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He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special -- During a trip to Earth, Orko learns about the origins of Christmas and brings its traditions back with him to Eternia.
He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special -- During a trip to Earth, Orko learns about the origins of Christmas and brings its traditions back with him to Eternia.  But while holiday cheer spreads throughout the Royal Palace, Skeletor and Hordak join forces to put an end to the merry festivities!


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Don Heckman (written by) &
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25 December 1985 (USA) See more »
He-Man and She-Ra join together to stop Horde Prime from ruining Christmas for some Earth children stranded on Eternia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
John Erwin ... He-Man / Prince Adam / Webstor (voice)

Alan Oppenheimer ... Skeletor / Man-At-Arms / Zipper (voice)
Linda Gary ... Teela / Queen Marlena (voice)
Lana Beeson ... Alicia (voice)

Melendy Britt ... She-Ra / Princess Adora / Mermista / Catra (voice)

George DiCenzo ... Hordak / Bow / Cutter (voice)
Erika Scheimer ... Peekablue / Perfuma / Mother (voice)

R.D. Robb ... Miguel (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lou Scheimer ... Orko / King Randor / Swift Wind / Spikor / Two-Bad / Modulok / Kowl / Rattlor / Horde Prime / Father / Multi-Bot (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Reed 
Ernie Schmidt 
Writing credits
Don Heckman (written by) &
Bob Forward (written by)

