Based on the lines of Mattel toys and cartoon series from the 1980’s, the new cartoon show comes to us from the worlds biggest fanboy, who else, Kevin Smith!
Smith gleefully tossed a trailer for the show that’s already out on Netflix to watch RIGHT NOW, and then introduced the major players of the panel! Chris Wood stars as the voice of Prince Adam and He-Man; Sarah Michelle Gellar is the voice of Teela, the kingdoms Man-at-Arms; the voice of a brand-new character Lieutenant Andra, the only other Smith that matters in the world, Tiffany Smith; and the well-known Candyman himself, Tony Todd, voicing Scare Glow.
Of course, Kevin Smith had to ask how familiar all the panelists were with the source material before doing the show, and SMG responded that when she was younger cartoons were geared more male- or female-centric, and therefore while she didn’t watch a lot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, she did grow up a fan of Skeletor, which must say a lot about her that she wouldn’t want to talk about in a panel. Tiffany Smith replied that she watched and loved those same Saturday-morning cartoons like He-Man and She-Ra and even produced some ancient beloved She-Ra action figures as proof. And dear Tony Todd, who didn’t watch the original cartoons because by that point he was out in New York hustling for his acting career, says he’s done Cons and knows the passion of fans who need every single last piece of fandom for a project they love, like this one.
All the panelists seemed to be happy to have a huge fan of the original show and toy line as their Netflix executive producer and showrunner, so it was thanks to Teddy that Kevin Smith gushed, “We can’t fail like we won’t let down the fans of the original franchise because we’ve got a huge fan of the original franchise who still has every last toy on display in his house guiding us!”
Even though he wasn’t able to be on the panel, of course, it bears mentioning that this new incarnation of Skeletor will be voiced by the Man himself, Mark Hamil! The original voice of Skeletor from the 80’s cartoons, Alan Iverson, was even brought to the new show to voice Moss-Man. Also not on the panel but always worth a mention, Henry Rollins will be voicing Tri-Klops, who in this version of Masters of the Universe in Skeletor’s absence has remade Snake Mountain into a technological church, embraced technology, and abandoned magic entirely.
Chris Wood talked about having to give two entire performances, of both Prince Adam and He-Man, in his somewhat normal speaking voice but higher for Adam and more in-the-chest-BOOM for He-Man, like Bruce Wayne and Batman.
To finish up, Kevin Smith reminded us of the immortal words of Teddy the eternal MOTU-fan when talking about the new show: “These cartoons in the ‘80s are made to sell toys, this iteration gets to use an incredibly rich IP Mattel has made. Teddy was like, look at the treasure trove of characters you have, the bench is as deep as Marvel or DC. All I ask is that you treat them like Shakespeare – don’t treat ‘em goofy, don’t make fun of ‘em, don’t be ironic. When I (Teddy) watched every episode of (the original) Masters of the Universe, I thought Skeletor was gonna kill He-Man, make me believe there are stakes, real stakes, again. “ And that’s what this new show Revelation does!
Say the glorious lines right along with He-Man and catch Masters of the Universe Revelation on Netflix now!
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.