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Charles
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From the early 1960s through the 70s and into the late 80s, Filmation Studios produced lots of animation, almost all of it for TV except for a a few feature films that were, well...

I was looking through the Web the other day searching for original production artwork from Filmation that might be featured on the Internet somewhere. Besides some animation cels, there doesn't seem to be any.

I recall when I worked there, it wasn't a priority to save artwork. I remember the studio pretty much discarded the art after it was used.

Recently I was contacted by someone who was interested in seeing if any original Filmation artwork existed as they informed me that it doesn't seem to be the case. Which prompted my search and it appears they may be correct.

Is there anyone around, Filmation alum or fan of their cartoons, that can let us know if there's any artwork from the Filmation years floating around somewhere that you're personally aware of?

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Like He Man and She Ra stuff? There's no original art out there??? no way? I would think people who eat that sht up. Filmation wasn't my favorite, but it was huge! I watched that stuff. Tarzan, Brave Star. that stuff had a huge following. I remember my friends had the castle and all the huge figures. and the cartoons were just so fricken classic.

Now I'm curious. I just saw animation cells on google. I don't see much of anything. fan sites with fan art.thats it

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I really don't think there's anything out there. I think all of the original artwork from 26 years of Filmation Studios is gone. From 1963 until 1989 when they closed their doors suddenly and for good. Whatever was left must have been tossed when the studio wrapped up operations.

Not animation cels, but original drawings. Development drawings, character designs, backgrounds, storyboards, animation, bet it's virtually non-existent.

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I remember when I took a drawing class at the Old Union seeing some Filmation drawings hanging up up in a bulliten board that was behind glass. (If Im remembering correctly) Not sure if its up at the new building.

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Animation Meat has some downloadable Model Sheets from the Filmation Archie cartoon. http://animationmeat.com/modelsheets/filmationarchies/filmationarchies.html

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I can't remember are these Filmation?

Hurculoids
http://animationmeat.com/modelsheets/herculoids/herculoids.html

Space Ghost
http://animationmeat.com/modelsheets/spaceghost/spaceghost.html

Wacky Races
http://animationmeat.com/modelsheets/wackyraces/wackyraces.html

Flintstones
http://animationmeat.com/modelsheets/flintstones/flintstones.html

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I know that you don't want cels, but Van Eaton Gallery in Sherman Oaks has Filmation Cels

http://vegalleries.com/filmaopc.html#super

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Charles
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Thanks Paul. Herculoids, Space Ghost, Wacky Races and Flintstones were all from Hanna Barbera. The model sheets from the Archies are good reference, but I doubt if the original drawings are around anywhere. I'm aware of the animation cels at Van Eaton Galleries. They seem to be about the only tangible original material from Filmation cartoons but they don;lt seem to have any original art.

Ironically at the animation lab I teach in at CSUN, there's a series of cels from Filmation's Zorro which are on display in class.

Besides animation cels, there doesn't seem to be any original art from Filmation.

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Charles
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My delving into the subject of existing original artwork created at Filmation was prompted by communication I've received from people asking me about my experiences there. When I told them what I have, they were shocked. I didn't realize the significance of it but they did. As a result of my research into this, I've realized the significance of it as well.

When I was working there, developing He-Man, She-Ra, and Bravestarr namely, Filmation's biggest cartoons from the 80s, I learned that they threw out artwork once they were done with it. Some really wonderful stuff by artists like Bruce Timm, Dan St. Pierre, Lorenzo Martinez, Bruce Zick and many more great artists who went on to stellar status. I felt very strongly that this was wrong, so I did what I could to at least save my own artwork for posterity instead of letting it get dumped like everything else.

I had an understanding with my supervisor that once the use of my art was done, I could take the originals with me instead of letting them get tossed. So in the time I was working on these shows, I managed to save alot of the art I created. Original art that was used in the development and production of the shows I mentioned above, plus a few more.

As it turns out, from what I'm told, I may have the only collection of original art created at Filmation that is still in existence. I've got a couple of boxes full of this stuff dating back to the inception of He-Man, She-Ra and Bravestarr. Quite a bit of material.

So there is some artistic history from that time at Fimation that's been saved.

If you know of anything else around as far as original art goes please feel free to mention it here. It would be great to take an inventory of exactly what's out there.

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I do remember in a star trek fan magazine back in the 70s, pre star trek feature, one could order a cel for $10.00.

Perhaps they felt there was a market only for Star Trek Cels back then?

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I don't know what they were thinking Graphiteman. In any case, it's more about animation history. From what I'm told the collection I have is very important in that regard. It's the only part of the creative experience at Filmation that is still tangible when it comes to original art. Not animation cels, but the actual drawings and character designs that were used to develop the series I mentioned.

Plus I have model packages that were used in production and much of the artwork is still in the original production folders that were used at the studio for organizing work. Some of the drawings date back to 1982. The period is between 1982 and 1986 when Filmation was at its peak. Some of the pages are yellowed with age but in really good condition. They've been lying around in storage for going on 3 decades. I took them out to see what I had a few months ago and surprised myself. That's when I realized what I had, especially when I found out that original art from Filmation is pretty much a non-existent thing.

Anyone out there who's aware of original production art from the studio please check in and keep us informed.

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Oh man, check this out! In my search for original Filmation artwork, I found a character I designed for the He-Man series that's been produced as a custom action figure.

This is Batros. He appeared in an episode in the second season...

http://nerdcityonline.com/search/batros/

I still have the original artwork for him. Concept sketches, head turn and full figure rotation.

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I so remember that toy. My neighbor was a He Man freak. had all the toys. I'd bring my gi joes and we'd fight. He Man toys were like giants to joes though, yo no!

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I was at Filmation from 1981 to Black Friday 1989. I have a few boxes of art from those days. Most are xerox copies of boards and model sheets. I have some cels that I salvaged from dumpster diving behind the studio. Not much original art except for a folder of background layouts from He-Man, all in blue pencil. One of these days I should catalog them.

Tom Sito and Tom Tataranowicz salvaged a pile of cells destined for the dump back then when more warehouse space was needed. Most of those cels were donated to children's hospitals.

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I was at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks last Saturday for the event they sponsored with Adreas Deja. I went through the collection of Filmation art they had on stock. It wasn't much, almost all of it animation cels. But in what they had, I noticed there were a lot of images that involved things I designed. I was surprised to see that.

There's almost nothing out there when it comes to original artwork. The blue line layouts you saved from the He-Man show Rob are rare.

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Well I k ASIFA's gallery is always getting animation art donations and scanning it into their online databases for their library. You can only see it I believe on site, maybe that might be a good place to look?

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They have a lot of stuff there but I doubt if there's anything significant from Filmation. The studio threw everything away. Besides animation cels, the only original art that exists is work that individuals working there made an attempt to save.

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