New images from Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s upcoming children’s series She-Ra and the Princess of Power have been revealed. The series acts as a reboot of the 80’s show titled She-Ra: Princess of Power. The new series comes from award-winning writer and producer Noelle Stevenson and executive producer Chuck Austen and features the vocal talents of Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara and Marcus Scribner.
Netflix describes the series as such:
In this reboot of the ’80s series, a magic sword transforms an orphan girl into warrior She-Ra, who unites a rebellion to fight against evil.
Entertainment Weekly’s interview with Noelle Stevenson provides this information about show, as well:
Like in the original 1985 series, our protagonist, Adora, was kidnapped as a baby and raised with the Evil Horde, only to discover her true identity later in life. “We’ve really started from the same starting point where the original show started from because Adora has such a great backstory,” [Noelle] Stevenson says. “She’s separated from her family as a baby, she’s sent to another planet, she’s adopted by the villain overlord and raised by him in this evil army. She’s been raised to believe that the villains are doing the right thing and that the Princesses are the evil ones. And so we follow her as she has this crisis of faith; she’s been very sheltered her whole life and as she starts to experience the world, she realizes that there’s more to this than she knew, that maybe there’s a reason they were called the Evil Horde,” Stevenson laughs, “that maybe they were evil.”
Since the release of the images, online reactions have varied. While most seem to really love the art direction and character design for She-Ra and the Princess of Power, others disagree. The disagreement seems to stem from a small group who finds the titular heroine She-Ra to look too “flat chested” and “androgynous” considering the previous 80’s incarnation of the character was overtly feminine and busty.
I find the design to be very fitting considering this is a television show aimed at children and, more specifically, young girls. I suppose being less busty and wearing less make-up is a problem for some, however I find the new She-Ra to look like the young girl she is, which is how she should look.
In a previous post about Carrie Fisher, I mentioned that growing up I didn’t have many female fictional heroines to look up to considering mostly were so sexualized that child me just didn’t connect to them. I think it’s great to see more and more fictional female characters who young girls can look up to without having that sexualization pushed upon them. This isn’t to say that characters were bad back then, or even that She-Ra herself was a bad role model in the 80’s, but more of a note on outward character design and how important it is to young people.
I look forward to watching this new adaptation of She-Ra as I remember watching the original as a kid. Given the images, cast and people behind the show I think it will be a hit.