The New Adventures of He-Man

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The New Adventures of He-Man
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New Adventures of He-Man title screen
Genre Animated television series
Created by Mattel (He-Man and Skeletor)
Donald F. Glut
Steven J. Fisher
Developed by Jack Olesker[1]
Voices of Garry Chalk
Don Brown
Ted Cole
Michael Donovan
Anthony Holland
Campbell Lane
Scott McNeil
Doug Parker
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jean Chalopin
Running time 30 mins
Production company(s) Jetlag Productions
Mattel
Distributor LBS Communications
DreamWorks Classics
Release
Original network Syndicated
Audio format Stereo
Original release September 10 – December 7, 1990
Chronology
Related shows He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
She-Ra: Princess of Power
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002 TV series)

The New Adventures of He-Man is an American animated series which ran in syndication in the fall of 1990 while Mattel released the toy line He-Man, an update of their Masters of the Universe line. The cartoon series was intended to be a continuation of Filmation's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series. Filmation had gone defunct a year earlier and this series was meant to add more episodes to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which itself was in syndication at the time.

This would mark the final entry in the original Masters of the Universe continuity, as the whole franchise would be rebooted twelve years later.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

He-Man, legendary defender of the planet Eternia, has been summoned to the futuristic planet of Primus to defend the planet from the evil Mutants of the neighboring planet of Denebria. But his old adversary Skeletor has followed him and allied himself with the Mutants in his fight to conquer the whole universe. Together with a team of Galactic Guardians, He-Man fights to defend Primus and all its power resources from the continuous attacks by Skeletor and the Mutants.[2][3][4]

The majority of the cartoon episodes were written by Jack Olesker.[1][3]

Episodes[edit]

Cast[edit]

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Crew[edit]

Minicomics[edit]

In the New Adventures minicomics packaged with the toys, the story is slightly different: when Prince Adam and Skeletor travel to Primus, Adam becomes He-Man in front of Skeletor, revealing his secret identity and giving up the identity of Prince Adam to remain permanently as He-Man. The "explosion" from the transformation damages Skeletor, and he has to become a cyborg in order to survive. Also, in the comics Skeletor does not fake allegiance to Flogg; instead, he defeats Flogg and assumes full command of the Evil Mutants.

The element of the transformation from Adam to He-Man is retained from the first cartoon series, as the makers felt it would be unwise to abandon it given that the transformation sequence had been one of the most popular elements of the original series. However, in this series, one word in the transformation line is different - instead of "By the power of Grayskull...I have the power!", he says "By the power of Eternia...I have the power!"

Reception[edit]

The show has been compared to the original series, with most reviews noting a dramatic shift in tone, creating a sense of discontinuity compared to the original.[5] The quality of the animation is considered superior, but the character designs have been described as bland.[1][4]

DVD releases[edit]

BCI Eclipse LLC (under license from Entertainment Rights) released The New Adventures of He-Man on DVD in Region 1 in two volume sets in 2006/2007.

As of 2009, this release has been discontinued and is out of print as BCI Eclipse has ceased operations.[6]

To commemorate the 30th anniversary He-Man and the Masters of the Universe brand, Mill Creek Entertainment released the 30th Anniversary Commemorative Collection of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD in December 2012. The 22-disc features all 130 episodes of the 1983 series, 20 fan-favorite episodes of the 1990 series, as well as all 39 episodes of the 2002 series.[7]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The New Adventures of He-Man: Volume 1 33 December 26, 2006
The New Adventures of He-Man: Volume 2 32 March 27, 2007

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