708 – “Hard to Say Anything”
Written by: Becky Wangberg
“The CMCs figure out that Big Mac has his first crush and vow to help him win Sugar Belle’s heart against the competition of Feather Bangs.“
“The CMCs figure out that Big Mac has his first crush and vow to help him win Sugar Belle’s heart against the competition of Feather Bangs.“
A lot more detail has been given about Hascon, Hasbro’s “FANmily” event taking place September 8-10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. From My Little Pony, Andrea Libman (Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy) and Cathy Weseluck (Spike) will be guests along with current Hasbro Head of Storytelling Meghan McCarthy.
From the Transformers side, Peter Culler and Frank Welker, the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively, will also appear. Comic book legend Stan Lee is also scheduled to appear in Providence.
In an article in the Hollywood Reporter, The show will, according to Hasbro, bring its most iconic brands — which also include Magic: The Gathering, Monopoly, Play-Doh and Nerf — “to life like never before,” with exclusive product reveals and panels centering around specific properties. Additionally, there will be a number of interactive experiences based on Hasbro properties and those of Hasbro’s partners, including Disney, Marvel and Star Wars, as well as exhibitions featuring props and costumes from Hasbro-related movies.
Tickets for a single day are $60 for adults and $30 for youth ages 3-15 (youth 2 and under are free). A three-day ticket for adults will go for $165 and $75 for youth. There are also $600 VIP tickets for the “Superfans” and VIP tickets specifically themed for Magic: The Gathering (which is celebrating its 25th year) and Dungeons and Dragons.
Official Press Release:
HASBRO OPENS TICKET SALES FOR FIRST-EVER HASCON FANMILY™ EVENT
Three Day Convention Will Include Panels, Larger-than-Life Brand Experiences, Games Events, Auditions for Hasbro TV Commercials and Shows, Meet & Greets and Appearances from Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Stan Lee, Dude Perfect and top
MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS Talent
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — May 22, 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, officially opened ticket sales for the first-ever HASCON FANmily™ event, which will take place inProvidence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. Hasbro fans and families from around the globe can purchase single day tickets or three-day tickets for the convention, with VIP packages available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors.
Today Hasbro also revealed the first round of talent appearances, panels and brand experiences set to take place during HASCON 2017. Appearances and meet & greets will be available with some of the biggest names from Hasbro, including DUDE PERFECT, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Producer of all the TRANSFORMERS films, as well as G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. JOE:Retaliation); Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend); Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (original TRANSFORMERS voice talent); Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (voice talent of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE), “Chewbacca Mom”, Candace Payne and more.
This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE, and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE, DREAMWORKS TROLLS and SESAME STREET. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series.
Attendees will be immersed in hands-on, interactive experiences with oversized games such as PIE FACE and TOILET TROUBLE from HASBRO GAMING, photo opportunities with SESAME STREET and TROLLS costumed characters, epic BEYBLADE battles, a PLAY-DOH creation zone and the MY LITTLE PONY magical world of Equestria. FANmilies will be able to take photos with props from Hasbro’s movies and step into a custom-built NERF battle arena, maybe even with the guys from DUDE PERFECT. HASCON will also host MAGIC: THE GATHERING gameplay featuring an exclusive preview of the upcoming Iconic Masters card set. Youth fans, ages 3-15, have the opportunity to audition for Hasbro commercials and voice talent on our animated series. Fans also can purchase exclusive* Hasbro toys and merchandise including new TRANSFORMERS products.
In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.
“Hasbro constantly strives for new ways to bring our storytelling to life and offer fans greater access to our brands, and HASCON is designed to bring attendees closer to Hasbro’s biggest properties than ever before,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro. “We are assembling the ultimate fan celebration, with three days of marquee talent, interactive activities, immersive experiences, game events, panel discussions, VIP events and much more. We’re set to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans and families alike.”
HASCON tickets are on-sale now. Single day tickets are available for $30 for youth (ages 3-15) and $60 for adults (ages 16+). Three-Day tickets range from $75 for youth (ages 3-15) to $165 for adults (ages 16+). VIP packages are also available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors starting at $200 for youth (ages 3 – 15) and $600 for adults (ages 16+), plus taxes. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com
Filly Forever explores a very complex issue, and it tackles the subject matter so effectively that I can hardly contain my need to reflect upon it. The lesson here is loud and clear, and easy to read, but the web of conclusions one can draw from based on one’s personal experiences is near infinite. I’ve been turning it over in my head for hours, and the themes just get richer the more I think about it.
This story captures the bittersweet anger and joy one feels watching those of a younger generation come of age. It captures the rage, and frustration that the younger generation feels as they struggle to be taken seriously. Most importantly, it captures the tension in between.
After hours of being treated like a foal, Sweetie Belle, in her frustration, snapped at Rarity, “You don’t even know me anymore.”
It’s a devastating thing to have to say, and it’s a devastating thing to have to hear, but it’s true.
As an adult, I can think of a great many friends and relatives with whom I was very close during my childhood who don’t know me at all these days. I don’t know them either. It sucks and it hurts.
Preventing loved ones from drifting apart takes a surprising amount of work, and once you have drifted, reforging those bonds can be very difficult. Add a generation gap, and it becomes even more complicated. You go from dealing with each other as child-and-adult, to dealing with each other as adult-and-adult. It’s a tumultuous transition for everyone involved. For starters, the need for new boundaries never becomes clear until they are broken, and until both parties can examine, and articulate the problem accurately, which takes rather a lot of trial and error.
