The much-hyped Masters of the Universe: Revelation animated series spearheaded by Kevin Smith debuted on Netflix today. It’s fitting, then, that today also saw Smith moderate the [email protected] Masters of the Universe panel, joined by the voice actors of the series including Chris Wood (Prince Adam/He-Man), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Teela), Tiffany Smith (Andra), and Tony Todd (Scare Glow).
Smith showed the the opening title sequence to the series, which utilized original Mattel art and summed up the mythogy of the series. The opening features a voiceover by Man-At-Arms, voiced by Liam Cunningham.
As someone who grew up a fan of the original He-Man and played with the toys, Wood felt he was born to voice the character. Gellar meanwhile was familiar with the He-Man franchise but admitted she got into feeling that cartoons were more divided between boys and girls and He-Man was a male-centric cartoon. She praised Smith for bringing the series back for a new generation that’s accessible to everyone.
In contrast, Tiffany Smith grew up a huge fan of the original He-Man and She-Ra cartoons and showed off her She-Ra toys. Though Todd was too old for the demographic, he’s looking forward to adding another action figure of a character he played to his collection.
Gellar related an adorable story about how she and her two kids woke up early to watch all the episodes before they had to go to school. Todd was moved to hear that Gellar’s children loved his performance as Scare Glow.
As Smith has mentioned previously, Netflix executive Ted Biaselli is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the original Masters of the Universe, and he noted how rare it was to have someone on that level who was a genuine fanboy helping the guide a franchise.
Interview clips were played of original Skeletor voice Alan Oppenheimer as well as Mark Hamill, the voice of Skeletor in Relevations, discussing how they came up with their individual performances for the character.
Another clip from the show featuring Tri-Klops voiced by Henry Rollins was then shown.
The manifest of the show according to Smith was “to make something for the fans,” but also to have a show written by grownups for grownups. Woods felt that the scripts dripped with nostalgia, making him feel like a kid, but simultaneously raised the stakes. Wood previously worked with Smith on The CW Supergirl series where Smith directed various episodes. In differentiating his performance between Prince Adam and He-Man, Wood noted that he portrayed Adam with a lighter and more enthusiastic voice whereas he dropped it down for He-Man with his voice coming from the chest.
A clip featuring Prince Adam and his father King Randor (voiced by Diedrich Bader) was then shown.
Gellar found the character arc for Teela “beautiful” and found herself invested in the characters despite having no prior attachment.
The good toymaker folks at Mattel showcased some of the new Masters of the Universe: Revelation toys from the show, and with that the panel came to a close.