Posts tagged pony
Posts tagged pony
The Real Princess of the Night by KefkaFloyd, Editor in Chief of The Round Stable
Luna is literally sitting in the shadow of the statue of Nightmare Moon, pondering her botched meeting with the citizens of Ponyville. She pushes a single piece of candy towards her alter ego, asking to not be eaten up by her past. This piece of subtle storytelling could be missed easily, but it’s a treat for anyone that pays attention.
I love discussing little visual tidbits like these. I also highly recommend checking out all the editorials from The Round Stable. They write on all manner of things in a witty and professional tone, from the specifics of the animation behind the show, to writer spotlights, to episode theme breakdown; all very interesting stuff.
Princess Merida calls it like it is.
My new tribute video to MLP: FiM S2, using footage from every episode of the season.
Like “The Cutie Mark That I Get”, I wanted to capture the general theme of the season, which I noted focused a great deal on different types of love, re-establishing friendships or romantic relationships, and overcoming self imposed limitations to make the most of these relationships; hence the repeated usage of the heart symbol within this video.
To any rate, I hope you enjoy it.
Video: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 2
Song: Wild Young Hearts
It’s interesting how toys that are identified as made for girls (no matter how fondly most girls remember them) are the subject of scorn forever as we become adults, while toys for boys are fetishized forever and made into 100 million dollar films.
What a weird little way to…
I LIKED the Easy Bake Oven!
Really, it was a lot of fun. Sure, there’s a gender stereotype, but all I remember is when I used it, the boys WERE TOTALLY JEALOUS BUT COULDN’T ADMIT IT.
Which is also messed up. :)
I was jealous. I’ll admit it. Brownies I could make on my own time in my own tiny oven sounds like a party. PLUS IT WAS SO SIMPLE.
They were, and LIGHT BULB TREATS ARE DELICIOUS!
I am reblogging because someone mentioned Barbie movies, etc.
I’m sorry, Barbie proves my argument. Barbie is one of the most successful pop products of ALL TIME. And aside from her appearances in Toy Story, she has appeared in mostly direct-to-video inexpensive little films, a few comics, and almost nothing else, AND all those things were aimed directly at kids.
Because girl things are for girls.
While boys’ action dolls are 100 million dollar films, terrible films, that are full of cursing and other things almost intended to EXCLUDE kids.
Just looking at another angle, maybe women are encouraged to leave their childhood toys in childhood and guys are allowed to keep their nostalgia? I mean, if the “boy toy” films are excluding the current generation of kids and purposely aiming at the boys of ten years ago, which it seems very clear they are. Though I’m sure part of that comes from “boy toys were cool and worth being nostalgic over, while girl toys were dumb and forgettable.”
Speaking to the Barbie thing, the reason Barbie is so reluctant to show up in media is largely in part due to Mattel’s marketing. Pixar begged for her to be in the first Toy Story movie, and Mattel refused them. This is because they felt that giving Barbie a real role with a personality in something would take away from her cipherness. They felt that Barbie-is-not-characterized-as-anything-specifically was a selling point. Girls could project themselves onto the doll. And so putting her in a movie with a personality was against their bottom line.
Of course, once Toy Story proved to be Super Huge, they changed their tune. The exposure was worth the perceived risk.
But that’s why Barbie hasn’t been seen much outside of her toyline.
But there’s several Barbie CGI home movies and such. Surely those were around before Toy Story 2. I have not seen that, mind you. So I don’t know how much not-personality may be in her in those. Then there is Toy Story 3, in which I don’t recall Barbie having that much personality in that (versus a sorta archtype), but I enjoyed the Ken/Barbie scenes a ton.
Toy Story 2, Barbie’s first appearance, was 1999.
Barbie’s first CGI direct-to-video was 2001.
I think its also an issue of media producers as well. Men are (by and large) the primary operators and decision makers in the big ye old American corporate entertainment industry. As such, they focus on what they consider interesting or that which has personal appeal to them, particularly when revisiting nostalgic properties and cashing in on them. Women, by contrast, tend to hit a very hard glass ceiling when going into the creative media biz and therefore lack the representation to produce nostalgic content.
Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is a good counter example. She DID get to a position where she COULD make a good, well written, and successful show based around a long running cartoon/toyline aimed at girls that she too enjoyed as a child. Here we see a woman A) creating meaningful and entertaining content for all audiences and B) Celebrating and venerating her nostalgic pieces of plastic from her personal days of yore. However, this is one rare example from a sea of failures, and it took Ms. Faust a LONG time in the industry to get the position she was in when she took the reins of MLP: FIM.