I don’t care how old I am, I will always enjoy watching cartoons. Every time a new one pops up and I find it intriguing, I watch at least one episode. The latest one was She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, which is a reboot of the ‘80s animated series She-Ra: Princess of Power. The original show was created by Mattel and Filmation because they wanted a character and toy targeted towards girls. Unlike Barbie, She-Ra had more edge and embodied strong characteristics.
I was pretty excited about the reboot so I gave it a shot. I’ll admit, it was a bit slow but the themes are perfect for young girls. It focuses on the lead character Adora who breaks free from an oppressed society to find out the truth about the world she lives in. In the middle of her escape, she realizes that she’s actually the key that will help the rebellion and free Etheria. Sure, she does have some help from a magic sword but she has to figure out everything on her own. This will show girls that they too can be strong. It also gives a somehow realistic side that, no, life isn’t easy but you can get through the hardships.
Another element in this show is sisterhood or girls helping out other girls. To be able to form the rebellion, Adora makes her way to meet the other princesses to ask for their help. Some of them are skeptical at first because they each just want to protect their own kingdom. In the end, however, they end up banding together and using their strengths. Honestly, it isn’t just kids who can learn from this point but adults too. Once in a while, some of us forget that we should be kinder to our fellow sisters, myself included. If you’ve resorted to being catty and petty in the past, try watching a few episodes of this show to refresh your memory of how we should act.
When it comes to kid-appropriate shows, I think this is one of them. Not only because it is an animated series but because of the positive messages it brings. So, if you have young girls in your life, sit down with them and watch this show together, you’ll be so happy you did.
Art by Marian Hukom
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