It’s frustrating. It’s painful. Most of all, it’s frightening. You both need to work at it, and if you can’t figure out how to grow together, you are doomed to grow apart.
Forever Filly tackled that problem head on. The story itself is quite simple, but the complexity of this conflict lies in what we already know about the characters.
Let’s start with Rarity. She had, in past episodes, found Sweetie’s childishness irritating when it got in the way of her work and her ambition. In Sisterhooves Social, Rarity had had a lot of important work to do. That work of hers got in the way of bonding with Sweetie, just as much as Sweetie Belle’s presence got in the way of Rarity trying to meet her deadlines. Sweetie Belle wanted to help, but she was just a kid, and her efforts just ended up getting herself underfoot (under hoof).
It’s a scenario that most of us know very well from our own lives, in one form or another.
However, now, it’s the total opposite. Rarity finds herself at the top of the fashion world, having achieved most of her dreams and ambitions, but she misses her sister. v She yearns for the days when they had bonded together, and longs to spend uninterrupted time with her. Sweetie, on the other hand, is now the one who has responsibilities to take care of. She has become an entrepreneur in her own way, and doesn’t have time to spend with her sister.
The scene where Rarity admires the wall of the crusader headquarters, and the photos of their satisfied “clients,” is brief, but it tells us volumes about Sweetie – profound information. It tells us exactly the type of pony that she is growing into.
They say that kids don’t learn from what you tell them; they learn from what they observe. In this moment, we see just how much of an influence Rarity has been on Sweetie’s life. The work ethic that Sweetie had despised in her sister as a child, has sunk in, and become her own, as she cultivates real responsibilities, and moves toward adulthood.
It’s the sort of thing that’s impossible to put into words, but when you see it, and really think about it, it shines a light on both characters – who they are – what they mean to each other. There’s a piece of Rarity that Sweetie will always take with her, and it will arm her throughout her life. The problem is that Rarity can’t see that. She mistakes that genuine professionalism for flight and fancy – a quaint form of child’s play.
That tiny moment not only captures so much about the characters, it conveys the very essence of the conflict at hand – the gap that needs to be bridged.
I could spend rather a lot of time pointing out parallels in the dynamic between the two sisters in this episode, and the dynamic that they had back in Sisterhooves Social. It’s certainly a topic worth discussing, as there are quite a lot of subtle differences in characterization that make this episode an elegantly told story. However, I’m concerned more with the message than dissecting the narrative itself.
When Rarity realizes the error of her ways, she expresses her sorrow that “[She] didn’t know that the last time [they] did those things would be the last time [they] did those things.
This line pretty much says it all: about growing up; about life; about the need to cherish every moment, while at the same time, not being afraid to let those moments go. I personally didn’t know that the last time that I pushed my youngest on the swingset would turn out to be my very last time doing that. It was a day like any other. I don’t even remember anything about it right now because it was so very unremarkable.
I don’t remember the very last time I helped with my kids’ shoelaces either, nor the very last time my own mother needed to help me with mine.
There was no ceremony. No grand announcement in either case. It just sort of happened when no one was paying attention.
We’ve been waiting for this one! Well, at least those in the US who did not wanted to be spoiled by the early Canadian releases. Scootaloo takes a page from Wil E. Coyote’s playbook to vault herself up to Cloudsdale to research on Rainbow Dash for a school paper on the Most Inspiration Pony. Unlike Wli E. Coyote, Scootaloo is successful in getting to Cloudsdale and right into the yard of Rainbow Dash’s parents—Bow Hothoof and Windy Whistles.
Bo and Windy give Scootlaoo a tour of Rainbow Dash’s foalhood home and Scoots is like a foal in a candy store. Plus, Bo and Windy are extremely supportive of her daughter. However, when Scootaloo tells Dash’s parents that their daughter is in the Wonderbolts, we find out why Dash did not tell them.
There’s being supportive of you children at what they do, and there’s taking it to eleven like Dash’s parents do. To put it lightly, they can be a bit embarrassing while Scootaloo does not see anything wrong with it. Dash finally snaps when her parents cheer her putting away a towel and asks them to leave. This upsets Scootaloo because she has not had parents as supportive as Dash’s are.
Dash then tells a story about how she wasn’t always the best at racing, but got better as the years past with her parents supporting her all the way from participation badges to gold medals. Realizing that she has taken her parents for granted, she tries to make it up with them. I’ll skip the working title and say that Dash and the Wonderbolts put on a show in honor of her parents. And then the episode ends with Dash and her family giving the same supportive treatment to Scootaloo with her report (which only got a B since it was heavy on photos and a moldy sandwich).
We have seen the evolution of the CMC as the show has progressed and they have become much better characters from Season Four onwards. Last week, we had Sweetie Belle giving a lesson to Rarity about how the former is no longer the sweet little filly from years past. Here, Scootaloo is giving Rainbow a lesson about how important it is to have supportive parents—even it is to the point of embarrassment which sometimes parents do.
Admittedly, Bo and Windy are very likable in this episode and sometimes reminded me about those MasterCard ads with Peyton Manning. Rainbow is also not completely unreasonable here. It does get embarrassing if your parents cheer every single little thing you do, but the point here is that they have been very supportive and helped give her the confidence to be who she is today. That’s something you just do not take for granted.
Overall, this was a fantastic episode with a lot of heart in it. Not just for seeing Rainbow Dash’s parents for the first time, but the role Scootaloo plays as well.
“Rainbow Dash is pushed to the brink by her parents’ unbridled enthusiasm after they learn she is a Wonderbolt.“