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Overview (4)

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Topanga Canyon, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameCarl Frank Macek Jr.
Nicknames The Anime Antichrist
The Godfather of Anime
Uncle Carl

Mini Bio (1)

Carl Macek was born on September 21, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Carl Frank Macek Jr. He is known for his work on Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years (1985), 2009: Lost Memories (2002) and Akira (1988). He was married to Svea Macek. He died on April 17, 2010 in Topanga Canyon, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Svea Macek (22 August 1981 - 17 April 2010) ( his death)

Trade Mark (1)

Best known as the foremost producer of anime adaptations/translations in the 1980s and early 1990s, most notably the television series Robotech (1985).

Trivia (5)

First person in the United States to receive a college degree in the Theory of Criticism in the Visual Medium and was a curator of the Archive of Popular Culture at the California State University at Fullerton.
Inspired the fan term "Macekre" (pronounced like "massacre"), allegedly used to describe anime series which have been drastically "revised" to make them more attractive to Western viewers. However, Macek has claimed that he was unfairly blamed for clumsy edits to Robotech (1985) that were done by a former home video distributor after the original broadcast in order to fit more episodes per VHS tape.
Barely three months before his sudden death, Macek recorded a lengthy two-and-a-half podcast interview with Anime News Network, offering an extensive retrospective of his entire career.
His work is considered by many to have been instrumental in creating mainstream awareness in Japanese animation in the United States.
Founder of Streamline Pictures, a home video company.

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