He-Man is now considered a staple of geek culture, in fact it is often seen as an established pillar of the geek movement. It was an animated show, that in turn was birthed from small comic-like stories, which in turn were found inside the packaging of the Masters of The Universe action figures. The toys were Mattel trying to cash in on the success of other iconic action figure lines, such as those commissioned for franchises such as Star Wars. The only problem with this being that they chose to create an original cast of characters without a visual medium to back them up. Eventually this led to Mattel also commissioning an animated tv series to accompany, and further popularise He-Man and his cast of quirky friends. And of course, it was a triumphant success. So successful in fact, that He-Man began to eclipse Mattel’s other powerful property, a pretty Malibu girl called Barbie. So Mattel then decided to splinter the He-Man fandom and create a female orientated version, complete with new characters, villains and even a twin sister for He-Man’s Adam. From this came She-Ra: Princess of Power. Although the show was not as popular as it’s predecessor, it has since gained a cult following, with many recognising She-Ra as one of the first female superheroes to get her own show. And now, over three decades later, we have seen She-Ra return to the small screen – or at least Netflix anyway.
Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now over two decades old and still remains one of the most ground-breaking pieces of genre television to have ever aired. I often go through phases in my life where a new TV show becomes my newest obsession, luring me into the false sense of security that it is now my favourite show. But no matter what happens that show will eventually disappoint me, or just fall into the usual ‘no more ideas’ blues. Buffy has never done that for me, and these days I am proud and confident in announcing it as my favourite tv show of all time. So I thought I would share with you my top ten favourite episodes of the show, as well as provide a little insight into why I consider them to be my favourites, as well as some of the best episodes of the show. Mild spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t watched every season yet.
Since the success of Disney’s Maleficent (dir. Robert Stromberg, 2014) and the live-action Cinderella (dir. Kenneth Branagh, 2015),the company has seemed to move away from what used to be the primary basis of their corporation – to make animated features for the whole family to enjoy. 2016’s Moana (dir. Ron Clements and John Musker) is to date the last animated feature the ‘Mouse House’ has produced, with primary focus now being placed upon the recreation of their classical properties, but now with modern Hollywood talent in the iconic roles. 2019 alone will see the release of three live-action remakes (Dumbo, Aladdin andThe Lion King), while Disney’s remake of Mulan is set to hit cinemas in early 2020.
With all these recognised properties returning to the silver screen, some audience members (myself included) have hoped that the studio would still deliver on original animated content in between the live-action fare. Sadly this seems not to be the case, or at least not when it comes to original animated features. As it appears that Disney’s other primary goal is to simply create sequels to its already popular classics, with Frozen 2 supposedly entering production as I write this review. But today I am here to discuss a different Disney sequel, this being Ralph Breaks the Internet, the follow-up to 2012’s Wreck it Ralph (dir. Rich Moore).