Masters of the Universe stop-motion video is insanely good
A short video illustrating Masters of the Universe: Revelation characters, including He-Man and Skeletor, clashing in a beautiful stop motion was recently released by host Lawrence Bender. The new Netflix series follows Teela, a bodyguard for Prince Adam who is tasked with finding the missing sword of power after Skeletor destroys all the magic in the universe. The series premiered on Netflix last July, with a second part slated for November. Despite positive reviews from critics, the series drew criticism for what was seen as deceptive marketing, citing He-Man’s lack of screen time while he was at the center of the marketing campaign.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation comes from superfan and nostalgia connoisseur, Kevin Smith, who championed marketing. In an industry where nostalgia is the watchword, Smith saw it as a bold move to limit He-Man’s initial appearances in the first five episodes. Controversy aside, the series has always been successful on Netflix, following the praise of Netflix’s other Mattel reboot, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
New Masters of the Universe: Revelation the animation comes from Lawrence Becker (@samplertimes) as part of a series, featuring the characters He-Man, Skeletor, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Spikor and Beast-Man fighting in stop motion, interspersed with short clips of showing off. The animation advertises the series and the toy line, bolstered by the announcement of Part 2 on Netflix on November 23. Becker has produced a series of commercials for Netflix. Watch the video below:
Becker also said in the post that the animation would not be the last featuring the MotU: R casting, with likely more to come as the premiere date draws closer. The second part will consist of five additional episodes, bringing the total number of series to ten half-hour episodes, completing the first season. With Smith heavily implying He-Man’s return to the back half, fans are hoping the character will return in an epic fashion.
The series’ initial backlash is one of increasing predictability, where fans of the original product rise up to complain when this material is updated to suit the tastes of modern society and storytelling. Similar to when Jodie Whittaker, who had just completed her final episodes, was announced as the new Doctor Who, the Masters of the Universe: Revelations the controversy is just another example of the toxic nostalgia control that has infected the entertainment industry like a virus. Becker’s animation seems to recognize this, with Teela being the center of the animation, just as she is the center of the new series. As long as Teela remains the protagonist of the story, it’s perfectly reasonable for He-Man to return, without it being seen as a capitulation to the initial complaints.
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