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Featured CED VideoDisc No. 20 - Spring 2001


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Volume 1He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Volume 2

For the featured CED on the Animation Genre, I wanted to pick conventional cartoon material originating during the CED era that was also highly popular at that time. These criteria effectively limited my choices to He-Man, the Smurfs, and Rainbow Brite. For me, the obvious choice was He-Man, as I personally find this program a lot more interesting than the other two. Plus it has the advantage of being actual shows from the afternoon TV series. I was tempted to use "Rainbow Brite" because it uses that rainbow motif that was popular with Amiga, Apple, Atari, ColorTrak, LaserVision, Magnavox, RCA, and SelectaVision back in those days, although NBC seems to be the only corporation still willing to use it. With many of these logos including CED Magic the order of colors is determined by jumping into the Color Wheel and picking every other color around the ring. Even the Filmation logo on the He-Man CED's has a modified rainbow motif.

What I like most about "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" is how well it creates an alternate universe, not unlike Star Wars. This point seems to have been entirely lost on the producers of the 1987 movie, which transferred most of the main characters (Battle Cat and Orko excluded) to present-day earth. And unlike that movie, the main characters in the serial are surprisingly well-developed for a television cartoon show. The "moral lessons" at the end of each show were a nice addition, although they were sometimes lame. An interesting bit of trivia about the show is that it came about from Mattel's original plan to market a line of action figures after Conan the Barbarian (the most expensive 2-disc CED ever). But after deciding that movie was too violent, they created He-Man to stick with the original action figure concept. This was a good choice, as the company got a lot more action figures out of the cartoon than they ever could have derived from the Conan movies.

The remainder of this CED feature has pictures of the main characters and places from the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" CED's, as well as a table of all the animation titles available on CED. If you watched the He-Man series back in the 1980's, test your memory by guessing the name of each character or place before clicking on it.


