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|Successor(s)||Hallmark Cards (1989-1998)
Entertainment Rights (1998-2009)
Classic Media/DreamWorks Classics (2009-present)
DreamWorks Animation (2012-present)
|Key people||Norm Prescott
Westinghouse Broadcasting Company (1982-1988)
Filmation Associates was a production company that produced animation and live-action programming for television from 1963 to 1989. Located in Reseda, California, the animation studio was founded in 1962. Filmation's founders and principal producers were Lou Scheimer, Hal Sutherland and Norm Prescott.
Lou Scheimer and Filmation's main director Hal Sutherland met while working at Larry Harmon Pictures on the made-for-TV Bozo and Popeye cartoons. Eventually Larry Harmon closed the studio. Scheimer and Sutherland went to work at a small company called True Line, one of whose owners was Marcus Lipsky, who then owned Reddi-wip whipped cream. SIB Productions, a Japanese firm with U.S. offices in Chicago, approached them about producing a cartoon called Rod Rocket. The two agreed to take on the work and also took on a project for Family Films, owned by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, for ten short animated films based on the life of Christ. Paramount Pictures soon purchased SIB Productions, and True Line's staff increased; including the arrival of former radio disc jockey Norm Prescott, who became a partner in the firm. He had already been working on the animated feature Pinocchio in Outer Space which was primarily produced by Belvision Studios, and also brought in the Journey Back to Oz project, which would be released over ten years later by Filmation.
They eventually left True line, and Lou began working on commercials, including for Gilette and others, which began what became Filmation. He met lawyer Ira Epstein, who had worked for Harmon but left the firm, and now put together the new corporation with Lou and Hal. It officially became Filmation associates as of September 1962, so named because "We were working on film, but doing animation"; so putting them together yielded "Filmation".
Both Rod Rocket and the Life of Christ series credited "Filmation Associates" with "Production Design" in addition to Scheimer and Sutherland as directors. (SIB Productions, whose logo bore a resemblance to the original Filmation logo designed by Ted Littlefield, would soon go on to become "Sib-Tower 12 Productions" and produce the first few of Chuck Jones' Tom and Jerry films for MGM, until becoming MGM Animation/Visual Arts for the remainder of the films).
The new Filmation studio would for the next few years make television commercials, and some other projects for other companies, and tried to develop an original series The Adventures of Stanley Stoutheart (later renamed Yank and Doodle) about a boy and a dog, which they were never able to sell, and almost closed down; until approached by DC Comics editor Mort Weisinger to do a Superman cartoon. This premiered in 1966, and was followed by several of the other DC super heroes, and then in 1968, the first Archie Show. Both series greatly helped Filmation's popularity to increase, into the 1970s, when it really scored big with several of its shows.
Animation style 
As with other producers of Saturday morning cartoons, Filmation was more concerned with quantity rather than quality; however, it did make a number of attempts to rise above the standard animated fare and produce reasonably well-written cartoons. The best-known example of this is its animated adaptation Star Trek: The Animated Series, which included scripts contributed by well-known science fiction writers and starred most of the original cast. Other favorably remembered Filmation series included a 16-part animated serial of Flash Gordon, originally intended as a movie for theatrical release, Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All. The original film edit was only aired thrice on NBC, years after the series was canceled. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids was another hailed series created by and starring Bill Cosby with an explicit educational focus, which enabled the actor to earn a doctorate in education. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, based on the popular line of Mattel toys, opened up a vibrant new North American market for first-run television syndication for animation in the 1980s. The animated adaptations of the Archie Comics characters were also noteworthy for the original pop music produced for it, particularly the song, "Sugar, Sugar", which was a #1 hit single.
In addition, certain episodes of He-Man and BraveStarr, in substance, and often animation, were pioneers in children's animated series of their time and paved the way for broader storytelling. Examples include He-Man's "The Problem with Power" which dealt with He-Man believing he had killed an innocent bystander. Another is "Teela's Quest" which introduced a now-famous mythology on The Sorceress being Teela's mother, who is heir to the mantle of safeguarding Grayskull, the versed continuity shared between He-Man and She-Ra, among others. Likewise, the scripts for Star Trek, which were often written by the same people who had written for the live-action version of the show, tended to be quite sophisticated, and garnered the first Emmy Award for the franchise.
