Get Your First Look At Netflix’s Magical New She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power Series

Get Your First Look At Netflix’s Magical New She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power Series

One of the best things about classic cartoons being rebooted is getting to see how contemporary artists decide to reimagine characters we all remember fondly. In our first glimpse at Netflix’s upcoming She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, we’re introduced to a younger, though just as badarse, Princess Adora.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the She-Ra reboot’s showrunner, Noelle Stevenson, explained that while her series will definitely be reflective of her own vision for Adora’s adventures, the show will still cleave very closely to the original plot of She-Ra: Princess of Power:

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 realises that there’s more to this than she knew, that maybe there’s a reason they were called the Evil Horde. That maybe they were evil.

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Like the original show, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will focus on Adora’s journey to heroism in a world where all manner of magical creatures and evil robots are locked in an epic war. Even though Adora soon realises that she’s destined to play a pivotal role in the fight for justice, Stevenson added, the show will also focus on her uncertainty:

As She-Ra, she doesn’t know how to act. This is all new to her, and it’s a little clumsy at first. It’s like an uncomfortable suit. She’s like, “OK, here I am. I’m very glamorous, I’m very strong, people are looking up to me — because I’m very tall.”

The new She-Ra might not look exactly like her original incarnation from the ‘80s — and that’s absolutely fantastic, because reboots are at their best when they’re not actively trying to be exact replicas of the things they’re based on.

So, get used to the new aesthetic and get hype, because She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is slated to start streaming November 16 on Netflix.


  • How old is she supposed to be in the reboot? She looks like a preteen but, then again that may be the intention here.

  • I really enjoyed the 2000 reboots of both He-man and She-ra. I just hope that this reboot keeps the original theme, abit updated like the 2000’s reboot did as thats my one complaint with the voltron reboot

  • Lazy animation style again, just like most cartoons these days – so disappointing.

    • For starters, still images are not animation style, animation style is how it looks in motion.

      2nd of all, have you actually watched the 80s she-ra? Or any 80s cartoon for that matter, because if you think side-on shots of characters running along in front of flat backgrounds, people standing still and pointing their weapon as light flashes, and closeups of dull reactions to something offscreen is your idea of a good cartoon, I can see how you’d disappointed by how later cartoons actually convey motion in an entertaining manner.

      • You know exactly what I meant by animation style, stop being pedantic.

        This will be made the same way most modern cartoons are made in order to cut costs – poorly drawn and lazy.

        And yes, I have watched 80s She-Ra (and most other 80s cartoons), for the time I think they did a decent job (especially for a toy tie-in). The quality bar was then increased in the 90s for most cartoons (thanks fox and wb), and then things began to slowly switch to computer generated animation for most cartoons because it was cheaper. Traditional animation then began to decline into this crap. Existing characters were made younger to apparently target their demographic, storylines were dumbed down, and the animation in general suffered a steep decline in quality. Good examples of this is teen titans vs teen titans go, or TMNT 2003 vs the current TMNT.

        Judging on the other comments, it would seem you are in the minority if you like this junk style.

        • He’s not in the minority, we’re just not as loud as you sad-boys whining about how you’re childhood has been ruined. The new Voltron has excellent animation and I’m sure this will too.

          • Hate to break it to ya, I just happen to watch and am a fan of good cartoons and i’m in the wrong age group for it to ruin anything from my childhood – I also referenced toons from different decades.
            But go on and keep assuming.

        • It is funny that you think that animation from the time of She-Ra and He-Man didn’t try to cut costs. They clearly did, only in different ways which nostalgia makes you think are “better”. For sure, 90’s WB cartoons (specially those with Spielberg’s name appended to the title) were gorgeously animated. However they were a blissful exception not a trend or a standard we can hold smaller studios and smaller names to.

          Also important to remember that it’s not only costs what newer animation processes are trying to slash, but also borderline inhumane conditions and workloads for the animators. Animation is hard, expensive work and modern cartoons experiment constantly with how to produce something that is visually interesting while affordable and humane.

          • More assumptions – I never said that animation from that time didn’t try and cut costs.

            You are also assuming nostalgia, which would require me to be of the correct age group, which I am not – as I have already stated.

            What I actually said was animation quality increased on many toons in the 90s and then decreased after cgi became popular.

          • But I took those things into account when talking about WB + SS. The decrease of animation quality compared to those cartoons was not caused by CGI. CGI was the methods and tools they developed once WB and Cartoon Network started reducing budgets.

            What I am saying is don’t crap on the animators that have to use cgi to animate to meet budgets or the series that they create. Crap on the executives that create those budgets if you must, though they probably are only doing what they must because animation is not precisely the craft with biggest returns on investment.

  • This article references ThunderCats Roar as a good thing… I’m done. All taste has left Kotaku.

    As for She-Ra, they kept the original beginning to the series but everything else looks like it wants to be Steven Universe. How the heck does Glimmer look like a 9foot She-Hulk? Cat-Ra looks like an emo kid. She-Ra looks like you’ll laugh at her more than be worried about getting your ass kicked. Unless the Horde is full of complete idiots who are afraid of their shadows, I don’t see this being even in the same scape as the original.

    • The Horde was always full of idiots in the original also they looked dumb and sounded awful, can confirm from actually watching it.

      Catra was a lady in a tight outfit who put on a mask to turn into a big cat. Stunning character design there.

      Glimmer had… Big eyes? And also purple hair but longer. Oh no, my childhood.

      • “The things that I loved when I was a wide-eyed kid, now redone to appeal to this era’s wide-eyed kid are garbage in my eyes! I demand these kids cartoons to be redone to cater to adult me!”

        Do this experiment: find a cartoon from the era of the cartoons you enjoyed as a kid that you never got to watch for whatever reason. Then tell me how visually arresting it is for you, when it lacks the nostalgia component that tints your view of the cartoons that you remember.

    • Thundercats Roar looks fun, and the fact it upsets you whiners so much makes me want to give it a try even more.

  • It’s nice to see old classics get the reboot treatment, but come on this looks like tumblr fan art. what next He-Man done in the same style of Steven Universe?

    No…just no man.

    • Yep. You can guarantee there will be an Adam cameo in there somewhere… no He-Man though, because then someone might have to have detail on this show, and of course we can’t say the word “man” anymore on a kids show.

    • Why not? If that’s what kids like nowadays, why should they do them in an y other way? Please remember that /kids/ of /these/ times are the target market of these cartoons–as much as you feel that they are owed to you for being remakes of franchises you enjoyed as a kid.

      • Mate have you EVER watched the original She-ra or He-man?

        It’s a very stark difference in style.

        • Sure, I saw them back in the day. How does that disprove anything I said? These new cartoons are not made for us, the people who saw those old cartoons. They’re made for kids of this era, who have different tastes.

  • I find it funny that the only interesting thing they could think up with Bow was to make him black.

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