On this edition of “Should I Toon In” I take a look at yet another new series from a station that is quickly becoming my favorite channel on TV, “The Hub”. Watching this show might cause me to loose some “man points”, but today I’m looking at “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”.
I’ve been meaning to sit down and watch a few episodes of this series for a while now. At first glance I dismissed it at just some cheesy remake of a franchise that exists to sell toys to young girls. However, the popularity it has gained with the internet community has caught my attention. I’m surprised just how many people have (males included) have claimed this to be an awesome new show. One person of famous note would be Davis Willis of Shortpacked fame. As huge a Transformers fan as he is, he’s claimed that My Little Pony is the best new cartoon on Hub.
Not only that, but a little research has shown me that this show is made by Lauren Faust who’s married to Craig McCracken. These two are well known for their work together on other such popular shows as “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” and “The Powerpuff Girls”. Alright, now my interest is REALLY peaked. Doesn’t matter how many man points this show costs me, I’m checking this one out now.
*One episode Later*
Well, that’s not bad, but its a two parter, let me see the next one…
*After that episode*
That was kinda cute and funny…
*Two more episodes later*
Maybe just a few more…
*Three more episodes later*
Well… I think I have enough to do my review so I really don’t have any reason to watch any more episodes…
*Two more episodes later*
Can I do the review later? I want to watch a few more episodes…
Alright alright, I admit it. This is a really good show! Surprisingly good! It’s cute, but not obnoxiously so, funny, clever, and there’s even a sprinkling of geek humor hidden throughout the show. This show is something that people of all ages and genders can enjoy, yes, even you macho men. (oh yea, diggit) How about we just get into a rundown of the show and why its better than My Little Ponies actually has the right to be.
The series starts off with a two part episode that introduces all the characters. This is done fairly well as we find our main character Twilight Sparkle learns that the ancient evil Nightmare Moon will be coming back and with her eternal darkness. Yes, yes, I admit reading that sentence really isn’t helping my case that guys can enjoy this show, but please bare with me.
Twilight Sparkle is sent to Ponyville where she meets the rest of our cast each with their own fun personality. You have Apple Jack: The country hardworking one, Pinkie Pie: The hyperactive wacky one, Rainbow Dash: The tomboy, Rarity: The refined persnickety one, and Flutteryshy: The bashful one. We also learn the Twilight Sparkle is your more down to Earth, but slightly know-it all, bookwormish one of the group.
This is where the show actually shines. While each of the characters have their stereotypes they all seem to have fuller personality than being just one note jokes. I really have to give the show credit for this because they made the characters different from each other but all still very likable to the viewers in their own way. Everyone will have their favorites, mine of course being Pinkie Pie, but then what else would you expect from Captain Wacky?
The stories of the show are fairly well done too. While most of the shows I’ve seen I could sort of guess where they were going with it, once or twice there were swerves that I didn’t see coming. Even when you could see where the story was going to end up, it was always done more creatively than I had expected it to be. The episodes usually come with some sort of moral which is to be expected in such a show but even these are done better than I had expected going in. I wont use the word “subtle” because the episode is usually summed up with Twilight Sparkle writing a letter explaining the moral, but that can be forgiven because the moral is present in the actual story itself but you aren’t beaten over the head with it either.
Finally, what really makes the show a hit with me is all the subtle humor and references you might pick up while you watch. While the ponies got ready for an upcoming adventure a parody of the A-Team theme played in the background as they posed a’la Charlie Angles. We see Pinky Pie hopping like Pepe Le Pew while chasing Rainbow Dash down and a chase scene where yakkity sax plays a’la Benny Hill. When lost in a forest and faced with a scary situation Pinkie Pie starts to break out into song, leading the other ponies to be utter in disbelief, “She’s not…”, “Yea… she is…”. When Fluttershy is scared in one particular episode she goes rigid and flips on her back, a perfect imitation of the popular viral video of the fainting goats.
There’s plenty more instances of such humor, as well as many many pony related puns, but the thing about those are that they are often so subtle you hardly realize them. The lines: “Everypony” and “NightMARE Moon” are so subtle they could easily pass you by, which is a nice change of having such humor throw into your face like a cream pie thrown by Doink.
So at the end of the article it comes down to “Should I Toon In?” and after reading to this point I’m pretty sure you can figure out the answer to this. Everyone should put down their preconceived notions about this show and check it out. The artwork is pleasing and cute, the characters are likable, the stories are fun, and the jokes are funny. You can find new episodes on The Hub, Fridays @ 1:30 PM. Yea, not a good time-slot, but hey, that’s what DVR’s are for. Also, a simple Youtube search will find you all the episodes you want to watch, but you didn’t hear that from me.
I know its tough as a person with both X and Y chromosomes to admit that they enjoy a show about magical ponies, but trust me on this one, you won’t be alone in your enjoyment. And if you’re worried what other guys might say when they find out that you’re really enjoying a My Little Ponies cartoon, just remember:
Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below or to email me at SuperfriendEd@Gmail.com.
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