Drawing for Myself – Adam and Cringer
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.