Just weeks ago, word arrived that Dreamworks and Netflix were teaming up again, after the success of ‘Trollhunters’, their first joint endeavor. Dreamworks will produce six new series, most based on their hit animated movies, but with a few curve balls, the biggest of which was a reboot of ‘She-Ra’, the classic 1980s toy/animated franchise.
Here is the description released by Netflix for the new ‘She-Ra’:
From Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson comes a modern take on the ‘80s girl power icon for a new generation of young fans. The trailblazing property originally debuted in 1985 to satisfy demand for a female-led fantasy series. The series is described as an epic and timely tale that celebrates female friendship and empowerment, led by a warrior princess tailor made for today. The series will be available to Netflix members worldwide in 2018.
Obviously from the description, this new take will be aimed at younger viewers… which should have been a given, but judging by some online reactions from 40-something year-olds who were fans of He-Man and She-Ra when they were kids in the ’80s, it’s blasphemous and offensive.
But if you are more open to the idea of, y’know actual kids getting their own new version of She-Ra, one animator has released a small sneak peak of the title hero:
It’s just a small glimpse, but overall, it looks like the classic She-Ra, just more cartoon-y and stylized. She’s also, 100% understandably, more covered. Not that the classic She-Ra is even remotely as scantily clad as many female comic book characters (especially those in the ’90s), but the classic bustier is replaced by a tunic that covers her entire torso with shoulder flares and a banded uniform-like collar. It also looks as though her legs are fully covered with the tunic falling over them. The original cartoon She-Ra wore a simple A-line skirt, but kids of the ’80s may remember that the action figure/doll version wore a pleated skirt and that seems to be replicated here. There aren’t any details on the “wings” of her headdress, so it’s unclear if they will feature the detailing of the original. That may just not have been drawn in yet.
Obviously, this is just a pencil drawing, so there’s not a lot to go from based simply on this. But it’s a taste of what’s to come.
Noelle Stevenson will serve as executive producer and showrunner of ‘She-Ra’. She is best known for her acclaimed comic book series ‘Lumberjanes’ and was a contributing writer on the Disney cartoon series ‘Wander Over Yonder’. ‘Right Now Kapow”s Josie Campbell will serve as story editor. She has also written for ‘Teen Titans GO!’, ‘Justice League Action’ and ‘Be Cool, Scooby-Doo’.
Netflix has not yet announced a release date for ‘She-Ra’. Are you excited that a new version of this classic character is being reinvented for a new generation?