30 March 2013

Anime Flipshot #1

The episode "Four Ways To Sundown" is another of the good-looking episodes of The New Adventures of He-Man. Of course this episode also benfits from having one of the best scripts of the series, as well as one of the most memorable endings! Due to the, at times, comical nature of the story, this episode is able to get away with amazingly over-the-top anime-expressions as seen here on Flipshot. In this scene a frightened Flipshot reacts to Hydron and He-Man appearing behind him!



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29 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #21

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, the charm's ready. We can go."


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28 March 2013

Skeletor is disappointed.

I believe that one of Emiliano Santalucia's greatest illustrations from his time on the Masters of the Universe comic from MVCreations is this one featuring Skeletor that appeared in issue three (volume one). The level of detail on Skeletor is breathtaking! Firstly, the way in which his physicality is defined is perfect, with a ridiculous attention to detail on the villain's muscles; secondly, the intricate detailing on his armor is astounding; and thirdly, the way in which his skull is drawn is superb! The only thing missing is Skeletor's Havoc Staff, which the villain is holding out of shot. Other than that, this is a perfect illustration!


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27 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #20

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: "Thank you for rescuing my daughter."


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25 March 2013

How gruesome!

In this panel from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "Grizzlor: The Legend Comes Alive!" Bruce Timm beautifully illustrates a scared Teela. Once again even though this is very early in Bruce Timm's career, many of his artistic traits are already in place; from Teela's expression in the second panel, to her somewhat somber expression in the third panel. Also, Man-At-Arms' face is a fine example of Bruce Timm's ability to make the male characters look incredibly heroic. I should also acknowledge the coloring in this panel which is beautiful, and really creates a wonderful sense of mood as the Heroic Warriors are camped around a fire.


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24 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #19

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: That's the end of Beast Man's escape try.


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23 March 2013

Duke Drear turnaround.

The season one She-Ra episode "Troll's Dream" is one of the most memorable of the series. Aside from featuring an impressively immense premise in which The Evil Horde unleash the Spider of Crystal, the story also includes a sub-plot about racism, the return of the Trolls of Spikeheart, and a new villain, Duke Drear. I have always been a fan of the design of this character, especially the posture of his body; something that was transferred into the final episode. However, the color scheme left a lot to be desired, appearing to look like an extra from the awful season two He-Man episode "Time Doesn't Fly", which is why you are looking at a black and white model sheet, and not a color one!


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22 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #18

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 make myself into a human whirlwind."


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19 March 2013

The Grazzler was an Ice Hacker!

In this panel from Robert Lamb's storyboards for the season two He-Man episode "Fisto's Forest", we see that his original plan was to have the role of the Grazzler played by an Ice Hacker. Robert had previously used the Ice Hacker in his storyboards for "The Dragon's Gift", to it would only make sense to reuse the character design. However, Filmation decided to go with a different design, one unique to the episode. Although the design would later show up in "Battle For Bright Moon".


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16 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #17

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: Beast Man tries to sneak away.


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15 March 2013

A brief review #036 - "The Search"

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 Search"...

Some episodes of the series feel like they were developed at the same time the series was conceptualized; this is one of those episodes. Right from the first appearance of Zodac we realize this episode is going to be special. For a brief period, the story becomes a simple case of the heroes chasing the villains. During this time however, thanks to David Wise's writing, we do get to see Skeletor at his most determined. The dialogue and direction as He-Man fights the temptation of the Starseed is one of the series' most memorable moments. The twist in the tale when Zodac reveals that it was he whom allowed Skeletor to know of the Starseed's location emphasizes what a great episode this is. 8/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

14 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #16

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: Mer-Man lands in the water.


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13 March 2013

Swooping Weaver.

There is a lot of beautiful layout artwork to be found for the season one She-Ra episode "Friendship". Here is an example of three fantastic illustrations showing Shadow Weaver swooping into shot, and swooping back out again. It is interesting to see the artist's rough blue line art showing the basic shapes of the character's body underneath. What we tend to forget is that due to Shadow Weaver sporting a large cloak, the artists at Filmation still had to illustrate her body underneath, in order to create a realistic movement for the character.


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11 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #15

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: "Get your hands off Diana, Mer-Man."


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10 March 2013

Skeletor's bride?

As the Masters of the Universe story evolved, somewhere in-between He-Man's barbarian roots and the Filmation series, one of the plots tossed around was that Skeletor wanted Teela for his bride. One of the most memorable was featured in one of the many Masters of the Universe coloring and activity books. Here we see Skeletor fantasizing about his forthcoming marriage to Teela, as the two of them rule Eternia together. I love the fact that in his little fantasy, both he and Teela look very happy together!


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09 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #14

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: "And now my pretty one, into the water."


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08 March 2013

Snow Kowl!

Here is another illustration from the She-Ra Ladybird book "Catra's Ice Palace" by Geoff Senior. As I have expressed before, Geoff Senior was by far one of the best artists to have worked on the UK Transformers comic. However, his work on this particular She-Ra book was not all that great. Giant robots were definitely his specialty! That said, here is a comical illustration featuring Kowl examining a sad-looking snow version of himself...


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07 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #13

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: He-Man sends a forcefield around Skeletor.


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06 March 2013

Thar she blows!

Here is an interesting piece of artwork by Bruce Timm from the Masters of the Universe minicomic "Grizzlor: The Legend Comes Alive!" As beautiful as this panel is, I always find it a strange piece of dialogue for He-Man to utter as he and the other Heroic Warriors traverse dimensions in order to confront Hordak. Once more I have to mention just how fantastic Bruce Timm's artwork is; even if it does appear that He-Man has an oversized head...


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05 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #12

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: "Now it's your turn, Skeletor!"


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03 March 2013

Frit turnaround.

The season one She-Ra episode "Play It Again, Bow" features the memorable appearance of Madame Razz's long lost love, Frit. Even though it fills every cliché in the book, I always liked the fact that the character designer, Dale Hendrickson, gave Frit an appearance that mirrored Madame Razz's to a degree; most notably the way in which the character's eyes appear through the hat! Admittedly, Frit should have come across as a typically annoying guest, but the way in which George Dicenzo voiced the character gave him a wealth of charm.


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02 March 2013

He-Man's RARE Viewmaster #11

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: Ram-Man breaks it up.


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01 March 2013

Mantenna encourages applause.

Here are three lovely pieces of layout artwork from the season one She-Ra episode "Book Burning". In these illustrations you can see the layout artist visually explain to the animator how this particular scene with relatively static animation should focus on the expressions of the characters more than anything. Mantenna's expressions are amusing to look at in each illustration. Initially he notices that the two villagers are not clapping Hordak's speech, and so in the second illustration he purposely nudges the male villager whilst at the same time giving him a threatening look. The final piece focuses on the villain's eyes as he is facing front once more, but looking out the corner of his eye and making sure that they are applauding as they should be. No points for spotting that the male and female characters are stock characters designed for the He-Man episode "Monster on the Mountain".


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