She-Ra: Princess of Power

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This article is about the animated television series. For the fictional character, see She-Ra.
She-Ra: Princess of Power
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Logo of the series
Genre Animated series, Action, Fantasy
Directed by Gwen Wetzler
Voices of Melendy Britt
Linda Gary
John Erwin
George DiCenzo
Lou Scheimer
Erika Scheimer
Composer(s) Shuki Levy
Haim Saban
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 93 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Lou Scheimer
Location(s) United States
Running time 24 mins.
Production company(s) Filmation Associates
Mattel
Distributor Group W Productions
DreamWorks Classics
Broadcast
Original channel First-run syndication
Audio format Stereo
First shown in United States
Original run September 9, 1985 (1985-09-09) – December 2, 1987 (1987-12-02)
Chronology
Related shows He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
The New Adventures of He-Man
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002 TV series)

She-Ra: Princess of Power is an American animated television series produced in 1985 by Filmation. It is a spinoff of Filmation's highly successful He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series, aimed primarily at a young female audience to counterbalance the latter show's popularity with young males. Unlike the He-Man cartoon which was based on the Masters of the Universe toy line by Mattel, the creation of She-Ra was more of a collaboration, with the initial group of characters and premise created by Filmation, while the later characters that were introduced were designed by Mattel. The animated series was produced with financial backing from Mattel in order to promote the accompanying toyline.

The show follows the adventures of She-Ra, He-Man's twin sister, who is leading a group of freedom fighters known as the Great Rebellion in the hope of freeing their homeworld of Etheria from the tyrannical rule of Hordak and the Evil Horde. Kidnapped at birth by Hordak and taken to Etheria, She-Ra served as a Horde Force Captain before being rescued by He-Man and joining the Great Rebellion. With her Sword of Protection, Adora can become She-Ra, just as Prince Adam can become He-Man. After reuniting with her parents, she decides to return to Etheria.

She-Ra makes her début in He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword, a full-length animated movie that was created by compiling the first five episodes of "She-Ra": "Into Etheria", "Beast Island", "She-Ra Unchained", "Reunions" and "Battle For Bright Moon".[1] The series premiered in 1985 and was cancelled in 1986, after two seasons and 93 episodes.

Plot[edit]

The show revolves around She-Ra/Adora's adventures with the Great Rebellion battling against The Evil Horde, of which she was once a member. Flashbacks show the Horde invading the planet Eternia, and that Skeletor once worked for Hordak as his apprentice. The Horde was defeated by King Randor's army. Hordak fled Eternia, but not before stealing King Randor's infant daughter Adora. Skeletor was left behind where he would end up becoming the main villain on Eternia. Many characters from He-Man guest starred frequently on She-Ra's show.

Main Characters[edit]

The Great Rebellion

Character Voice Actor Notes
She-Ra / Princess Adora Melendy Britt 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.
Swift Wind / Spirit Lou Scheimer She-Ra's talking steed who transforms into a winged unicorn.
Light Hope Lou Scheimer The guardian of the Crystal Castle.
Madame Razz Linda Gary A witch who serves as an adviser and comic relief. One of the few people on Etheria who know that Adora is She-Ra.
Kowl Lou Scheimer A flying creature who appears to be a cross between a koala and an owl. One of three people on Etheria who knows that Adora is She-Ra.
Bow George DiCenzo An archer and friend to She-Ra, one of the longest-serving members of the Rebellion.
Glimmer Linda Gary Princess of Bright Moon, leader of the Rebellion before stepping down in favor of Adora. Possesses light-based magical powers.
Queen Angella Erika Scheimer The magical winged Queen of Bright Moon, Glimmer's mother.
Castaspella Melendy Britt A sorceress and the Queen of Mystacor.
Frosta Erika Scheimer A member of the Rebellion with cold-related powers. Ice Empress of Castle Chill in the Kingdom of Snows.
Netossa Diane Pershing A member of the Rebellion who wears a cape that doubles as a net for capturing her foes. The only human character on the cartoon who is not caucasian.[2]
Spinnerella Diane Pershing Netossa's best friend. Has the ability to spin rapidly while dancing, creating a whirlwind.
Flutterina Erika Scheimer A member of the Rebellion with butterfly wings.
Sweet Bee Linda Gary A humanoid with insect wings, who is a scout from an alien race looking for a new planet to live on.
Peekablue Erika Scheimer A reluctant member of the Rebellion whose peacock-like tail feathers give her the power of "multi-vision"
Broom Lou Scheimer [3] Madame Razz's companion and mode of transportation.
Mermista Melendy Britt A mermaid princess who joins the Rebellion. Mermista has a French accent.
Perfuma Erika Scheimer A ditzy flower maiden with her head in the clouds. Has the power to make plants grow.
Sea Hawk George DiCenzo A pirate who joins the Rebellion. He has a crush on Adora, but is indifferent to She-Ra.