Filmation had a reputation for exploiting the technique of limited animation to produce a number of animated series with a distinct look. It made heavy use of rotoscoping in later years (beginning with its Tarzan and Flash Gordon series). It also re-used the same animated sequences over and over, many times, to the point where the Filmation style was instantly recognizable.
Filmation's animation often looked poor-quality, due to the limiting of the number of frames per second used to fewer than the regular 24 frame/second seen on film or 25/30 frame/s seen on video. Frames would be repeated to compensate for the deficiency, resulting in a jerky and cheap look.
This frequent use of stock footage saved production money, but often resulted in sacrifice of continuity. This was countered by cutting from one stock shot to another after only a second or two, long enough to set the scene but before the eye could notice all of the unexplained errors. This became part of Filmation style during a period when most TV and motion picture production tended to run minimum shots of 4–5 seconds.
In contrast to the rapid jump cuts during action sequences, another Filmation trademark was the recurring use of long establishing-shots in which the camera would pan slowly across a very wide background painting, thus filling up screen time with sequences requiring little or no animation. Filmation also pioneered other animation technologies, particularly in Flash Gordon, which included backlighting effects for the first time in American animation (they were already in use in Japan), including moire effects to represent energy fields (a technique that was later used in He-Man and later in She-Ra). It also pioneered a unique method of generating 3-D vehicle animation by filming white-outlined black miniatures against black backgrounds using a computerized motion-control camera and high-contrast film, then printing the negatives onto acetate frame-by-frame, to create animation cels which were then hand-painted. This produced a dynamic, three-dimensional effect which had never been seen in cel animation before. It predated the modern use of 3-D computer animation for vehicles in 2-D animated productions. However, it had a distinctive "flicker" to it, because some of the painted lines went in and out of visibility as the miniatures moved.
Unlike many American studios, Filmation never relied upon animation studios outside the United States for the bulk of its production; Ghostbusters and BraveStarr both state in the end credits that they were "made entirely in the U.S.A.". This occurred during a time when rival studio Hanna-Barbera shifted from saying in the final production credits (immediately before the production logo appearances) "A Hanna-Barbera Production" to "Produced in Association with: Wang Film Productions / Cuckoo's Nest Studio" which is located in Thailand. The quality of Filmation's "Made Entirely in the U.S.A." strategy was comparable to the outsourced animation. Filmation did, however, rely on outsourcing once, when the company created its animated Zorro series. It was animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha of Japan, however the storyboards and graphics were made by Filmation itself.
Filmation is also noteworthy for its lavish background paintings under the direction of longtime department head Erv Kaplan such as the purple-colored "night sky" backgrounds used in He-Man and She-Ra.
Characters, as well as plots, were typically run of the mill for the time. For example, most episodes of Ghost Busters had the same scheme (bad guys develop an evil plan, the heroes are needed but always absent, Ghost Buggy the talking car complains about their dangerous position, Tracey the Gorilla pulls out of his back pack exactly the miscellaneous item the Ghost Buster needs in a moment of despair, Eddie doing a number of clumsy/stupid things etc.). Although as previously mentioned, Filmation made various attempts to rise above the norm. Many of the sounds and explosion effects used in its cartoons are also very familiar, the majority of them being recycled from Hanna-Barbera (though this was, and still is a common trait among animation companies), though the company's DC Comics cartoons of 1966-7 used more realistic sound effects.
A trademark of the company's productions, beginning in 1969, was a rotating "Produced by" (and on some shows, "Executive Producers") credit seen in the end credits (and in later productions, the opening sequences) of Filmation programs, as a device that was supposedly created to allow Prescott and Scheimer to share equal billing. Previously, Scheimer's name had been placed above Prescott's. However, the later Filmation productions credited only Scheimer, in the form of his signature ("Lou Scheimer, (Executive) Producer"), starting with 1982's Gilligan's Planet.
Many of its shows—particularly the productions of the late 1970s and 1980s—are notable for imparting a simple moral or life-lesson (explained by a key character, in a child-friendly manner) in the epilogue.
Original characters 
There were very few original animated characters created by the studio. Two examples were "Fraidy Cat", a timid feline who has lost 8 of his 9 lives, which come back to haunt him; and Wacky and Packy, a caveman and his pet mammoth ("Packy" refers to the latter character being a "pachyderm") who enter the modern age through a time warp. Both of these originally aired as segments of the Uncle Croc's Block show on ABC (hosted by Charles Nelson Reilly). In a period where ideas for cartoons had run dry (comedy was heavily scrutinized for violence[original research?] and everything else seemed to copy the popular Scooby-Doo format),[original research?] Filmation's strong point was its adaptations of popular TV shows, movies and other works, although at least one show, M*U*S*H (the third animated segment on Uncle Croc's Block), while not a direct adaptation was inspired by the film (and later TV series) M*A*S*H.
