31 January 2006

This is most unsettling.

The season two episode "Journey to Stone City" features a blink-and-you'll-miss-it second of animation. It's not often we get to see the Sorceress looking shocked (she's always such a calming character), but for a few frames of animation as Vokan attacks Castle Grayskull we see her at her most wide-eyed!

30 January 2006

August 28th 1986! :)

Yet another UK comic Blog entry! Issue eleven of the UK Masters of the Universe comic featured an advert for the following issue (naturally), but this time with a free She-Ra preview comic! Thus on August 28th 1986 She-Ra made her debut in the UK comic...I promise tomorrow's entry won't mention the words "UK" or "comic" at all...

August 28th 1986...I had just turned nine years old! :)


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29 January 2006

Scorpia's UK cameo...

Another day, another image from the UK Masters of the Universe comic! The Secret Files of Scrollos was a section of the UK comic that appeared every once in a while and guided the reader throughout Eternia, whilst occasionally delving into some of the character histories. The UK comic often featured the original Evil Horde (Hordak, Grizzlor, Leech, Mantenna and Modulok), but when Scrollos guided us through the Evil Horde cast we were given cameo appearances from the characters that were introduced in the Princess of Power series (Catra, Scorpia and Shadow Weaver)! Scorpia's appearance is my favorite mainly because we see her striking He-Man through a wall! Also note that the artist added a skirt to the character...


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28 January 2006

Horde Prime?

The mysterious yet always threatening leader of the Evil Horde, Horde Prime, was given a variety of descriptive interpretations by different writers during the She-Ra series. The only thing the audience ever got to see was his giant robotic hand that would usually come crashing down next to Hordak when verbally destroying the villain! The UK Masters of the Universe comic decided to tackle the subject of what Horde Prime should look like. When looking at their interpretation I'm of the opinion that they should not have even considered the subject!


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25 January 2006

Even when I'm right, I'm wrong!

Apologies for the few days away from the Blog. Believe it or not I've been working hard on the DVD content for Season Two Volume Two of He-Man and the Masters of the Unvierse!

Season Two's "Journey to Stone City" is not a classic episode, but so far as humor goes it's easily one of the funniest thanks to J. Michael Straczynski's writing skills! JMS was the only writer to give character to the Attak Trak, and in this scene the vehicle purposely makes a fool of Orko!

For your listening pleasure, Orko versus the Attak Trak!


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19 January 2006

Santalucia's Blog!

So yesterday Emiliano Santalucia and I are having an email conversation about forthcoming DVD work, and I mention to him that I recently started a Blog...and now one of the greatest He-Man artists has started a Blog, too!

Go now and visit Santalux!

18 January 2006

She-Wha?!

Ken Cope, an animator on She-Ra, may have only worked on Season Two of the series, but he still found time to knock out this amusing image of the Princess of Power! To quote Ken, "This is what happens when you're tired of putting lead curtain-weights in She-Ra's skirt so that it won't fly over her head when she leaps into the scene."


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16 January 2006

Road Rage (again)!

Now I am NOT a colorist by any means, but I looked back at the Road Rage post and thought, "Why not?!" The colors for both characters are Filmation accurate...


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15 January 2006

The evil warlord from ancient times.

The most recent animated interpretation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was sadly short-lived, but during its time the show provided us with a wealth of wonderful visuals and new characters. Those of us who had been fortunate enough to contribute to the show were given the series bible covering both Season One and the unaired Season Two. Within seconds of it arriving I flicked through the bible, my jaw almost hitting the floor upon discovering the character called Prahvus! This guy had all the makings of a very cool-looking villain; he looked like he could take down anyone! From his description as being an "evil warlord from ancient times" I envisioned a big role for the character. So you can imagine my disappointment when he debuted in the episode "Out of the Past" and was barely featured. Still I think he was one of the best things to come out of the new series...The other things I'll talk about another time...:)


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14 January 2006

How does a lion find...

The New Adventures of He-Man had a lot of things going for it, and hopefully with the forthcoming DVD releases many people will realize this! One of the best things about the show was Skeletor. Now I loved Alan Oppenheimer's voice and Filmation's portrayal of the Lord of Destruction, but with the new show Skeletor's character was changed. He was still evil, and he still wanted to best He-Man, but he was more of a comedian. To a lot of people that may sound like a negative point to make, but the dialogue when delivered by Campbell Lane was inspired. Skeletor had never sounded so natural! I've always said that the Filmation version of He-Man will always be my favorite, but The New Adventures of He-Man to me will always be a wonderfully alternative look at what He-Man could have been like! :)

In the episode "Attack on Onnor" Skeletor pursues Werban the Secretary of the Inner Council for quite some distance, and when he finally catches him he amusingly confronts him as only this Skeletor can!

For your listening pleasure, How does a lion find...


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13 January 2006

Cat got your tongue?

