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Image Source: MLP:FIM, Season 4, Episode 26

 

I ran into somebody at the store the other day – somebody I know, but don’t know well.  He had an awful lot of food in his cart, and after I made some joke or other about its contents, he actually surprised me and offered up a story.
When he was in eighth grade, tragedy struck his family, and they fell into some seriously hard times.  Come Thanksgiving, a local charity gave them a gift package that more or less consisted of an entire Thanksgiving dinner.  To this day, he told me, every Thanksgiving, he fills a cart with as much food as he can fit, and donates it all to charity.  What’s more, he told me that when he is gone, his daughter intends to carry on the tradition.
Apart from my admiration for his dedication to charity, I marveled at just how much good a single gift basket given to a struggling family back in 1969 continues to do for the world today.
Season Four centered around the discovery of six keys.  It’s generally understood, and even explicitly stated in the finale, that these keys came to be when each member of the Mane Six had their element put to the test, and rose to the occasion.  But they also inspired other individuals to do good in the process, simply by acting on their own virtues.  I have, in the past, cited my own personal experience regarding such acts of kindness, and how rare it is for any of us to see or understand the real reach of our own actions, but my acquaintance at the supermarket really took it to another level.
I can wax philosophical about ponies, or draw parallels between the magic of the keys and the chain of kindness that connects us to everyone we have ever been nice to, and everyone who has made a positive impact on us, but I would much rather let this anecdote speak for itself.
One Thanksgiving dinner became 45 Thanksgiving dinners and counting.  Because of the power of generosity.  Because of the magic of kindness.
Just like in pony, all it takes is a spark.
Your good deeds reach further than you will ever know.
-Sprocket
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“The Love God”

Written by Josh Weinstein, Alex Hirsch
Mabel takes matchmaking too far when she steals a love potion from a real love god.

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BABSCon Gets Twilightlicious With Tara

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Fillies and Gentlecolts, BABSCon is pleased to announce that the talented voice actress behind the newest friendship princess on the block, Tara Strong, is coming to BABSCon in 2015! Dubbed by some as the “Queen of the Bronies” for her dedication to her fans, Her Twilightliciousness™ will bring a special kind of magic to our convention this spring in her first MLP fan con appearance since BABSCon 2014.

 

During those first few episodes of MLP:FiM, we were enraptured by the charming, panicky, purple, smart little unicorn that started us on our journey through Equestria. The humble beginnings of our fandom stirred as we watched through Twilight’s eyes, and discovered the magic of friendship alongside her. Tara Strong was the voice that helped make this magic happen. But Tara has done more than lend her voice to Princess Celestia’s prized pupil. Impressed by bronies so much, she went on to be an executive producer for Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony.

 

Most of us have grown up hearing Tara our whole lives since been the voice of Timmy Turner in The Fairly Oddparents, Raven on Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, Ben Tennyson on Ben 10,  Bubbles on The Powerpuff Girls, Dil Pickles on Rugrats, and even Hello Kitty herself when Tara herself was very young. In video games, she’s voiced Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham Knight, Juliet Starling in Lollipop Chainsaw, and the one and only Squirrel Girl in Marvel Heroes. WHEW! And all that is just the tip of the iceberg…

 

We can’t wait for what surprises Season 5 holds as Tara guides Twilight Sparkle to expand her kingdom of friendship to the borders of Equestria and beyond! Come join Tara for panels, fun, and maybe a competition or two at BABSCon 2015.

 

Tara Strong joins John de Lancie, Cathy Weseluck, Brian Drummond, Brynna Drummond, Heather Breckel, and Tony Fleecs among our Guests of Honor. Register today at http://registration.babscon.com/ and use code DHN10 at checkout for 10% off!

 

How’s that for a holiday weekend surprise?

 

The Bay Area Brony Spectacular (BABSCon) is the first convention devoted to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in the San Francisco Bay Area. In our first year, we became the second-largest MLP con anywhere, and we’re back for our second year April 3–5, 2015 at the SFO Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA. Contact info@babscon.com for more information!
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Wander Over Yonder – The Rider Promo

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This Friday’s new Wander Over Yonder is a Star Wars parody, starring Will Arnett as Sylvia’s old partner, Rider/Han Solo. Promo after the break.

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic voice actress Andrea Libman was awarded Best Voice at the UBCP/ACTRA Awards on Saturday night. Libman won for both Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy in the episode, “Filli Vanilli.” It’s the second time in three years in which Libman has won the award, also winning for MLP back then.

Other nominees for Best Voice included Peter New for Goldie Delicious in “Pinkie Apple Pie” and Kira Tozer, who voices Minka on Littlest Pet Shop. Though, Tozer was nominated for LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures’ “The Letter Factory Rescue Team.”

Congratulations Andrea! Also congratulations to Peter and Kira for being nominated!

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From Storyboard Artist Joe Johnston

“Garnet’s Universe,” as told via the imagination of Steven drew 1.638 million viewers last Thursday night on Cartoon Network. This represents a 12.3% uptick from last week’s “Fusion Cuisine.” Since Dish Network dumped Cartoon Network and other Turner Broadcasting channels on October 21st, Steven Universe has averaged 1.52 million viewers an episode (4 episodes). The four airings prior to Dish’s blackout drew an average of 2.22 million an episode.

Teen Titans Go! continues to top Thursday nights on CN with 1.868 M viewers while Regular Show drew 1.601M.

For Wander Over Yonder, it was a third consecutive week of increased viewership. “The Big Job” and “The Helper” drew an estimated 473,000 viewers on Disney XD on Friday night. It’s Disney XD average per episode now stands at 341,750 for 12 episodes that premiered on XD.

Next up for Wander is “The Funk” and “The Enemies” on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (November 25th) on Disney XD.

All ratings information in this story is courtesy of Douglas Pucci of TV Media Insights which cites Nielsen Media Research as its source.

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“Watermelon Steven”

Written by Lamar Abrams, Hellen Jo
Steven discovers the power to grow a patch of watermelons shaped like himself.

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