She-Ra: Princess of Power
She-Ra: Princess of Power is an American animated series produced in 1985 by Filmation. A spin-off of Filmation's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series, She-Ra was aimed primarily at a young female audience to complement He-Man's popularity with young males. Unlike He-Man, which was based on the Masters of the Universe toy line by Mattel, the creation of She-Ra was a collaboration between Filmation and Mattel. The initial group of characters and premise were created by uncredited writers Larry DiTillio and J. Michael Straczynski for Filmation, while the characters introduced later were designed by Mattel. Mattel provided financial backing for the series, as well as an accompanying toy line. The series premiered in 1985 and was cancelled in 1986, after 2 seasons and 93 episodes.
|She-Ra: Princess of Power|
|Directed by||Gwen Wetzler|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||93 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Lou Scheimer|
|Production location||United States|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company||Filmation Associates|
|Distributor||Group W Productions|
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (current, on behalf of DreamWorks Classics)
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original release||September 9, 1985 –|
December 2, 1986
On March 22, 1985, Filmation released an animated film based on the series titled He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword. The film is composed of the first five episodes from the She-Ra television series: "Into Etheria", "Beast Island", "She-Ra Unchained", "Reunions" and "Battle For Bright Moon".
The series follows the adventures of Princess Adora, Prince Adam/He-Man's twin sister, who leads a group of freedom fighters known as the Great Rebellion in the fight to free Etheria from the tyrannical rule of Hordak and the Evil Horde. With her Sword of Protection, Adora can transform into She-Ra, just as Prince Adam can transform into He-Man.
Born on the planet Eternia to Queen Marlena and King Randor, Princess Adora is kidnapped at birth by Hordak and taken to Etheria. There she serves as a mind-controlled Horde Force Captain before He-Man rescues her. After reuniting with her parents on Eternia, She-Ra decides to return to Etheria and lead the Great Rebellion.
The Great RebellionEdit
|Princess Adora / She-Ra||The Princess of Power and Prince Adam's twin sister. Formerly Force Captain of the Horde, she is now one of the leaders of the Great Rebellion. Adora has a relationship with Sea Hawk being her Boyfriend even though he has no clue that she is secretly She-Ra.|
|Spirit / Swift Wind||She-Ra's talking steed who transforms into a winged unicorn.|
|Light Hope||The guardian of Crystal Castle.|
|Madame Razz||A witch who serves as an adviser, and provides comic relief in the series. She is one of the few people on Etheria who know that Adora is She-Ra.|
|Broom||Madame Razz's companion and mode of transportation.|
|Kowl||A flying creature who appears to be a cross between a koala and an owl. He is one of the few inhabitants of Etheria who knows that Adora is She-Ra.|
|Bow||An archer and friend to She-Ra. He is one of the longest-serving members of the Great Rebellion.|
|Glimmer||Princess of Bright Moon and former leader of the Great Rebellion before stepping down in favor of Adora. She possesses light-based magical powers.|
|Queen Angella||The magical winged Queen of Bright Moon, Glimmer's mother, and one of the most powerful magic wielders on Etheria, along with Shadow Weaver and Castaspella.|
|Castaspella||Queen of Mystacor as well as a powerful sorceress.|
|Frosta||A member of the Great Rebellion with vast cold-related powers. She is also the Ice Empress of Castle Chill in the Kingdom of Snows.|
|Netossa||A member of the Great Rebellion who wears a cape that doubles as a net for capturing her foes.|
|Perfuma||A powerful ecomancer.|
|Peekablue||A reluctant member of the Great Rebellion whose peacock-like tail feathers give her the power of "multi-vision".|
|Flutterina||A member of the Great Rebellion with butterfly wings.|
|Spinnerella||Netossa's best friend. She has the ability to spin rapidly while dancing, creating a whirlwind.|
|Sweet Bee||A humanoid scout with insect wings, and member of an alien race seeking a new planet to inhabit.|
|Mermista||A mermaid princess who joins the Great Rebellion.|
|Sea Hawk||A pirate who joins the Rebellion. Adora is his girlfriend and significant other while not knowing her Identity as She-Ra , but enjoys fighting alongside She-Ra to aid her in the Great Rebellion.|
|Spritina||A Twigget[clarification needed] similar to Madame Razz, Sprocker and Sprag.|
|Sprag||A Twigget similar to Madame Razz, Spritina and Sprocker.|
|Sprocker||A Twigget similar to Madame Razz, Spritina and Sprag.|
|Loo-Kee||A small Etherian creature called a Kon-Seal, who hides in the background somewhere in nearly every episode for viewers to spot, and shows himself in the end of the episode to relate the moral of the story. He gets directly involved in the plot of two episodes. While a somewhat neutral character, he seems to sympathize with the Rebellion.|
The Evil HordeEdit
|Hordak||The tyrannical ruler of Etheria.|
|Shadow Weaver||The Horde's powerful sorceress whose face is obscured in the shadow of her hooded cloak.|
|Catra||The current Force Captain of the Evil Horde who can transform into a panther.|
|Mantenna||An insectoid member of the Horde, whose bulging eyes can extend from their sockets and fire energy beams. He functions mainly as comic relief.|
|Leech||A master of power suction, his cups capable of draining life force or firmly adhering to surfaces.|
|Grizzlor||A beast-like member of the Horde.|
|Modulok||A red-skinned insectoid who can reassemble his body parts to take on different shapes. He was originally a scientist from Eternia.|
|Multi-Bot||A two-headed, four-armed robot created by Modulok.|
|Horde Troopers||Mechanical soldiers that serve the Horde Empire.|
|Horde Prime||The tyrannical ruler of the galaxy and Hordak's brother. His face is perpetually concealed by smoke.|
|Scorpia||A humanoid with the tail and claws of a scorpion.|
|Entrapta||An aloof scientist and master of traps, she has long magical hair she can use to ensnare her enemies.|
|Imp||A shape-shifting spy who can disguise himself as everyday objects.|
|Octavia||An octopus-like humanoid with four tentacles.|
|Rattlor||Excitable reptilian villain with extending neck and a long tail.|
|Tung Lashor||Excitable reptilian villain with extending tongue.|
|Dylamug||Strange robotic leader of horde troopers.|
|Colonel Blast||Horde trooper commander with numerous built-in laser blasters.|
|Vultak||Flying master of the Horde Zoo.|
The first season of the series ran five days a week, like He-Man. The second season aired Saturday mornings. She-Ra ended in 1986, and the character was not mentioned in the two subsequent He-Man animated series.