In the He-Man episode "The Cat and the Spider" there's a very odd second of animation during the final climatic battle with the demonic Grimalkin. Just as He-Man asks, "What does it take to stop that thing?" we see Kittrina move next to him, as if she's about to say something. In the actual script she replies directly to He-Man, "It can't be stopped." Obviously this piece of dialogue was very close to being in the final shot, but cut for time reasons.

10 January 2006

He-Man rides into battle...

At the request of Pig Boy here is the coloring book image he was referring to in the Road Rage entry - A wonderfully classic painting of He-Man that appeared on quite a few pieces of Masters of the Universe merchandise in the eighties, including one of the first UK video tapes. Also note that in the background Stratos, the winged warrior, is piloting the Wind Raider!


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08 January 2006

Road Rage!

This image always makes me laugh - It's an illustration from one of the Masters of the Universe coloring books (one of a thousand or so) that they produced throughout the eighties. It makes me laugh because the scenario surrounding the illustration appears to be strange...at least the one I create anyhow. From the image I get the impression that one day Trap Jaw was just peacefully driving along the Mystic Mountains in his newly designed vehicle, when loutish Ram Man decided to strike out at any passing Evil Warrior. Just look at poor little Trap Jaw's expression. Even he cannot fathom the reasoning for this completely unprovoked attack! And if anyone feels like coloring this image I'll send you a big nice scan! :)


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07 January 2006

Deciphering Orko's spell...

And as promised here's Orko spell from "Orko's Return" in its script form.


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06 January 2006

Orko's refreshingly original spell!

One of my favorite Orko spells occurs in the season two episode "Orko's Return." Not a particularly classic episode, but best remembered for the comical antics of Beast Man, Trap Jaw and their captive Orko. We are so used to Orko's spells conforming to a mantra of sorts, "Wand of glass, clean my room. Sweeping through, like a broom." However in this episode writer J. Larry Carroll scripts a very odd yet very refreshing spell that makes little sense, but entertains nonetheless.

For your listening pleasure, Orko's refreshingly original spell!
(If you're brave enough, try and figure out what the little Trollan's actually saying and comment - I'll post the actual script dialogue tomorrow!)


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05 January 2006

Emiliano's Princess of 1999!

When Zadoc Angell and I were running the Episode Review Website back in 1999, we asked a few artists to contribute to a gallery section we were creating. The idea was to get some highly talented artists to depict our favorite Eternians and Etherians in their own unique styles. One of the first people we heard back from was now-famed Masters of the Universe comic artist extraordinaire Emiliano Santalucia! At the time he was heavily involved in running his awesome Masters of the Universe Unbound website, but he was kind enough to send us this astounding image of She-Ra!


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04 January 2006

Witnesses!

Here is an odd panel from issue four of the UK Masters of the Universe comic. In a story titled "Mountains from Space" we see the most powerful man in the universe rather casually transforming Cringer into Battle Cat with Roboto and Buzz-Off apparently witnessing everything! Obviously something went wrong with the writer's description of the scene and the artist's depiction of the scene!


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03 January 2006

Mer-Man = Drama?

Thanks to the voice work of Alan Oppenheimer, Mer-Man was a highly memorable character in Filmation's He-Man series. The season two episode "Jacob and the Widgets" features one of my favorite pieces of dialogue from the evil ocean warlord. It's not supposed to be funny, but it is delivered in such an over-the-top and excessively dramatic fashion by one of the most comical-looking villains, that it's hard not to laugh! :)

For your listening pleasure, Mer-Man's theatrical entrance!


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02 January 2006

Snoopy and a Smurf?

Filmation's storyboard department consisted of a group of talented people who not only enjoyed their work on the show, but who also loved to include jokes within their storyboards. Aside from being one of the nicest guys in the animation industry, storyboard artist, director, and occasional animator Tom Sito was amongst this group during his time at Filmation! As an example the subsequent panel from the season one He-Man episode "The Heart of A Giant" indicates the camera to pan across a group of creatures from left to right. However careful inspection at the far right of the panel will reveal that in this group Tom Sito included Snoopy and a Smurf! Unsurprisingly neither of these two made a cameo in the animated sequence...


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01 January 2006

Welcome...

Like me you're probably feeling a little delicate at this moment in time...

Happy New Year! :)

Welcome to my He-Man and She-Ra Blog. A He-Man and She-Ra Blog? What does that mean? Well, to be honest, I'm not quite sure of that myself. In any case, on a near-daily basis I will be posting comments, observations, facts, trivia, behind the scenes information, interviews, images, video and audio files, wallpapers and pretty much anything else relating to He-Man and She-Ra. Some posts may enlighten you with new information regarding the production of the two shows, while other posts may seem less purposeful or informative to the more knowledgeable fans of Eternia and Etheria.

At this moment in time, I don't think anyone knows about the existence of this Blog, except Jon "TheShadow" Kallis. Hopefully in time this Blog will prove entertaining enough that people will visit and comment themselves on a daily basis! :)
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