(of course, the toy concept came first)...
This is history repeating itself, though, because something similar happened with Filmation's Flash Gordon. In 1979 they made an animated feature with gorgeously lush animation.
Any information about the toy line that was to go into that? I know about the inflatable rocketship, but I seem to remember a blue metal craft--although that might have been from the live action movie--I seem to remember that one looking like the Ajax...
I didn't mean the toy comment to refer to Flash Gordon
, just BraveStarr
. I don't know if there were any toy plans for FG.
I wonder who built the physical models that were the basis for the drawings used in the animation...
Now, this I can answer, thanks to Lou Scheimer and Andy Mangels's book Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation
. From p. 166:
The models of the ships -- worked on by John Grusd and Paul Huston -- were painted white and covered in thin black lines, then filmed in live-action with a computerized camera. The film negatives were then printed as cels, creating "positive" versions of the ships for the animators to use.
Grusd and Huston, IMDb reveals, were also the creators of the miniature effects for Filmation's Space Academy
and Jason of Star Command
from around the same time, so that comes as no surprise. IMDb also states that the photography for the miniatures in Flash Gordon
was done by Michael J. McAlister and Pat Sweeney -- both of whom would go on to long careers with ILM and other companies and are major names in the effects industry to this day.