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May 5th, 2011 #1
My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic
ok, i just had to make a thread about this, because
THIS. SHOW. FUCKING. ROCKS!
i know what you're all thinking right now...
...but hear me out for a moment.
it is really well written and superbly animated, with very entertaining storylines, almost "classic" jokes and greatly fleshed out characters.
of course, as time goes by and you have accepted all of these things, they become slightly irrelevant next to the fact that it's just GOSH-DARN-CUTE PONIES.
it's like a sugar rush.
and last, but not least, thanks to the internet and perfectly timed still-frames, it has become MEMETASTIC.
so i implore you to give this series a chance, watch two or three episodes (youtube) and to consider for yourselves whether you have place in your heart for a series that shines with 90s-style goodness and gives hope for future generations of tv animation.
all of you who already watch and love this series (bronies?), feel free to post pictures, videos and just generally discuss what is an awesome show.
p.s.: it was written/created by the same guys as "powerpuffgirls" and "foster's home for imaginary friends".
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May 5th, 2011 #2
I think this is a great idea. We need to have a staging point to spread the Bronyism for this terrific show! I think it'd also be a cool idea to share the story of our first introduction to MLP as we go.
So I'll start.
I was in sketch Group with a few of my other artist friends and one of them asked me if I watched it. My reaction was expected as reveling in surprise and a little bit of 'What? Pffft. Why would you watch a show for little girls?'
I ignored all the requests for three weeks until finally I said 'FIIINNEEE. Link me to a good episode.'
I was linked to this:
And there were two things that blew my mind.
The first was how they accurately portrayed the artist (Rarity) and her relationship with Clients (Don't want to spoil it, watch the video =D) And the second was how surprising it was that it didn't patronize the audience at all with hastily written dialogue. I watched every single episode in a night (At the time there were 16 available.) I've proudly been a Brony ever since!
And other brilliant things I noticed was how Rarity's musical number was a tribute to this song:
And that half of the plot of one of the episodes was a direct reference to Icarus's plight.
A huge shout out to Lauren Faust by enriching my whole childhood with lots of good animated shows.
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May 5th, 2011 #3
i've come to the conclusion that rarity probably is my favourite pony. i mean, i can't really pick a favourite, but everytime rarity has time to shine (lol), it just makes me smile widely. best example, the whining part.
here's another example of her at her best. i LOVE it when she's melodramatic
funnily enough, i did get introduced to mlp through this forum here. i can't remember who, but somepony posted flutterguy's song in the cheer me up thread, and a week later or so i decided to check out the series on my own. at first i was confused too why i like this, but by now i've come to accept what i feel and am trying to convert my friends to watch it
oh yeah, and here's an example of what i mean by "classic" humour.
i mean, door chase scenes? how long is it since i've last seen that used?
this one's slightly spoilerish since it's from the newest episode, but it showcases just how well this is made. even danny elfman would be proud of this background music.
(also, possibly referencing ren and stimpy with those painted backgrounds?)
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May 5th, 2011 #4
She hasn't really gotten her due screen time until Episode 25, but 25 was SOO WORTH IT ^^
May 5th, 2011 #5
yeah, i wouldn't have thought it (she's my least favourite pony tbh), but that episode might just be my favourite up to date. heh, "normal" angry pinkie pie scares me more than cracked pinkie pie though
and here a pretty self-explanatory video, that i fully agree with:
and this one gives me goosebumps of joy, and i can't really explain why.
hmm...i'm kinda spamming, ain't i?
May 5th, 2011 #6
"Astronomy offers an aesthetic indulgence not duplicated in any other field. This is not an academic or hypothetical attraction and should require no apologies, for the beauty to be found in the skies has been universally appreciated for unrecorded centuries."
May 5th, 2011 #7
Is this related to the old-school My Little Pony? Cuz I loved it... I felt strange, because I was a guy (I'm still a guy ) and it felt so girly, but I loved it! If it's something like a sequel series, then I'll give it a try xD
May 5th, 2011 #8
I keep seeing this everywhere, so I guess I will have to give it a try. Might also be the motivation I need to tackle that biiiig box of 80s MLP toys I haven't found the right display space for. (Well, other than all over my husband's studio space.)
May 5th, 2011 #9
I am of mixed feelings. I've seen people praise this a lot, and I loved the original show back as a kid, but.... I just can't get over my disgust of those thinderella pony designs. I guess it's because I really loved the original toys/show, but when Hasbro decided the old ponies were apparently uncool and too fat, they redesigned the ponies to be thinner and added diamonds to their eyes (Generation 2) which practically destroyed my pony-childhood in the late 90's. I think I bought one to exhibit some sort of sportsmanship but I couldn't muster any liking to that toy, though I displayed the old 80's toys openly for who knows how long.
But then again that one episode was okay, but the designs, but it seems to be one of the better cartoons of these days, but the designsnnnggghhhmmmaybe I watch couple episodes and reach some sort of dislike/okay equilibrium and get some sort of mental closure on these ponies.
