The Years of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

This seems to be He-Man and the Masters of the Universe‘s time. DC has a new six issue miniseries out. Dreamworks bought the cartoon rights from whoever owned them. And it looks like Sony is moving ahead with a live action version. By the way, IGN has a great article looking at how a new Masters of the Universe film should go. And I agree with practically everything Jesse Schedeen says. But all of this excitement begs the question: What does He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power mean to me?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the Masters of the Universe franchise. He-Man and She-Ra are among my favorite cartoon shows of all time. I wasn’t so big on the toys, to be honest. But I have fond memories of going to a flea market and picking up old Beastman, Evil-lyn, Teela, She-Ra, etc. Though they have long since disappeared into that limbo where all old toys go, I still remember them fondly.

After the heyday of the early 80s, He-Man has had a cartoon revival once a decade. The 90s brought The New Adventures of He-Man. I don’t remember much of that series to be honest. Except for the villain with the giant eyeball head. That was cool. The 00s brought a fresh take to the original series with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002). I loved this series. The plot and characterization were excellent. And the animation fantastic. Pity the show had to be canceled after its second season.

Now, there has been a movie, too. Masters of the Universe was enjoyable when I was a kid. But the only real high point to the movie is Langella’s excellent Skeletor. The Earth setting? Blegh.

So ten years after the 2002 series, it looks like He-Man is getting his scheduled revival (not counting the toys, which I’m not into). So, what do I think about all of the new He-Man news?

The comic series (formerly written by James Robinson) is excellent. Though the creative change may have killed the rest of the series.

The possible live action movie is a bit more problematic. A new Masters of the Universe film has been in development hell for years now. Hopefully, this new push by Sony will get the movie filmed and into theaters in the next few years.

He-Man and She-Ra are further cherished because of how influential the series are on my own artistic sensibility. Eternia and Etheria are both wondrous and crazy places. They are, simply, weird. The melding of fantasy with science fiction present within the setting always inspires me to challenge the assumption that science fiction and fantasy cannot coexist. And, of course, the melding of the medieval with high tech is equally as influential.

I look forward to what the future holds for He-Man, She-ra, and all of the other crazy cast of characters that populate Eternia and Etheria.


Posted on August 6, 2012, in Movies, T.V. and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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