With Toy Masters – the feature-length documentary about He-Man and the Masters of the Universe -- still edging toward completion, I figured maybe this minidocumentary about the He-Man cartoon would scratch everyone’s Castle Grayskull itch.
As hokey as it seems by today’s standards, Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon was a groundbreaking series for a number of reasons. It stands as the first show to ever go into first-run syndication (meaning new episodes didn’t air on a network first – they were sold directly into syndication where local channels could pick them up and program them when they wanted) and it featured an astounding 65 episodes in its first season – almost three times what a normal series would produce.
It’s also memorable for rekindling countless debates about violence in children’s television shows and whether shows that were really just 30-minute commercials for toys were a good idea. Not too shabby for a show that almost never got off the ground in the first place.
Watch the featurette below, which features insights from He-Man producer Lou Scheimer, writers (including Paul Dini) and countless production people on how this series went from concept to success.
[via Filmmaker IQ]