He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword

 
Classic '80s duo teams up in battles, bravery, friendship.
  • Review Date: April 11, 2013
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Teaches lessons about friendship and loyalty, and fighting for the things you believe in.

Positive messages

Stresses the value of open-mindedness, facing challenges with courage, and sticking together.

Positive role models

Many characters are on the right side of good and evil, fighting to free enslaved peoples or protect loved ones. He-Man and She-Ra are both strong, loyal, and courageous.

Violence & scariness

The cartoon uses fantasy, cartoonish violence such as laser and sword fights, but where no one appears to be truly injured. Robots have a rug pulled out from under them in one scene; in others, characters often change into animals or are able to disappear to avoid harm, or fight to resolution using magical attributes, like lobster claws or energy-draining suction hands.

Sexy stuff

Male and female characters have exaggerated bodies and are scantily clad, with females in form fitting outfits and males often shirtless or wearing only capes or breastplates.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In one instance, villagers at an inn are shown casually drinking from stein-like cups.

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Movie details

DVD release date:May 6, 2008
Cast:John Erwin, Melendy Britt
Director:Ed Friedman
Studio:RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMy1ten0baby January 6, 2014
age 7+
 

This is suchly a really funny cartoon.

This has some violence, sexual stuff, and some drugs, but there is a lot of messages.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byMaster_Eugene May 22, 2013
age 12+
 

The Positive side of the 1980's

This is a must watch animated film!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byMackenzie Logan October 5, 2013
age 5+
 

LOVE IT!

I used to love it when I saw younger! Infact I still love it! It is about a prince who turns into 'He-man' who is almost like a super hero and his sister who turns into 'She-ra' they have a team who don't know their true identity. The two main bad guys are Greyskull and skeletor. The characters on this show are great! this show is appropriate for all ages, and it is one of those tv shows that entertain the child and DOESN'T bore the hell out of the parents. I mostly recommend this tv for boys and girls between the age of 5 and 10

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