Girl Power with She-Ra

On the heels of Amazon Prime’s Rocky and Bullwinkle and Clifford the Big Red Dog, another cartoon reboot is in the works: a Netflix version of She-Ra, the ‘80s “girl power” pioneer.

This one’s called She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a more inclusive variation of the original 80’s title, She-Ra: Princess of Power. That series ran in syndication from 1985 to 1987, and you can now stream 65 of its 93 episodes, also on Netflix.

The plot of the new series is similar to the original: “An orphan leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.”

Aimee Carrero has just been cast as the voice of She-Ra. Since Carrero also voices Princess Elena on Disney Channel’s Princess of Avalor, you might think she risks being typecast in princess roles. But fear not! Carrero also plays a live-action role (Sofia) in the long-running sitcom Young & Hungry. That show’s final 10 episodes premiere June 20 on Freeform, but Netflix subscribers can binge on 60 episodes right now.

The new She-Ra cast also includes AJ Michalka (Lainey on The Goldbergs), Marcus Scribner (Andre Jr. on black-ish) and Lorraine Toussaint (Yvonne on Orange is the New Black).

The original ‘80s cartoons were produced by Filmation, whose library is now owned by Dreamworks Animation, producer of the new Netflix series. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will premiere later this year, with eight episodes at netflix.com/shera.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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