I am working on a survey for a “Family Feud”-type game show that I wish to present at conventions in the future. If you could please take the time to complete the survey, I would very much appreciate it. My goal is to attain at least 100 respondents.

Here is the link:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2776203/Pointless-Ponies-1

Please read each question carefully as some require you to come up with multiple answers. You make look up the answers by opening another tab or window on your browser. Please note that all questions are timed.

Places to look for potential answers:

MLP Wiki:  http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/My_Little_Pony_Friendship_is_Magic_Wiki

Wikipedia:  https://www.wikipedia.org

Ponycons.com Spreadsheet:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1smBLl_b-QLSrsiM-O9EMkXaXHHSTe2HwngGUh5GB3Xg/edit

Again, I would appreciate if you could take the survey.

Thank You,

StatManDan

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Most people probably assume that American made shows are released first in America, but at least when it comes to the world of animation studios and television networks, doesn’t always hold true.  Apparently the French branch of Cartoon Network went ahead and aired both Barn Mates & Hit the Diamond.  Like anything else popular on TV, there are of course people waiting to record it.  Thus, if you look around carefully, you’re bound to find it.

And as always, even if you’ve seen it before it airs, make sure to tune in to support the show (if you can).

Edit: And yet another episode has appeared online, Steven Floats.

 

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Look a moose! No, really! There is a moose. The moose named Fleur is in the daycamp as her habitat at the conservation center is being renovated and she sings when she gets nervous. Because she is “1/4 Canadian” Blythe hears her sing lovely. Everyone else, though, hears “a trash can being shot out of a cannon into a fireworks factory.” Since Mrs. Twombly is about to reunite with her former quartet via a Skype-type service since Littlest Pet Street is opening soon, Blythe needs to make Fleur relax.

One way she relaxes is when she is with her favorite stick back at the conservation center. When Sunil and Vinnie go to retrieve it, they come upon a moose named Hammy Jumbo and he has a crush on Fleur because of her singing and thinks they can make a wonderful duo since he also dances.

To stall time, Blythe and Mrs. T. fake connection problems until Fleur can relax. The two moose sing and it unwittingly assists Mrs. T as she practices pitch with her fellow Songbirds. I wonder if we will see the moose again.

Anyway, this was a funny episode, though it appeared that they hand-waived the fact that Blythe hears beautiful singing and everyone hears “a jet engine being dragged behind a dump truck covered in bubble wrap.” Of course, there are moose in Canada, and they have French-Canadian accents, and the voice actors are all Canadian, so…I still call hand wave.

To be fair, it’s really the only flaw of the episode, but a significant one because they didn’t explain why everyone else only hears moose calls. It would be a nitpick to discuss the fake connection problems and seniors not being the most astute with computers. It was still a funny episode nonetheless.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Humor
  • +  Moose!
  • +  Mrs. T’s many talents
  • –  Blythe able to hear actual singing is a hand-wave

GRADE:  B

StatManDan

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It’s kind of the “Same Old World” where after a strong showing for the premiere viewership-wise, but it drops off a bit afterwards. Such was the case for Steven Universe as “Same Old World” drew an estimated 1.399 million viewers on Thursday on Cartoon Network which represents a decrease of 17.4%. All other CN shows on Thursday night drew between 1.1 and 1.24 million.

Next up for Steven is “Barn Mates” on Thursday at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Cartoon Network.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic did experience an uptick from the low of “Newbie Dash.” “A Hearth’s Warming Tail” drew an estimated 207,000 viewers last Saturday on Discovery Family. That’s up 17,000 from last Saturday. The Season Six average after eight episodes now stands at 264,875 per episode.

Next up for MLP was “Saddle Row and Rec” at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family.

Littlest Pet Shop also experience an uptick. “Bake Boss” drew an estimated 116,000 viewers last Saturday on Discovery Family. That’s up 13,000 from last week. The Season Four average with four episodes to go now stands at 139,136 per episode.

Next up was“Seeing Red” on Saturday at noon ET/11am CT on Discovery Family.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalfe of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.

StatManDan

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The episode begins with the Mane Six sans Rarity racing to prevent the latter from getting her hooves on the newspaper worried that the J. Jonah Jameson of Manehattan would write a rotten review of Rarity’s new store based on their interviews with him. Rarity does have a newspaper and gets set to read the review. It starts with Rarity and her friends getting her new Manehattan store up and ready for tonight’s Grand Opening.

There are of course a few problems. The landlord forces her daughter (Plaid Stripes) on as an employee. Of course, she has the competency of Madison from Littlest Pet Shop. There are raccoons in the back room. The clothes sent in for display are disorganized. Coco Pommel is out with a bad cold. Plus, Vinyl Scratch (or DJ PON-3 if you prefer) has a residence on the floor she has a dance club.

So, Pinkie is assigned to get Vinyl to tone things down. Fluttershy is assigned to kindly tell the raccoons to leave. Applejack is assigned to be honest with Plaid Stripes and her ideas. Rainbow is Director of Pony Resources. And Twilight gets to organize the dresses much to her delight. But depite doing what they thought Rarity wanted them to do, things still go awry. So they decide to try things the best way they know how while Rarity is locked in the display window put the finishing touches on the mannequins since there’s already enough on her mind.

Amazingly, every is organized, the raccoons have a purpose, there’s a new boutique dance club, and Rainbow hired all three ponies she interviews since they know more about fashion than she does. Even Plaid Stripes has a purpose with her proposed spoon outfit. Oh, and the review was actually an excellent one after the problems.

By far this is the funniest episode of the season so far. I really enjoyed The Office type of interviewing by the reporter and the sometimes frankness of the characters when interviewing. There was an excellent reference to “Too Many Pinkie Pies” as well. The synopsis suggests a Rarity episode, and it is in a way, but her friends were more the focus in this one and the episode handled each situation very well. But it’s also a Rarity episode and those never fail in the first place.

The only down spot in this episode is the landlord. Not only does he sound a bit stereotypical-Italian, but he’s also a typical try to get her daughter a job even though she lacks the required competence-type. Honestly though, that’s the only true flaw of the episode and it’s another tremendous episode as Rarity adds another location to her fashion empire.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Humor
  • +  All of the Mane Six
  • +  The interviews
  • –  The landlord

GRADE:  A-

StatManDan

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423 – “Littlest Pet Shop: The Moosical”

Written by: F.M. DeMarco
It’s a musical disaster when Blythe and the Pets try to calm a nervous Moose.

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610 – “Saddle Row & Rec”

Written by: Nick Confalone
When Rarity opens her flagship store in Manehattan, a tell-all article threatens to expose how badly her friends almost ruined the Grand Opening.

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