TV animation producer Lou Scheimer has passed away at the age of 84 from complications of Parkinsons Disease.
He started his career as an artist at Walter Lantz and for Warner Bros.Cartoons commercial division in the 1950s, and later began making TV animation with partner Norman Prescott and director Hal Sutherland as one of the founders of Filmation in the 1960s. He was the exec producer of numerous Saturday Morning TV series including The New Adventures of Superman, The Archies, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Fat Albert, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Shazam, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and She-Ra Princess of Power... among dozens of others. Among the feature films he was involved with was Journey Back To Oz, which starred the voice of Liza Minelli.
A hero in some circles, vilified in others, Scheimer gave work to many animation veterans who were laid off from Disney, Warner Bros. and MGM – and gave starts to many of today’s leading lights including creator John Kricfalusi, director Tom Sito, and writer Tom Minton.
He received a primetime Emmy nom for the 1977 production Fat Albert Christmas Special. In 2003, ASIFA-Hollywood gave him an Annie for Special Achievement in Animation.
In tribute, here are just a few of the things Scheimer will be remembered for…