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iam-artist asked: What is it with MLP and high school settings recently? First Equestria Girls, and now the upcoming Shining Armor/Princess Cadance issues

This is just my speculation, but I’m thinking Hasbro is concerned that their target demographic of young girls is starting to age up and might be thinking about high school (or may already be entering high school). As a result, they’re focusing some stories on that setting to hold interest. I wouldn’t be surprised if in season 5 of MLP: FiM, the Cutie Mark Crusaders moved out of Cheerilee’s one-room school house and into a larger education establishment, even if it was just for one or two episodes.

Also, just as a general note, high school’s are very popular setting for girl’s and boy’s shows alike since they provide a convenient opportunity to get lots of characters together in a set location with lots of school related story concepts to mine (dating trouble, school dances, class work issues, the fear of growing up, etc.). Most of the other popular toylines from Hasbro’s competitors are set in high-schools as well. It’s a recurring trend in kid’s toys, basically.

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Slippin’ a horseshoe: Extended nitpicking on Equestira Girl

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So, with the theatrical and home media releases of Equestria Girls having come and gone, I’d like to weigh in my thoughts about some of the odd narrative choices made in the film. These include topics of unfortunately missed opportunities for character growth or thematic intrigue, Sunset Shimmer as a foil to Twilight Sparkle, and an overview of where the film sits in terms of MLP’s existence as a brand in comparison to like-competitors such as Monster High and non-like peers such as Transformers.

Let me take this time to say that I did enjoy watching Equestria Girls and actually found it to be a very charming affair with great voice acting, as usual, some clever sight gags, and a solid enough take on the whole “human alternate universe” plotline. Still, the areas where missteps occur are notable and preventable enough that I feel a need to discuss them. I stress firmly that this is merely my personal breakdown of some of the narrative problems I had with Equestria Girls, it is not meant to be a slight on the film’s objective quality/entertainment value, nor a dig at its fans and appreciative viewers whatsoever.

Be advised that this is a critical, perhaps borderline caustic, essay so I will be placing it behind a “Read More”. As you may already expect, this comes with a hefty spoiler warning as well

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Very interesting stuff, brought up a lot of points I’d never even considered before.

As a personal aside, I’m not really a fan of “Dog and Pony Show” (mostly due to the Diamond Dog’s touching, yelling at, and hitting of Rarity when she doesn’t seem able to quickly make them stop), but this video still did give me a lot of food for thought.

(Source: rookiewompus)

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"…Tony Fleecs’ Botcon-exclusive variant cover for "My Little Pony Micro Series" #5 featuring Pinkie Pie. In an unprecedented crossover between Hasbro’s "Transformers" and "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," Pinkie Pie cosplays as Optimus Prime, dancing on the massive hand of the Big Bot himself, as he gives a quizzical tilt of his head. The variant cover will be available at this year’s Transformers Botcon in San Diego from June 27 - 30. The regular issue of "My Little Pony Micro Series" #5 written by Ted Anderson with interiors by Ben Bates hits stores June 26."

Well… That’s just Pie

"…Tony Fleecs’ Botcon-exclusive variant cover for "My Little Pony Micro Series" #5 featuring Pinkie Pie. In an unprecedented crossover between Hasbro’s "Transformers" and "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," Pinkie Pie cosplays as Optimus Prime, dancing on the massive hand of the Big Bot himself, as he gives a quizzical tilt of his head. The variant cover will be available at this year’s Transformers Botcon in San Diego from June 27 - 30. The regular issue of "My Little Pony Micro Series" #5 written by Ted Anderson with interiors by Ben Bates hits stores June 26."

Well… That’s just Pie

(Source: comicbookresources.com)

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No one has ever felt the pain the My Little Pony fandom feels now!!!! [A semi-dramatic reading]

I’d been wanting to do a spoken version of demiurget’s double whammy dig at the Alicorn Twilight reactions and memories of Beast Wars past, and with the election season over, I figured now was as good a time as any.

All credit for the script goes to demiurget. Again, don’t take this too seriously.

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iam-artist asked: Any thoughts on the whole Equestria Girls thing? I personally find the premise disgusting, as it seems to be filled with high school cliches such as proms yadda yadda yadda disgusting things those are-it really seems to me they're reducing it to another typical girl's show whereas MLP stood out from them. And is the human world infected with some skin conditions?

I’m withholding judgement for now…

I get the premise behind Equestria Girls, Hasbro has grown envious of Mattel’s rampant success with Monster High fashion dolls longtime success of Barbie, so they want a cut of the cake. Hasbro is a toy company first and foremost, they provide entertaining cartoons to different demographics only as long as the money flows. But it does seem to me they simply grabbed one of their most visible Girl’s Toy brands and quickly worked in an angle for human dolls that came right out of left field. Yes: I find the whole project very odd, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.

imageHaving seen the trailer earlier this evening, I remain cautiously optimistic about the quality of the film. The animation looked okay, the movements seemed fluid, and the horse-to-human jokes were creative. At the end of the day, regardless of corporate rationale underscoring the inception behind a piece of media, an entertaining story with charming characters are what I want. Yeah, the whole plot to win “the Princess crown” from a condescending bully-character rival is a little smaltzy, but we’ll just have to see. Maybe the movie won’t be very good, maybe it will be. I’ll reserve final call for when it comes out.

imageI don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with high-school themed stories about prom planning, self confidence, and paling-it-up with your BFFs; just so long as its told well. The Monster High webisodes and specials are basically 100% typical highschool stories, but presented through the quirky lens of well developed, freaky fab monster teens, with equally creative ghoulish set-pieces. It’s not so much the “what” of your stories but the “how”, “why”, and “who” that ultimately make the difference between something paltry versus something entertaining. The trappings of a “girly” show ought never to be considered automatically condemning. The Barbie films are likewise fairy tales and other related fantasy world retold through the eyes of Barbie and friends with extra a little extra sugar and spice for flavoring.

So, to answer your question more concisely… I personally think the whole project is a little strange and, yes, a transparent money-grab, but I hold out hope that the resulting movie will be fun to watch.

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However, I’ll admit the candy-colored skin on humans is very weird for me. True, I suppose Hasbro wants to stay “on brand”, but it just looks strange and disrupts the immersion. Plus, I can’t help but see it as a way to conveniently dodge the who race issue of the ponies, but that’s a discussion for another day.

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Seriously though, the The Return of Queen Chrysalis was an excellent comic series.

The writing and characterization was razor sharp. It managed to straddle that ultra-fine line between being a loving satire of the more adult aspects of the show’s fandom/headcanons while still keeping its own voice and remembering that this is, at its core, a story about small candy-colored horses.

Art was phenomenal, super detailed, colorful, yet also wonderfully sick and twisted. There’s a surprisingly large amounts of dark stuff, extreme angles, and unsettling moments, only made more visceral by  Andy Price's horror inspired artwork. It was awesome in that sort of Dark Crystal or Robo Cop way, wherein weird, sick, violent stuff is happening on screen… yet it draws you in rather than repulses you.

Basically, it was a mind-blowing 4 issues and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

(Also, the Twilight Sparkle issue from the MLP Micro-series was very good too, though certainly not as epic or artistic. It felt like I was reading what could have been an actual episode of the series, which is a good thing in of itself though)

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