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Toy company, Mattel, created the “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” line of toys, which inspired an animated television series in 1983, created by Filmation Studios, according to the 26 Mar 1985 LAT. At the time, the popular series reportedly aired in thirty-two countries.
       The 19 Feb 1985 HR reported that Atlantic Releasing Corp. had acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights, with a Los Angeles premiere planned for 29 Mar 1985. However, the picture premiered a week earlier in Los Angeles, on 22 Mar 1985.
       The Secret of the Sword, a Filmation Studios production, introduced a new Mattel character, “She-Ra, Princess of Power” as “He-Man’s” sister.
       Filmation Studios released an advertisement with an apology in the 8 Apr 1985 DV, listing several names that had been accidentally omitted from onscreen ... More Less

Toy company, Mattel, created the “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” line of toys, which inspired an animated television series in 1983, created by Filmation Studios, according to the 26 Mar 1985 LAT. At the time, the popular series reportedly aired in thirty-two countries.
       The 19 Feb 1985 HR reported that Atlantic Releasing Corp. had acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights, with a Los Angeles premiere planned for 29 Mar 1985. However, the picture premiered a week earlier in Los Angeles, on 22 Mar 1985.
       The Secret of the Sword, a Filmation Studios production, introduced a new Mattel character, “She-Ra, Princess of Power” as “He-Man’s” sister.
       Filmation Studios released an advertisement with an apology in the 8 Apr 1985 DV, listing several names that had been accidentally omitted from onscreen credits. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Apr 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 1985
p. 3, 52.
Los Angeles Times
26 Mar 1985.
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Los Angeles Times
26 Mar 1985
p. 6.
New York Times
18 May 1985
p. 11.
Variety
3 Apr 1985
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Filmation Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
Film ed
Film ed
Film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
MUSIC
Theme song comp by
Theme song comp by
Theme song comp by
Theme lyrics by
Mus cond by
Mus cond by
Mus comp
Mus comp
Mus comp
Mus prod coord
Mus rec eng
Mus ed
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Rec coord
Asst rec dir
Sd eff asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Film coord
Film coord
Post prod supv
Educational & psychological consultant
Prod controller
Prod coord
Prod assoc
Key asst coord
ANIMATION
Storyboard supv
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Dir of col
Background artist
Background artist
Background artist
Background artist
Background artist
Background artist
Background artist
Background artist
Background artist
Background artist
Layout dept supv
Layout supv
Layout supv
Layout supv
Layout supv
Layout supv
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Character des supv
Character des supv
Character des
Character des
Character des
Character des
Character des
Character des
Character des
Character des
Background des supv
Background des supv
Background des
Background des
Background des
Background des
Asst layout supv
Asst layout artist
Asst layout artist
Asst layout artist
Asst layout artist
Asst anim supv
Anim checking supv
Anim checking supv
Xerography supv
Ink and paint supv
Mark-up supv
Head of spec eff
Cel service supv
Graphic des
Stock coord
Creative tech adv
Asst storyboard supv
Background artist
Layout artist
Head final checker
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
Theme Song "I Have The Power," sung by Erika Scheimer and Noam Kaniel.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
He-Man and She-Ra in the Secret of the Sword
Release Date:
22 March 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 22 March 1985
New York opening: 17 May 1985
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Animation
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
G
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At Castle Greyskull, the Sorceress has a nightmare of a skeleton-faced villain kidnapping a baby girl. She awakens and sees a glowing sword floating across the room. The sword magically opens a door, and the Sorceress realizes it is a portal to another world. Elsewhere, Prince Adam hears the voice of the Sorceress speaking to him telepathically, and she summons him to Castle Greyskull. When he arrives, the Sorceress shows him the portal, and places the sword in his hand. It is identical to his own except for a jewel in the sword’s hilt. The Sorceress tells Adam the sword will lead him to someone with a special destiny. With his pet tiger, Cringer, in tow, Adam walks through the portal, and arrives in the land of Etheria. They walk to the village of Thaymor, order dinner at The Laughing Swan Inn, and attract the attention of Bow and his talking owl, Kowl. When Hordesmen arrive and harass the patrons, Adam stands up to them, and Bow assists in fighting off Hordak’s evil henchmen. After the battle, Bow takes Adam to Whispering Woods, where he is introduced to rebel leader, Glimmer, and initiated into the “Great Rebellion.” Elsewhere, Hordak meets with his minions, and learns of the rebels’ actions. His dark sorceress, Shadow Weaver, tells of a visitor from another world who has arrived to cause great trouble for the Horde. The rebels learn that Hordak is enslaving Thaymor villagers in retaliation for Adam and Bow’s attack on the troopers, and Glimmer urges that they return to Thaymor to save the residents. They use their ... +


