R.I.P. Lou „Master of the Universe“ Scheimer

Lou Scheimer, Schöpfer von He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, die Serie, die den Toys von Mattel damals zum weltweiten Durchbruch verhalf, ist am Donnerstag im Alter von 85 Jahren gestorben. Der Mann hatte die Serie nicht nur produziert, sondern auch den Soundtrack aufgenommen und mehrere Stimmen zum Cartoon beigetragen, unter anderem Orko aus dem Zauberland. Außerdem hatte er einen Emmy für seine animierte Star Trek-Serie gewonnen. Ich werde ihn wahrscheinlich vor allem für seine 80s-Version von Mighty Mouse in Erinnerung behalten. R.I.P. Lou.

In 1974, Scheimer won a Daytime Emmy for ‘Star Trek’ an animated continuation of the classic sixties show. Other shows produced during this decade included ‘Mission Magic’ (Rick Springfield’s big break!), ‘Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle’, ‘The New Adventures of Flash Gordon’ and ‘The New Adventures of Batman’.

The most notable of Scheimer’s contributions to the eighties was without a doubt ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’ and its spin-off ‘She-Ra, Princess of Power’. ‘Masters of the Universe’ was a toy line produced by Mattel who approached Filmation about creating a cartoon to feature the various action figures, playsets and vehicles, basically enticing kids to want to buy the corresponding toys. Not content to simply churn out a mindless commercial, Scheimer insisted they build in those morals and lessons so many of his previous shows had included. Not just tacked onto the end, but woven into the actual storylines, so that at the end of the episode, the moral made sense. Both the toys and cartoon were a smash hit!

R.I.P. Animation Maverick Lou Scheimer