He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that He-Man and She-Ra are classic 1980s animated fantasy cartoon characters from shows that mixed the magical and the medieval with positive lessons about being brave, honest, and just. Here, they team up for a nice touch of gender parity in what is otherwise a heavily dude-centric realm.
What's the story?
She-Ra is Prince Adam/He-Man's twin sister, but she doesn't know it yet. In this collection of the first five episodes of her spin-off show combined into a feature film, Adora is loyal fighter for Etheria who was kidnapped as a baby from her home with Adam in Eternia, and Adam is sent on a mission to make contact. Can he help her realize her true identity and true destiny as protector and guardian of Eternia, before the Evil Horde army lock Adam away for good?
Is it any good?
He-Man was a staple of '80s cartoon viewing, and its memorable setup of prince by day, most powerful man in the universe by night battling the evil forces of Skeletor at his Castle Greyskull was a riveting watch. The cartoons were at the forefront of concerns about TV violence for their use of hand-to-hand combat, but in retrospect, the violence seems positively innocuous compared to the more ratcheted-up stuff of today's animated fare.
Parents will get a nostalgia kick out of these retro sci-fi/fantasy cartoons, but appreciate their positive messages about honor, loyalty, and courage, too. Kids of any age will enjoy these campy characters who use their magical powers for good.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the different landscape for cartoon violence in modern cartoons compared to earlier eras. How does the violence in He-Man and She-Ra compare to modern cartoons you watch today?
In this film, He-Man and She-Ra are shown as equally strong and courageous. Can you think of any shows today that feature male and female heroes?