Later this month, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation are unleashing a reboot of She-Ra, the classic animated series from the ‘80s. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a decidedly different take on the original show, but there are reasons why the first She-Ra series has withstood the test of time. Now, SYFY WIRE is taking a look back at Filmation’s She-Ra: Princess of Power, as we break everything down in 2 minutes or less.
The first thing you have to remember about the ‘80s is that most of the cartoons were created with toys in mind. He-Man’s animated series and the subsequent action figures were big hits. She-Ra was initially meant as a way to extend that success with toys for young girls. Future Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and veteran TV writer Larry DiTillio created She-Ra, her supporting cast, as well as the entire freakin’ show.
But what could possibly be the best way to introduce fans to She-Ra? Why, on the big screen, of course! He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword established its titular heroine as Princess Adora, the long-lost sister of Prince Adam / He-Man. Adora was kidnapped as a child and raised as a member of the Horde and loyal to the evil Hordak. Once Adora discovered who she really was, she embraced her destiny and became She-Ra. From there, she headlined her own show for 93 episodes across two seasons.
While He-Man has had a few reboots over the years, She-Ra hasn’t been back in animation since her series ended in 1986. However, that’s going to change next week.
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