I watched all 39 episodes of the Mike Young Production of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series on the Cartoon Network when they came out between 2002 and 2004, and I had not seen any of the episodes again since, until now, 5 years later.
I bought the complete series from SAM'S CLUB this year and watched all 39 episodes again in 3 days. I love this version of MOTU and will never get tired of watching these episodes over and over again. The animation and stories were WAAAAAAAAAY better than the New Adventures' animation and stories. I liked it better than the original He-Man cartoon too, but the original was actually good, which I can't say about NA.
The animation made me think of The Little Mermaid, The Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and The Road To El Dorado. MOTU was even better though, only thing missing was He-Man singing!
All 39 episodes were great, although "Turnabout" was a little bit silly, and Queen Marlena didn't get to show her stuff until one of the last few episodes, "Of Machines and Men" when she pierces Tung Lashor's tung to a wall with a knife. The original Queen Marlena got a lot more action, but she just flipped evil warriors who were holding her from behind, over her head.
I really liked the episodes that featured Hordak: "Seperation," "The Price of Deceit," "The Power of Grayskull" and "History." All the episodes that featured the Snake Men were great. The episodes with Sy-Clone, Roboto, Stinkor and Moss Man in them are my personal favorites.
"Mekaneck's Lament" made me think of the MOTU mini-comic book, "Eye of the Storm," where Snout Spout feels he's useless. Did the writers have this in mind when they wrote Mekaneck's Lament? Was it intentional? Were there any episodes like this in the original series?
In the episode "The Mystery of Anwat Gar" The Legacy Stones make Skeletor grow a little taller and get more body armor. The body armor made me think of the armor that Skeletor wore in the New Adventures. Did any of you catch that?
Just a few questions:
Evil-Lyn's father is featured in two episodes, "Lessons" and "The Price of Deceit." Is "The Faceless One" actually his name? Is he dead or alive? Is he good or evil? Is Evil-Lyn's father mentioned anywhere in the original cartoons or comic books? What exactly was his position or title on Eternia?
King Randor's father or grandfather was featured in a flashback in one of the episodes, which one was it again, and what was his name?
The snake around Snake Mountain comes to life in the last episode (the snake god serpos) and then it is sent back the way it was. Are we ever told anywhere in the original MOTU cartoons or comics that the snake around Snake Mountain used to be a living creature?
Was Count Marzo in the original cartoon series or comic books?
I wish this series had lasted longer!