At Castle Greyskull, the Sorceress has a nightmare of a skeleton-faced villain kidnapping a baby girl. She awakens and sees a glowing sword floating across the room. The sword magically opens a door, and the Sorceress realizes it is a portal to another world. Elsewhere, Prince Adam hears the voice of the Sorceress speaking to him telepathically, and she summons him to Castle Greyskull. When he arrives, the Sorceress shows him the portal, and places the sword in his hand. It is identical to his own except for a jewel in the sword’s hilt. The Sorceress tells Adam the sword will lead him to someone with a special destiny. With his pet tiger, Cringer, in tow, Adam walks through the portal, and arrives in the land of Etheria. They walk to the village of Thaymor, order dinner at The Laughing Swan Inn, and attract the attention of Bow and his talking owl, Kowl. When Hordesmen arrive and harass the patrons, Adam stands up to them, and Bow assists in fighting off Hordak’s evil henchmen. After the battle, Bow takes Adam to Whispering Woods, where he is introduced to rebel leader, Glimmer, and initiated into the “Great Rebellion.” Elsewhere, Hordak meets with his minions, and learns of the rebels’ actions. His dark sorceress, Shadow Weaver, tells of a visitor from another world who has arrived to cause great trouble for the Horde. The rebels learn that Hordak is enslaving Thaymor villagers in retaliation for Adam and Bow’s attack on the troopers, and Glimmer urges that they return to Thaymor to save the residents. They use their magical powers to attack Catra, Leech, and Scorpia, but Bow and Glimmer are overtaken. Adam raises his sword, and with the chant, “By the Power of Greyskull,” he turns himself into “He-Man,” a powerful warrior, and turns the cowardly Cringer into “Battlecat,” a fierce tiger. He-Man fights Hordak’s Force Captain, Adora, with the sword given him by the Sorceress. The sword glows, and the image of Adora’s face appears in its jewel. He-Man announces that she is the person he seeks. However, a trooper zaps He-Man, and Adora takes him prisoner to Beast Island. Sometime later, Adora asks about the curious sword. He-Man tells Adora that it cannot belong to her, as it is meant for someone good. Adora, who has been sheltered her entire life, is unaware that she is fighting on the side of evil, and He-Man challenges her to explore Etheria, and witness what Hordak has done to its people. She takes his advice, and secretly watches the actions of the troopers. Bow and Glimmer travel to Beast Island to rescue He-Man, but Hordak attacks them with a paralyzing spell, and imprisons them. Hordak demands to know who He-Man is, and why he has come to Etheria. Kowl the Owl releases He-Man from his chains, and after they free their rebel friends, they fight Hordak’s men and escape to Whispering Woods. Seeing the evil actions of the Horde, Adora accuses Hordak of lying to her. Shadow Weaver places Adora under a spell, and takes her sword. He-Man transforms back into Adam, and goes to Hordak’s domain, the “Fight Zone,” to search for Adora. Meanwhile, Hordak oversees development of his magna-beam transporter, which he created to rid himself of the rebels, sending them to “the Valley of the Lost.” However, the magna-beam needs more energy, supplied by “will power” extracted from rebel prisoners. Shadow Weaver discovers that He-Man is disguised as a Horde trooper, and is in their realm. He-Man finds Adora, but she is under a spell and attempts to arrest him. Hordak arrives, and takes He-Man to the magna-beam transporter, placing him in a chamber to extract his tremendous power. Shadow Weaver confiscates his sword, and realizes that both swords have powers she is unable to control. Sometime later, the jeweled sword summons Adora while she sleeps. The face of the Sorceress appears in the gemstone, and instructs Adora to cast off her enchantment, and use the sword to protect the weak. She reveals that Adora was kidnapped by the Horde as an infant, and that He-Man is her twin brother, Adam. Adora raises her sword, and is transformed into the warrior princess, “She-Ra.” She frees He-Man from the chamber, and he asks about her identity, unaware that She-Ra is Adora. He-Man is reunited with his own sword, and his drained powers return. Although He-Man escapes, Hordak is pleased to see that his Magna-beam is fully charged. While He-Man fights the Horde troopers, She-Ra goes to destroy the transporter. She mounts her talking horse, “Spirit,” who is transformed into a winged unicorn, and asserts its new name is “Swiftwind.” Hordak shoots the magna-beam at He-Man, but She-Ra blocks the ray with a boulder. When He-Man destroys the transporter, the energy returns to the imprisoned slaves, and they flee to safety. She-Ra flies He-Man out of harm’s way on Swiftwind, and reveals that she is his twin sister. The Sorceress appears again in She-Ra’s sword, and explains how the siblings were born to the King and Queen of Eternia, and that Hordak led his Evil Horde to their world. When he failed to conquer Eternia, Hordak tried to kidnap both Adam and Adora, but only managed to escape with Adora. Adam introduces his sister to Bow and Glimmer, and learns that Glimmer’s mother, Queen Angela, has been captured by a villainess named Hunga the Harpie. He-Man and She-Ra battle Hunga, rescue Queen Angela, and reunite her with Glimmer. She-Ra wants to return to Eternia with He-Man, to meet her real parents, Queen Malena and King Randor. However, Adam tells his sister that their parents do not know about their warrior alter egos, and orders her to keep the secret. Hordak learns that Adora has joined forces with the rebels, but is unaware that she is also She-Ra. Hordak secretly follows the siblings through the dimensional gate into Eternia. Adora meets the Sorceress and has a tearful reunion with her parents. Hordak reunites with his former apprentice, Skeletor, and they rejoin forces. Hordak disguises himself as castle staffer Chef Allen, and sneaks into Greyskull, putting the Royal Family of Eternia to sleep. He abducts Adora, and takes her to Skeletor’s domain, Snake Mountain. He-Man appears, unrecognized by his parents, and offers to rescue Adora. Meanwhile, Skeletor tricks Hordak, and sends him back to Etheria through the dimensional gate, keeping Adora for himself. Adora overtakes Skeletor’s henchman, retrieves her sword, and becomes She-Ra. When He-Man arrives to rescue her, She-Ra has already battled her captors. Back at Castle Greyskull, Adora tells her parents she is returning to Etheria to help free her people from Hordak’s tyranny. Adam secretly follows to assist her, and she is grateful when he arrives. The siblings transform themselves into their warrior alter egos, and return to Whispering Woods to help the rebellion. They battle the Horde troops, and Swiftwind, is fatally wounded. She-Ra lays her hands on the creature, and discovers her healing powers. The rebels defeat the Evil Horde, and celebrate their victory. She-Ra tells He-Man that she is needed in Etheria, and cannot return to Eternia with him. The siblings bid farewell, and He-Man sheds a single tear. +

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