31 January 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY starts TOMORROW! :)

Throughout the month of February The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork. From beautifully-rendered layout artwork to uniquely-illustrated character design, these images will both surprise and entertain!


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28 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #10

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: "I'll send you into a new dimension."


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27 January 2013

A brief review #035 - "The Sleepers Awaken"

As many of you will know, in 2010 I published The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. At 300+ pages the book features 700+ pieces of trivia, 460+ deleted scenes, 360+ examples of animation reuse, 380+ quotes, 50+ abandoned episodes, and a LOT more! It is the book that NO fan of the Filmation series can live without! BUY IT NOW!

As an incentive, here is my brief review and rating (as they appear in the book) for "The Sleepers Awaken"...

This episode feels as if it takes place in another part of Eternia, far removed from what we know. Prince Adam and Teela's character interaction is really quite sweet in the opening scenes, with both John Erwin and Linda Gary lacing the dialogue with a smile. The characters of Lord Tyrin and Lady Valtira are wonderfully scripted both in their dialogue and actions. Because these characters are clearly confused between good and evil we are treated to some very interesting storytelling. While Lady Valtira may make for some terrific eye candy, Lord Tyrin is the star of the episode; his lonely tale of disfigurement, love, and rejection; revealing a dark, brooding hero. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

24 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #9

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: Whiplash starts a landslide.


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23 January 2013

Scorpia's minion.

"The Anxious Apprentice" is a refreshing episode of She-Ra, with the season one episode deciding to focus on Scorpia as the main antagonist, and not the full might of The Evil Horde. One scene of the episode takes place in Scorpia's rarely seen base of operations, Scorpion Hill, and features a servant, referred to in the model pack for this episode as a "minion". Once again the name Bruce Timm pops up, this time as the artist that designed this character for animation!


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22 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #8

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: "I have the power, I am He-Man..."


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21 January 2013

A Horde Trooper with a pie?!

The storyboards for "Duel at Devlan" by Warren Greenwood see a series very much in development, which is understandable, as the character designs and stock footage were still being finalized. Like with many storyboards Warren illustrated a nice banner-like piece to prior to the episode's storyboard. On this piece we see a near-finalized She-Ra, minus a cape, squaring off with a Horde Trooper, who can be seen wielding a pie as a weapon!


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19 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #7

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: "Prince Adam, you won't escape from my warriors."


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17 January 2013

Bow falls!

Here is a lovely piece of layout artwork featuring Bow from the season one She-Ra episode "Glimmer's Story". Although it is the same posed used numerous times to show character's falling in the He-Man series, I like the fact that the layout artist has still taken the time to render Bow in this stock pose. The fact that it is primarily illustrated in red pencil is a bonus! I also like that we can see his chest loosely illustrated under the leg that covers it, showing that the artist was making sure the body was positioned naturally.


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16 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #6

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: The rescue party goes to Snake Mountain.


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15 January 2013

Dramatic cover!

The cover to issue two (volume three) of the Masters of the Universe comic from MVCreations is one of my favorite images in recent years. The illustration by Enza Fontana beautifully highlights Prince Adam's sadness, whilst the colors by Jeremy Roberts create an incredible sense of mood. I would love to have seen this image rendered with the classic design of Prince Adam...


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14 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #5

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: "My daughter has been kidnapped by Mer-Man."


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13 January 2013

Disney-esque She-Ra!

Here I present a lovely piece of layout artwork from the season two She-Ra episode "Out Of The Cocoon". We can see that the artist is clearly not all that influenced by the Filmation style of illustration, and has rendered She-Ra with a great sense of fluidity! In my opinion her face is illustrated with such vibrancy, akin to the style of illustration that one would see in a Disney movie! I like that the expression on her face is slightly cocky, smiling as she performs her action.


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12 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #4

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: The spaceship approaches the Bright Moon.


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11 January 2013

Ram Man versus Spikor!

We never saw Ram Man battle Spikor in the He-Man cartoon. Come to think of it, the two never even appeared in the same episode, unless you count "A Christmas Special", which I do not! In this interesting illustration from one of the numerous coloring and activity books we see Ram Man chase down Spikor whilst covered in snow! Looking at this illustration maybe it is a good thing we never saw these two meet in the cartoon...


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10 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #3

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: "We must help our friend, Prof. Orion."


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05 January 2013

Shadowwing's original design!

With every single episode of He-Man and She-Ra Filmation would have their character model artists illustrate a plethora of designs for each and every character. Some of the initial designs in retrospect look stronger than the final models, whereas others we can only be thankful for the changes! Here we see a piece of character development artwork for the villainous dragon Shadowwing, who appears in the season one He-Man episode "The Return of Granamyr". Although Filmation would end up using a generic dragon model design, it is interesting to see that they had at one point intended to give him a completely new design!


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04 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #2

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: Orco tries to make a charm for the journey.


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03 January 2013

Attacking Catra's tower!

The rarely-seen four story She-Ra Ladybird compilation book was interesting in that aside from including two new stories, it included two previously published stories in "Catra's Ice Palace" and "She-Ra and the Golden Goose", renamed "The Golden Goose" for this publication. The most striking thing about "Catra's Ice Palace" is that due to the size of this compilation book being a different format, the illustrations that accompanied the story were completely redrawn. Previously the story had been illustrated by Geoff Senior, but this time Glenn Steward illustrated it, to tie into the fact that the other three stories in the compilation were illustrated by him! Here I present a pretty striking illustration featuring She-Ra and Frosta astride Swift Wind attacking Catra's tower in the Fright Zone using their respective powers to unleash great fury upon the villainess! Once again I love the simplicity of which Glenn Steward illustrates the characters, because it is beautifully contrasted with the stunningly painted backgrounds.


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02 January 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #1

For your entertainment, over the course of the next month or so, I will present the rarely seen second set of He-Man Viewmaster reels. Most, if not all people, have seen the first set of reels based on the early Masters of the Universe minicomics. The second set of reels are unique in that they are a sequel to the season two He-Man episode "The Shadow of Skeletor"! You will notice that even though this story attempts to tell a new tale, there are numerous elements borrowed from the "The Shadow of Skeletor" and other episodes. See if you can spot all the references!

Text accompanying this image: "Trouble on the Bright Moon," says the Sorceress.


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01 January 2013

YEAR EIGHT BEGINS! :)

Yes, believe it or not this is the EIGHTH year of The He-Man and She-Ra Blog!

As many of you know I tend to write and schedule the Blog posts months (and even years) in advance. This way I know that while I am occupied with work on cereal:geek, or whatever other projects are holding my attention, this Blog will happily continue to update on a near-daily basis, and hopefully keep you all entertained! As I type this all the posts for 2013 year have been written, and trust me, there are some incredible things showcased.

Last year I acquired a plethora of He-Man and She-Ra items; everything from Filmation animation art, to minicomics, to magazines; all of which is material for this Blog. And expect to see some material pertaining to the current Masters of the Universe brand in the coming months!
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