Get ready folks, because on November 16th, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is dropping on Netflix, and is sure to be the next great animated series of our time. In collaboration with Dreamworks, and a reboot of the 80’s She-Ra television show, which was a spin-off of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series, the character is back and better than ever. The show follows Adora, who was raised by the Evil Horde to fight princesses, but when she finds a magical sword in the forest, she is transformed into a princess herself. She makes the difficult decision to leave her friends in the Horde behind, and join the princess rebellion. She convinces the princesses to unite, and steps up to lead them. As the princess She-Ra, she grows to be taller, stronger, and has incredible powers. She could be the very thing that tips the scales in the war.
There are many things wonderful about She-Ra. For one thing, the show’s goal is to empower young girls. She-Ra and her fellow princesses show that as a woman, you can be smart, brave, and powerful, and you can make a difference. There are actually very few men in the show, and those that are there, namely Bow, are supportive of the women, and always back them up. The show is built on female friendships. While Adora makes new friends among the princesses, she also still maintains her bond with her best friend from the Horde, Catra. Adora going over to the other side tests her and Catra’s friendship, but they still love and care about each other. This also speaks to the depth of the show’s characters. Most of the characters are not just good or evil; they are complex individuals. Each character, whether on the side of the princesses or the Evil Horde, has a unique look, background, and personality. The show is already winning praise for its body positivity.
Beyond the sentiments that show espouses, I’ve also seen many exclusive clips from the show at the She-Ra panel at New York Comic Con, and I can tell you that the show is fantastically made. It is funny, exciting, and full of heart. The animation is beautiful, the dialogue is quick and witty, and the voice actors breathe life into their characters. It’s one of those shows where you can tell they got all the elements just right, to make a perfect storm of success. Get ready, because this show’s going to be a hit.