VIDEO: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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Season 3 of the Bunny Perspective begins with Phil’s look at My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, one of the best-ever relaunches of a nostalgic franchise. From the big pile of nothing that was the ’80s My Little Pony comes this series, full of pop culture references and awesome battles. So just man up and watch a girl’s cartoon, already!

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  • If your standard of “best” is “most improved from the original”, they yeah, My Little Pony: FIM is definitely up there. I still prefer PowerPuff Girls, but that’s mostly a nostalgia thing, and MLP is definitely among the best all-female casts of characters on television. Great episode BTW, can’t wait to see what you’ve planned for the rest of Season 3!

    • Bro, PPG isn’t a relaunch. I didn’t say it was the best girly cartoon. As for those other relaunches, I’d argue their original shows were far less nothing then My Little Pony.

      •  I didn’t say I preferred PowerPuff Girls as a relaunch, I just preferred it as far as Lauren Faust’s body of work goes. And yeah, that’s what I meant by “most improved from the original”. I can think of few relaunches that started with less to work with than MLP:FIM.

        • Animikean

          I’ve been mostly unimpressed with the relaunch mostly due to the lack of threat presented by their occasional villain.

          though I’ll give you there were large tracts of years with nothing good related to My Little Pony I’d ask you to please please remember Rescue at Midnight Castle (the pilot movie from 1984) and Escape from Catrina (1985).

          Both of these handled themselves well, bad-assitude (look at Tirek, he’s like a character from Heavy Metal) balanced with the occasional ear-worming pony song (Call upon the Sea Ponies).

  • Liam Barrett

    … Alright I’ll give it a go.

  • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

    As far as rebooted series go, I’d also put Thundercats, He-Man (2004), Wolverine and the X-Men and Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes as being vastly superior to their previous series.  Two that have definitely dropped the ball though as Ultimate Spider-Man (what a terrible show) and GI Joe (don’t hate the new GI Joe, but it’s definitely not better than the classic DiC animation).

    Good review, and it builds on a basic fundamental point: Give characters personalities, make the personalities play off the situations and make the situations believable (or at least plausible).  It’s not really that difficult to relate to.

    •  Thundercats, Wolverine and the X-men, and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. You know what else they have in common? All cancelled way too early! (well, Thundercats hasn’t been officially cancelled yet, but the writing does seem to be on the wall).

      • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

        Yeah don’t even get me started on that reality (Spectacular Spider-Man dumped for THAT???  …. ) I even think JLU was cancelled way too early as well, when it was finally becoming the greatest cartoon of all time, and it’s gone just like that.  Avengers Assemble doesn’t look that impressive but I’ll be sure to give it a chance.  I’m probably the only fan of Iron Man: Armored Adventures because I thought the mechanical designs and animation were absolutely fantastic (anyone that hates the look of Iron Monger, Titanium Man, Whiplash, Blizzard, or Crimson Dynamo has to be insane).  We even got a pseudo-Avengers team in the season 2 finale Makluan Invasion with Iron Man, War Machine, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Panther and Pepper Potts (as Rescue) teaming up together in a pretty good finale.

        • Thomas Stockel

          I may be in the minority here but I think JLU ended at the right time.  It was still a well written show and I think if it had gone on we may have seen a decline in quality.  I just think a series should end while it is still good and you have nothing but fond memories of it, rather than thinking about that last nasty bit at the end.  Shows like Alias, for example, which hung around one year too long.  Or Burn Notice, whose sixth season so far has been utterly lackluster.

      • Goblin1001

        Seriously, I know TV execs are stupid, but I’m STUNNED that they cancelled AVENGERS.  It’s the apotheosis of AWESOME.

    • Goblin1001

      Wow, someone else who liked the 2004 HE MAN reboot.  I thought they did a pretty good job making it halfway serious, and it was really well animated.  I have no idea why no one seemed to like it.

      • Thomas Stockel

        I thought it was pretty decent.  I only caught a couple episodes but I liked the simple fact that Prince Adam looked, you know, different from He-Man.  What a concept!

  • Cristiona

    Donkeys are like… halflings?

  • The_Stig

    My God, this show is so deceptively awesome. At first glance you’d dismiss it and think it’s girly, flash-animated crap but once you actually watch it….wow. In no way do I consider myself to be a Brony, but this cartoon is great for -any- audience, not just girls.

    First you get the ponies, then when you get the ponies you get the power, then you get the women.

  • Great episode Phil. You’ve pretty much summed up my love for this show perfectly. The characters are fun to watch, the animation for flash is brilliant and the feeling of nostalgia for older cartoons that have the same feel (PPG and Foster’s of course but some of the crew also worked on Ed Edd n Eddy and Dexter’s Laboratory. It almost feels like the Hub is more of a Cartoon network now than the ACTUAL Cartoon Network!). Sure it has it’s flaws such as the plot points (Twilight, y u no talk about brother before his wedding?!) and pointless, sometimes annoying side characters, but on the whole, it’s a great show to watch.

    Two interesting things I’ve seen since watching the show and being a brony is that Lauren Faust was trying to pitch her dream project ‘Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls’ (in the pic that Phil shows of Faust, the dolls she’s holding are of the Galaxy Girls) to various animation companies since the mid 2000s. One of them was the Hub, who didn’t give her the green light but gave her their re-boot of MLP which she was at first skeptical about, but putting time and thought into it, she, along with a load of adult males on the intertubes created a hit. If this phenomenon happens from something she was at first skeptical and unsure about, can you imagine what would happen with a show that is her own dream project and will have full enthusiasm behind? I’m sure all the bronies will support GG if it eventually does get made into a series.

    Another is that the beginning of the Trekkie fandom was driven by women and not by men as a lot of people assume to be the case. I found this out through John de Lancie in this interview around the 13 minute mark: I’m not saying that the Trekkies and the Bronies are one in the same lest I get an earful from some anti-brony Trekkie, but that parallel of the unconventional gender role in a fandom’s origins was pretty interesting. I’m sure some of you already knew that and this’ll be explained in the BronyCon documentary which de Lancie is presenting anyway.

    Well, we’ve had one negative look at the show and two positive looks at the show on this site now. I wonder if we can get Howard Stern to balance it out?  

  • …I just remembered you drew a Pony version of me <.<…does that make me a brony even thou I don't watch the show?

    • Liam Barrett

      I never got my Pony…

  • Goblin1001

    THANKS A LOT–  I was eating an apple while watching this, and your flub at the end made me stray applesauce all over my computer. >:(

    One thing I would mention–  Say what you will about bronies, they are some creative mother fuckers.  Fan made mash ups, music videos and redubs are what got me interested in the show. 

  • Tim Terrell

    I don’t think anyone has any problem with the quality or content of a well written animated show for young girls. The only thing that sucks is that the girls can’t sit and watch the show without their creepy Brony Uncle or some other Brony nerd hovering over them. In the 80s or 890s, our culture wasn’t so pussified that grown men would feel comfortable calling themselves Bronies. Can’t the little girls have anything anymore?

  • Torgeaux

    Might give it a try after seeing this review.

  • chromesthesia

    Aw. I want to watch this but it’s not working. I My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. It makes me happy.

  • Colerhode

    I like both MLP and Zim