Animation That's Out Of This World!

Filmations Flash Gordon

Growing up one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons was Filmations Flash Gordon.  Filmation had several series in the 70’s / 80’s that were excellent and made an impression on many children growing up during that time.  We all know about He Man and the Masters of the Universe, but before He Man was popular there was a series that I believe was one of the best TV cartoons ever made.  Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.  Unfortunately, we may never see this on dvd because currently Disney holds the rights to Tarzan.  Along with Tarzan was Star TrekSpace Sentinels, Freedom Force, Blackstar, the live action series Space Academy, Jason of Star Command, Ark II, Shazam, and every male teens dream goddess, Isis.  Then There was Flash Gordon.  I got a chance to have a lengthy conversation with Lou Scheimer several years ago and he told me that Flash was the series he was most proud of because he loved the Flash Gordon Serials as a child.  It was his dream to do a Flash Gordon series and he was very excited to get a chance to do it.  Meeting Lou was one of the high lights of  my life because he had such an influence my childhood.   There’s a new book out called Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation.  I think the title speaks for itself.  You can check it out here.

LouScheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation

Also for your viewing enjoyment here is the Feature Film Pilot of Filmations Flash Gordon.  Shown only once on NBC as a movie of the week. Thankfully someone has posted the entire movie on youtube.   Sit back and travel back to 1982.  Saturday Mornings will never be like this again, but that’s for another post.


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