R.I.P. Lou Scheimer (1929-2013) (Producer of TAS)

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by MANT!, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. MANT!

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    It may have been Cheap Star Trek, but it was still Star Trek..

    requiescat in pace, Lou you were a big part of my childhood..
     
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  3. bbailey861

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    Indeed is was. RIP.
     
  4. RandyS

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    Wow. He died on his birthday?

    RIP.
     
  5. Mysterion

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    Bummer. He was responsible for some very entertaining work. Judging from the interviews on the DVDs for Space Academy, Ark II, and Jason of Star Command, he was a really interesting and engaging guy who I think i would have liked to have met in person.

    RIP.
     
  6. Christopher

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    It's quite a loss. Scheimer and his colleagues probably had more influence on me in my childhood than any other non-family member except Gene Roddenberry. Filmation's shows helped shape my values and beliefs.

    My sympathies also go out to my colleague Andy Mangels, a former Star Trek novelist who also produced the Filmation DVDs released in recent years and wrote books about Filmation and Scheimer, including the recent biography Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation. Andy was a good friend of Scheimer's and I know this is a major loss for him.
     
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    Sad to see him go. We animation fans owe him a lot. Thanks, Lou.

    Hey-hey-hey.
     
  8. jpv2000

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    RIP Lou. My prayers for all family and friends.
     
  9. publiusr

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    He will be missed
    This makes me wish Cartoon Network would show Filmation programs late at night--
     
  10. Galileo7

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    Agree.

    Lou Scheimer's Filmation shows made every Saturday morning enjoyable for me as a boy in the '70s.

    R.I.P.
     
  11. Lieut. Arex

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    goodbye and thank you
     
  12. J.T.B.

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    Very sorry to hear this. When I was a kid, I learned to look for the Filmation "label" and, to me, their shows were a notch above the rest. R.I.P.
     
  13. Christopher

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    ^I appreciate your tribute avatar, J.T.B. That "credit wheel" was an unforgettable signature, and is probably a large part of why we became so aware of the names Scheimer and Prescott as we watched their shows.
     
  14. Daddy Todd

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    This is very sad. I just read Lou's (with Andy Mangels help) memoirs a couple months back. And even when discussing shows that were well past my first cartoon-watching years, it was always an engaging read. I recommend it highly!

    RIP Lou.
     
  15. MANT!

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    I do like how the credit wheel gave BOTH of those men top billing!
     
  16. Christopher

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    Yeah, I always figured that was part of the reason for it. But it was certainly a memorable solution. I think that as a child, I came to think of their shows as "Lou Scheimer-Norm Prescott shows" (not necessarily in that order) before I became aware of the name Filmation.
     
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  18. Kirk1980

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    Scheimer was also one of the few who kept animation in this country at a cost to himself. Whatever you can say about the quality of the animation, I always found Filmation shows to have a heart and soul not many children's programs can match.

    Hell, the Star Trek stuff was so good it was pretty much like a fourth season.
     
  19. jayrath

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    RIP indeed! Two things about him, Filmation and TAS:

    First, whatever the artistic limitations, Scheimer gave Fontana and Roddenberry complete creative control. Other studios would have given us youngster Kirk and Spock at the Academy, and/or wacky sidekicks.

    Second, in reading interviews with Scheimer, it's very clear that he just plain got a hell of a kick out of doing TAS. He was so excited the few times he was able to assemble the entire cast for voice work. He couldn't resist doing a few voices himself.

    One more thing: Trek on a budget? TAS sure was. But it was produced entirely in the U.S. by union animators. These days all the real animation work is shipped overseas.
     
  20. Christopher

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    ^Well, Scheimer did voices on almost every Filmation show.