“She-Ra” Turns 25

For the honor of Grayskull! Last week, the DVD collection of “She-Ra: Princess of Power” was released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the show. And yes, this will be what I’m getting every woman on my holiday gift list. Though episodes will also be available on iTunes and Hulu, I want the DVD extras.

She-ra, without her sword in hand, was Princess Aurora, the twin sister of Prince Adam, aka He-Man. She was kidnapped as a baby by the evil Hordak and put under a spell so that she would always follow his wishes. That is, until a sorceress gives her the sword, and Prince Adam tells her about her real family and destiny—to fight the Evil Horde off the planet Eternia.

She-ra rode a winged unicorn, and had the help of superhero friends like Perfuma, Frosta, Castaspella, Mermista, and my personal favorite, Peekablue. Together, the ladies rallied to take their planet back. In other words, it was a school girl’s daily afternoon dose of feminism.

Earlier this week, CNN interviewed Melody Britt, who was the voice of Princess Aurora and She-Ra. “She-Ra was very different from any other character I did. She had more of an impact on my psyche and I had a strange instinct about the character when I auditioned for it and I knew she was a spiritual character who had a basic concern for everyone,” Melody said. “I wanted to make sure my voice showed the change from Adora’s youth and innocence to She-Ra’s wisdom and self-assured power.”

I can’t wait to watch “She-Ra” again as an adult. [CNN]