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Pinkie Pie is baking a pie for Rainbow Dash’s 73rd Wonderbolt training session. Rainbow accepts the pie at Wonderbolts HQ, but Pinkie soon finds the pie in the dumpster instead of inside her stomach. As a matter of fact, Pinkie has never seen Rainbow eat one of her pies, she’s always been distracted (read: fall for trick of looking away from Rainbow).

Pinkie comes to the conclusion that Rainbow doesn’t like her pies and has lied about liking them. Pinkie’s attempts to catch her in the act come up fruitless until gravity exposes Rainbow Dash as a pie she throws up into the air lands on Pinkie. The truth is Rainbow Dash does not like ANY pies (which comic main series #59 will delve into).

Rainbow though the hassle was worth it because Pinkie would be crushed if she found out someone didn’t like her pies and it made her happy to see Pinkie happy. Also, she was willing to eat a “pie” she baked to make it up to Pinkie. That’s kind of the sour part of this episode. They do mention that Rainbow should be more honest with Pinkie, but her way of trying to make it up to her is as overly-complicated as her schemes to get rid of her pies.

But really, that was the only sore point, though a significant one in my opinion. Other than that, we get some very good facial expressions and Pinkie’s imagination go out of control (liked the “Evil Dash” bit). It’s just that Rainbow didn’t need to overcomplicate things in making amends with Pinkie.

GRADE: B+

StatManDan

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723 – “Secrets and Pies”

Written by: Josh Hamilton
When Pinkie Pie thinks she sees Rainbow Dash throw away one of her pies, she suspects the worst – that Rainbow Dash secretly hates her pies; Pinkie Pie attempts to catch Rainbow Dash in her web of lies.

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Fillies and Gentlecolts,

Hope you enjoy the MLP Movie this weekend. I sure did! In the meantime, I have mentioned that all prizes I give away at Ponyville Ciderfest in two weeks (Hyatt Regency Milwaukee) for both “Pointless Ponies” and “Las Pegasus Gambit” will be tied to the movie. In order for “Pointless Ponies” to work, I need more survey participants for my survey:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3838443/Pointless-Ponies-6

I have had 45 respondents as of noon ET on October 6th. I would like at least 55 more before next Friday. I’ll help you along the way with some of the questions.

1) Self-explanatory. If that member of the Apple Family has been mentioned and/or seen on the show. That is a correct answer.

2) Also self-explanatory. If that character on the show make his or her first appearance in a two-part episode (i.e. “Friendship Is Magic,” “The Return of Harmony,” “A Canterlot Wedding,” “The Crystal Empire,” “Twilight’s Kingdom,” etc.) that is a correct answer.

3) Some characters are just have one name. Others have two (including three members of the Mane Six). I am looking for those characters who have two names.

4) Some of you have not read the comics. You know how the map has called a pair of characters to a Friendship Mission? It extends beyond that and think of two sets of characters you normally see together on the show. That may help with this question.

5)  I’m just looking for episodes on the show.Equestria Girls and the Movie do not count.

6)  If you see all six members of the Mane Six in the episode whether all of them have speaking roles or not, then that episode is a correct answer.

Questions 7-9 have their own instructions. However, pay attention to the number of blanks in Question 9. One blank equals one word.

Alternatively, the answers to these questions can be found at mlp.wikia.com.

For all questions, you have 100 seconds to come up with as many answers as possible. That’s part of the game and part of the surveys.

Your participation is important to the success of this game at Ponyville Ciderfest and is greatly appreciated.

StatManDan

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My Little Pony: the Movie grossed $8,885,899 over the weekend in North America which was good for fourth this weekend at the box office. It grossed an average of $3,515 on 2,528 screens which was good for third among all movies that weekend. Blade Runner 2049 led the way with $32.8M and an average of over $8,000 per screen over 4,058 screens. The Mountain Between Us was second overall ($10.6M) and It finished third ($10M).

Reviews have varied from good, to middling, to bad as in the review evidently would have given the movie the time of day, but for his/her job as a reviewer and admitted their cynicism as such or stated their irritation at the very existence of the movie. Among critics, the Rotten Tomatoes score stands at 58% with 18 fresh reviews and 13 rotten. Its audience score is at 89% among 3,334 ratings as of 7:30pm ET on October 9th.

Below are the Tomatometer, RT Audience Score, and IMDB rating of the top ten grossing movies as of October 9th, plus the animated movies that have come out this year for comparison:

Movie
Tomatometer
Audience Score
IMDB Score
Beauty and the Beast
71%
81%
7.3
Wonder Woman
92%
89%
7.7
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
82%
88%
7.8
Spider-Man:  Homecoming
93%
89%
7.7
It
85%
86%
7.8
Despicable Me 3
61%
56%
6.3
Logan
93%
90%
8.2
The Fate of the Furious
66%
73%
6.8
Dunkirk
92%
82%
8.4
The Lego Batman Movie
91%
80%
7.4
Boss Baby
52%
52%
6.4
Cars 3
68%
72%
7.0
Captain Underpants
87%
62%
6.2
Lego Ninjago Movie
52%
54%
6.2
My Little Pony:  The Movie
58%
89%
6.9

Of course, a far greater number of ratings have been given to most if not all of the movies on this list besides MLP, but take what you will from it.