Live-action shows 
Filmation incorporated live-action into some of its animated series. Shows like The Hardy Boys and Archie's Funhouse featured live-action footage of an audience watching the bands perform and Fat Albert had segments featuring series creator Bill Cosby. The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!, was more of a hybrid - a live-action variety show with animated segments. Actors appeared as characters from the Hero High portion of the show, singing songs and telling jokes.
Filmation made six fully live-action shows, including Space Academy, its spin-off Jason of Star Command, Ark II, Shazam! (based on the DC Comics character Captain Marvel), The Ghost Busters, and The Secrets of Isis.
The 2006 DVD release of the animated series Space Sentinels includes pre-production footage for an aborted live-action version entitled The Young Sentinels.
The Ghost Busters 
Filmation produced a live-action series called The Ghost Busters in 1975 starring Larry Storch and Forrest Tucker (late of F Troop) and noted science-fiction fan and collector Bob Burns as "Tracy the Gorilla". The characters worked as paranormal investigators, working for an unseen "Chief" who delivered their "Ghost Busting assignments" in whimsical disguised recording devices as in Mission: Impossible.
Nine years later, Columbia Pictures, who produced an unrelated 1984 movie of almost the same name, had to get the rights to the title from the company. Filmation capitalized on the popularity of the film by producing a new cartoon based on their earlier series. Like its other shows, it used stock footage heavily; in one episode, character designs and animation sequences were recycled from the Groovie Goolies series of nearly 15 years earlier.
To avoid confusion, the animated series based on the film was called The Real Ghostbusters. As a dig on the Filmation series, an episode was written about a group of fraudulent ghost fighters, trying to steal the "Real" Ghostbusters' business and thunder.
Looney Tunes/Groovie Goolies crossover 
Also of note is Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies, a special featuring several of Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes stars (paired with Filmation's own Groovie Goolies, a group of classic monsters). Written by Len Janson and Chuck Menville (who played themselves in a live-action sequence), this aired on The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie in 1972. While most of the Warner Brothers characters were drawn well (veteran Warners animator Virgil Ross was working there at the time), and voiced by veteran voice actor Mel Blanc, the special is not liked by many fans of classic Warner Bros. animation because of its limited animation, as well as a weak storyline.
This was part of a contract with Warner Bros. (below).
This was not Filmation's last dalliance with classic cartoon characters; in the late 1970s the company produced new series based on the characters from the Terrytoons archive (Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle) and a new Tom and Jerry series as well.
Feature films 
Filmation also ventured into the feature film business. One of Filmation's first projects was Journey Back to Oz, an animated sequel to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Begun in 1964, the project was held back for eight years when Filmation did not have enough money to finish the film. It was only after its successes with other series that the company was profitable enough to complete "Journey" for theatrical release in 1972.
In its final years, Filmation produced feature film versions of its He-Man and She-Ra franchises, as well as unofficial animated sequels to other established films, such as Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night and Happily Ever After.
Voice talent 
Like other animation studios, Filmation had its stock company of voice-over actors. Some of the most famous included Larry Storch, Dallas McKennon (best known as the voice of Archie in the Archie cartoon and as Cincinnatus, in the Daniel Boone TV series), Bud Collyer, the original radio voice of Superman, reprised the role for Filmation for their late 1960's version of the Man of Steel; Adam West and Burt Ward (who recreated their roles as "Batman and Robin" from their 1960s live-action series for Filmation's 1977 animated incarnation), Jane Webb, and good friends and colleagues Edward Asner and Linda Gary (Gary voiced a majority of Filmation's work in the 1980s), along with John Erwin (voice of Reggie Mantle, and later the voice of He-Man), Alan Oppenheimer (character actor in TV and film), Ted Knight, George DiCenzo (John Blackstar, Hordak, Bow on She-Ra), Melendy Britt, Howard Morris, Pat Fraley, Charlie Adler, Ed Gilbert, Susan Blu, Erika Scheimer (daughter of Lou Scheimer), and even Lou Scheimer himself (either uncredited, or under the pseudonym of "Erik (sometimes "Eric") Gunden").
