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Friendship is Magic: Rarity Goes Overboard. Derpy Hooves is Still Canon.

SabreMauSabreMau ネトゲしよう판다리아Registered User regular
edited February 2011 in Singularity Engine++
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  • "What? Why is this popular? We're not 7-year-old girls."
Yeah, this was kind of a surprise. First, a little background. The My Little Pony franchise started nearly 30 years ago, because little girls like ponies, little girls like dolls, and they really liked pony dolls. Anthropologists may debate why they do, but marketers didn't worry why because they sold millions of the things. With the 80s being the 80s, when you had successful toys, you had cartoons based on those toys. And when you had a cartoon based on something primarily for little girls, you cooked up the cutesiest, fluffiest, pinkest, most inoffensive-to-toddler-eyes thing your animators could come up with:
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Yeah. So this is what came to mind when you thought "My Little Pony". Supremely saccharine girls' toys. Not much at all to appeal to anyone over the age of 10, unless they were nostalgic over their own childhood pony collection.
  • "So, why do people like ponies now?"
To be clear, the inexplicable surge in popularity among people who aren't in the standard MLP demographic has nothing to do with the aforementioned series. Those cartoons were and remain mostly kiddie shows without much plot, characterization, or thought put into them. That changed right about the time Lauren Faust got hired to do the new series. Lauren's filmography includes animation work on some WB films (Cats Don't Dance, Quest for Camelot, The Iron Giant), writing and directing for The Powerpuff Girls, and she was the head writer and supervising producer of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Then, she was given the job of executive producer for the new My Little Pony, and wanted to shake things up:
I was extremely skeptical at first about taking the job. Shows based on girls' toys always left a bad taste in my mouth, even when I was a child. They did not reflect the way I played with my toys. I assigned my ponies and my Strawberry Shortcake dolls distinctive personalities and sent them on epic adventures to save the world. On TV, though, I couldn't tell one girl character from another and they just had endless tea parties, giggled over nothing and defeated villains by either sharing with them or crying–which miraculously inspired the villain to turn nice. Even to my 7-year-old self, these shows made no sense and couldn't keep my interest. No wonder the boys at school laughed at my Rainbow Unicorn Trapper Keeper.

From what I've seen since I've grown up, little has changed. To look at the quality of most girls' cartoons, it would seem that not one artist really cared about them. Not one designer, not one background painter, not one animator. Some of the more well-meaning, more expensive animated productions for girl audiences may look better, but the female characters have been so homogenized with old-fashioned “niceness” that they have no flaws and are unrelatable. They are so pretty, polite and perfect; there is no legitimate conflict and nothing exciting ever happens. In short, animated shows for little girls come across as boring. Stupid. Lame.

This perception, more than anything, is what I am trying to change with My Little Pony.

And so last October, the newest pony series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic debuted. And things changed.
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As before, you've still got cute little ponies that your little sisters, daughters, or nieces can enjoy. Unlike before, regular animation fans found it...entertaining. The plots weren't stupid, the animation was well-done, the characters actually had characterization, the voice acting was quality, the humor was surprisingly un-lame, and the whole thing arrived as a character-driven production that not only appealed to the kids, but DIDN'T offend the intelligence of older viewers.
  • "This story of ponies intrigues me. Where can it be found?"
It airs Fridays at 10:30 AM Pacific, 1:30 PM Eastern on The Hub. If you haven't heard of it, you're not alone. It's a relatively new cable channel that premiered last October, replacing Discovery Kids. Since it's not available in all areas, there's a Youtube channel that gets episodes online shortly after they air, and another one that posts higher-quality episodes a week or so later.
  • Friendship is Magic - [vidurl=" 1[/vidurl], [vidurl=" 2[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= Ticket Master[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= Season[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= the Brush-Off[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= Busters[/vidurl]
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  • [vidurl= Before You Sleep[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= Gossip[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= of the Century[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= Wrap-Up[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= of the Cutie[/vidurl]
  • [vidurl= Weather Friends[/vidurl]
  • Suited for Success - [vidurl= 1[/vidurl], [vidurl= 2[/vidurl]
  • Feeling Pinkie Keen - [vidurl= 1[/vidurl], [vidurl= 2[/vidurl]
  • Sonic Rainboom - [vidurl= 1[/vidurl], [vidurl= 2[/vidurl]