Produced by
Lou Scheimer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Shuki Levy 
Haim Saban 
Lou Scheimer  (as Erika Lane)
Film Editing by
Bob Crawford 
Joe Gall 
Rick Gehr 
Production Management
Joe Mazzuca .... vice president in charge of production (as Joseph A. Mazzuca)
R.W. Pope .... production manager
Joseph Simon .... post-production supervisor (as Joe Simon)
Art Department
Bob Arkwright .... storyboard supervisor
Bill Barry .... storyboard artist
Victor Dal Chele .... storyboard assistant supervisor (as Edigio Dal Chele)
Gary Goldstein .... storyboard artist
Connie Schurr .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Bill Kean .... sound editor
Don Kenney .... sound editor
Jeffrey C. Patch .... sound editor (as Jeff Patch)
Becky Bocek Reu .... recording coordinator
Charles Rychwalski .... sound editor (as Charlie Rychwalski)
Erika Scheimer .... recording director
Visual Effects by
Randy Fullmer .... special effects animator
Brett Hisey .... animation special effects supervisor
Ashley Lupin .... head of special effects
Mark Myer .... special effects animator
Dardo Velez .... animation special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven P. Damiani .... camera operator
Roncie Hantke .... camera operator
Ron Jackson .... camera operator (as Ronald Jackson)
Robert Jacobs .... camera operator (as R.D. Jacobs)
Dan Larsen .... camera operator (as Dan C. Larsen)
David J. Link .... camera operator
Lin-Z Rogers .... camera operator
Rick Taylor .... camera operator
Dean G. Teves .... camera operator
Chuck Warren .... camera operator
Jerry Whittington .... camera operator (as Jerry Wittington)
Steven Wilzbach .... camera operator
F.T. Ziegler .... camera supervisor
Animation Department
Barry Anderson .... animator
Craig Armstrong .... layout supervisor
Rich Arons .... animator
Arland Barron .... animator
Bronwen Barry .... assistant layout artist
Carl Bell .... animator
Barbara Benedetto .... assistant layout artist
Joe Binggeli .... background artist (as Joseph Binggeli)
Tim Callahan .... background designer
Nino Carbe .... background designer
Armando Carrillo .... layout artist
Ruben Chavez .... background artist
Yi-Chih Chen .... animator
Hee Ja Cho .... layout artist (as Hee-Ja Cho)
Won Ki Cho .... animator
Moon Choi .... animator (as Moon Hwan Choi)
Pat Clark .... animator (as Patrick Clark)
Gary Conklin .... background artist
Tom Cook .... animator
Jenifer Costin .... assistant layout artist
Doug Crane .... animator
Susan Crossley .... layout artist
James A. Davis .... animator
Zeon Davush .... animator
Lindsay Dawson .... layout artist
Lou DiGerolamo .... cel service supervisor
Larry Eikleberry .... character designer
Lillian Evans .... animator (as Lil Evans)
Ben Farish .... animator
Flamarion Ferreira .... background artist
Marcia Fertig .... animator
Kevin Frank .... layout artist
Rene Garcia .... layout artist
Sergio Garcia .... layout artist
Michael Gerard .... animator (as Michael R. Gerard)
Jim Gomez .... layout artist (as James Garneau)
Frank Gonzales .... animator
Dean Gordon .... background artist
Lennie K. Graves .... animator
Ann Guenther .... background artist
Julio Guerrero Leon .... animator (as Julio Guerrero)
Jon Haber .... layout artist
Carl Hall .... animator
Lee Halpern .... animator
Ed Haney .... layout artist (as Edward Haney)
Karen Haus .... animator
Herb Hazelton .... character design supervisor
Mike Hazy .... scene planning supervisor
Dale Hendrickson .... character designer
Gary Hoffman .... layout department supervisor (as Gary L. Hoffman)
Richard Hoffman .... animator
John Howley .... background design supervisor
Robert M. Kalafut .... background artist (as Robert Kalafut)
Karenia Kaminski .... layout artist
Ervin L. Kaplan .... color director
Ellen Kashan .... assistant layout artist
Diane Keener .... character design supervisor
Glen Kennedy .... animator (as Glen Howie Kennedy)
Pat Keppler .... assistant layout artist (as Patricia Keppler)
Saeil Kim .... animator
Aundre Knutson .... animator
John Koch .... layout artist
Jang Woo Lee .... animator
Dori Littell-Herrick .... key assistant animation coordinator
Istvan Majoros .... layout artist
Tim Maloney .... background artist
Alex Mann .... background designer
Mircea Mantta .... animator (as Mircea Manta)
Mauro Maressa .... animator
Warren Marshall .... layout artist
Leandro Martinez .... background designer
Lorenzo Martinez .... background design supervisor
Hal Mason .... animator
David McBride .... background artist
Linda McCall .... layout artist (as Linda B. McCall)
Burt Medall .... animator (as Burton Medall)
Dan Mills .... layout artist
Flavia Mitman .... ink and paint supervisor
Gale Morgan .... layout artist
Constantin Mustatea .... animator (as Costy Mustatea)
Dennis Neil .... animator (as Dennis Owen Neil)
Marcus Nickerson .... layout artist
Greg Nocon .... layout artist
Jane Nordin .... animator (as Jane Norden)
Armando Norte .... background designer
Bill Nunes .... animator
Michael O'Connor .... animator (as Michael J. O'Connor)
Tom O'Loughlin .... background artist
Michael O'Mara .... layout artist
Rolando Oliva .... background artist
Eduardo Olivares .... animator
Lew Ott .... character designer (as Lewis Ott)
Don Peters .... background artist
Rocco Pirrone .... layout artist
Doris A. Plough .... assistant animation supervisor (as Doris Plough)
David Prince .... animator
Letha Prince .... mark-up supervisor
Ric Quiroz .... character designer (as Rick Quiroz)
Virgil Raddatz .... animator (as Virgel Raddatz)
Bev Randles .... animation checking supervisor
William Recinos .... layout artist
Dana M. Reemes .... animator
John Remmel .... xerography supervisor
Greg Reyna .... animator (as Gregory Reyna)
Young Kyu Rhim .... animator
Craig Robertson .... background artist
Joe Roman .... animator
Harry Sabin .... character designer
Louise Sandoval .... animator
Jim Schlenker .... background artist (as James Schlenker)
Don Schloat .... animator
Howard Schwartz .... head of final checking
Don Schweikert .... background artist
Bart Seitz .... layout supervisor
Susan Semer .... assistant layout artist
Tom Shannon .... layout artist
Kunio Shimamura .... animator
Jay Won So .... animator (as Jay-Won So)
J. Michael Spooner .... layout artist
Daniel St. Pierre .... background designer (as Dan St. Pierre)
Robert E. Stanton .... background artist (as Robert Stanton)
Alex Stevens .... background designer
Michael Toth .... animator
Bob Tyler .... layout artist (as Robert Tyler)
Mark Wallace .... background designer (as Mark R. Wallace)
Curt Walstead .... layout artist
Thomas Warkentin .... character designer
Neal Warner .... animator
Don Watson .... background artist
Sherry Wheeler .... animator (as Sheri Wheeler)
Larry White .... animator (as Lawrence White)
Ellen Woodbury .... animator
Editorial Department
George Mahana .... supervising editor
Music Department
Sam Horta .... music editor
Shuki Levy .... conductor
Haim Saban .... conductor
Mary Ruth Smith .... music editor (as Mary R. Smith)
Other crew
John J. Blough .... production assistant
June Gilham .... film coordinator
Christie Meyer .... film coordinator
Arthur H. Nadel .... executive vice president: creative affairs
Donald F. Roberts .... educational and psychological consultant
Michael P. Sowa .... production assistant
Robin Tismeer .... production coordinator
Pamela Vincent .... production associate
Robert W. Wilson .... production controller

