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USTownhall RealStories presents author ANDY MANGELS
Written by Scott Katz   
Friday, 07 December 2012 13:45

Lou-Scheimer-Filmation-resize2We recently interviewed USA Today best-selling author and DVD documentary producer Andy Mangels to discuss his latest book, the years-in-the-making Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation.  Weighing in at 288 pages, this book, co-written with Lou Scheimer himself, is part biography and part business history as it chronicles both Lou's life and the life of the Filmation animation studio, one of the preeminent television animation producers for over 25 years.

As in-depth as this interview is, it can give you only a taste of what happened behind the scenes in the often harsh world of television production.  Although shuttered in the late 1980s, Filmation's legacy endures today as many of its classic series are available to own on DVD, and many of today's top animators got their start at this legendary animation studio.

For more, including information on how to order Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation, please visit www.andymangels.com and www.twomorrows.com


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Intro & overview of the Filmation studio and the shows it produced

1:09:40 L'Oreal buys Filmation leading to the demise of the studio
3:25 Filmation's use of licensed properties such as The Archies, Star Trek, etc.; Archie song segments as a precursor to music videos; Fat Albert introduces stories with morals and messages 1:13:00 Lou Scheimer's mood as he realized Filmation was being closed for good
9:30 Lou Scheimer's dedication to shows with a pro-social message & stories that had value in addition to entertainment; Filmation was first animation studio to feature minority characters that weren't racist caricatures 1:16:50 Mr. Mangels' personal appreciation for Filmation's output and innovations in the process of creating the book
12:20 Mr. Mangels discusses how he met Lou Scheimer while creating DVD documentaries for BCIEclipse animated DVD sets 1:20:00 Why is Filmation considered the also-ran when discussing television animated studios?; Stories of how Filmation cartoons have affected its audience
16:10 Interviewing Lou Scheimer for the book and including information that couldn't be included in the DVD documentaries 1:25:50 Lou Scheimer's feelings regarding fan reaction vs. critical reaction
19:35 Mr. Mangels talks about his extensive time interviewing Lou Scheimer and his sense of Mr. Scheimer as a person 1:28:25 Unfair critiques of Filmation by animation historians; Filmation's use of more realistally drawn characters, detailed backgrounds, and rotoscoping
22:40 Animation & special effects legends who got their start at Filmation; Filmation's commitment to keeping all its animation work in the United States 1:34:00 Filmation's going the extra mile in developing their licensed series in terms of hiring DC and Star Trek writers and hiring the original actors to reprise their voices for the animated series
27:35 How Pinky and the Brain was inspired by a Filmation cartoon; Some behind-the-scenes stories about the history of television animation; Filmation creating the weekday syndicated animation boom in the 1980s with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
1:37:10 Did Filmation's having so many licensed properties hurt their standing among animation historians?; Using Laugh-In writers in Filmation shows; Being ahead of the curve regarding diversity in series such as Isis and Fat Albert, among others
34:00 Relationship between Kid Super Power with Shazam and the Archies; Presenting all sides of the story besides Mr. Scheimer's recollections in the book; DC copyright lawsuit regarding Tarzan and the Super 7 characters 1:44:00 Many Hanna-Barbera shows could be traced back to a successful Filmation series
39:30 Filmation being sued by DC at the same time as being in business with DC; Filmation's plans for a new Batman live-action series starring Adam West & Burt Ward in the 1970s; Why Filmation never did a series for Marvel Comics; Batman being used by both Hanna-Barbera and Filmation in the 1970s; Behind the scenes in selling animated series to networks; Being inspired to create animation for weekday syndicated market 1:47:20 Status of Filmation series original materials today
51:50 Did the DC lawsuit hurt the working relationship with DC?; Changes in licensing in the post-Star Wars era; Cartoons based on toys including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 1:52:00 Status of materials for projects that never made it to series and never seen by the public; Filmation library recently purchased by DreamWorks
56:25 Filmation working with Mattel in creating the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series 1:55:30 Who has video rights to Filmation's licensed properties?; Why are some series released on DVD, but others are not?; Non-Filmation animated series Time-Life may release in the future
1:00:00 Internal thoughts at Filmation on their big gamble in producing the He-Man series; Increased competition in the wake of He-Man's success 2:00:00 Final notes from Mr. Mangels about his book and what readers can find in the book including the real story of how the Flintstones were created and when Lou Scheimer's father punched out Adolf Hitler!
1:05:00 Filmation's moral-based style suffering in comparison to GI Joe and Transformers; The rise of video games and their impact on animated programming






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