Combining familiar and fun elements of science-fiction, fantasy, and superhero comics, the huge '80s cultural phenomenon called Masters of the Universe was really about two "masters": He-Man, the sword-wielding guardian of the planet Eternia, waging war against Skeletor, an evil blue skeleton-faced being. While the franchise has enjoyed many offshoots and revivals over the years including the spinoff She-Ra: Princess of Power , a live-action movie, and The New Adventures of He-Man cartoon show , nothing captured the attention and imagination of millions of children quite like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, the Filmation animated series. The kids who watched Masters of the Universe are well into adulthood now, and might notice that the show isn't quite how they remember it from 35 years ago. There's a lot of bizarre, amusing, and problematic material in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe that they just didn't pick up on back in the day. The idea of Skeletor is not a bad one.
Prince Adam is the Clark Kent of Eternia
Masters of the Universe as a property is plenty homoerotic and always has been, but Oo-Larr here might just be the gayest He-Man figure ever made. Before the Filmation cartoons, Masters of the Universe existed solely as a toy line loosely inspired by Conan the Barbarian, but with a Star Wars sci-fi twist. To further the storyline, the figures came with mini-comics that depicted a different continuity than the one that would come later and supersede it — in that telling, He-Man was a loinclothed barbarian who came out of the jungle to be trained by a goddess and molded into the most powerful man in the universe. Oo-Larr is based on that depiction.
Rediscovering the heroic cartoon beefcake of my youth.
Battle Cat is a fictional character in the Masters of the Universe franchise. He is a large cat with green fur and yellow stripes in a tiger-like pattern, and he serves primarily as He-Man 's fighting mount. Battle Cat is the alter ego of Cringer , the cowardly, lazy, over-eating feline companion of Prince Adam. He tends to spend most of his time as Cringer, sleeping, eating, and avoiding responsibility, as well as hiding at the slightest sign of trouble or danger.
As a class of adaptations, video game movies don't get a lot of respect. But that's just because they, appropriately, lean toward trashiness over respectability. In reality, some video game movies are good, and some of them are really, really bad. Let's sort them out, by ranking all the video game movies through "Sonic the Hedgehog. And it's as much of a joke as you'd expect a feature-length ad to be. When neo-Nazis embrace your cartoon , you probably did something wrong. That's all I have to say about it. To its credit, the movie version goes for that, keying into the game's ideas and vision and broadening it into a visual approach that's generally kind of interesting. It can't quite hold it all together, though.