Your Weekly 80s Cartoon Intro…

04Jan12

with all the recent posts about he-man rip offs and poorly considered follow-ups, i decided to post the original for this week’s installment:

now some of you may know, but perhaps some of you don’t, he-man and the masters of the universe holds an interesting cultural significance. the 80s saw an explosion in kids cartoons and related toys, and theres a reason for that. these days, its impossible to imagine a sci-fi or fantasy film or kids show without a merchandising tie-in. but up until the early 1980s, it was against the law to produce kids cartoons based on a toy line. however, the election of ronald reagan as president changed that, and he-man was the first of what would become standard practice among children’s entertainment properties. kinda cool.

then there was this celluloid atrocity:

i think the notion of setting a formerly successful franchise in space was a concept that permeated the late 80s and early 90s. ‘generic kids cartoon slipping it the ratings? fuck it! set it in space and call it a day it!’ luckily, the property was briefly redeemed in 2002 and 2003 with this:

theres your history lesson for the day.



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