Netflix's SHE-RA Reflects & Represents Our Modern World (With Magic & Monsters)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Credit: Netflix/DreamWorks Animation
Credit: Netflix/DreamWorks Animation

In less than two weeks, the reimagination of the classic 1980s cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power as She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will debut. Lumberjanes co-creator Noelle Stevenson leads the charge on this Netflix/DreamWorks Animation co-production, shining a new light on these classic characters.

“I’m so excited for little girls to grow up with this, and to look up to some of the characters or connect to some of them more than others,” says Karen Fukuhara, who voices Princess Glimmer. “We have a diverse cast – a lot of ethnicities, a lot of different shapes and sizes. The show is about inclusivity and it will be exciting to see how people connect to each individual character.” 

In October at New York Comic Con, it was revealed that the character Bow has been written to have two fathers - a progressive step that is part of She-Ra's mission according to the man who voices the character.

“It’s definitely She-Ra’s mission to reflect and represent reality and I think two dads is not an uncommon thing in this world,” Marcus Scribner tells Newsarama. “It should be celebrated. So we are doing so on She-Ra.” 

“I think it’s important to represent everyday people and two dads are something that isn’t seen so much on television,” Fukuhara adds. “It’s not a common thing we see, and I love that you said we celebrate it. We definitely do. It’s very diverse our show.”

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Noelle Stevenson expands on the LGBTQ representation on the show by saying, “This is something that is obviously very close to my heart. I’m a gay woman. I’m engaged to a woman. It’s something that is very personal to me and important to me.

"This show is about relationships, and it’s about friendships, it’s about family, it’s about romantic relationships at times. All of those are given equal weight because a friendship can be as powerful as a romantic relationship, as a family relationship. All of those relationships are explored very thoroughly in the show. It’s very important to me to include representation and make LGBTQ viewers very safe and protected.”

“It doesn’t mean the characters will always be happy. It doesn’t mean things will always work out. It means I want to tell stories that are important to me, and I hope are important to other viewers, while dodging pitfalls that can be upsetting or harmful to certain viewers who are marginalized.”      

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“And also when I revealed that, it’s so funny, because I wasn’t thinking about it as like – news. In my mind the characters, which you’ll meet, and I won’t say anything more Oh my God, but they are so funny, nuanced, and interesting,” Aimee Carrero says, speaking on Bow’s dads. “So I was just thinking about who Bow becomes around them and that’s why I love them.

Stevenson continues, “It’s a world where it’s all very normal. It’s a world with gender dynamics that we don’t see in real life. It frees up a lot to play with, and Dreamworks has honestly been very supportive, and I’m really excited.”

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As for the larger Masters of the Universe canon, “It’s a little bit of a balancing act” Stevenson explains.

“It’s something that we have to navigate because we have access to certain things and not others. But one of my favorite things about the Masters of the Universe world is the lore and how broad it is. So much of the show is setting it up almost like the original shows as the mythology of this world. The setting is that it’s been a thousand years, and they’ve been on this world that has regrown from this ancient civilization, they still have remnants of it around – that’s where the sword came from. They are trying to piece together the truth of who these people were. What is Eternia? What is Grayskull? It’s set up as almost a mystery. That’s been exciting to develop it as the lore of our show, and then get into it because I love lore.”     

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is scheduled to debut November 13 on Netflix.

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