25 May 2006

Robert Lamb: He-Man's Character...

Since 1997 I have been fortunate enough to converse on many an occasion with Filmation storyboard artist and writer Robert Lamb. An extremely friendly and very approachable guy he put a lot of love into He-Man and She-Ra, and over the years has revealed many facts, anecdotes and secrets about his time spent working on both shows. Ever since we started speaking via email I've wanted to place these comments on-line, but found that my past websites were by no means a great home for them. This Blog however does appears to be the perfect stage! And so without further ado...

I spoke to Robert Lamb about the character of He-Man...

"He-Man (or any hero for that matter) is what you make him. No, he didn't come with a bag of neuroses like many comic book heroes were manifesting then. I liked He-Man, though I thought the name embarrassing at first. All heroes save the day and He-Man is no exception. What makes a character interesting is what matters to him or her. Whether it's the thought of losing your best friend in the abyss or renouncing power because you thought you killed someone. This rounds out a character where feats of strength do not."

4 comments:

He-Fan said...

I think this comment is a perfect illustration of why Robert Lamb was such a good character writer - with just a few words, he's summed up what made the character of He-Man so great! :)

Mike Bock said...

That's what He-Man is all about.
Robert's anwer was great!
He-Man rocks!!

Kevin Martinell said...

The writers and various members of the Filmation staff explain the moral ideas and messages of He-Man very well, within the interviews on the DVD's.

"Not So Blind" is a very powerful episode and the moral message really hits home, as one perfect example ... I can't wait for the final He-Man DVD set to be released so I can enjoy this classic episode again!

A nice image from the moral segment of the "Diamond Ray of Disappearance" episode, too. :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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ToonJukka said...

Great thoughts from Robert Lamb. Wouldn't mnd reading more of these and other anecdotes he has about the characters and show in general.

He did manage to write great character-driven stories and only shame he didn't work on more scripts.

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