"Zoo Story"
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Cartoon Series: She-Ra Princess of Power 1985-87
Producer: Filmation
Season: 1
Writer: Mike Chain; Teleplay by Chain, Larry DiTillio & Fr
Year: 1985
Director: Lou Kachivas
Production No: PP038

Synopsis:

Original Airdate: ?/?/1985

Bow and Adora are riding through the Forest of Freedom with Kowl, trying to find out why animals are disappearing from the forest. They observe a rare bird snatched by a large mysterious black shadow. Shortly thereafter, Adora spots a Horde Ground-Buster and Horde transport, and while Bow rides off brashly to confront them, Adora transforms into She-Ra. Bow uses an arrow to disable the Ground-Buster, but is stunned by a blast from the Horde transport. She-Ra stops the transport, and discovers that it was carrying empty cages.

If the Horde were abducting animals, these cages would have been full, because the transport was moving away from the forest. She-Ra deduces that the Horde must be delivering these cages to whoever is grabbing the animals. As Mantenna recovers from the crash, She-Ra threatens to leave him for the trolls of Spikeheart, prompting him to quickly tell them where the cages are being taken.

Bow and She-Ra cage Mantenna, Grizzlor, and the Horde Troopers, and move on. Kowl is quite smitten in having met a very pretty female of his kind, but their flirtation is short-lived, as they are both snatched by the shadow. When She-Ra and Bow discover that Kowl is missing, they plan to get him back from the outpost where the cages were being delivered. At the outpost, Kowl learns the identity of the shadow, which is none other than the Horde warrior Vultak.

He is gathering animals for Hordak's zoo, which is protected by an energy force-field. She-Ra and Bow arrive at the outpost, defeating the Horde Troopers stationed there. They learn of Hordak's zoo and quickly move ahead to find it. Kowl has been caged by Vultak, and uses his time as a prisoner to tell the other animals of the beauty of freedom in comparison with the zoo. The animals unite in a plan to escape, as Kowl uses a card trick he learned from Bow to distract the robot Zootrons and tie their arms together, allowing him easy access to the key to his cage and freedom.

He is menaced by Vultak, but only briefly, as She-Ra and Bow burst in and make quick work of the Zootrons. Bow uses a boomerang arrow to snag Vultak, who is quickly defeated. She-Ra frees all the animals as Kowl and his new female friend Kowla begin to get to know each other. They all leave Hordak's zoo, leaving only one creature caged: Vultak.

Synopsis by Michael Cravens

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