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American Anime Producer Carl Macek Passes Away


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#1 RommieSG


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Posted 19 April 2010 - 01:06 AM


Animation historian Jerry Beck reported on his blog on Sunday that American producer Carl Macek passed away due to a heart attack on Saturday. Macek and Beck had co-founded the anime importing company Streamline Pictures in 1988.

Macek is best known for producing Robotech, the 1985 redubbed and edited adaptation of three different anime series Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada. He also worked on the dubbing of many anime projects from Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years (redubbed and edited adaptation of Captain Harlock and Queen Millennia) to more recently, Bleach and Naruto. His other dubbing production credits include Vampire Hunter D, Robot Carnival, My Neighbor Totoro, and Aura Battler Dunbine.

A sad day indeed. Truly a pioneer for anime in America.

*Prepares a Pineapple Salad in memorium*
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 04:51 AM

How sad. :down:
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 08:31 AM

The industry wouldn't be where it is without him.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 08:54 AM

:headshake: Ho-Kay, I was unaware of who he was, but I do recall when Streamline Pictures started releasing their Anime releases.  It was around the same time I started collecting, and the only other options required knowing the right people who were willing to share what they had acquired.


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Posted 19 April 2010 - 10:07 AM

Very sad.  :(   I had to check wikipedia for his age (something ANN should've mentioned, imo.  Here's hoping they write up a slightly better obit at some point.  He's an important enough figure to merit a bit of eulogizing there) and he wasn't yet 60.  Too young.  :(

When I first got into anime, Macek was a bit of a bad word among "real" fans, as a lot of people at the time were worried about "Macek-ization" of dubs, but I think in the last ten years, the tide turned and he'd swung back to being respected for his contributions to the industry.
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 11:17 AM

This is very sad news.  People can say what they want about the man, but he drove the American Anime industry into the semi-mainstream and kept pushing for it well after it hit it big time in the states.  A man that really had a vision and stuck to it.

Edited by NexusNine, 19 April 2010 - 11:18 AM.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 09:38 PM

If I recall correctly, Carl Macek was one of the original founders of the CFO (Cartoon/Fantasy Organization). This was the first nation-wide Anime fan club, and it started over 30 years ago. The club broke up in the early 1990s, but folks went on to form their own groups. I used to attend meetings of the New York City chapter, from 1984 to 1991. I haven't been to a single Anime-related function in the nearly 20 years since. Anime fandom was the very first fandom I belonged to.

May he rest in peace. :humble:
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