11 September 2013


On the 5th of September 1983 the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe received its WORLD premiere in the UK! To celebrate 30 YEARS since this historic day I am counting down (on a daily basis) what I believe to be the 30 GREATEST MOMENTS of the Filmation series.

A group of children question Prince Adam about He-Man and Skeletor.
""Not so Blind""

In a bustling street market Prince Adam searches for a gift for his mother, Queen Marlena. A silk merchant, honored by the presence of royalty, inquires as to why the gift is being purchased for the Queen, questioning if today is in fact Queen Marlena's birthday. A somewhat embarrassed Adam explains that he would simply like to buy her a gift because he loves her. As the silk merchant presents a hand-embroidered scarf to his royal customer the sound of children excitedly all talking at once distracts them. Prince Adam turns to see a storyteller entertaining children with tales of He-Man's mighty feats of strength. As the Prince approaches, the storyteller immediately introduces him to the children, whom are all awestruck by his presence, informing them that Prince Adam is the individual that regales him with stories of He-Man's adventures...

As Prince Adam sits next to the storyteller the children all begin to chatter at once, with one little girl walking up. She asks with wide-eyed excitement if Adam lives in the Royal Palace. He states that he does, but is not quite ready for her next question. "Does He-Man live there, too?" asks the little girl. The Prince stumbles over his words, "Uh, well, sometimes. Actually, he just seems to turn up when he's needed." A determined young boy asks the question, "I wanna know something. How come He-Man doesn't just go to Snake Mountain and smash Skeletor into little bones?" The children all begin wondering the same thing. Prince Adam, though somewhat taken aback, is quick to point out that He-man never tries to hurt any living thing, evil or not. The boy hits back with another question, "But I don't understand. When I do something bad, I get punished. Why doesn't Skeletor?", with another child asking, "Yeah, how come he gets away with everything?" Adam assures that Skeletor will be punished for his evil deeds by explaining, "Skeletor is not an ordinary criminal. You see, when someone commits a crime, he is tried and, if found guilty, well, he is punished." The child rebukes, "Skeletor hasn't been punished." One child comically says to the other, "I told you. If you were powerful enough, you could get away with anything." Hearing this Prince Adam attempts to explain that Skeletor's punishment is continually delayed, and that the more evil Skeletor does, the worse his punishment will be. The Prince ends his unexpected question and answer session with the line, "And each day we come closer to taking care of Skeletor once and for all." The determined young boy makes his humorous feelings clear, "I still think He-Man should beat him up." The children are called in for dinner, and the determined young boy turns to his sister, saying that he'll race her home, before screaming at the top of his lungs, "I have the power!" as he runs off into the distance.

To some this may be a straightforward humorous scene, but in truth it is an incredibly well-written detailed examination of the cartoon's basic premise! The true cleverness of this scene is that writer Robert Lamb (through Prince Adam) is answering questions posed by both children in the real world and the critics of the show at the time. The children ask the questions we have all heard before, and even thought to ask ourselves on occasion. Prince Adam not only addresses He-Man's morality and belief in life itself, but beautifully details at length the simple issue of He-Man putting an end to the ever-constant threat of Skeletor once and for all.

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

The dialog is so true to life and Prince Adam's replies to the children are just right and well-explained. Also, I know that, when I was their age, "I Have The Power" was one of my favorite phrases to shout. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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