As I mentioned, the reviews have been majority good, yet among those who gave it bad reviews, it should make you wonder what these reviewers were playing at. One reviewer thought Rainbow Dash was a boy. Another felt it would rival The Emoji Movie as the worst animated movie of the year. Another all but admitted his irritation that the movie even existed. Finally, the most absurd review came from Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com where she admitted that this film isn’t her cup of tea and claimed that she encouraged her son to keep an open mind heading into the film and then said (“Sorry, kid,” I told him. “Not everything can be ‘Dunkirk.’”) Of course, not every movie has all sorts of explosions, violence, and people drowning in flaming oil on the ocean. It’s not like this was ever going to be Ben Hur. Makes me wonder what are the doing reviewing the movie in the first place if they were so cynical about it.

My problem here is that people not coming into this thing blind, but coming into this with their cynicism of most non-Disney animated fare that isn’t The Simpsons, South Park, or Spongebob Squarepants. I’m always going to have a problem with someone who automatically dismisses either the show or the movie because of its connections with Hasbro or that it was “meant for little girls.” (We as a fandom could be a little less introvert.)

What do I think? The movie is not perfect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. The pacing could have been better and some elements could have been fleshed out more, but that didn’t deter too much from the movie. The animation was stellar as was the music from Daniel Ingram. Could it have done a better job of introducing the characters to people who are not in tune with the show? Maybe, but then you would have a two-hour movie and kids are unlikely to stay attentive for that long and the other option is to cut one significant portion of the movie. I feel most fans of the show will have, or will enjoy the movie. I’ve heard a few naysayers, but they are in the minority.

Should this movie have happened sooner? Define sooner. Mind you we didn’t know if the show was even going to continue after episode 65 (we’re at 165 and will go to at least 195). We’ll know later on in the month how Hasbro will view this movie when it announces its third quarter earnings. Chances are most of MLP’s numbers for the movie will occur in the fourth and final quarter of the year.

So in hindsight, the numbers are not the most stellar for the Movie to the outsider’s eye and to some in the fandom. For others, the wait was very much worth it and will dismiss (if not dispute loudly) the critics. No, the movie is not perfect and some will not like it for whatever reason. But to many fans, this was the movie they were waiting over two years for and it was worth the wait.

StatManDan

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I have to think that this episode was made with the notion that it has been 100 episodes since Twilight became an alicorn. This is the 165th episode of the series.

Twilight has been invited by her parents to be part of a family vacation on board an airship. Shining Armor, Cadance, and Flurry Heart are also on board. It appears Twilight Velvet and Night Light won a contest for this vacation (without reading the fine print). However, it turns out the other ponies on board have paid to see the Twilight and Cadance courtesy of Iron Will now offering themed vacations with the motivational speaking market drying up.

Twilight offers to make a deal that she’ll perform the “Princess functions” as long as her family get to participate in events they want to. However, it turns hard on Twilight since she is unable to play bingo with her Dad, race boat with an airsick Shining Armor, or barrel riding with her Mom. Meanwhile, Cadance is watching Flurry Heart in the day care center on the ship. Plus, Twilight has a contest winner named Sky Tracker on her tail as an “honorary family member”.

Things come to a head when Twilight misses the Northern Stars after signing autographs. She even stomps on Sky Tracker’s foreleg in anger. A heart-to-heart with Cadance shows her that while she’ll always have responsibilities as a princess, there must be some boundaries set between responsibilities to others and responsibility to one’s self like Cadance had to draw when she had Flurry Heart.

Twilight apologizes to everyone and, gasp!, goes off schedule to treat every pony to ice cream. Meanwhile, Iron Will jumps the ship after he loopholes his way out of facing customers who learn that the cruise never guaranteed the participation of “actual princesses.”

In the end, Twilight is treated to a family version of the Northern Stars show and finally gets some downtime with her family.

This was a very sweet episode despite Iron Will’s participation (who’s even more of a jerk here than in “Putting Your Hoof Down”). We’ve seen family episodes featuring five of the Mane Six (we haven’t gone in depth with Rarity’s parents, yet) and just about all of them so far have been very good episodes. “The Perfect Pear” is still the best of the five, but I have to feel it’s now a toss-up between this and “Parental Glidance” for second.

In “A Flurry of Emotions”, Twilight needed to draw a line with adding babysitting her niece on top of a full schedule for the sake of spending more time with her. Here, the line needs to be drawn with regard to keeping everypony happy and keep herself happy. Sometimes Twilight needs some…ahem…”Twilight Time.”

Still, this was a very enjoyable episode with Twilight and her family and one of the top entries of Season Seven.

GRADE: A

StatManDan

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721 – “Once Upon a Zeppelin”

Written by: Charles Demers
Twilight is torn when she discovers the cruise she and her family are on is a themed vacation experience in which ponies have paid for the privilege of spending time with her, and she must please both her family and the cruise.

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