By Tracy Brown
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The original “She-Ra” was shaped predominantly by men. However last week, a reimagined Adora made her debut on DreamWorks and Netflix’s new animated series “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” and this time women are leading the charge.
Los Angeles Times
In the fall of 1985, television audiences watched a young woman named Adora raise up a magical sword and transform into She-Ra for the first time.
A fearless warrior princess committed to ridding her adopted world of evil, She-Ra was a natural leader. She was powerful, loyal and confident that she was doing the right thing.
She was also the rare female character leading her own cartoon, “She-Ra: Princess of Power.” But as groundbreaking as she was, the original She-Ra was shaped predominantly by men.
Co-created by two male writers as a spinoff of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” in an effort to reach young female audiences, She-Ra was He-Man’s twin sister, and her story and identity were always connected with his.
Last week, a reimagined Adora made her debut on DreamWorks and Netflix’s new animated series “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” and this time women are leading the charge.
“I think that there are stories on this show that are specifically very feminine, so I definitely wanted women to have a large presence in the room,” said showrunner Noelle Stevenson.
“It’s not to say anyone of any gender couldn’t have been an integral part of that room,” she added. “Ultimately for everyone in our crew of any gender [the question was]: Do you love, respect and are interested in the stories of women?”
Though She-Ra still raises a special sword to become a fierce fighter, this new version is more than just a mythical hero. The character has been fleshed out with additional details and dimensions inspired by the all-female writing staff’s own experiences.