And recent episodes are also available for viewing off The Hub's official site. As of right now, we're 16 episodes into a 26-episode first season.
  • "That's a lot to watch. Shall the next section be a quick reference?"
I think it shall. Here are the main characters. Cut-and-pasted from another forum (with attribution) because I've been typing for a long while.
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Twilight Sparkle: The de facto leader of our central cast. A unicorn who’s extremely book smart and good at magic, but is a bit new to this “social life” thing. She’s been assigned by her boss, Princess Celestia, to study the “magic of friendship” in Ponyville, which is the excuse for the plots-of-the-week and the Mork Calling Orson bits at the end of each episode.

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Spike: Twilight’s assistant/friend/baby dragon/personal mail system. Though he’s supposed to be helping Twilight study magic, his job is mostly to provide snark. He’s also one of only two legacy characters in the series, thanks to Hasbro losing the licenses to the old ponies. The other one is...

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Applejack: An earth pony who is proprietor and operator of Sweet Apple Acres, an orchard outside of town. Applejack is stubborn, blunt, and not much given to subtlety, but she’s also honest, reliable, and as faithful a friend as you could ask for.

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Rainbow Dash: A pegasus pony who LOVES to fly--preferably fast, and flashy. Rainbow Dash is in charge of keeping Ponyville’s weather under control, and though she’s a bit proud and insensitive at times, she cares deeply for her friends, and would never leave them--except maybe in her dust.

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Pinkie Pie: Pinkie Pie is an earth pony who is the living embodiment of a sugar rush. She loves to party, and celebration seems to follow her like a wake behind a ship. If she has an off button, it hasn’t been found yet--but though she can be a bit irritating, she’s always a joy to have around.

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Rarity: Rarity is a unicorn who is all about the fashion. She runs a fashion shop of her own in Ponyville, and is quite the artiste. She’s somewhat posh and a bit of a perfectionist, which can lead to her clashing with the down-to-earth Applejack, but if her friends or town need her, Rarity always pulls through.

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Fluttershy: Fluttershy is a pegasus pony who is quite literally scared of her own shadow. She’s timid, quiet, and, well, shy, which makes her ideal for her job of working with animals, but despite her own fears she’s always willing to help out, providing that little bit of kindness wherever it’s needed.

Together they get into hi-jinx, laugh, cry, squabble, and save the world once or twice. Just like any other group of friends, huh?

So, there you have it. A thread to discuss the show instead of derailing other threads discussing the show. It's definitely not for everyone, but it's a fun little series that's far surpassed nearly every expectation held for it.
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  • KrunkMcGrunkKrunkMcGrunk Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Sabre, part of me wants to thread shit. But the other part of me knows that I can't hate on My Little Pony.

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  • JordynJordyn Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    oh god for a second I thought there were TWO webcomics about My Little Ponies.

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  • crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    oh god sabre you've done it

    you've really done it

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  • skettiosskettios Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I... feel the need... to watch this show..

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The threshold has been crossed

    the Horsemen (ponymen?) are upon us

    The Apocalypse is nigh!

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  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    that dragon's mustache is pretty awesome though

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  • skettiosskettios Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Didn't know it was made by the person who did powerpuff girls.
    I'm sold. Checking this out soon.

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  • LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    My Little Pony, there's no place like Ponyland!:whistle:

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    there are probably more overweight late 20s neckbeards that watch this show than little girls

    just ssj3

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2011
    oh God I have diabetes

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    there is a steam group about this show

    they call each other bronies

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    First Thundercats and now this. My childhood is being rehashed.

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  • FearghaillFearghaill If there is nothing but what we make in this world let us make goodRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    maybe they'll make thundercats not suck this time around too

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    We'll be lucky if Thudercats is as good as the original, which is already setting the bar at retarded.

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  • KrunkMcGrunkKrunkMcGrunk Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Beasteh wrote: »
    there are probably more overweight late 20s neckbeards that watch this show than little girls

    just ssj3

    I jerk off to the thought of Twilight Sparkle and Spike hooking up

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  • Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Well I cannot begrudge another's tastes.