Background musical talent 
For the company's 1960s superhero efforts composer John Gart (under the stage name John Marion) and music supervisor Gordon Zahler created strong themes and backing cues using a large orchestra, until 1968's Batman entry, which used sparser production and jazzier themes.
The company's 1960s adventure series Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1967) and Fantastic Voyage (1968) likewise used sparser music production. Journey made heavier emphasis on guitar than the company's previous series while Voyage made use of deliberately haunting woodwinds to create a science fiction flavor.
According to the booklets accompanying some of the DVDs of Filmation's shows, legendary composer Ray Ellis (who was assisted by his son Marc Ellis ) had produced the background music for most Filmation series under the pseudonyms "Yvette Blais and Jeff Michael." Yvette Blais was Ellis' wife, while "Jeff" and "Michael" were the names of producer Norm Prescott's two sons. (Exactly what hand Prescott took in the music, other than hiring the composers and musicians, is not clear.) The full length features Treasure Island and Oliver Twist credit "George Blais". Ellis' name does appear in Archie and Sabrina the Teenage Witch credits, and both "Ray Ellis", and "Jeff Michaels" appear side by side on Groovie Goolies credits, where "Ellis" is credited for "Sabrina background Music", and "Michaels" is credited for "Groovie Goolies background music".
Much of Ellis' background music in the early '70s had a distinct, richly orchestrated sound not found on many other made-for-TV cartoon series of that period; though as time went on, it became more synthesized. Ellis' work at the studio lasted from 1968 to 1982. Haim Saban and Shuki Levy composed and produced the studio's music for He-Man and She-Ra (during 1983-1986), along with the other studios for which they produced music scores. Frank W. Becker provided the music for Filmation's final animated series, BraveStarr.
In 1977, a young 24 year old composer/recording artist/producer by the name of Dean Andre (Wallschlaeger) began writing theme and featured music for Filmation. His first series Archie's Bang-Shang Lalapalooza Show featured the voice of Daws Butler. He went on to compose themes for The Mighty Mouse Heckle and Jeckle Hour, and the Fabulous Funnies (featuring the voices of June Foray and Alan Oppenheimer). Dean also lent his vocal talents to Filmation for Thematic and featured music that he composed and produced for A Snow White Christmas, Sport Billy, and The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! In 1981 Dean also took on the position of Musical Director for The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!.
Filmation routinely included a plug for its music publisher, Shermley Music, in the closing credits of most of its shows. This has never been common practice on American TV.
The Filmation studio was purchased by the TelePrompTer Corporation in 1969. Westinghouse Electric Corporation, through its Group W Productions division, acquired Filmation along with its purchase of TelePrompTer's cable and entertainment properties in 1981. In 1989, Westinghouse sold Filmation to an investment consortium led by the L'Oréal cosmetics company. Before that sale was complete, Westinghouse shuttered the film studio on February 3, 1989, which left L'Oreal with the Filmation library only. This happened a day before a new law went into practice requiring companies to give employees 60 days notice before a mass termination.
Filmation's last production was the feature film Happily Ever After (a sequel to the story of Snow White), released to theaters four years later in 1993. Also, at the time of the closing, two new animated TV shows, Bugzburg and Bravo (a spinoff of BraveStarr), were beginning production.
Since then, the studio's intellectual property assets have changed hands on a number of occasions. Most of the Filmation back catalog first come under the ownership of Hallmark Cards, through its Hallmark Entertainment subsidiary. However, since a large amount of Filmation's output was based on characters licensed from other companies, many titles which were also under the ownership of Hallmark were actually (and still are) under the control of other studios (such as Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros.).
In March 2004, ownership of the Filmation back catalog which was under the ownership of Hallmark was sold to Entertainment Rights. Entertainment Rights has since made the revelation that when Hallmark converted all of its Filmation shows to digital format in the 1990s, only PAL-format copies were made, with the original film prints apparently discarded. This was due to Hallmark's previously un-stated (but long suspected) short-sighted policy of only distributing Filmation shows outside of the United States. As a result, many of Entertainment Rights' DVD releases (distributed by BCI Eclipse in the United States) are based on the international versions (which have PAL prints).
