The Secret of the Sword
|The Secret of the Sword|
|Directed by||Ed Friedman
|Produced by||Arthur H. Nadel
|Written by||Larry DiTillio
|Music by||Erika Lane
|Edited by||Joe Gall|
|Distributed by||Atlantic Releasing|
|Running time||87 minutes|
He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword is a 1985 American animated feature film produced by Filmation. Although released before the series She-Ra: Princess of Power began, the film was a compilation of the first five episodes with minor edits made. The film was part of a trend of theatrically released animations created by producers of TV shows and toys during the 1980s.
The Sorceress sends Prince Adam to the world of Etheria. Adam is to give a very special sword to someone who lives there. But when Adam discovers that Etheria is ruled by an intergalactic army known as the Horde, he becomes He-Man to help a band of rebels fight the Horde. But during the battle, He-Man is captured by the Horde's Force Captain Adora and taken as a prisoner. Disturbed from her sleep, Adora is contacted by the Sorceress through the jewel in the sword that He-Man was sent to give to her. The Sorceress tells her that she is meant for a special destiny and also reveals to her the awful truth behind her past. She reveals to Adora that not only is she a princess kidnapped by the Horde when she was a baby, but also that He-Man is really her twin brother. Eager to save He-Man, Adora uses the sword to become She-Ra, Princess of Power. As She-Ra, she sets He-Man free and helps him escape from the Horde with the aid of her beloved companion, Swift Wind. Reunited at last, He-Man and She-Ra set out to reunite the royal family of Eternia and free Etheria from the Horde's tyranny.
- John Erwin as Prince Adam / He-Man / Beast-Man
- Melendy Britt as Princess Adora / She-Ra / Madame Razz
- Alan Oppenheimer as Skeletor / Man-At-Arms / Cringer / Battlecat
- Linda Gary as Teela / Queen Marlena / Sorceress / Shadow Weaver / Glimmer
- George DiCenzo as Bow / Hordak
- Erika Scheimer as Queen Angella
- Lou Scheimer as King Randor / Swift Wind / Kowl / Mantenna / Horde Trooper / Kobra Khan / Trap-Jaw / Tri-Klops (as Erik Gunden)
No consensus among critics is currently available at Rotten Tomatoes, though 72% of users have given it a positive rating. Janet Maslin of The New York Times and Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times likened the film to a Saturday morning children's cartoon extended to feature film length. Maslin in particular cited the film's plot as "complicated but entirely predictable".
- The film was released on DVD as part of the Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power collection on July 18, 2006.
- It was also released on DVD as a stand alone feature, without the extra episodes of She-Ra that the previous release had, on May 6, 2008.
- Harmetz, Aljean (May 1, 1985). "Video alters economics of movie animation". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved September 18, 2010.
The Secret of the Sword, which cost $2 million and consists of three half-hour television programs stitched together, is faring less well. Mr. Scheimer said he was planning a high-budget movie starring He-Man for the summer of 1987.
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- Maslin, Janet (May 18, 1985). "SCREEN - 'SECRET OF THE SWORD' - Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- Solomon, Charles (March 26, 1985). "'SWORD' SHOWS ITS KIDVID ROOTS". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
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