Turn Back the Clock
He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special
Distributed by: Filmation
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Ah, the He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special. When I was a kid, I could remember how excited my brother and sister and I were to see this special episode uniting the characters of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power. It aired in December of 1985 and then rarely again saw the light of day until it was released on VHS a few years later and again on DVD by BCI. Since then, Classic Media has acquired the rights to the DVD and re-released it in October 2010.
The hour-long joint episode takes place during Adam (John Erwin) and his twin sister Adoraís (Melendy Britt) birthday, which just happens to fall out near the Earth holiday of Christmas. This year, they are celebrating it together with the family on Eternia. In the midst of the celebration, the magical creature Orko (Lou Scheimer) somehow manages to get inside a spy ship and fly it into space. He lands on Earth and encounters two lost children who tell Orko all about Christmas.
When Man-At-Arms (Alan Oppenheimer) manages to bring Orko back, he accidentally brings the children to Eternia. He can return them to Earth, but not until the water crystal used to transport them to Eternia recharges. Until then, the Queen (Linda Gary) devises a plan to celebrate the twinsí birthday and Christmas together. Unfortunately, Horde Prime has other plans and sends his minions, Hordak (George DiCenzo) and Skeletor (Alan Oppenheimer) to capture the children in an effort to prevent them from spreading the Christmas spirit to Eternia/Etheria.
By the power of Grayskull, Adam and Adora transform into He-Man and She-Ra and set out to rescue the children. Surprisingly enough, it is actually Skeletor who saves the day. Infused with the Christmas spirit, he prevents Horde Prime from whisking them away. Much to his own chagrin, Skeletor is actually hero of the day.
Thinking back to all of the animated Christmas specials I have seen in my youth, He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special has to be just about the cheesiest one. First of all, after watching this episode decades later, I canít believe how much I used to enjoy watching He-Man and She-Ra. Then again, I was a great many years younger. Second, this episode may possibly have been the corniest episode of either show ever to be created. Especially cheesy moments are provided when the children sing the new Christmas song Bow has written. Yikes!
Of course, it was a bit of nostalgia that had me looking this Christmas special up and if you enjoyed watching He-Man and She-Ra as a kid, you may want to check out He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special just for old times sake. I canít imagine any other reason to do so.