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51 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Other "Masters of the Universe" and "She-Ra" characters that can be seen at the royal party include Zodac the cosmic enforcer, Orko's Uncle Montork, Dre-Elle, Madame Razz, Moss Man, and Ram-Man. None of these characters have any dialogue.See more »
Queen Marlena:Orko's landed on Earth.
Teela:Are you saying that we'll never get Orko back?
Man-At-Arms:No Teela, My Transport-Beam might do it. The problem is, it needs a Kerrium Water-crystal to power it and there are none here on Eternia.
Princess Adora:But maybe on Etheria?
Man-At-Arms:It's possible.
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Christmas on EterniaSee more »


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12 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Just because you CAN make a He Man Christmas Special doesn't mean you SHOULD!, 22 December 2003
Author: The_Film_Cricket from Birmingham, Alabama

It is just my opinion but I believe that He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was television's first infomercial. It was, you have to admit, a day-in day-out 22 minute commercial for crappy plastic dolls. The animation, used over and over again, makes up about three feet of film and the scripts are best suited to lining the bottom of the birdcage. So what other explanation could there be?

The show was five colors of stupidity thanks to the unremarkable minds of the once powerful company known as The Third Rei . . . er uh . . . I mean Filmmation. To us students of animation, Filmmation did for cartoons what the federal government has done for education, cutting costs until there was nothing left. The studio cut costs by recycling the same cels over and over again. The effect is that characters repeatedly move and talk in the same patterns in every episode and rarely moved or spoke outside a designated set of eight specific body movements. For a similar effect, check out CSPAN.

The show wasn't exactly Shakespeare. I imagine that the scripts weren't discussed in a board room so much as they were conceived in the elevator on the way to the second floor. The stories revolved around He-Man's attempt to thwart the latest evil plan by Skeletor, a muscle-bound mench with a skull-face who none-the-less had expressions. Skeletor's plans ranged from kidnapping to fist fights to book burning (that's not a joke) and they usually got snuffed out by some lame dialogue and a sword fight. The last two minutes of the show were toddled out with some lesson extracted from the day's events. Sometimes when the show presented little more than 22 minutes of fighting, the lesson was given to the old standby - Say No to Drugs?

Even with all this feux ingenuity flapping about at Filmmation the show never-the-less became an enormous hit, lasting three years and selling millions of crappy plastic dolls.

In 1985, in the midst of this popularity came an idea so staggeringly stupid and unbelievable it still stuns me even today - the studio turned out a Christmas special. Not just a Christmas special, but an Hour LONG Christmas special complete with dumpy cute kids, a puppy, a phallic-shaped spy cam and He-Man dressed as Santa Claus. But wait it gets worse.

The story begins when He Man's comic relief sidekick Orko accidentally gets beamed to Earth during a test of Skeletor's new spy satellite. Orko manages to get back Planet Eternia, but brings along two Earth children, Alisha and Manuel. Now, Alisha and Manuel fit right in on Eternia because neither have anything interesting to say, both perspire cuteness and we the viewers just want to strangle the sugary sweetness right outta both of them. Oh, and they brought their cute lil 'ol puppy along with them and he's godda widdiw swedder on! Awwwww, *hack* *cough* *gag*

It was probably not by accident that the two are brought to the planet Eternia just at the same time that Earth is gearing up for the commerce assault known as Christmas time. People of Eternia have no concept of Christmas and why should they even worry about it, they don't even have a mall?

Now, as goofball as this may sound, Horak and Skeletor don't like this Christmastime nonsense and so Hordak orders Skeletor to kidnap the kids so he can do away with them. Alisha and Manuel are so nauseating that my heart welled up a wan hope that Horak would succeed (Hey! Leave me to dream). If he had then I would have been spared a this jaw dropping exchange:

Manuel: `Christmas is lots of fun. We get presents and we do a lot of fun things.'

Skeletor: `You mean you get in FIGHTS!'

Alisha: `No we do FUN things.'

Skeletor: `But fights are FUN.'

Pick your jaw up, you're going to ruin the carpet.

Into this chaos comes a whole batch of new characters, my favorite of which are the Monstroids, knee-high little cyber-cuties that look like mech-rejects from Rainbow Bright. They have blue faces and they fight pretty well (as well as they can with only five cels of animation) and it doesn't take a genius to figure out that Filmmation was using them to parade their new toy line.

Skeletor's heart (pause) melts just a bit when he begins to carry that puppy and and dog licks his face. From this bit of germ-spreading exchange, he learns the true meaning of Christmas so much so that he wants to send the kids back home instead of sending them to Hoard Prime. Hordak attempts to grab the kids and pull them onto his spaceship but Skeletor zaps the ship with his staff (the one in his hand) and sends the ship hurtling into the cosmos. The kids go home with all kinds of new toys from Eternia and promply send their parents into a catatonic shock. I know the feeling, I'm still feeling the effects myself.

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