer died in 2013. The studio's library is currently owned by [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]], on behalf of Creator/DreamWorksAnimation.

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Filmation was owned first by [=TelePrompTer=] and later by Westinghouse (the logo above being rendered in the distinctive [[http://www.fontspace.com/john-sizemore/westinghouse "Group W" font]] shared among most Westinghouse broadcasting assets), but was bought by the L'Oreal Corporation in 1987 and promptly shut down, probably for tax purposes. Its last production to be released was the theatrical feature ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter'', an unofficial sequel to Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (featuring seven "dwarfelles" in place of dwarfs), six years after the studio was killed.[[note]]Their last production to be released while the studio was still in business was ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'' in 1987, a similar attempt by Filmation to ape Disney.[[/note]] Attempts by founder Lou Scheimer to [[IncrediblyLamePun re-animate]] the studio proved unsuccessful; Scheimer died in 2013. The studio's library is currently owned by [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]], on behalf of Creator/DreamWorksAnimation.
Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. A retrospective co-written by Scheimer in 2012 entitled "Creating the Filmation Generation" was released.



* ''The Archie Comedy Hour'' (1969; one of the first series to use the Lou Scheimer / Norm Prescott "wheel" credit)

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* ''The Archie Comedy Hour'' (1969; one of the first series to use the Lou Scheimer / Norm Scheimer[=/=]Norm Prescott "wheel" credit)



** Even despite this, Scheimer was '''''heavily''''' vocal about Creator/HannaBarbera and the shortcuts they took to achieve their animation. Especially the RingAroundTheCollar technique.

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** Even despite this, Scheimer was '''''heavily''''' vocal about Creator/HannaBarbera and the shortcuts they took to achieve their animation. Especially the RingAroundTheCollar technique. Part of this backlash stems from his brief time working for them on ''WesternAnimation/TheRuffAndReddyShow''.
6th Nov '16 1:49:09 PM Mario1995
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Filmation was owned first by [=TelePrompTer=] and later by Westinghouse (the logo above being rendered in the distinctive [[http://www.fontspace.com/john-sizemore/westinghouse "Group W" font]] shared among most Westinghouse broadcasting assets), but was bought by the L'Oreal Corporation in 1987 and promptly shut down, probably for tax purposes. Its last production to be released was the theatrical feature ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter'', an unofficial sequel to Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (featuring seven "dwarfelles" in place of dwarfs), six years after the studio was killed.[[note]]Their last production to be released while the studio was still in business was ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'' in 1987, a similar attempt by Filmation to ape Disney.[[/note]] Attempts by founder Lou Scheimer to [[IncrediblyLamePun re-animate]] the studio proved unsuccessful; Scheimer died in 2013. The studio's library is currently owned by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, which itself was recently acquired by [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]].

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Filmation was owned first by [=TelePrompTer=] and later by Westinghouse (the logo above being rendered in the distinctive [[http://www.fontspace.com/john-sizemore/westinghouse "Group W" font]] shared among most Westinghouse broadcasting assets), but was bought by the L'Oreal Corporation in 1987 and promptly shut down, probably for tax purposes. Its last production to be released was the theatrical feature ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter'', an unofficial sequel to Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (featuring seven "dwarfelles" in place of dwarfs), six years after the studio was killed.[[note]]Their last production to be released while the studio was still in business was ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'' in 1987, a similar attempt by Filmation to ape Disney.[[/note]] Attempts by founder Lou Scheimer to [[IncrediblyLamePun re-animate]] the studio proved unsuccessful; Scheimer died in 2013. The studio's library is currently owned by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, which itself was recently acquired by [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]].
Universal]], on behalf of Creator/DreamWorksAnimation.
1st Nov '16 7:14:52 PM philipnova798
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** Even despite this, Scheimer was '''''heavily''''' vocal about Creator/HannaBarbera and the shortcuts they took to achieve their animation.