Because they were taken from PAL-based transfers, without correction, these releases exhibit the so-called "576i speedup" effect in which the soundtrack plays 4% too fast resulting in the pitch being a half-step higher than it was originally (see PAL and Telecine for more information). PAL-NTSC conversion artefacts also include softness and ghosting. The exception appears to be at least four titles from ER's library: Groovie Goolies, Ark II, and both the live-action and animated Ghostbusters series. These series appear to have been sourced from original NTSC transfers for their U.S. release by BCI. Another exception, Star Trek: The Animated Series which was owned by Paramount Television, now CBS Television Distribution, is also in the NTSC format.
On April 1, 2009 it was announced that Entertainment Rights would be acquired by Boomerang Media and on May 11, 2009, it was announced that the subsidiaries and offices of Entertainment Rights would be absorbed under the name, Classic Media.
In 2012, it was announced that Classic Media, owner of the Filmation library, would be acquired by DreamWorks Animation.
Filmation on DVD 
Urban Works Entertainment 
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids was first released on DVD in Late 2004, first with a "best-of" collection, then later with collections of the first two seasons (each with an audio CD featuring songs from the show). The Fat Albert Halloween and Christmas specials were also released on DVD. All Fat Albert DVDs are released in the US and Canada by Urban Works Entertainment. As of 2008, they are discontinued.
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids - 5 Episodes - December 14, 2004
- Fat Albert's Greatest Hits The Ultimate Collection - 20 Episodes - December 14, 2004
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Vol. 1 - Episodes 1-12 - March 8, 2005
- Fat Albert's Easter Special - March 8, 2005
- Fat Albert's Halloween Special - September 6, 2005
- Fat Albert's Christmas Special - October 11, 2005
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Vol. 2 - Episodes 13-24 - October 11, 2005
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Vol. 3 - Episodes 25-36 - July 11, 2006
BCI's Ink and Paint 
He-Man was distributed by BCI Eclipse as part of its "Ink and Paint" label in the fall of 2005 as The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (10 Episode Collector's Edition). Following the success and critical acclaim for this set, BCI Eclipse on January 16, 2006, struck a long-term exclusive deal with Entertainment Rights for distribution rights to its entire Filmation catalog (with the exception of the Archie series which was acquired by Genius Products).  In addition, Entertainment Rights shares ownership of the animated Lone Ranger series with Classic Media, the current owners of the Jack Wrather properties (which includes The Lone Ranger). On December 17, 2008, Navarre Corporation announced that BCI Eclipse would be shut down. As of June 2009 all releases are discontinued.
BCI Eclipse Releases include:
- The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Top 10 Collector's Edition DVD Set July 12, 2005
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season 1 Volume 1 October 18, 2005
- He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special December 6, 2005
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season 1 Volume 2 February 14, 2006
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season 2 Volume 1 June 6, 2006
- The Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power: Top 5 Episodes & "Secret Of The Sword" Collector's Edition July 18, 2006
- Flash Gordon – The Complete Series July 18, 2006
- Space Sentinels: The Complete Series + Freedom Force: The Complete Series August 22, 2006
- Blackstar — The Complete Series August 22, 2006
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season 2 Volume 2 September 19, 2006
- Groovie Goolies — The Saturday "Mourning" Collection October 24, 2006
- Journey Back to Oz — Special Edition October 24, 2006
- She-Ra: Princess of Power: Season 1 Volume 1 November 7, 2006
- Ark II – The Complete Series November 7, 2006
- Space Academy — The Complete Series January 16, 2007
- Ghost Busters: The Animated Series Volume 1 February 27, 2007
- She-Ra: Princess of Power: Season 1, Volume 2 April 3, 2007
- The Ghost Busters: Live Action — The Complete Series April 17, 2007
- Jason of Star Command — The Complete Series May 8, 2007
- Mission Magic — The Complete Series May 8, 2007
- Hero High — The Complete Series May 22, 2007
- Snow White: Happily Ever After: Special Edition (feature film) June 5, 2007
- Ghost Busters: The Animated Series Volume 2 July 3, 2007
- The Best of BraveStarr: Top 5 Episodes & BraveStarr: the Legend July 3, 2007
- The Secrets of Isis — The Complete Series July 24, 2007
- She-Ra: Princess of Power: Season 2 September 4, 2007
- A Snow White Christmas November 6, 2007
- BraveStarr: Volume 1 (erroneously listed by BCI as "Legend of BraveStarr") November 20, 2007
- Storybook Tales (boxset featuring Journey Back to Oz, Happily Ever After, and A Snow White Christmas) December 3, 2007
- The New Adventures of the Lone Ranger and Zorro Volume 1 December 18, 2007
- BraveStarr: Volume 2 July 1, 2008
- The New Adventures of the Lone Ranger and Zorro Volume 2 July 15, 2008
- The Cat Pack: Waldo Kitty & Fraidy Cat Volume 1
- The Cat Pack: Waldo Kitty & Fraidy Cat Volume 2
- Fabulous Funnies — The Complete Series
(Fraidy Cat was included as part of Volume 2 of a compilation entitled "Frightfully Funny". However, it only includes select episodes and no extras.)
