A great collection of original production animation cels and master production backgrounds for sale from the Filmation Associates Studio.
Original hand painted production animation cel of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Lt. Uhura from "Star Trek: The Animated Series," 1973-74; Filmation Associates; Production numbers lower cel edge; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Lt. Uhura: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4", Image 10 x 12 1/4"; Unframed.
Filmation Associates was a production company that produced animation and live-action programming for television from 1963-1989. The company was located in Reseda, California and the founders and principle producers were Lou Scheimer, Hal Sutherland, and Norm Prescott.
The most famous animated cartoon series from Filmation was Star Trek: The Animated Series, which included scripts contributed by well-known science fiction writers and starred most of the original cast members of the live action series as
voice talent. Flash Gordon, a sixteen part animated serial, was another highlight from the studio. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, created and starring Bill Cosby, was a noteworthy Filmation series with an explicit educational focus. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, based on the popular Mattel toys of the same name, and was a huge success for Filmation in the 1980's.
Other Filmation series included: The New Adventures of Superman, Fantastic Voyage, Aquaman, The Archie Show, The Adventures of Batman, The Brady Kids, Lassie's Rescue Rangers, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Shazam!, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, The Groovie Goolies and Friends, The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle, The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show, Blackstar, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, and BraveStarr.
Star Trek: The Animated Series was a 1974 animated science fiction television series set in Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek universe following the events of the live action Star Trek: The Original Series of the 1960's. In 1972, Roddenberry was approached by Filmation Studios about the possibility of creating an animated version of Star Trek for Saturday mornings, The resulting Star Trek: The Animated Series was a joint production of Norway Corporation, Filmation Associates, and Paramount Television. The success of the original series in syndication, as well as fan pressure for a Star Trek revival, led to the animated series from 1973-1974. The next live action reincarnation of the series would not be until 1979 with Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The Animated Series was critically acclaimed and was the first Star Trek series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment - Children's Series in 1975.
A contributing reason why The Animated Series was successful was because it featured most of the original voice cast from the live action series, with the major exception being Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) who did not contribute to the series because of budget restrictions. Initially Filmation was only going to cast Captain James Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Montgomery Scott (James Doohan), and Nurse Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett); however Nimoy refused to voice Spock unless Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nicholes) and Sulu (George Takei) were added to the cast. Nimoy felt that those two characters provided ethnic diversity for the 23rd century and so therefore should not be recast. Nimoy was also well aware of the financial troubles of the his many Star Trek co-stars following the cancellation of the live action series.
This is an absolutely spectacular original production animation cel of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Lt. Uhura from Star Trek: The Animated Series. All four characters are full figure, running, and eyes open. A large and impressive hand painted cel that is perfect for any animation art collection!
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