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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teaches lessons about friendship and loyalty, and fighting for the things you believe in.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one instance, villagers at an inn are shown casually drinking from stein-like cups.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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.
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