BCI had contracted Andy Mangels to produce Special Features content for about 40 DVD releases , however, according to TVShowsonDVD.com, BCI and Mangels have since parted ways.
On November 21, 2006, the home video arm of CBS released a DVD collecting all 22 episodes of the Filmation-produced Star Trek, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Trek franchise (with distribution by Paramount Home Entertainment).
The rights to The Brady Kids also rest with CBS (along with all other Brady Bunch-related media). However, there are currently no plans for a release of the series at this time. The first two episodes were included on The Brady Bunch Complete Series DVD. A potential release is also further complicated by the fact that one episode each feature appearances by Superman and Wonder Woman, characters owned by Time Warner through its DC Comics subsidiary.
In addition, The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, and Quackula are also controlled by CBS/Paramount. (Terrytoons and its properties were acquired by CBS in the 1950s, later spun off as part of Viacom, but have again come under CBS ownership as part of a series of corporate mergers and acquisitions.) However, there is no planned DVD release at this time.
Warner Bros. 
- The New Adventures of Superman - Season One - June 26, 2007
- The New Adventures of Batman (1977) - Complete Series - June 26, 2007
- Adventures of Aquaman - Complete Series - October 23, 2007
- DC Superheroes: The Filmation Adventures (includes The New Adventures of Superman, Adventures of Aquaman, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and The New Adventures of Batman) - August 12, 2008 
Warner Bros. had released a single episode of Shazam!, included as a bonus disc with the release of the third-season Wonder Woman DVD set; on October 24, 2012, Warner Archive released Shazam! The Complete Live-Action Series as a MOD (manufacture-on-demand) DVD for sale through Amazon.
So far, there is still no word on releases for Gilligan's Island/Planet, the original Batman animated series, The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show, or the second and third seasons of The New Adventures of Superman. All three seasons of The Adventures of Superboy are not currently available because of a legal battle over the rights to the "Superboy" name. WB has announced a "Saturday Morning Cartoons Collection" which will contain an episode of The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, which will be the first official video release of any kind of the Filmation Tarzan.
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment 
- The Archie Show - The Complete Series - July 31, 2007
- Archie's Funhouse - The Complete Series - March 4, 2008
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Complete Animated Series - April 29, 2008
TVShowsonDVD.com reported, citing "reliable sources" that Genius Products acquired Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids from ER for a planned DVD release for sometime in 2008. The first release announced is a DVD of the Halloween special which will be released on August 26, 2008, and will contain 2 bonus episodes. Plans for a release of the regular series have yet to be announced.
20th Century Fox presumably owns the rights to the Journey to the Center of the Earth and Fantastic Voyage TV series. Fantastic Voyage was released in PAL format on a 3 DVD set in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2011 through Revelation Films. However, there are currently no plans to release Journey to the Center of the Earth on DVD at this time.
The rights status to The Hardy Boys (although it is presumable, but not confirmed, that these lie with CBS due to CBS owning Simon & Schuster, the current owners of the Hardy Boys copyright and book series on which this show was based), Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down, and Sport Billy are unknown at this time, nor is it known whether or not they survive in any form. These three series do not appear in the Entertainment Rights library, nor do the Superstretch and Microwoman, Manta and Moray, and Web Woman segments from Tarzan and the Super 7. According to science fiction writer and animation historian Andy Mangels, who hosts commentary for many Filmation releases, the three Super 7 segments in question were pulled from distribution due to "various lawsuits" from Marvel Comics and DC Comics. It also is unknown whether or not the three segments still survive in any form.
The rights to Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle presumably rest with the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the original author of the Tarzan novels. However, Warner Bros. has recently announced a Saturday Morning Cartoons Collection DVD release which will contain an episode of The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, evidence that WB controls at least some rights to the Filmation Tarzan series. (In the past, WB has also held international TV distribution rights to Tarzan.)
