He man and the masters of the universe

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He-Man y los Amos del Universo es una serie de televisión de animación estadounidense producida por Filmation y basada en la línea de juguetes de Mattel Masters of the Universe[1][2][3] El programa, al que a menudo se le llama simplemente He-Man, fue uno de los programas de animación más populares de la década de 1980.

Debutó en televisión en septiembre de 1983 y se mantuvo hasta 1985, con dos temporadas de 65 episodios cada una. Hacia el final de la serie original, dio lugar a un largometraje He-Man y She-Ra: el secreto de la espada, que sirvió de introducción para la serie hermana literal She-Ra: la princesa del poder. Las repeticiones continuaron emitiéndose en sindicación hasta 1988, momento en el que USA Network compró los derechos de la serie. USA emitió He-Man hasta septiembre de 1990. El éxito de la serie basada en juguetes en sindicación influyó enormemente en otras empresas de animación para producir “anuncios de dibujos animados” de media hora, y cambió considerablemente el mercado de los dibujos animados sindicados[4].

La franquicia se ha adaptado muchas veces en forma de cómic y tira cómica, y en 1987 se produjo una película de acción real. Una serie reiniciada, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, rebautizada como Masters of the Universe vs. The Snake Men durante la segunda temporada, se estrenó en Toonami el 16 de agosto de 2002. En 2021 se estrenaron dos series de continuación para Netflix: una es Masters of the Universe: Revelation para el público adulto y otra es Masters of the Universe, un revival animado CGI orientado a la familia.

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The series takes place on the fictional and magical planet of Eternia. Its main character is Prince Adam, the young son of the rulers of Eternia, King Randor and Queen Marlena. Whenever Prince Adam holds the Sword of Power aloft and proclaims: By the power of Grayskull, I have the power, he is endowed with fabulous secret powers and transforms into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. Together with his close allies, Battle Cat (who undergoes a similar transformation from Adam’s cowardly pet tiger, Cringer), Sorceress Sorceress, Man-At-Arms and Orko, He-Man uses his powers to defend Eternia from the forces of the evil Skeletor.

Skeletor’s main goal is to conquer the mysterious fortress of Castle Grayskull, from which He-Man draws his powers. If successful, Skeletor would have enough power to rule Eternia and possibly the entire universe[3] He also has a twin sister named She-Ra, whose secret identity is Adora also the daughter of the rulers of Eternia and who lives on another magical planet called Etheria. His sister, like He-Man, also possesses the same powers and both have the mission to fulfill and fight for justice, freedom and the rights of any living creature.

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This rural paradise is thrown into chaos with the arrival of high-tech wizard Teela (Kimberly Brooks), played as a white-haired black teenager, on the run from a pair of evil thieves she recently betrayed: the brutal Kronis (Roger Craig Smith) and scheming sorceress Evelyn (Grey Griffin), along with her gangly, tech-savvy Duncan (Anthony Del Rio), who doesn’t seem too keen on being a bad guy.

Chaos ensues when the villains catch up with Teela, leading to Adam’s discovery of the massive anime-inspired version of the Power Sword. It allows him (and only him) to summon the power of Castle Grayskull and transform from a scrawny teenager into the hulking He-Man, the champion of Eternals. However, the dormant sword is also a beacon of sorts, and activating it awakens a mysterious figure from his decade-long stasis: Adam’s uncle and long-lost brother of King Randor, Keldor (Ben Diskin), a man with a skeletal hand. and a familiar lust for Grayskull’s powers.

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But for those who do not have a particularly fragile sensibility and enjoy the proposal itself of the series, Netflix raises the aesthetic and thematic stakes. The big starter asset, as we say, is Mark Hammill’s Skeletor and his almost self-parodic tone, which channels the style of his Joker, but intermingling it with the animated villain of the eighties Masters, and in the start of the season provides a veritable avalanche of charisma, humor and evil.

For example, Skeletor’s ultimately pathetic personality and his obsession with taking down He-Man to the point of putting everything in jeopardy by being, quite literally, a pantser, is pure Filmation animated series in an adult key. Only a fan with a heart of stone won’t stand up and applaud when Skeletor opens a little portal to escape danger with his tail between his legs.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ is a good example of how to adapt in a free, conscious way, knowing the original material in depth, but without this source material constraining creativity, but simply as a starting point. It remains to wait for the platform to announce a second season, just as insulting for immobile fans, just as fascinating for those for whom ‘Masters of the Universe’ was a catapult to the imagination, not a straitjacket.