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  • ThatDudeOverThereThatDudeOverThere Clock King Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    yes this is what I want

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Hunter wrote: »
    We'll be lucky if Thudercats is as good as the original, which is already setting the bar at retarded.

    I never understood Mumra

    like, maybe he should have been wrapped in quilted two-ply

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  • SabreMauSabreMau ネトゲしよう 판다리아Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I jerk off to the thought of Twilight Sparkle and Spike hooking up

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    (he already ships himself with Rarity)

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    spike is a fuckin' boss, I gotta say

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  • ThatDudeOverThereThatDudeOverThere Clock King Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Solar wrote: »
    The threshold has been crossed

    the Horsemen (ponymen?) are upon us

    The Apocalypse is nigh!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIY41LrvMFQ

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    someone post that comic where it was all a dream and they are infact human girls with enormous tits

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  • cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    this does not bode well for me.

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Beasteh wrote: »
    someone post that comic where it was all a dream and they are infact human girls with enormous tits

    that's how i prefer my ponies, I tell you what

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  • SupraluminalSupraluminal Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Solar wrote: »
    The threshold has been crossed

    the Horsemen (ponymen?) are upon us

    The Apocalypse is neigh!

    8-)

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Hunter wrote: »
    First Thundercats and now this. My childhood is being rehashed.

    uh

    why was my little pony part of your childhood

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    Turns out he was trying to screw my dog.
    Once I was taking a poop at a restaurant and a kid crept underneath the door into my stall. I let out a big fart and then he threw up all over the floor in front of me and I just stared at him.
  • SabreMauSabreMau ネトゲしよう 판다리아Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Well, in those days, there were only 4-5 channels, so if it was time for Saturday morning cartoons, you couldn't be too picky.

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    SabreMau wrote: »
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    Ok that's pretty awesome. Especially since it beat out Big Time Rush, which I see all my cousins watching all the time.

    Also, most of the posts in this thread are gold and it's hard holding in my laughter at work.
    SabreMau wrote: »
    Spike: Twilight’s assistant/friend/baby dragon/personal mail system. Though he’s supposed to be helping Twilight study magic, his job is mostly to provide snark. He’s also one of only two legacy characters in the series, thanks to Hasbro losing the licenses to the old ponies. The other one is... [...] Applejack:
    I might just be misreading this, but aren't Princess Celestia, Princess Twilight, and Nitemare Moon also "Legacy"? I don't really know what that means either, it means they were in the original shows, right? :oops:

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  • KrunkMcGrunkKrunkMcGrunk Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    SabreMau wrote: »
    I jerk off to the thought of Twilight Sparkle and Spike hooking up

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    (he already ships himself with Rarity)

    Unnffff ugggghhhhhhh
    ohhhhh

    you're a peach, Sabre

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    SabreMau wrote: »
    I jerk off to the thought of Twilight Sparkle and Spike hooking up
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    (he already ships himself with Rarity)
    Twilight x Rainbow Dash OTP

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  • skettiosskettios Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    wait, they're remaking thundercats too?
    what is going on

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    what were the thundercats doing, anyway? were they even trying to get back home?

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    maybe they will make Thundercats worth watching this time around

    and not as a joke

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Mysst wrote: »
    what were the thundercats doing, anyway? were they even trying to get back home?

    I think their home planet blew up? I don't remember.

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  • Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Snarf snarf

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    What the fuck is a samophlange?!

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  • TiBTiB Registered User
    edited February 2011
    Oh, thank God I am not the only one excited about this.

    I loved My Little Ponies

    I also loved Thundercats, but I am not so excited about the remake

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  • MegalomaniageekMegalomaniageek Registered User
    edited February 2011
    Solar wrote: »
    The threshold has been crossed

    the Horsemen (ponymen?) are upon us

    The Apocalypse is neigh!

    8-)

    <3
    <3 this thread

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  • YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    okay I really really enjoyed the pilot of this

    oh god

    I have the gay

    it's everywhere

    also am I nuts or is the voices in this basically a PPG reunion

    e: huh just Wiki'd it, turns out that the only voice actress to be in both was Tara Strong!

    weird

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  • Shock GShock G Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I love the shit out of this show

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