- Rod Rocket (1963; production design only)
- The New Adventures of Superman (1966–1967 CBS)
- The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967–1968 CBS)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (1967 ABC)
- Fantastic Voyage (1968 ABC)
- Aquaman (1968 CBS)
- The Archie Show (1968 CBS)
- The Batman/Superman Hour (1968–1969 CBS)
- The Adventures of Batman (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) (1968–1970 CBS)
- The Archie Comedy Hour (1969 CBS)
- The Hardy Boys (1969 ABC)
- Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down (1970 ABC)
- Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (1970 CBS & ABC)
- Archie's Funhouse (live-action/animation hybrid) (1970 CBS)
- Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1971–1974 CBS)
- Archie's TV Funnies (1971 CBS)
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972 CBS)
- The Brady Kids (1972–1974 ABC)
- Lassie's Rescue Rangers (1973–1975 ABC)
- Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1974 NBC)
- My Favorite Martian (1973 CBS)
- Mission: Magic! (1973 ABC)
- The U.S. of Archie (1974 CBS)
- The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974 ABC)
- Shazam! (live-action TV series) (1974 CBS)
- The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty (1975 NBC)
- The Secrets of Isis (live-action TV series) (1975 CBS)
- The Ghost Busters (live-action TV series) (1975 CBS)
- Uncle Croc's Block (1975 ABC) (featuring Fraidy Cat, Wacky and Packy, and M*U*S*H)
- Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976 CBS)
- Ark II (live-action TV series) (1976 CBS)
- The New Adventures of Batman (1977 CBS)
- Space Academy (live-action TV series) (1977 CBS)
- Space Sentinels (1977 NBC)
- The New Archie and Sabrina Hour (1977 NBC)—divided in midseason into Superwitch and Archie's Bang Shang Lollapalooza Show
- Tarzan and the Super 7 (1978 CBS)
- Fabulous Funnies (1978 NBC)
- The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle, & Quackula (1979–1981 CBS)
- Jason of Star Command (live-action TV series) (1979 CBS)
- The New Adventures of Flash Gordon (1979–1980 NBC)
- The Brown Hornet (single segment on Fat Albert) (1979 CBS)
- The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980 CBS)
- The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour (1980–1981 CBS)
- Blackstar (1981 CBS)
- Hero High (1981 NBC)
- The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! (1981 NBC) (included the Hero High segments)
- The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour (1981–1982 CBS)
- Sport Billy (1982 NBC)
- Gilligan's Planet (1982 CBS)
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985 Synd)(Co-Produced with Tyne Tees Television
- The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1984–1985 Synd)
- She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985–1987 Synd)
- The Original Ghostbusters (animated) (1986–1988 Synd)(Co-Produced With Tyne Tees Television and Channel Four
- BraveStarr (1987–1988 Synd)
Theatrical films 
- Treasure Island (1972)
- Journey Back to Oz (1974)
- Oliver Twist (1974)
- Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase (1982)
- The Secret of the Sword (1985)
- He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special (1985)
- Skeletor's Revenge (1986)
- Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987)
- BraveStarr: The Movie (1988)
- Happily Ever After (1993)
Television films, shorts and specials 
- His Mother Marveled (1963)
- Archie and His New Pals (1969)
- Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert (1969)
- The Archie, Sugar Sugar, Jingle Jangle Show (1970)
- Aesop's Fables (1971)
- The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island (1972)
- Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain (1972)
- Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies (1972)
- The Fat Albert Halloween Special (1977)
- The Fat Albert Christmas Special (1977)
- A Snow White Christmas (1980)
- The Fat Albert Easter Special (1982)
- Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1982)
- "Norman Prescott". Variety. July 6, 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
- Solomon, Charles (January 1, 1988). "Production Is Less Animated at Filmation Studio". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- Bates, James (August 25, 1987). "Cartoon factory Filmation is under orders to cut costs, and a plan to shift some of its production overseas has alienated workers.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- Bates, James (February 8, 1989). "Filmation Shuts Plant, Beats Closing Law Deadline by 1 Day". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- Scheimer, Lou; Mangels, Andy (2012), Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation, Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing, pp. 37–48, ISBN 978-1-60549-044-1
- "'Sesame Street' Breakthrough For New Programming". Florence Times—Tri-Cities Daily (Florence, AL). Associated Press. April 27, 1970. p. 2. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- Margulies, Lee (May 12, 1975). "Filmation - its sole product is for kids". The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA). Associated Press. p. 20. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- Kleiner, Dick (June 14, 1973). "New Animated TV Show Is Aimed At Adults". Portsmouth Times. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 21. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- Solomon, Charles (January 1, 1988). "Production Is Less Animated at Filmation Studio". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- Bates, James (August 25, 1987). "Cartoon factory Filmation is under orders to cut costs, and a plan to shift some of its production overseas has alienated workers.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- Bates, James (August 25, 1987). "Color Cartoon Maker Blue Over Westinghouse Order to Cut Costs". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
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- "Pinocchio Legend Grows New Animated Film Isn't A Sequel But A Continuation". Morning Call. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- Mangels, Andy, DVD booklets for Space Sentinels/The Freedom Force, Hero High, The Ghost Busters, Space Academy, Jason of Star Command, and The Secrets of Isis
- "Filmation purchased by Teleprompter." Broadcasting, June 30, 1969, pg. 38. 