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** Even despite this, Scheimer was '''''heavily''''' vocal about Creator/HannaBarbera and the shortcuts they took to achieve their animation. Especially the RingAroundTheCollar technique.
1st Nov '16 11:57:29 AM CorahsUncle
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Filmation owned the rights to a 1975 live-action series called ''The Ghost Busters'' starring ''Series/FTroop'' co-stars Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch (one of Filmation's favorite voice actors), and a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys guy in a gorilla suit]]. ColumbiaPictures had to apply for the rights to call its 1984 movie ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}},'' and after its success, Filmation revived the series in animated format, now called simply ''[[WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters Ghostbusters]]''. The SpinOff animated show from the movie thus became ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters,'' while Filmation's version was for a while named ''The Original Ghostbusters.''

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Filmation owned the rights to a 1975 live-action series called ''The Ghost Busters'' starring ''Series/FTroop'' co-stars Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch (one of Filmation's favorite voice actors), and a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys guy in a gorilla suit]]. ColumbiaPictures had to apply for the rights to call its 1984 movie ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}},'' and after its success, Filmation revived the series in animated format, now called simply ''[[WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters Ghostbusters]]''. The SpinOff animated show from the movie thus became ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters,'' while Filmation's version was for a while named ''The Original Ghostbusters.''
Ghostbusters''.



* 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...)
* BrattyHalfPint: Batso, Ratso, and Hauntleroy on ''Groovie Goolies''; Brat-A-Rat on ''Ghostbusters''; Imp on ''She-Ra.''

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* BlackMagicianGirl: Evil-Lyn on ''He-Man;'' Apparitia and Mysteria on ''Ghostbusters''; Shadow Weaver on ''She-Ra'' (She (she actually looks a little bit like a Black Mage...)
* BrattyHalfPint: Batso, Ratso, and Hauntleroy on ''Groovie Goolies''; Brat-A-Rat on ''Ghostbusters''; Imp on ''She-Ra.''''She-Ra''.



* EndOfAnEra: Contributed twice to the downfall of domestically-animated TV cartoons:

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* EndOfAnEra: Contributed twice to the downfall of domestically-animated domestically animated TV cartoons:



* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Tracy on ''Ghostbusters''; N'kima on ''Tarzan.''

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Tracy on ''Ghostbusters''; N'kima on ''Tarzan.''''Tarzan''.



* 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 ''The New Adventures of Gilligan.''Gilligan''.



* 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,'' Kids'', Ptolemy and Tut-Tut on ''Mission: Magic!,'' Magic!'', Batmite in the ''The New Adventures of Batman,'' Batman'', Mo in ''WesternAnimation/SpaceSentinels'', The "Trobbits" in ''Blackstar,'' ''Blackstar'', Orko in ''He-Man,'' ''He-Man'', Cowl and Imp in ''She-Ra,'' ''She-Ra'', Belfry and Brat-A-Rat in ''Ghostbusters,'' ''Ghostbusters'', Deputy Fuzz and his crooked cousing Outlaw Scuzz in ''Bravestarr.''''Bravestarr''.



* StockSoundEffects: Many of the sound effects in Filmation's cartoons were low-quality copies of the Creator/HannaBarbera sound effects (often with a more audible echo, or at a slightly lower pitch), along with a few custom-created sounds and some stock sounds from Disney's cartoons (by Creator/JimmyMacDonald.) Some sound effects were borrowed from the original ''StarTrek'' series such as the phaser, photon torpedo, and transporter sound effects. The distinctive "heat ray" sound from the 1950's ''War of the Worlds'' film also gets used a lot.

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* StockSoundEffects: Many of the sound effects in Filmation's cartoons were low-quality copies of the Creator/HannaBarbera sound effects (often with a more audible echo, or at a slightly lower pitch), along with a few custom-created sounds and some stock sounds from Disney's cartoons (by Creator/JimmyMacDonald.) Creator/JimmyMacDonald). Some sound effects were borrowed from the original ''StarTrek'' series such as the phaser, photon torpedo, and transporter sound effects. The distinctive "heat ray" sound from the 1950's 1950s ''War of the Worlds'' film also gets used a lot.
1st Nov '16 11:44:46 AM philipnova798
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** Even despite this, Scheimer was '''''heavily''''' vocal about the shortcuts that Creator/HannaBarbara took to achieve their animation.

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** Even despite this, Scheimer was '''''heavily''''' vocal about Creator/HannaBarbera and the shortcuts that Creator/HannaBarbara they took to achieve their animation.
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