26 September 2006

Robert Lamb: Prince Adam and Teela...

I spoke to Robert Lamb about his He-Man season two episode "Into the Abyss"...

"Before I saw the character design of Prince Adam, I imagined him to be of less heroic proportions. For economic reasons Adam and He-Man were designed identical except for clothes, skin and hair color. The bible described Prince Adam as an 18 year old boy to contrast with a mature muscular He-Man. In "Into the Abyss" I wanted to underscore the differences between Adam and He-Man. Teela's the fighter in the Palace, not Adam. In the original concept, Adam still had some growing up to do. I tried to bring that out again. I saw Adam and Teela as lifelong friends, brother and sister. Though close in age, Teela definitely is the dominant personality. On the surface she takes a big sister attitude towards Adam, trying to shape him up for future royal responsibilities. But deep down inside the warrior is great affection. The fondness they have for one another would most certainly blossom into a lifelong commitment under the right circumstances."

4 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Robert Lamb sums up the personalities of Prince Adam and Teela perfectly, here.

It was nice that, on certain occasions, Prince Adam showed his heroic side, without becoming He-Man, like when he backflipped the Horde Trooper in "Secret Of The Sword," when he and Adora rescued Drew, from She-Ra's "Just The Way You Are," and most notably his role in "No Job Too Small."

As for Teela, "The Problem With Power" is one good example that showcases both Teela's tough and soft sides real well.

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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David Monid said...

Despite starting out as an artist (an awsome one at that) Robert Lamb sure knows how to write these characters to be more 3-D in their personalities.

It's interesting to see how each writer would play off one another for the show, especially when it comes to that all important topic, character development. :)

Buzz Chuck said...

That screen shot is so great. Cringer in so funny. I always loved the way they played him as a kid.

ToonJukka said...

Another great Robert Lamb-comment.
Thank you posting this James. And a great screengrab with it.

The description of Adam in early DC media was also that of a someone who might have a bit growing up to do, which would have been great asset to show more in the Filmation episodes.
So glad Robert decided to tackle writing! :D

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