He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special Reviews
So Bad it's Good Rating: 3,5 / 5
If you grew up watching "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" or "She-ra: Princess of Power" or if you're vaguely familiar with the characters and you feel like having a good time at the expense of some cartoon cheesiness, you should grab "He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special" for a spin. The plot follows He-Man (voiced by John Erwin) and She-Ra (voiced by Melendy Britt) as they try to rescue Orko (Lou Scheimer), the foolish court magician. The little guy's accidentally transported himself to Earth and upon his return, brought back two children, Miguel and Alisha. Conveninetly, the two were getting ready for Christmas and can now share the joys of the season with the citizens of Eternia. That's bad news for the villains Skeletor, Hordak and Horde Prime though, who are now hell-bent on removing this spirit of goodness from their world.
The animation here's nothing above TV quality (which is appropriate I guess) so if you're thinking of watching this because you're a fan of hand-drawn animation, you'll be disappointed. There's stock-footage galore, the new characters introduced aren't particularly interesting (Though I did have a good laugh at the expense of the Transformer knock-offs) and there's not much to offer in terms of shading of lighting techniques. The characters are completely one-dimensional, meaning everyone here is pretty dull to follow, save for ol' bonehead Skeletor (Alan Openheimer). He's the reason to watch the movie because eventually, he finds himself stuck escorting the two innocent children to safety, all the while trying to explain to them that he isn't good or even remotely nice, he's evil! If you think you can make some jokes about his cold black heart growing three sizes by the end of the movie, you'd be right. Other than that, there's not much here. The dialogue is cheesy, badly acted or just badly written. The plot is predictable, the children bland and the lesson at the end obvious. If you want to watch this, you better not be thinking it's going to be genuinely good because it has some charm but it really isn't. Watch it for the right reasons: to have some laughs and for nostalgic fun.
Some TV holiday specials actually turn out to be pretty great, in this case not so much. If you want to have a bit of something different this holiday season though, get some of your childhood buddies together and pop in "He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special". It may not be great, but it's entertaining and actually pretty funny to watch. (On Dvd, December 25, 2013)