MLP Review: Rainbow Rocks

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One has to wonder how much time the crew had to prepare “Rainbow Rocks” compared to “Equestria Girls” from last year. Last year, the movie was formally announce in May and was released in theaters the following month. Reviews were mixed to say the very least.

With “Rainbow Rocks,” the first of eight shorts serving as prequel to the movie was released in March. If the crew and Hasbro indeed had more time to prepare this movie, it was of tremendous benefit.

If the pilot episodes served as inspiration for the first movie, you have to say that “Return of Harmony” was at least partial inspiration to “Rainbow Rocks.” The Dazzlings were very effective villains as their powers are derived from both Discord and the Changelings. They feed of the negative energy of others as they create dissent through song. They convince Principal Celestia and Vice-Prinicipal Luna to turn the school’s music festival into a Battle of the Bands.

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The double feature of “Mirror Gem” and “Ocean Gem” yielded record viewership for Steven Universe. The episodes on Thursday night drew 2.335 million viewers according to TV by the Numbers. Those episodes put the show’s average at the halfway point at 1,655,923 as it once again benefitted from Teen Titans Go! as a lead-in. Since September, the show has averaged over 2.11 million viewers at the 6:30pm/5:30pm CT time slot.

This coming Thursday’s episode, “House Guest” will air at 6:45pm/5:45pm CT on Cartoon Network.

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Wander Over Yonder “The Date / The Buddies”
Friday, October 17 (8:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET/PT)
“The Date” – When Lord Hater gets stood up on a date, Wander convinces Sylvia to endure a dreadful date with Hater in order save the planet from Hater’s wrath.
“The Buddies” – Trapped on his own prison planet and surrounded by enemies, Lord Hater is forced to play the role of Wander’s best buddy in order to survive.

Gravity Falls “Society of the Blind Eye”
Monday, October 27 (8:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET/PT)
The kids, along with Old Man McGucket’s help, discover there is a secret society in Gravity Falls.

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Schedule for New York Comic Con Posted

In a few weeks, New York Comic Con will be happening at the Javits Center in New York City. Of course, there will be plenty of panels involving My Little Pony and Steven Universe. So if you are attending, click below to see when the panels will be occurring.

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Below the break a promo containing new scenes of at least one upcoming episode of Wander Over Yonder. Thanks to Sunny for the heads-up!

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On Thursday, it was announced that Discovery Communication has decided to take a majority stake in the Hub Network and will re-brand the channel as Discovery Family on October 13th. Discovery will also take over management of the channel as well according the to Los Angeles Times.

Hasbro retains a 40% stake in the channel and programs like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Littlest Pet Shop, and Transformers: Rescue Bots will remain on the channel to anchor the channel’s daytime programming. The biggest change will be in prime time where instead of movies and reruns of Happy Days and Blossom, it will feature programming from Discovery’s library such as Superhuman, Time Warp, Flying Wild Alaska, Africa, and Extreme Engineering: Biggest Reveals.

Tom Cosgrove will become the general manager of the new Discovery Family. His resume includes being the Chief Operating Officer of the Discovery and Science Channels and held executive positions at Fox Family and ABC Family.

ANALYSIS:  So what changes? For now, just that prime time will look more like Discovery Channel than Nick-at-Nite from the 90s. MLP will still be there and will have its fifth season sometime in 2015. LPS will air its remaining 13 episodes for Season Three (and one of them is supposed to feature Heidi Klum as a guest voice). And Rescue Bots will go “Dino” in its third season.

While the most articles note that MLP was one of shows that drew an audience, it was the only one that was showing it could sustain its audience when new episode were airing and the only show that increased its viewership from the previous season. LPS was on par with MLP during the latter’s third season, but faded down the stretch and has not recovered since. Rescue Bots has done admirable work, but its audience is also but a fraction of what an average MLP Season Three or Four episode was getting.

Whatever way you look at things, MLP and LPS are not going anywhere. Just the name of the channel is changing on October 13th.

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     In the upcoming new episode, Little Gift Shop of Horrors, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will be playing his first role as a cartoon voice actor as Mabel’s pet pig, Waddles, as Alex Hirsch tweeted (seen below). According to this article from TIME, Tyson commented on playing the part: “I’m a fan of helping anything get smarter. Even if it’s a pig.”


Little Gift Shop of Horrors airs October 4th at 9pm CDT on Disney Channel.