From 1962 through 1989 Filmation Associates was a powerhouse in the American animation industry. Under the leadership of Norm Prescott, Lou Scheimer and Hal Sutherland Filmation was a major player in the Saturday morning – then weekday afternoon – cartoon line-up and while they produced some original material they were known mostly for licensed features such as Superman, Fantastic Voyage, Star Trek and most famously He-Man. The company took some heat for using production shortcuts such as reusing stock footage and rotoscoping but the fact is they were working with incredibly small budgets and were the last animation company to cut costs by sending work offshore, preferring to keep local artists employed and feeding their families.
What is not generally known is that Filmation started out making instructional videos for churches and other religious groups, which is one of the reasons why there was always a sort of lesson or moral to each episode (“In today’s adventure Orko and Battle-Cat learned not to tap-dance in a mine-field”}.
Occasionally I will be told that some of my autobiographical blog posts end like a He-Man episode – with a summation or lesson winding up the story.
Thank you for noticing that.
I have no desire to preach, but I’ve learned a lot of things the hard way in my life – which means that I’ve been repeatedly knocked on my kiester. Fortunately, I have been able to get back up each time I’ve been knocked down but unfortunately I lack ownership of a functional time machine there is little I can do about changing what happened in my life.
…so maybe these little observations can help other people avoid some of the mine-fields I’ve tap-danced in.