what were the first and last episodes of the He-Man and
every He-Man and She-Ra episode began,
we were treated to the title of the episode. Filmation's
title cards were wonderful to look at, but occasionally
differed in strange ways. These differences were really
no great tragedy in terms of watching the actual episode,
but sometimes they were hard to avoid.
Only seen once, this background appeared on a title card
for He-Man's season one episode "The Time
Corridor." Only number 8 in the production schedule,
it was given the background to Snake Mountain's Blood Falls.
The background was famously seen in the episode "The
Dragon Invasion," when He-Man confronts Skeletor at
In the He-Man special "The Greatest Adventures
of All" we have three episodes compiled with small
interludes from the Sorceress. The titles of the episodes
are not shown until the very end of the compilation, and
while "Diamond Ray of Disappearance" and "Teela's
Quest" both end up on their original background; "Colossor
Awakes" is seen on a completely different background
depicting Eternia. The credits were altered so that the
director's credit was seen with the title of the episode
and the writer's credit. Incidentally when "Colossor
Awakes" made it to home video in the UK, they actually
used this one as the actual episode title card. They did
not utilize the TV version title card, which was used in
the actual airing of the episodes.
The title card to the season two He-Man episode
"Island of Fear" possessed a very strange rarity.
For the first time we see that an episode has been directed
by two people, but even more stranger is that they have
placed the "Directed by" credit up on the screen
twice. Whether two people directed this episode, or if it
was a mistake by the assemblers of the title cards is unknown.
do you spell the star?
He-Man is the star of the series, and it is really not a
hard name to misspell or forget. His name must have been
plastered all across the documents that came when assembling
the title cards. However on the two times that He-Man's
name was in the title, it was incorrectly written. The first
time it was spelt "He-man" with a lower case "M,"
and the hyphen was missing when it was time for "Hunt
for He Man." These were the only two chances they had
of getting it right, and still they could not.
first appearance was at least lettered correctly in "She-Ra
Unchained," which was the third episode of the first
season. Yet when it came to the second season episode "Shera
Makes A Promise," they appeared to have totally misspelled
her name as one word, "Shera." The reason for
this mistake may have been that She-Ra, when written in
scripts was referred to as "Shera," just one word.
Hence when the title card was being assembled, they stayed
a little too true to the script.
You would be wrong in thinking that some of the He-Man
titles appeared on just one background representing Eternia.
There were in fact two separate cards that depicted the
planet Eternia. Both were separate paintings and looked
very similar. But while they may look identical, the background
and shading of the planet differ. The most noticeable difference
is that the stars behind the planet change sides and appearance.
that just stay
Usually when the title card appears, the first one depicts
the title of the episode and the writer. Then the title
of the episode and writer fade out, as the director's credit
appears. The following episodes were exceptions to the rule,
and for some unknown reason the title of the episode stayed
for both writer and director credits. This only occurred
in five episodes, which were quite widespread throughout
the first season of He-Man.
- "Disappearing Act"
- "A Friend in Need"
MU11 - "Masks of Power"
MU27 - "Orko's Favorite Uncle"
- "The Dragon's Gift"
1 or Part I?
There were only 2 two-part episodes in the entire run of
He-Man and She-Ra. He-Man's was
"House of Shokoti," and She-Ra's was
"Anchors Aloft." The strange thing is, and this
may have something to do with the different fonts, He-Man's
was written out as Part 1, whereas She-Ra's was
changed to Part I, using the Roman numerical system. Hence
He-Man's follow-up was Part 2, and She-Ra's
was Part II. The font used on the She-Ra title
cards may not have had the usual numbering system, or the
creators decided that the numbers did not look right.