He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a US cartoon series aired on Philippine television network, GMA Network on the late 80's and later in ABC (Associate Broadcasting Company) now known today as TV5. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an American action adventure animated television series produced by Filmation based on Mattel's successful toy line Masters of the Universe that first aired 1983-1985 in the USA.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - The Story
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Synopsis
The show takes place on the fictional planet of Eternia, a planet of magic, myth and fantasy. The show's lead character is Prince Adam, the young son of Eternia's rulers, King Randor and Queen Marlena. Whenever Prince Adam uses the Power Sword, and when he holds it aloft and says the magic words "By the Power of Grayskull, I HAVE THE POWER" he is transformed into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. Together with his close allies, Battle Cat (who undergoes a similar transformation from being Adam's cowardly pet tiger Cringer), The Sorceress, Teela, Man-At-Arms and Orko, He-Man uses his powers to defend Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor. Skeletor's main goal is to conquer the mysterious fortress of Castle Grayskull, from which He-Man draws his powers. If he succeeds, Skeletor would conquer the whole of Eternia, and possibly the whole universe.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Opening Theme
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Intro
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe first aired in the Philippines via GMA Network in the late 80's. Thanks to fellow blogger Mark Santos, author of Heerosan's Den and Robot Pilipinas for the info. I personally became aware and got familiar with the animated series on its Sunday afternoon run on ABC-5 back in the early 90s. And if my memory still served me right, the Filmation produced cartoon show aired alongside The Pink Panther (1993-1996 US Run), Taz-Mania (Warner Bros. Tazmanian Devil animated series 1991-1993 US Run), and She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985-1987 US Run). He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has a pretty strange set-up looking at it now, it has fantasy elements but there are also spacecrafts and lazer guns. It is a chaotic mix of sci-fi and medieval fantasy. Looking back at it, Prince Adam's transformation to He-Man is as absurd as when Clark Kent changes to Superman. Well at least with the Man of Steel we have those glasses and hair to cover up his Clar Kent alter-ego, but just look at He-Man? He is just Adam stripped down only wearing a wrestling outfit with little change to what he looks like whatsoever. Oh well, at least it was a fun ride to the mindless kids of the 90's including myself. It was entertaining, has moral lessons (forced after each episode), and some "kid-friendly" censored out violence. Today He-Man has now became a cult classic and have been use as material in internet memes and various jokes.
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