Drawing for Myself – Adam and Cringer

March 7, 2011 by  
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Today I go out on a limb with the re-imaginings. There’s a lot to address when exploring how I’d approach Adam and Cringer in my pie-in-the-sky wish to do a MotU reboot aimed at kids.

One thing I did like about the Mike Young take on Adam was adding the gloves. So I kept that. But I honestly loved the purples and salmon colors of the Filmation take on the character, so those remained as well. The Mike Young Adam was of slighter build than He-Man, which is definitely a step in the right direction (how many late-night beer parties have you been to where some genius points out the whole “Adam looks just like He-Man” problem of the old Filmation shows?). However, Adam was still rather athletic in the 2002 iteration. I’d take him even skinnier, and, dare I say, more “High School Musical leading boy” with his look. As for personality, I’d play him exactly like the Filmation show. Maybe a bit of a fop, but capable when he needs to be.

Cringer I think I’m gonna catch some flak for. In my imaginary reboot, Cringer would be roughly bobcat-sized and have no stripes. He might talk or he might not (haven’t thought about it too much just yet). He’d be of a race of cats we’d see regularly in Eternia. This is to deal with the issue of someone figuring out the true identity of He-Man and Battle Cat, sure. But it’s also a nice way to mirror the visual theme of the boy becoming the hero by having his dog-sized cat transform into a tiger. As a cat owner, you can bet I’d love to turn my cat into a tiger I could ride into town and rough up the place. That’s just good escapism in my book.

I’ve waxed nerdy about a theory of what Adam’s and Cringer’s thematic roles as characters are in the story, as well as what the transformation into He-Man and Battle Cat really represents as a message for young people, way back when in a podcast called the Saturday Supercast (eps 21 and 22) with friends Kevin Cross and Shawn Robare. If you haven’t listened to it yet, and you’re a big fan of the old Filmation shows, you might get a kick out of our unboxing of the MotU series.

Part 1:

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3 Responses to “Drawing for Myself – Adam and Cringer”
  1. Shawn Robare says:

    Personally I dig the idea of a non-talking Cringer that isn’t scared of everything as much as skittish like a typical house cat. Hopefully you’re getting a lot of feedback on these designs, I love them so far.

  2. I like Cringer talking but I wouldn’t miss the “scardey-cat” bit.

    As for Adam, I like that he can do something to help without becoming He-Man, only breaking out the sword when things are too much. Over time Adam should come into his own or he’ll never be thought of as a good king and that could be a problem down the line.

  3. Jerzy Drozd says:

    Thanks, guys. You know, as much fun as I’ve been having with these, I was beginning to wonder if this doesn’t cross the line into “fanfic” (or if that even matters). But so far, I’ve been hearing very nice things about these concept pieces, and they’re getting more traffic than anything else I’ve done on the site so far.

    To both of your comments about Cringer talking, this is why I’m so torn on the issue. I like both ideas a lot. But yeah, I’d ditch the “Scooby Doo” aspect of the big scaredy-cat. He’d just be shy and sort of skittish like a typical house cat.

    As for Adam developing and proving his worthiness for the throne, this was explored a bit in the original Filmation show. But I’m not so sure about it. I really like the “Don Diego/Zorro” aspect of Adam and He-Man, and the sacrifice Adam has to endure in order to protect his identity. He’s very capable, but he can never show that for fear of tipping his hand. That can be a wonderfully bittersweet aspect to play up in a new iteration, which becomes a terrific life lesson for kids.

    One of the ways the 50s Zorro TV show helped ease the tension of not being able to be too skillful while in civilian identity was to let a few more characters in on the secret in later seasons. In Zorro S2, Don Diego’s father reveals that he’s known about Zorro for a long time. That changed the dynamic enough to validate Diego’s intelligence and skill without breaking the symbolic meaning of the secret identity.