It seems quite ironic that, after posting on the unknown whereabouts of the Filmation 1968 BATMAN animated series on authorized DVD, that I must report on the passing of the remaining founder of Filmation Studios, Hal Sutherland.
Mr. Sutherland passed away on January 16, 2014 at either age 84 or 85, depending on his actual date of birth.
With Hal Sutherland’s passing, the three founders of Filmation have all left us – and “left us” they did, with a substantial legacy of animated programming that stretched from the 1960s thru the 1980s.
|Left: Lou Scheimer. Right: Norm Prescott. Middle: Hal Sutherland in the Glory Days of Filmation.|
Of Filmation’s founders, Norm Prescott died in 2005, too early for this Blog to report on, though his death was duly noted in the Fanzine and APA “print version” of The Issue At Hand.
Lou Scheimer passed a mere THREE MONTHS prior to Hal Sutherland’s death, and received TIAH tribute HERE.
There’s not much more to add specific to Hal Sutherland that is not found in the Lou Scheimer post, except to say that he began his career as a Disney animator who worked on “Sleeping Beauty” – and, most important to the legacy of Filmation, directed episodes or individual segments of virtually every Filmation series.