Two months ago, the world was given its first glimpse of forthcoming Netflix show, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The sneak preview arrived in the form of a GIF and a few details about the cast.



On the night that She-Ra was unveiled to the masses (back in May), it was largely ignored. The reason? On the same night, footage of ThunderCats Roar – another ’80s revival – was also unleashed to the public.

The arrival of the ThunderCats Roar footage was met with a LOT of hostility. To put it mildly, there was a huge backlash about the forthcoming show and that hostility overshadowed She-Ra‘s debut.


Image: ©Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation

Of course, with many people up in arms about the changes to ThunderCats, no one seemed to be too concerned with the new-look She-Ra. Well, that was until this past weekend, when a new image was released, offering a better look at the Princess of Power.

The image – as seen at the top of this post – has now reminded people that a new She-Ra cartoon is on the horizon. The image has also reminded some people that they need to get angry about it, because apparently that’s what people do nowadays – they get angry.

Scroll through the comments sections on all the main entertainment websites carrying the first full image of She-Ra and you’ll see a heap of negative remarks about the show. From some claiming they’ll never watch it, to others criticising the design and a few denouncing the show as ‘pure crap’.

Pure crap?

Pure crap, based on one image?

Fine if you’re not sold on it, but calling the show pure crap based on an image. Really?

I’ve said this before with ThunderCats Roar and I’ll say it now – if you were born in the 1980s and you HATE the look of this new She-Ra show, because it isn’t ‘your’ version of She-Ra then don’t worry, it isn’t! This show isn’t aimed at you, it’s aimed at kids.

This isn’t me getting angry, this is me making an observation.

Yeah, I know that She-Ra is going to air on Netflix, which counts many 30-40-year-olds amongst its core subscriber base, but that doesn’t mean this show is being produced to appeal to those of us who watched She-Ra the first time around.

I hate to break it to anyone, but sadly that ship has sailed. It sailed loooooong ago.

During the early ’00s there was a big ’80s revival which resulted in new ‘toons for He-Man, ThunderCats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all produced with an eye on getting the ’80s generation to reinvest time, and more importantly MONEY, in their once beloved shows. And we did – we reinvested a lot.

But time has moved on and we’re now 15+ years on from that revival. Nowadays, those looking to reboot and repackage cartoons from the 1980s aren’t so concerned with attracting us any more, they are looking to attract our kids.

Well, not my kids – I don’t have any.



Sorry, where was I?

Ah yes, the demographic that this show is aimed at – kids. The top brass at DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and the like are interested in kids liking their stuff – they care less about what anyone else thinks.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is being aimed at kids. The same with ThunderCats Roar, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and every other franchise that’s more than 30 years old.

Yes, it’s depressing – I’m heavily medicating myself through this whole situation – but it’s something I have to accept. I, like you (and everyone else born in the 1980s), have limited free time, a distinct lack of cash and far too many other commitments to invest too much of anything in a She-Ra revival.

Again it’s sad, but it’s true.

So, if you don’t like the look of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power that’s OK, you don’t have to. If you don’t get around to watching it, well that kind of makes sense to me too – you have other stuff going on.

She-Ra Dreamworks

Image: DreamWorks/Netflix

Personally, I like the look of this new show and as more images have surfaced, I think it looks pretty neat. But hey, that’s just me.

What I don’t understand is all the hate. All this hate/backlash against ThunderCatsShe-RaTurtlesStar Wars etc is all getting a bit exhausting and if I’m being honest it’s kind of ruining fun stuff. It’s also making fan bases look like dicks.

Getting really, REALLY upset over a new-look She-Ra cartoon just makes no sense to me. I barely have time to re-watch the old show, let alone have time to follow this new one, so to allocate time for hate on top of that just taps into a whole new level that baffles me.

As far as I’m concerned, if you want to watch a new She-Ra show then great, this November hop onto Netflix and give She-Ra and the Princesses of Power a whirl. If you’d much rather watch the original, well, you can find that on Netflix too – so you don’t have to exert any extra effort to find the show that best suits you.

As for the hate? Let it go.

Seriously, did you learn nothing from all those ‘moral of the day’ segments from classic episodes of She-Ra and He-Man? Hate gets you nowhere.