|Melendy Britt||Princess Adora / She-Ra, Catra, Castaspella, Mermista, Jewelstar, Octavia|
|George DiCenzo||Hordak, Bow, General Sunder, Sea Hawk, Red Knight, Duke Dreer, Dylamug, Snout Spout, Vultak, Tung Lashor, Inspector Darkney|
|Alan Oppenheimer||Skeletor, Cringer / Battle Cat, Man-At-Arms|
|Lou Scheimer||Kowl, Mantenna, Leech, Horde Troopers, Horde Prime, Spirit / Swift Wind, Light Hope, Broom, Grizzlor, Modulok, Multi-Bot, Orko|
|Erika Scheimer||Queen Angella, Flutterina, Frosta, Imp, Starla, Peekablue, Perfuma, Loo-Kee|
|Linda Gary||Glimmer, Shadow Weaver, Madame Razz, Scorpia, Entrapta, Sweet-Bee, Tallstar, Teela, Sorceress of Castle Grayskull|
|Diane Pershing||Netossa, Spinnerella|
|John Erwin||Prince Adam / He-Man, Beast Man, Granamyr|
Reruns aired on USA Network from September 1988 to September 1989, and on Qubo Night Owl from September 27, 2010 to August 25, 2013. In 2010, Retro TV began airing reruns. Reruns have also aired on Me-TV, as well as Teletoon Retro in Canada.
The female She-Ra characters were released in the 1980s as part of the Princess of Power toy line, while The Evil Horde were incorporated into Masters of the Universe. In the 2000s, an exclusive She-Ra toy was released for the MOTU 200X line. The later Masters of the Universe Classics toy line features characters from the entire franchise, including new action figures from the She-Ra cartoon series.
BCI Eclipse LLC (under its Ink & Paint classic animation entertainment brand) (under license from Entertainment Rights) released all 93 episodes of She-Ra: Princess of Power in 3 volumes on DVD (Region 1) in 2006–2007. Each episode on BCI Ink & Paint’s DVD releases of She-Ra, Princess of Power was uncut, un-edited, digitally remastered and fully restored for optimum audio and video quality and presented in story continuity order. Each volume contains special features including documentaries, character profiles, commentaries, DVD-ROM features, trivia, and photo galleries. In 2009, the releases were discontinued when BCI Eclipse ceased operations.
On May 31, 2010, Classic Media announced plans to re-release the series on DVD (Region 1). On September 28, 2010, they released Season 1, Volume 1 as a 2-disc set featuring 20 episodes. On January 24, 2011, Classic Media released She-Ra: The Princess of Power - The Complete Series.
On October 19, 2009, Universal Pictures UK (under license from Classic Media) released Season 1, Volume 1 in the UK, exclusively through retailer HMV. In early 2010, other retailers, such as Amazon.co.uk, also began selling the series as a box set.
Madman Entertainment released the entire series on DVD (Region 4) in Australia, both in 3 volumes (similar to BCI Eclipse releases) and as a complete series set.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released all 93 episodes of the original 1985 series of She-Ra: Princess of Power on DVD in Region 1 on October 1, 2019. This release includes "He-Man & She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword" and "He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special".
|DVD name||Ep#||Release dates|
|Region 1||Region 4|
|Season 1, Volume 1||33||November 7, 2006 (BCI)||March 15, 2007|
|Season 1, Volume 2||32||April 3, 2007 (BCI)||August 16, 2007|
|Season 2||28||September 4, 2007 (BCI)||December 5, 2007|
|The Complete Series||93||January 24, 2011||June 24, 2009|
On December 12, 2017, DreamWorks Animation SKG and Netflix announced a new reboot series based on She-Ra was announced within DreamWorks Animation Television. The series is executive produced by award-winning author, Noelle Stevenson (creator of Nimona and Lumberjanes). On May 18, 2018, new voice actors and the official title were revealed. It was released on November 13, 2018. Unlike the original Canon series this Reboot takes a twist into the LGBT making it a all LGBT characters and separate from its original version as part of the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power story arc and lasted for 5 seasons.
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