- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing; 01 edition (4 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160549044X
- ISBN-13: 978-1605490441
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 27.7 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation Paperback – 4 Dec 2012
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The book begins with Scheimer’s parents’ immigration to the United States and his childhood and schooling; from the foundation of Filmation onward, Scheimer keeps things mostly chronological but largely gives a show-by-show account of events. I only have one real complaint about the way the book is laid out—it would have been nice to get more information on the animation process earlier in the book so that certain portions would be easier to follow.
The book has a very conversational tone, which makes it extremely engaging. Scheimer’s personality really comes through unfiltered, and by all accounts, he was quite a character. He never met a tangent he didn’t like, but most of what he has to say is so interesting that it’s easily forgiven (e.g., his dad purportedly punched Hitler in the face).
Scheimer heavily emphasizes his passion and vision for animation throughout the book. He was a trailblazer, he says, for incorporating racial diversity into children’s cartoons, and for producing material that communicated values, morals, and instruction. He was also committed to keeping animation jobs in the United States when most studios were sending large amounts of work overseas (this is, in fact, one of the primary reasons for Filmation’s well-known and oft-maligned stock animation system.
This is a huge book—8.5” by 11”, and almost 300 pages—and it’s kind of unwieldy. It’s worth wrestling with, though, because of the vast number of pictures. Contrary to what its Amazon page would lead you to believe, however, the book is not in full color. Only pp. 209–224 are; the rest are in black and white, so caveat emptor. The book really could have done with some serious copyediting, especially to clean up Scheimer’s serial misuse of “I” when he should have used “me” and the redundancies in the writing (Mangels, isn’t that your job?).
For me, at least, the production and editorial knocks on the book are readily forgivable. Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation gave me a new appreciation for Scheimer, for Filmation, and for some of the cartoons I grew up with; I’m grateful simply that the book exists.
If any of the Filmation shows you grew up with are still meaningful to you as an adult, odds are you’ll find Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation well worth your time.
Mr. Scheimer's book was very informative and entertaining as he relates his stories in running his studio; dealing with staffers, voice performers, and tv network people; and revealing his personal stories and ideas that worked and didn't advance past the planning stages. He didn't pull any punches in communicating his thoughts about various creative folks, especially well-known controversial talents like Don Bluth and John Kricfalusi, who both previously worked for Filmation Studios, but probably won't list their experiences as career highlights.
For this regular tv viewer of Saturday mornings in the hip 1970s...I say thank you, Filmation.
I found myself highlighting trivia to share with anyone I can find to share it with later and also heading to youtube over and over to relive some of the shows that I had completely forgotten about. It was a very enjoyable experience overall and I recommend this book to anyone interested in Filmation in particular or reliving some of the old Saturday morning magic.
When he talks about caring for the people who worked for him -- he MEANS it!
Lou has always been a SUPERBLY ENTERTAINING raconteur -- the guy you'd most want to sit next to at dinner -- and this comes through in these pages.
The art and layout make for great eye-candy as well.
And the degree of DETAIL and its absolute ACCURACY (at least as far as many of the things which I witnessed personally) are simply stunning.
As someone who was "there" for much of this story, I'm just thrilled to know that Lou's legacy and his colorful history with Filmation have been so well memorialized for posterity. While it's hard to know if this book would be as meaningful and sentimental to an outsider, my guess is that if you're here reading this review -- then you have more than enough interest in the Filmation story to love the book every bit as much I did.
And let me assure you -- what you'll be reading is the truth -- no matter how outlandish it may sound!
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