Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films tells the tale of Israeli fillmmaking duo Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. In the 1980s, they ran Cannon Films, producers of such schlockly classics as Over the Top, The Apple and Missing in Action. I’ll probably talk more about the documentary closer to its release on September 29th, but one thing I can say is there are far, far more stories about Cannon and Golan/Globus than a 90 minute documentary can contain. In fact, Globus commissioned his own documentary about the heyday of Cannon called The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films.
But the following video comes from neither film, instead, it comes from the documentary Toy Masters (via HitFix) about the creation of He-Man toy line and its rabid following in the 1980s.
The clip is an 11-minute segment about the production of the live action He-Man film, Masters of the Universe, produced by Cannon Films. Featuring director Gary Goddard and a few key production personnel, it focuses on casting, working with the tough edicts of He-Man owner Mattel and the unique Golan/Globus way of making movies. As production designer William Stout points out, most studios at the time had four-to-six films in production. Cannon had eighty-six.
I truly believe an appreciation of film is incomplete without considering the work of Cannon and the people behind it.