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He-man and the MOTU
- By the Power of Grayskull
- Me, Myself, and I
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an American animated television series produced by Filmation based on Mattel's successful toy line Masters of the Universe. The show, often referred to as simply He-Man, was one of the most popular animated children's shows of the 1980s and has retained a heavy following to this day both in America and worldwide.
It made its television debut in 1983 and ran until 1985, consisting of two seasons of 65 episodes each. Reruns continued to air in syndication until 1988, at which point USA Network bought the rights to the series.
The show takes place on the fictional planet of Eternia, a planet of magic, myth and fantasy. The show's lead character is Prince Adam, the young son of Eternia's rulers, King Randor and Queen Marlena. Prince Adam possesses the Power Sword, and when he holds it aloft and says the magic words "By the Power of Grayskull! I have the power' he is transformed into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe...... legend!
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What is "Masters of the Universe"?
"Masters of the Universe" is a cartoon based on action figures by Mattel, Inc. and was animated by the now-defunct Filmation. The syndicated show, which featured the exploits of a super-strong hero named He-Man, debuted in Sept. 1983, and throughout the course of 2 seasons, aired 130 episodes. "Masters of the Universe" also goes down in marketing history as being the first cartoon of the '80s to be based on an action figure line after FCC deregulation.
Why was "Masters of the Universe" canceled?
"Masters of the Universe" wasn't really canceled. It ended when Mattel decided to get Filmation to animate their new toy, She-Ra: Princess of Power. She-Ra went into production just as He-Man was ending. The series may have continued for a third season, but She-Ra was given main priority. As a result, He-Man went from being the star to the guest star. She-Ra lasted 93 episodes compared to He-Man's successful 130 episodes, She-Ra was actually cancelled by Mattel due to poor sales. Filmation stopped producing the show after the poor run of 28 new episodes.
What were the first and last episodes of "Masters of the Universe"?
The first episode aired was "Diamond Ray of Disappearance," which was a blatant toy commercial and gave viewers an idea of the show's central characters. The episode was written by Robby London who wenton to be a big part of the DIC animation company. The last episode aired was "The Cold Zone", written by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. "The Cold Zone" episode was nothing spectacular and by no means a final episode, it was just an average episode centering around Kobra Kahn and his snake people. Although "Diamond Ray of Disappearance" was the first episode to be aired and is the first episode by means of the plot, "The Cosmic Comet" was the in-house production list episode number 001. However that episode bears no relevance to the beginning of the He-Man saga, whereas "Diamond Ray of Disappearance" does. "The Cold Zone" was the in house production list episode number 130, indicating that it was the final episode to be made. "The Problem With Power" is everyone's dream of how the He-Man show should've ended. He-Man gives up his powers are he is led to believe that he has killed someone, and the ending features a lovely walk into the sunset with He-Man holding Teela in his arms. That particular episode is easily the best in the entire 130 episode run.
Will "Masters of the Universe" be back on TV?
Things are looking up! Straight from the mouth of Tim Craig, VP of Legal and Business Affairs for Hallmark Entertainment:
"Hallmark has licensed the television rights to the series to the Odyssey Network. I have inquired as to when the episodes might be airing, and will let you know if I get a response. In the meantime, perhaps you and other "He-Man" fans can express your interest in seeing the series rebroadcast to Odyssey directly. Their address is:
12700 Ventura Boulevard Studio City
What episodes of "She-Ra: Princess of Power" guest-starred He-Man?
-She-Ra Season 1-
A Talent for Trouble
Battle For Bright Moon
Darksmoke and Fire (cameo)
Gateway to Trouble
He Ain't Heavy
Horde Prime Takes A Holiday
King Miro's Journey
Loo-Kee Lends a Hand
The Eldritch Mist
The Price of Freedom
-She-Ra Season 2-
Assault On The Hive
Day Of The Flowers
Just The Way You Are
Shera Makes A Promise
Sweet Bee's Home
Was there an animated He-Man/She-Ra movie?
Yes, a feature-length animated movie called "The Secret Of The Sword" was given a limited theatrical release in 1985. The first 5 episodes of She-Ra: Princess Of Power were from this movie, including additional footage.
Was there ever a sequel made to the live-action movie?
After the credits of the live-action movie, "Masters of the Universe," Skeletor pops up and says, "
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