Filmation Alum Get Animated

Hundreds of Filmation alumni steamed through the Money Pancho restaurant in Calabasas last weekend to reminisce and toast Lou Scheimer, the animator who headed up Filmation Studios in Los Angeles from 1967 and 1987.

Scheimer has gone down in the annals of animation history as the studio head who refused to send animation work out of the U.S. Though he specialized in low-budget, limited animation fare such as He-Man, She-Ra and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, he refused to follow the increasingly common practice of sending work to service providers in Canada and the Pacific Rim.

Scheimer’s founding partners, Norm Prescott and Hal Sutherland, were on hand as well as a who’s who of animation folk who said they love and respect Scheimer for his dedication to animation in Los Angeles.

Merle Welton, a checker for his studio and current vp of Women in Animation, said, "Few people realize that after the demise of his studio, Lou wrote letters for all of us, which made us eligible for a little know government program to retrain in new areas, like computer animation, to enable us to find new jobs. Besides the obvious chance to network, I think most of the attendees just wanted to treasure the good old days."

Stories and margaritas flowed as the nearly 300 attendees talked about making it a yearly event.

If you’d like to catch up with Lou and his daughter Erika, as well as see loads more photos from the reunion, check out: www.louscheimerproductions.com