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May 5th, 2011 #13
And these are some fan edited trailers for some decent culture references, which brings out people's surprisingly good editing skills. They are WELL worth the watch.
There are a few more (Black Ops, World of Warcraft, etc) But I don't feel they do it the same Justice as these ones do it. Seriously. Great vids.
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May 6th, 2011 #17
The best thing about MLP:FiM is that it doesn't pretend to be anything. It just is. It makes no attempt to be pretentious, it doesn't try to take itself seriously. Just simple storytelling in its purest form.
May 6th, 2011 #18
This is the best show ever made. srsly.
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May 6th, 2011 #19
season finale episode is up on youtube!
(ld as it just streamed today, but holy shit those guys are fast)
SOoooo GOOOD! askgashlakghasgka
May 6th, 2011 #20
I only watched like 3 episodes but god I love this!
The character designs are not my thing but after a while it just grows on you! Love it!
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May 7th, 2011 #21
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm beginning to like this show. It's so well-timed and the jokes have universal appeal. The characters are well defined in personality that I can actually forgive the look of things. It surprised me as much as when I first saw Powerpuff Girls; deceiving designs hiding brilliant execution for what they're given (I mean, seriously, who knew one could do so much with girly ponies?). At times, I wouldn't even have known it was written for their target audience if it wasn't for the look of things (and maybe their song sequences...). This is one of the few recent cartoons that can actually make my cold soul laugh.
I think I'm going to look for more episodes now...
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May 8th, 2011 #23
let's hope the new people know what they're doing. pleasepleasepleaseplease.
slightly less worried.
From Equestra Daily's comments:
"Looks like one of the staff members of the show just dropped a few words on the Allspark forums, in response to both Lauren's and Kreoss's posts."
"I've known about this for a while now, was wondering when the news would finally break. Now before people go all gloom and doom, I'd like to point out that she is still doing a lot of what she did in season 1. She's still heavily involved in the pre-production of season 2 (story and scripts), she'll just be less involved in the post-production. This really won't have any impact on the production.
To clarify what Kreoss was talking about in his blog, no 7 episodes are not complete, he's talking about watching animatics, essentially storyboards with the recorded dialogue from the voice actors. Layout starts later this month, and animation starts next month, so it'll be a while yet before the season 2 episodes are ready. I've actually seen more of the animatics than he has at this point, and season 2 is shaping up to be AMAZING."
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May 8th, 2011 #24
Still... even if Season 2 is Half-Faust, Season 3 will be Faustless, unless Circumstances un-change.
See, this is why I promised myself to never invest too much love into someone else's work. Something changes and it ends up shattering you. That's what happened with House; Seasons 1 and 2 were brilliant with the focus on medicine, the puzzle and the tangential learning of medicine... Whereas season 3 onwards had all the lead characters bitching and moaning about their personal lives whilst intermittently pausing the soap opera to remember that they had a patient that was spewing blood all over the floor.
Again, here's hoping that Lauren Faust pulls a Peter Jackson and weaves her way back into the top spot
May 8th, 2011 #25
the waiting will kill me for sure. but i'm just hoping for the best. or distracting myself long enough to be pleasantly surprised when it returns.
in the meantime, i think i'll draw some fanart.
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i don't know. how many episodes have you watched?
usually after two or three you give in to it's child-happy, cynic-free nature. or you don't.
May 8th, 2011 #28
I kind of expected this to happen. The show is far too different from what is considered a show for young girls. It garnered attention (from the least expected audience) for the reasons Hasbro probably did not want, and the ultimate goal is probably to sell the toys to girls. The show outshone the point of it, and now Hasbro's most likely going to take it down a notch. In the worst case scenario, this might end up like Winx Club by season 3 *shivers* but hopefully the remaining team can continue doing a great job without being controlled too much by the toy company.
EDIT: Stuff like:
Brilliantly characterized and timed, almost fucked up, but when your toys look like
I can see why Hasbro might raise a brow lol.
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May 8th, 2011 #29
Their old designs looked atrocious. I remember the show back in like the late 80s or somewhere in the 90s and it was disturbing.
WHEN WILL SEASON 2 COME OUT DAMNIT.
May 8th, 2011 #30
I think the biggest irony for Hasbro is, Lauren Faust took their product which was aimed at materialistic little girls who wanted toys to play with, and made it something compelling, intelligent, deep and well written with good humor, and it became popular amongst adult [EDIT] people [/EDIT]. And I wasn't the least bit persuaded to actually buy their toys.
As Faust is a feminist I'd hate to see her reaction to that statement.. Her design philosophy has always been to create shows for girls that weren't patronizing or the same stupid princess plot each time. And Powerpuff girls appealed to me in my childhood as well. It's nice to find something that's deep and well written that didn't have a lot of darkness to it. And there's something about a well written kids show that really stands apart from a lot of Adult's television these days, probably because it's lack of 'Mature' themes. I haven't really felt this way about a television series since Avatar: The last Airbender.
EDIT: Or Toy story 3. PERFECT example. I was completely convinced that they were to die in that fire.... *sheepish*
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