Judge David Johnson wishes the long-lost episode where Teela and She-Ra get into a tapioca wrestling match made the cut for this set. Alas, it did not.
"If you don't mind, please keep your tongue to yourself!"
Following the success and eventual decommissioning of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Filmation embarked another animated sword and sorcery series. This time, instead of a muscle-bound Boy Scout in a loincloth punishing the forces of evil, we get this hot blonde in a miniskirt. What age was this cartoon marketed to again?
Facts of the Case
Long ago, twins Adora and Adam were separated, with Adam ending up in the royal court of Eternia and Adora falling in with the evil Hordak, the oppressive ruler of sister planet Etheria. Adora grew up as a loyal Horde-member, unaware of the viciousness her ilk wrought on Etheria. Back on Eternia, the Sorceress revealed the truth to Adam/He-Man and sent him to Etheria to spring Adora from her former life, give her a power sword and ease her into the transformation of She-Ra, Princess of Power.
That all went swimmingly, and now She-Ra and her mighty friends lead the forces of the "rebellion" against Hordak and his machine-powered Horde army.
Thirty-episodes from the first season, spread over five discs:
Girl power. That's what it's all about with She-Ra. While her wardrobe is more Bourbon Street than Castle Grayskull (it's a miracle she managed to emerge from her multitude of battles sans an awkward panties shot), She-Ra is as strong a female character as they come, the most powerful being in Etheria and the leader of the forces of good. In fact, She-Ra is crammed full of female characters, with only one guy part of her crack squad; even the Horde has an impressive lineup of comely, evil females. It's a good move by the producers because She-Ra is so obviously a cartoon geared towards the girls; the animation is brighter and more colorful than its male counterpart, there's a tighter focus on whimsy and the main male hero wears a damn heart on his breastplate!
Still, that doesn't mean there's not enough fun for the whole family here, and Filmation has preserved the general do-good, high-energy-ultra-creative vibe is infused into He-Man. Storylines are full of plot contrivances and exotic lands and new creatures and special effects and, of course, the omnipresent threat of the Horde. Yet the series is obviously different from its predecessor and can stand on its own without needing to lean on the He-Man (though he does make a fair number of guest appearances).
Here's a closer look at the characters:
• Shadow Weaver
• The Horde
All in, She-Ra still stands tall as a fun, energetic fantasy cartoon, boasting a strong female protagonist and an unending parade of bizarre places, characters and creatures. The series had a larger budget than He-Man so, in turn, it benefits from less recycled animation and better production values.
BCI Eclipse keeps its stellar track record intact with another terrific DVD treatment. The high-quality packaging is similar to the He-Man sets: full-color, layered in artwork and boasting an information-laden, well-designed episode guide. Episodes look great in their original, full-frame aspect ratio, colorful, detailed and near-flawless n their transfer. Two commentaries accompany episodes "The Sea Hawk" and "King Miro's Journey"
Disc Six is devoted to extras, including a slick 30-minute documentary "The Stories of She-Ra, Part 1," a full-length animated storyboard, 50 profiles of characters, creatures and artifacts, an interactive game and DVD-ROM content featuring scripts, the series bible, a coloring book and a comic book.
Decent cartoon. Awesome presentation. Another home run for the BCI kids.
For the honor of Grayskull…not guilty!
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• "The Stories of She-Ra, Part 1"
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