Growing up, I was very familiar with Filmation’s Superman and Aquaman cartoons, before their Batman and Robin series stole the show. However, my admiration for Lou Scheimer grew by bounds when I purchased the Superman Filmation Animated DVD. In one of the extra features, Scheimer told the amazing story in which he hoodwinked National Publications (later DC Comics) with a mad plot to showcase his completely imaginary staff and animation house.
I love that he adds with a wicked chuckle that he later met one of the execs who was part of that ‘office visit’ and revealed his trick… and they were not happy to hear this story.
Additionally, the special feature explained the Scheimer kept his animation studio going without sourcing the duties overseas until he was forced to close his doors. Normally that kind of thing doesn’t impact me, but hearing the story of Filmation made this very poignant. I wish I had met Mr. Scheimer when he was still alive, but I am sure that I am not alone in saying that he made a huge impact on my happier childhood memories (and those of my son too who adores these cartoons).
Raise a glass.