Museum to honor cartoon visionary

Staff report


The ToonSeum museum of comic and cartoon art will celebrate the life and legacy of Filmation co-founder and producer Lou Scheimer, who grew up in Pittsburgh and died Oct. 17.

A public celebration for fans will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave., downtown.

Scheimer produced some of the most iconic animated television shows in history including “Fat Albert,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” “The Archies” and “Star Trek: The Animated Series.”

His shows often featured strong messages of morality and didn’t shy away from difficult subject matter.

Upon graduating from Carnegie Tech University (now Carnegie-Mellon) in 1952, Scheimer began working in the television industry.

He co-founded Filmation Studios in 1962, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of its first animated project, “Rod Rocket.”

In 2011, the ToonSeum named the Lou Scheimer Gallery in his honor.

Scheimer and his daughter, Erika, cut the ribbon using replicas of He-Man and She-Ra’s swords.

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