Inspector Gadget was the very first program of DIC Entertainment and was produced first in 1982. 65 half hours were done as a co-production between the U.S., France, and Canada. Up until that time, all of the animation was produced for Saturday morning networks. This was the first show produced for 1st run – Monday through Friday syndication. It was an immediate success and an additional 21 half hours were ordered. Spinoffs series, specials, merchandise, Happy Meals, and even a live action motion picture were produced. To this day Inspector Gadget’s original shows continue to run around the world, and a new series just began with Netflix. The new series is done with computer generated graphics. The old fashioned hand painted animation cels, are too expensive for today’s economics animation production.
“Inspector Gadget #1”
The cel below shows the three principal characters. Inspector Gadget, his niece Penny, and his dog Brain. There will never be another ‘Inspector Gadget #1.’ After these cels are done, the run will be retired.
“Andy Heyward Being Framed”
In this original hand painted animation cel, Inspector Gadget is depicted holding a wanted poster of Andy Heyward. Its upside down, because, as everything Inspector Gadget does, it is never quite right! As all of the compositions of AHAA, they are hand painted, signed and numbered, and with its own certificate of authenticity…and when the run of 50 is done, its done.
Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders
A co-production between Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, Genius Brands, and The Hollywood Reporter, STAN LEE’S THE COSMIC CRUSADERS is an adult animated series appealing to 18 – 34-year-olds written by Fabian Nicieza (creator of Deadpool) based on a concept by Stan Lee, who will edit and voice himself as one of the series’ main characters. Iconic superstar comic artist Todd McFarlane is creating the series’ logo and illustrations. STAN LEE’S COSMIC CRUSADERS follows Stan Lee who, while having writers block trying to come up with a new comic book, meets seven aliens who have crash-landed in the U.S. Each of the aliens has superhero powers, however, each can only use their power in the context of their homeland. On the verge of being captured by ‘the men in white coats,’ Lee offers them sanctuary and convinces the white coat men that the aliens are actually superheroes, resulting in Lee’s intensive superhero immersion training, helping the aliens learn how to access and use their powers as superpowers on Earth.
The first four episodes of THE COSMIC CRUSADERS BY STAN LEE will premiere exclusively on The Hollywood Reporter.com with one episode airing each day during Comic-Con International starting on July 20, 2016. The webisodes will cliffhanger daily, and the first one will actually be in VR, produced by Legend VR, with ‘VR boxes’ to place on smart phones being given out at Comic-Con. STAN LEE’S THE COSMIC CRUSADERS is the first series to launch on THR.comand will be promoted through THR’s YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. After Comic Con, the animated series will then move to full distribution.
““I can’t wait to bestow upon the world one of our latest creations, ‘STAN LEE’S COSMIC CRUSADERS!” said Lee when talking about the new series. “And as if this wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve joined forces with the creative teams at The Hollywood Reporter and Andy Heyward and Genius Brands, so you can guarantee this will be an unforgettable event that you won’t want to miss!”
Stan Lee is a true industry icon, from his Marvel Superheroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, X-Men, Hulk, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, to the latest characters in THE COSMIC CRUSADERS. He continues to stimulate our imaginations with characters and stories that are as indelible and relevant today as they were 75 years ago when he wrote his first comic book, and these limited edition, special hand painted cels, will become instant classics.
“Stan Lee’s Lady Lightning”
“Stan Lee’s Strong Arm”
“Stan Lee’s Silver Skylark”
“CAPTAIN PLANET, HE’S OUR HERO. GONNA BRING POLUTION DOWN TO ZERO.” Captain Planet was an original idea created by Ted Turner. Ted came to Andy Heyward in 1990 and proposed they create the world first environmental super hero. Ted was and is, a great environmentalist. He cares deeply about our planet, and the messages we send to our children about protecting it. He wanted to do a show where kids would have great entertainment and at the same time learn valuable lessons about our planet and how to protect it. Together (along with Turner executive Barbara Pyle) he and Andy created a new superhero, who would teach kids about the environment. Along with him would be 5 kids known as the Planeteers. One for each of earth, air, water, fire, and heart. Together the Planeteers and Captain Planet would do battle against all enemies. Be they natural or manmade. The show was launched on TBS. It became quite a stir in Hollywood with many big celebrities jumping on board. The voice of Captain Planet was done by Tom Cruise. Other characters were voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, Ed Asner, Meg Ryan, Levar Burton, and Jeff Goldblum. The show continues to this day on Cartoon Network and broadcasters around the world.
(A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Captain Planet animation cels is given to the Captain Planet Foundation to further its important work educating kids about our environment.)
“The Power is Yours”
Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club
In the animated series, “Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires’ Club”, Warren plays himself in animation as the mentor to a group of 4 young kids, who have adventures in business. The kids learn valuable lessons, which serve them in both business and life in general. The series was developed by Genius Brands International, based on the broad wisdom of Warren’s writings and beliefs. They promote lessons like the value of partnerships, the importance of brand, the need to preserve one’s reputation, and the willingness to take risks. There were 26 webisodes produced and 26 half hour episodes. The episodes are currently running on a variety of venues including the STARZ network, the QUBO network, and the Kid Genius network distributed across Comcast by X Finity. Next year, we expect distribution to be broadened through American Public Television and to be seen on US public television stations. In addition, it is soon to be distributed on home entertainment through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
“Rule #1: Don’t Lose Money”
“Don’t lose money” is well known as Warren Buffett’s first rule. His second rule is ‘Don’t forget Rule #1. Our first cel with Warren Buffett based on the Secret Millionaires Club is titled “Rule#1. Don’t Lose Money”
Andy Heyward Animation Art Square Montage
In this original hand painted animation cel, Inspector Gadget is depicted holding a wanted poster of Andy Heyward. Its upside down, because, as everything Inspector Gadget does, is never quite right! As all of the compositions of AHAA, they are hand painted, signed and numbered, and with its own certificate of authenticity…and when the run of 50 is done, its done.