Lou Scheimer, founder of the ever beloved studio Fimation, passed Thursday the 17th of October at the age of 84. He founded Filmation Associates in 1962 with a $5,000 loan from his mother-in-law and set up shop in a one-room office. It’s first series to be produced was ‘Rod Rocket’, a little known series about a space traveling boy who battled Russian explorers. Scheimer wanted to take the Filmation to the next level by taking an already well known character and giving him new depth and colour. He looked to mild mannered reporter, Clark Kent and his alter-ego Superman. Dc Comics wanted to visit the studio to see if it could handle the work. Filmation at the time had a virtually no existent staff at the time. Lou refused to loose the chance and called everyone one he knew – family, friends, and the such.” “I called everybody I knew,” Scheimer said in a documentary about the cartoon series, “and we filled the place up with people doing fake drawings.” The ruse worked, DC Comics was impressed by the Studio’s resources…… and “The New Adventures of Superman”, Filmation’s first big hit, was born.
Filmation went on to make many shows that still have a great influence on an older generation of children today. Source: Los Angeles Times