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Complete Table of CED Animation Titles
7th Voyage of Sinbad Stop Motion Animation with Live Action
Academy Award Winners Animated Short Films Some Claymation
Adventures of the Little Prince, The  
Alice in Wonderland  
Allegro Non Troppo**  
Beany and Cecil  
Best of Terrytoons, The (Mighty Mouse et. al.)  
Boy Named Charlie Brown, A  
Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, The  
Bullwinkle & Rocky & Friends, Vol. 1  
Bullwinkle & Rocky & Friends, Vol. 2  
Captain Pugwash [PAL] UK Only Release
Charlie Brown Festival, A  
Charlie Brown Festival, A [PAL]  
Charlie Brown Festival, Vol. 2  
Charlie Brown Festival, Vol. 2 [PAL]  
Charlie Brown Festival, Vol. 3  
Charlie Brown Festival, Vol. 4  
Charlotte's Web  
Charlotte's Web [PAL]  
Children's Treasures Christmas Collection  
Christmas Carol, A  
Clash of the Titans Stop Motion Animation with Live Action
Clash of the Titans** [PAL] Stop Motion Animation with Live Action
Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island  
Dark Crystal, The** Puppetry
Dark Crystal, The** [PAL] Puppetry
David Copperfield  
Devil and Daniel Mouse, The  
Dinosaurs- Fun, Fact & Fantasy [PAL] Puppetry, Animation, and Live Action - UK Only
Disney Cartoon Classics: Daisy  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Donald  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Mickey  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Minnie  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Pluto  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Silly Symphonies  
Disney Cartoon Classics: The Fabulous '50s  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Vol. 1, Chip n Dale w/Donald  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Vol. 2, Pluto  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Vol. 3, Scary Tales  
Disney Cartoon Classics: Vol. 4, Sport Goofy  
Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 1  
Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 2  
Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 3  
Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 4  
Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 5  
Disney Christmas Gift, A  
Disney: Golden Oldies*  
Disney: Pop & Rock*  
Disney: Rock, Rhythm & Blues*  
Dot and Santa Claus Animation with Live Action
Dot and the Bunny Animation with Live Action
Dot and the Kangaroo Animation with Live Action
Dr. Seuss Video Festival: Horton/Grinch Stole Xmas  
Dunder Klumpen Animation with Live Action
Fairy Tale Classics  
Fairy Tales [PAL] UK Only Release
Fire and Ice**  
Follow That Bird* Puppetry with Live Action
Fraggle Songs Volume One* Puppetry
From the Earth to the Moon [PAL] UK Only Release
Grateful Dead, The Opening Animation Sequence
Grateful Dead, The* [PAL] Opening Animation Sequence
Great Expectations [PAL] UK Only Release
Great Muppet Caper, The [monophonic] Puppetry
Great Muppet Caper, The** Puppetry
Great Muppet Caper, The** [PAL] Puppetry
Great Space Coaster, The  
Gulliver's Travels  
Gumby Adventure, A Claymation
Hansel and Gretel [RCA] Stop Motion Animation - Kinemins
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Vol. 1  
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Vol. 2  
Hobbit, The  
Invitation to the Dance Sinbad the Sailor Segment
Jack and the Beanstalk  
Jason and the Argonauts Stop Motion Animation with Live Action
Journey Back to Oz  
Journey to the Center of the Earth [PAL] UK Only Release
Kidnapped [PAL] UK Only Release
King Kong [1933] Stop Motion Animation with Live Action
Lassie's Rescue Rangers  
Last Unicorn, The**  
Lenny Bruce Performance Film, The Thank You, Mask Man featurette
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The  
Little Prince: Next Stop, Planet Earth  
Little Women  
Lone Ranger, The  
Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie  
Lord of the Rings, The (2) Some Portions with Rotoscoped Live Action
Magic Pony, The  
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The  
MGM Cartoon Magic, Vol. 1  
Mickey's Christmas Carol*  
Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase  
Miss Peach of the Kelly School Puppetry with Live Action
Moby Dick [PAL] UK Only Release
Mr. Magoo in Sherwood Forest  
Muppet Movie, The Puppetry with Live Action
Muppet Movie, The** [PAL] Puppetry with Live Action
Muppets Take Manhattan, The* Puppetry with Live Action
Mysterious Island Stop Motion Animation with Live Action
New Adventures of Zorro, The  
Nursery Rhymes* [PAL] UK Only Release
Oliver Twist [PAL] UK Only Release
Paddington Bear, Vol. 1  
Paddington Bear, Vol. 2  
Phantom Tollbooth, The  
Popeye Cartoons, Vol. 1  
Raccoons' Adventures, The  
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown  
Raggedy Ann & Andy  
Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer**  
Rainbow Brite in "Peril in the Pits"  
Rainbow Brite in "The Mighty Monstromurk Menace"  
Return of the King, The  
Robin Hood [1972] [PAL] UK Only Release
Robin Hood [1973]  
Robinson Crusoe [PAL] UK Only Release
Roobarb [PAL] UK Only Release
Secret of NIMH, The**  
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Stop Motion Animation with Live Action
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger [PAL] Stop Motion Animation with Live Action
Smurfs and the Magic Flute, The  
Snoopy Come Home  
Spider-Man Cartoons  
Spider-Man Cartoons [PAL]  
Starring Mr. Magoo, Vol. 1  
Swiss Family Robinson [PAL] UK Only Release
Tales From Muppetland Puppetry
Tales From Muppetland, Vol. 2 Puppetry with Live Action
Terrytoons Volume 1 Featuring Mighty Mouse  
Terrytoons Volume 1 Featuring Mighty Mouse [PAL]  
Three Musketeers, The [1981]  
Thunderbirds Are Go Puppetry - Supermarionation
Tom & Jerry  
Tom & Jerry [PAL]  
Tom & Jerry Cartoon Festival, Vol. III  
Tom & Jerry II  
Tom & Jerry II [PAL]  
Treasure Island [PAL] UK Only Release
Tubby the Tuba*  
Walt Disney Christmas, A  
Watership Down  
Watership Down* [PAL]  
Wind in the Willows, The  
Winnie the Pooh and Friends  
Wizard of Oz, The* [1982]  
Woody Woodpecker And His Friends  


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