News He-Man anime series from Kevin Smith coming to Netflix

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  1. Reverend

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    Does anyone know where the "off" switch is?
     
  2. JD

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    I know about Kit Fisto, in his case having a first name helps to distract from the potential innuendo a bit.
     
  3. Redfern

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    Sometimes, a first name can make matters worse. Imagine a character named Buster Hieman...
     
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  4. dodge

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    I'm not sure that would work here, because presumably Eternians are already aware of all the things she's just discovering.
     
  5. Kai "the spy"

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    I'm getting in the mood to make a phone call to a bar.
     
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  6. Reverend

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    Who knows? Maybe castle greyskull has been silent and sealed ever since whatever Mara did, and it caused just as much if not more chaos on Eternia as it did on Etheria? Perhaps if/when Adora restores the connection from her side the Castle will be unlocked and the sword of power can be claimed.
    Or maybe the sword of power has been somewhere on Etheria this whole time, just as in the old show, the sword of protection was at greyskull until it randomly decided to open a portal.
    There's all kinds of ways they can play it to suit what they've established.
     
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  7. Noname Given

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    "All hail the Xerox God of Animation..." ;)
     
  8. ichab

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    I LOVED the toys growing up. They were so big and lifelike that they made my little Star Wars figures look puny by comparison. Every Christmas my mother tells the story of how she went all over town trying to track those things down for me because she knew I wanted them and they were always sold out. Good times. Cartoon was good too. Movie was....well, it was made by Cannon films. They were notorious for cheap budgets(TRY and watch Superman IV. Worse effects ever for an established franchise). Frank Langella has stated many times that Skeletor was his favorite role. He did give a good performance, it's just too bad that the film couldn't have been better.

    And Kevin Smith wants to pick up from where the 80s series left off? I'll be checking this one out for sure. Thanks for the link. :)
     
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  9. JD

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    Yikes. OK, I guess I should amend that to be that an innocent sounding first name came help to distract from the potential innuendo.
     
  10. Kai "the spy"

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    Might be of interest to some here who don't usually check the Fatman Beyond podcast, Kev & Marc not only talk among themselves about the new show, but also bring out the other writers to talk He-Man for the first 40 minutes of the show:
     
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    Took a look at the last 30 seconds of the last episode, to see if these dangling story arcs that Kevin claims exists do exist.

    Teela fell over, so He-man decides to pick her up, and carry her home.

    She says "No thank you, I don't need to be carried, I can walk on my own."

    He retorts "it's no trouble, I'm very strong, I'm just keep holding you close, and walking"

    She triples down "I can walk. Please put me down."

    He doesn't.

    I know this is 80s humour hinting at a relationship where he's awkwardly making his move, and it's probably not going to go anywhere because, He-Man has no game.

    However, through a modern lens, isn't this really sketchy, and probably harrassment?

    On one hand, she doesn't know who he really is, so Teela can't sue He-Man or Adam, on the other hand, her Father knows who He-Man is, so Adam is in a little trouble of waking up with a kidney missing. On the other other hand, King Randor, to protect his son, can chose between a stick and carrot. Will Teela get a payoff or a public execution?

    Remember Breaking Bad?

    A chicken shack was the front for a huge criminal empire.

    [​IMG]
     
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    He basically restrained her and refused to release, so I'd say it'd constitute harassment in any era. Men were never entitled to this type of behavior. They just thought they were.
     
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    See if Hugh Jass is there for me, would you?

    Not 100% sure, but wasn't the point of the cartoon (and the earlier comics) just a vehicle to sell toys?
     
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    I guess most people in Eterna thinks that He-Man is likely the illegitimate brother of Prince Adam - nobody raises it publically in case the version of Man-At-Arms who has no mustache comes around and 'has a chat'.
     
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    The sole IP owner is Mattel, so yeah.
     
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    That was pretty much every cartoon in the early/mid 80s... He-Man, Transformers, GI Joe, Gobots, Mask, Thundercats. It seemed to change when the Disney Afternoon started up.
     
  17. Christopher

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    Oh, Disney is very much about selling product. It just handles its own merchandising instead of partnering with toy companies to handle theirs.

    And of course Japan still has plenty of anime and tokusatsu shows that are driven by toy marketing -- Pokemon, Digimon, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, etc. -- often actually incorporating the game play or item-collecting dynamic into the stories, even more blatantly than American shows ever did it. Although they often tend to be much better-written than their American counterparts too.

    But I believe He-Man basically pioneered toy-based cartoons, along with pioneering first-run syndicated animation. Certainly it was the first Filmation show based on a toy line, and I think it was the first one in general, after some sort of change in FCC rules that opened the door for such blatant commercialism in kids' TV (this was the deregulation-happy Reagan era, after all). Its success opened the floodgates for all the rest.
     
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    There's a great He-Man documentary on Netflix called Power of Greyskull that I urge anyone who has any interest in the franchise to check out.
     
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  20. Guy Gardener

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    MAN IN THE IRON MASK.

    Pint sized Leo? Shit, that's an old movie.

    (Leo was smaller than Beiber back then)

    (Beiber's not that small anymore either.)

    (I'm so damn old.)

    The prince's twin is disfigured.

    Horribly disfigured, or eternally masked to sort out any questions of succession.

    In the original series, is Skeletor, underneath all that damage, Adam's twin?

    He-Man's triplet?

    Twins have the same DNA.

    If the sword is identifying Adam by his DNA, then Skeletor has Adam's DNA, then Skeletor can have the power, and that might be why the toy has an evil power sword.