The Evil Horde

Character Voice Actor Notes
Hordak George DiCenzo The tyrannical ruler of Etheria
Catra Melendy Britt The Force Captain of the Evil Horde who can transform into a panther.
Shadow Weaver Linda Gary The Horde's powerful sorceress whose face is obscured by her cloak hood's shadow.
Mantenna Lou Scheimer An insectoid member of the Horde with pop-out eyes who functions mainly as comic relief.
Grizzlor Lou Scheimer A beast-like member of the Horde.
Leech Lou Scheimer An energy-draining creature with suckers for hands.
Modulok Lou Scheimer A red-skinned insectoid creature who can reassemble his body parts in a thousand different ways. Originally a scientist from Eternia.
Multi-Bot Lou Scheimer A two-headed robot with four arms created by Modulok.
Horde Troopers Lou Scheimer Mechanical soldiers that serve the Horde Empire.
Horde Prime Lou Scheimer The tyrannical ruler of the galaxy. Always concealed by smoke, his face was never revealed on-screen.
Scorpia Linda Gary A humanoid woman with the tail and claws of a scorpion.
Entrapta Linda Gary[4] An aloof scientist and master of traps, who has long magical hair that she can use to ensnare her enemies.
Imp Erika Scheimer A shapeshifting spy who can disguise himself as everyday objects.
Octavia Melendy Britt An octopus-like woman with four tentacles.

Episodes[edit]

Series run[edit]

The first season of the show ran five days a week, like He-Man, with the second season being reduced to a Saturday morning cartoon. She-Ra ended in 1986, and the character was never again mentioned in any other version of He-Man.[5][6]

Cast[edit]

Voice Actor Characters
Melendy Britt Princess Adora/She-Ra, Catra, Castaspella, Mermista, Jewelstar, Octavia
George DiCenzo Hordak, Bow, General Sunder, Sea Hawk, Red Knight, Duke Dreer, Dylamug (shared), Vultak, Tung Lashor
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, Snout Spout, Inspector Darkney, Dylamug (shared)
Erika Scheimer Queen Angella, Flutterina, Frosta, Imp, Starla, Peekablue, Perfuma, Loo-Kee[7]
Linda Gary Glimmer, Shadow Weaver, Madame Razz, Scorpia, Entrapta, Sweet Bee, Tallstar, Teela, the Sorceress
Diane Pershing Netossa, Spinnerella
John Erwin Prince Adam/He-Man, Beast Man

Syndication[edit]

Reruns aired on USA Network from September 1988 to September 1989. Reruns of the show are no longer aired on the Qubo Night Owl block,[8] but reruns of the show are still currently aired on the Retro Television Network,[9][10] on Me-TV,[11][12] as well as Teletoon Retro in Canada.

Toys[edit]

Main article: Princess of Power

Other Media[edit]

DC Comics has revamped the Masters of the Universe in a new series one of the online titles has a one-shot about She-Ra which promises to continue in the main He-Man comic.[13]

DVD releases[edit]

BCI Eclipse LLC (under license from Entertainment Rights) released all 93 episodes of She-Ra: Princess of Power on DVD in Region 1 in 3 volumes in 2006-2007.[14][15][16] Each volume contains an extensive array of special features including documentaries, character profiles, commentaries, DVD-ROM features, trivia, photo galleries and more. As of 2009, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print as BCI Eclipse ceased operations.[17]

On May 31, 2010, Classic Media announced that they plan on re-releasing the series on DVD in Region 1. They subsequently re-released Season 1, volume 1 on September 28, 2010. Unlike the BCI Eclipse release however, this release contains fewer episodes, a 2-disc set featuring 20 episodes.[18] On January 24, 2011, Classic Media released She-Ra: The Princess of Power - The Complete Series.[19]

On October 19, 2009, Universal Pictures UK (Under license from Classic Media) released Season One, volume one in the UK, exclusively through retailer HMV. It is available in their stores and through their website.[20] Since early 2010, other retailers like Amazon.co.uk, have also began selling the box set.

In Region 4, Madman Entertainment has released the entire series on DVD in Australia in 3 volume sets (similar to BCI Eclipse releases) as well as a complete series set.

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 33 April 3, 2007 (BCI) August 16, 2007
Season 2 28 September 4, 2007 (BCI) December 5, 2007
The Complete Series 94 January 24, 2011 June 24, 2009

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Netossa". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
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  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programs_broadcast_by_Qubo Retrieved on September 1, 2013
  9. ^ "RTV Bringing Back Retro Saturday Morning TV". TVNewsCheck. August 5, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ "TV Listings: KAZTDT2 (KAZT-DT2), October 2, 2010". Zap2it. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Me-TV Spring Schedule Changes". April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Me-TV: AniMeTV". April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.readdcentertainment.com/Masters-of-the-Universe-8/digital-comic/DIG002285.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "She-Ra: Princess of Power - Pretty In Pink: Your First Look At Box Art For She-Ra - Season 1, Volume 1". 
  15. ^ "She-Ra: Princess of Power - Season 1, Volume 2 Press Release". 
  16. ^ "She-Ra: Princess of Power - Press Release For She-Ra: Princess of Power - Season 2". 
  17. ^ "Site News - PRESS RELEASE: Navarre Shuts Down BCI, Makers of He-Man, Day Break, Price is Right and other DVDs". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  18. ^ "She-Ra: Princess of Power DVD news: Fabulous Secrets Are Revealed: DVD Re-releases Coming from Classic Media". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
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  20. ^ "She Ra: 6dvd (2009): DVD". hmv.com. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 

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