Lou Scheimer reported dead
Over the years, Star Trek has been nominated for over 150 Emmys, and has won 34 (according to Memory Alpha).
Most of them have been technical awards, although we have to note Leonard Nimoy’s nominations for acting.
Only one series has won for being the best series…Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Who received the award for Outstanding Entertainment Children’s Series? Filmation founders Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott.
Lou Scheimer made many geek-friendly shows, often working with iconic properties (including Tarzan, Flash Gordon, and Batman). While the shows for the most part were certainly Saturday morning material, they often featured human beings with human emotions (even if they were in extraordinary circumstances).
Scheimer also did voice work on several series. including Orko on He-Man and Bat-villain Clayface (opposite Adam West and Burt Ward) on Tarzan and the Super 7.
That ability to attract actors from the live action shows to voice their cartoon counterparts was part of what made Filmation shows of lasting interest.
He also would do parodies of geek shows, including Waldo Kitty doing Star Trek and a parody of the Six Million Dollar Man on Uncle Croc’s Block.
There are too many credits to list them all, but here are some highlights:
- The New Adventures of Superman (Bud Collyer)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- The Archie Show
- Fantastic Voyage
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
- Sabrina and the Groovy Ghoulies
- My Favorite Martians (Jonathan Harris)
- Journey Back to Oz
- Uncle Croc’s Block (one of my favorites)
- The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty
- Shazam! (live action)
- Isis (live action)
- Ark II
- The New Adventures of Batman
- Space Sentinels
- Space Academy
- Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
- The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle
- Jason of Star Command
- Flash Gordon
- Gilligan’s Planet
Good-bye, Lou Scheimer…the world is a little less animated without you.