Saturday, July 26, 2008

"By the Power of Grayskull... I Have the POWER!"

I love our public library. The children's librarians are super cool and have totally retro movie selection on the shelves, like this Sesame Street "Old School" DVD:


I actually remember watching this one as a kid...


They also have the original Transformers and Finn & Eli's current obsession... HE-MAN, MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE!!




I had a crush on He-Man as a girl.
Yeah, he has a stupid page-boy haircut, and when he's Prince Adam (He-Man's equivalent of Clark Kent) his voice sounds like Buddy from "Charles In Charge". How none of his friends ever figure out that Prince Adam is He-Man is beyond me. They look exactly the same except He-Man wears this sexy animal shag speedo. I had a She-Ra costume when I was seven... who everybody knows is He-Man's twin sister.

The thing I didn't expect when we checked the DVD out was how the morals of each episode are really good. They certainly clobber you over the head with them, but they are thoughtful and timely, even twenty-something years later. Stuff like the old great power = great responsibility argument, and how compassion and respect are not easily practiced (or rewarded) but always the Right Thing To Do.

I have zero problem letting the boys watch it... even if all the women are at least double D's and have short skimpy skirts perched on top of mile-high legs. Most, if not all, of the women depicted are strong and warrior-like - none of that "damsel in distress" baloney.

They did a live-action version in 1987 but it wasn't good. I think it's time to dust He-Man off, give it another go, and cast this guy as the lead:




He can be the Master of MY Universe....



Note to Hotwheels Hubs: I KID, I KID. This person is nothing to me, and I am not the slightest bit attracted to him. I only use his image to make my bloggy friends think I'm trendy and cool. That is all. I don't even know his real name!
(Jason Lewis)

9 comments:

Artist Unplugged said...

You are so busted............

McMommy said...

Yeah, Hotwheel Hubby.
She's TOTALLY telling the truth. She just puts up pics like that to lure us commenters in...I fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

I'm sure your wife wouldn't even give him the time of day if he came over and asked if he could play He-Man with her.

However, I would SO play He-Man with Jason Lewis. And I'd TOTALLY use the whole "damsal in distress" angle.

Yeah, I would.

(Jealous much, BookMomma?? ha!!!!)

Amanda @ notsoextraordinary said...

FLASHBACK!!!

i TOTALLY remember that cookie video too! if someone had asked me i would have said no, but as soon as it started it came RIGHT back!

Name: The Bryant Family said...

I WANT that Sesame Street Video. The old ones are THE BEST! I always loved the ladybug picnic...

pajama momma said...

That reminds me, my kids love Popeye and Olive Oil really irritates me beyond belief.

Gerard Butler is my go-to guy. The way he goes from singing like he does in the Phantom to those rippling muscles in 300 makes me have to change my underwear.

pajama momma said...

The Ladybug picnic was one of my favorites too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr8vUTm64h0

Kelli said...

"...Buddy from Charles in Charge" - that's hilarious! My brother and I were faithful He-Man watchers. Had action figures and everything. She-Ra rocked too! They should totally do a remake...Jason Lewis, huh? Nice choice. I'm there. :)

Mamasphere said...

I thought He-man was lost to me forever! And there you go and find him at the library. Awesome!

Not only will be daughter like it, my husband has fond memories, too (he grew up watching the cartoon in Brasil).

Carol said...

Perfect casting! You really have an eye for these things. I would SO be there on opening night.

I adored He-Man. I desperately wanted to be She-ra.

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