We at Nerdgasms.net pay our respects to Hal Sutherland, one of the three founders of Filmation, who passed away this week.

Sutherland had a hand in a large number of Filmation’s animated productions which were broadcast as Saturday Morning Cartoons. Sutherland’s directorial assignments included the first sixteen episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973 and The New Adventure of Flash Gordon in 1979. He also directed some of Filmation’s memorable superhero cartoons, including The Adventures of Batman, The Batman/Superman Hour, Aquaman, and The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure all in the late 1960s.

Sutherland went into semi-retirement in 1974, moving to Washington state to focus on fine-art painting. One of Sutherland’s later assignments with Filmation was as Production Director for the television series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which began airing in 1983.


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