- "The biggest deal yet." Broadcasting, October 20, 1980, pp. 19-20
- "Group W sells Filmation." Broadcasting, February 13, 1989, pg. 94
- Ettinger, Paul (Feb 15, 2007). "Bad news for Filmation fans". Film Score Monthly. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
- Hodkinson, Paul (April 2, 2009). "He-Man, Casper Bought by Private-Equity Firm". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- "Boomerang Media Buys ER". World Screen News. April 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- "Classic Media Absorbs Subsidiaries". Home Media Magazine. May 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- "Entertainment Rights to Operate as Classic Media". Animation World Network. May 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- "Site News - PRESS RELEASE: Navarre Shuts Down BCI, Makers of He-Man, Day Break, Price is Right and other DVDs". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids DVD news: New DVDs Planned for Classic Cartoon Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
- "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids DVD news: Announcement for Fat Albert's Halloween Special (ER/Genius)". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
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- Toon Tracker- Rod Rocket (Early History, with screenshots from prenatal "SIB Productions" shows)
- Guide To Animated Star Trek - Filmation Associates
- Animated Views - A Fond Look Back At Filmation (Part 1) (October 31, 2004)
- Animated Views - A Fond Look Back At Filmation (Part 2) (November 13, 2004)
- LouScheimerProductions.com - My Dad: The Trend Setter (Archive)
- He-Man.org - Playthings: Lou Scheimer Interview (June 1987)
- The Unofficial Isis Appeciation Page - Lou Scheimer Interview (July 2002)
- Newsarama - Lou Scheimer Interview (Pt. 1) (June 28, 2006)
- Newsarama - Lou Scheimer Interview (Pt. 2) (July 5, 2006)
- Newsarama - Lou Scheimer Interview (Pt. 3) (July 12, 2006)
- Newsarama - Lou Scheimer Interview (Pt. 4) (July 18, 2006)
- Masters Cast - Comic-Con: Lou & Erika Scheimer Interview (QuickTime) (July 30, 2006)
- Animation World Magazine - Lou Scheimer Interview (November 7, 2006)
- Two Morrows - Bruce Timm Interview
- Platypus Comix - Tom Ruegger Interview
- X-Entertainment - Larry DiTillio Interview
- Retro Crush - David Teague Interview
- Phase II - Jackson Bostwick Interview
- He-Man.org - Bob Foward Interview (September 1997)
- Animation World Magazine - Robby London (October 1997)
- Louis Kessler - Robby London Interview (April 1998)
- Small Art Works - Chuck Comisky Interview (August 1999)
- The Unofficial Disney Archive - Ellen Woodbury Interview (October 29, 2003)
- TVShowsOnDVD.com - David Gerrold Interview (July 26, 2004)
- The Unofficial Disney Archive - Glen Keane Interview (August 22, 1990)
- Disney History Network - Glen Keane Interview (May 2, 1997)
- Shaun’s Quadrant - He-Man DVD Staff Interviews: Andy Mangels, Jeff Hayne, James Eatock, Val Staples, and Casey Nolan (February 2006)
- Comic Book Bin - Jeff Hayne Interview (May 29, 2006)
- Filmation Studios at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- List of Filmation titles at the Internet Movie Database
- Entertainment Rights Official website
- Official list of Filmation toons owned by Entertainment Rights
- Filmation page at Toonopedia
- Lou Scheimer Productions Website of Lou Scheimer
- Comic-Con - 2005 Guest: Lou Scheimer
- Unofficial Live-Action Filmation Appeciation Pages
- International Hero - Filmation Cartoon Superheroes