Up until now, my Fictional Spectrum series has been focused on heroes. This time, I’ve chosen someone who isn’t a hero. At least, not yet.
Netflix has been airing a reboot of the 80’s toy-driven cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power that is being created by Noelle Stephenson. I was interested because I grew up with the original series (and its distaff counterpart), and I wanted to see what new possibilities she could bring.
When Entrapta was introduced, I suspected right away that she was on the autism spectrum. (And now thanks to leaked character designs, it’s been confirmed by Stephenson herself) The Princesses try their best to sway her allegiance, but she really doesn’t seem interested. She only joins out of curiosity.
Entrapta has difficulty making friends. In fact, when we meet her, the only true friend she has is her robot Emily. A few episodes later, the Rebellion accidentally leaves her behind in The Fright Zone, the headquarters of the Evil Horde. Even though she helps the Horde, she does not truly believe in their cause. All she’s interested in is all the ancient technology they’ve acquired. She’s only interested in science for science’s sake, not for good or evil.
It’s only at the end of season 3 that she starts to realize the consequences of her actions. When she sees the damage the portals can do, she tries to stop the Horde. She realizes the portal will rewrite the fabric of reality itself, and wants no part in that. But it’s too late, and Catra exiles her to Beast Island. It is here that she is reunited with the Rebellion. She learns that Adora never gave up on her. Not that that is what convinces her to change sides. Nope, in true autistic fashion, they have to play to her interests and entice her with their own ancient technology.
I think it’s cool that She-Ra has introduced an autistic character in this way. I definitely want to see how she evolves further. This is how you represent a disability, not by checking off a box, but by fully realizing how multifaceted a character can be.
Last year, Netflix got under a lot of fire with Catholics. Sometime after Georgia passed a new law outlawing abortion after the first trimester, Netflix announced they would no longer film in Georgia unless the law was changed. Many actors, such as Alyssa Milano, also protested on social media. As a result of this, Catholics I know on social media announced that they would “hit Netflix where it hurt”, meaning they would cancel their accounts. I was not one of them, and some Catholics I knew in groups on social media actually told me I was a “bad Catholic”. The fervor died down, as it always does. Then it got fired up again, because apparently Netflix wasn’t done ticking off their Catholic patrons. They released The First Temptation of Christ, a Netflix feature with a gay Jesus bringing his gay lover to see his parents. A bishop in Texas decried it, even though he admitted he doesn’t have the time to watch Netflix anyway. The bishop was quoted in the article linked, saying that “blasphemers don’t deserve one penny.” Again, many Catholics announced that they too would be cancelling their accounts.
One of my favorite comic books is coming to Netflix. Self-published by Jeff Smith in the 90’s, Bone is the story of 3 cousins who are exiled from their hometown of Boneville and eventually arrive in a medieval village called Barrelhaven. Smith has tried without success to get the series animated by both Nickelodeon and Warner Bros, and I actually thought it was never going to happen. And now it is! So, I’ve decided to pick out who I think should do the voices for each character. I’ll include previous roles so you can picture them better in your head.
Fone Bone: Our protagonist would be voiced by Maxey Whitehead, best known as the voice of Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
Smiley Bone: Fone’s tallest and inept cousin would be voiced by Bill Farmer, currently the voice of Goofy.
Phoney Bone: The richest Bone in Boneville would be Rob Paulsen. He’s best known as the voice of Raphael in the 80’s version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Yakko Warner on Animaniacs.
Thorn: The heroine of Bone and Fone’s romantic interest would be voiced by Michelle Creber, best known as Apple Bloom on My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.
Grandma Ben I have two choices for this one. My first pick is Betty White, but if she dies before this becomes a reality, I’d settle for Tabitha St. Germain, who played two roles on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Rarity and Granny Smith. I think her Granny Smith voice would be perfect.
Lucius Down: The tough-minded bartender of Barrelhaven would be voiced by John DiMaggio, aka Bender on Futurama. I’d probably want him to do his Aquaman voice he did on Batman: The Brave and the Bold.