Things Only Adults Notice In He-Man
- Xuất bản 17 Th11, 2019
- The kids who watched the original Masters of the Universe cartoons are well into adulthood now and some might notice that the show isn't quite what they remember from back in the day. Here are some of the bizarre, hilarious and worrying things that only adults will notice in He-Man's adventures.
Being so distracted by all the thrilling action and scary monsters, most kids didn't care about the ideology that fueled He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: capitalism. But present-day parents who are all too used to their kids begging for toys they've seen on TV now recognize that one of the main purposes of the He-Man cartoon was to move merchandise. The show kicked off an action figure craze in the '80s, selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of toys, and every episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe served as its own 30-minute ad.
Many episodes would introduce some never-before-seen character, who just so happened to be now available in action figure form at toy stores. These characters all seemed to possess a unique ability or feature that, conveniently enough, really popped when molded in plastic. Take Mekaneck or Buzz-Off, for example two characters who can only possibly have been conceived so as to make up a shortfall in the merch budget. There's no other explanation.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was obviously heavily inspired by other shows and movies. After all, a muscle-bound guy in a loincloth fighting monsters in a strange world? That's some straight-up Conan the Barbarian stuff right there. And that's fine Conan itself borrowed plenty of sci-fi and fantasy tropes, and He-Man does the same. That's just how media works.
It's just that adults will notice He-Man's cribbing is especially lazy. "He-Man" itself is an old phrase that means "manly-man", while other hastily named characters include a skeleton named "Skeletor" and a sorceress named "The Sorceress."
But at least those are mostly innocuous examples. Some of the other He-Man characters have names that, well let's just say they take on a different dimension once you're all grown up. Isn't that right, Fisto? Keep watching the video to catch the things only adults notice in He-Man.
Sell, sell, sell | 0:17
Lazy names | 1:15
Baring it all | 2:13
Meh-Man | 3:01
Horrible bosses | 4:01
Shortcuts | 5:07
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