Lou Scheimer, founder of Filmation, received the Comic Con Inkpot award on July 12, 2012 in recognition of significant achievements in the field of animation. Lou and a panel of Filmation luminaries including writer Buzz Dixon, director Tom Tataranowicz, animator Darrell McNeil, legendary actor Sid Haig, and moderator Andy Mangels discussed the studio’s early days and cultural influence. Lou was particularly noted for his work in preserving the U.S. animation industry during the 1980s via innovative cost saving measures while increasing the quality of the films. Although known mostly for animation, Filmation had some revolutionary live action shows starting with Ark II. Sid Haig regaled the audience with stories about filming Jason of Star Command. They shot an amazing 15 episodes in only five weeks.
The panel also showed an 8 minute short pilot of an animated Marx Brothers cartoon that was rejected by networks.
If you’re a fan of Filmation but missed the panel, don’t despair. Lou Scheimer and Andy Mangels just completed the book: Lou Scheimer: Creating The Filmation Generation which will be released in September of this year.