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Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! – Beyond Friendship

Source: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic; S1E4: Applebuck Season

Source: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic; S1E4: Applebuck Season

Today, while I was walking home from work, an ambulance sped down the street I was on. Naturally, they were in an awful hurry. I got to wondering: what was wrong with the patient inside? Would they be okay? Did I just come within ten feet of someone who is about to die?

The ambulance passed. I looked around. Crowded street though it was, there was not a soul who’d paid any particular attention to the ambulance. And why should they? We see them everyday.

The fact of the matter is: people care more about what’s going on in their own heads, and on their cell phones than they do about the world around them. Myself included.

I live in New York. I see an ambulance zooming from Point A to Point B almost every day. The number of times that I must’ve been a short distance away from somebody in real trouble, (and not given them any mind at all) – it has to be in the thousands.

That’s the world we live in.

It’s not that we’re all bad people. It’s that we simply don’t pay any attention.

Now it is a documented scientifically proven fact that Friendship = Magic. There are equations for it and everything.

However, I’ve been thinking. What is friendship but the bond between people (or ponies)? Magic, Laughter, Kindness. All that jazz. That which makes up the bonds that hold us together. That’s what give our lives potency and meaning – that devotion we have for the people we care about.

The problem is that while we are capable of being good friends to one another, and all around good people, at the same time, it’s very easy to be a lousy stranger. Why not apply pony logic to everyone we encounter? The Magic of Friendship is the bond between two tight-knit individuals, but everybody we encounter in life, even briefly, we have some connection to. So treat them like friends.

The way I see it, we all impact one another’s lives in some slight way. It’s like gravity. The most powerful gravity we ever notice is the force that massive and nearby objects (like the Earth) exert on us. The most powerful magic we ever feel is the friendship in our hearts – our affection for our loved ones – the people who occupy massive spaces in our lives.

However, a single breadcrumb on the bottom of your toaster is also exerting gravitational force on a helium atom burning in a star trillions of miles away. It’s just too small to detect. That’s how it is with strangers.

We touch so many lives with our actions and seldom even notice because the consequences and outcomes are too slight and too far away, but the fact of the matter is: we are all shaped by our experiences. They make us who we are. Those experiences are shaped by the people who were actually there, even if, at the time, they seemed to us to be like background ponies.

Why not make it a point to reach out to a stranger? ”Nice Pink Floyd shirt. What’s your favorite album?”

You may even succeed in that most sacred mission that Celestia sent Twilight Sparkle on back in the very first episode: making friends.

“I’ll have two sesame seed bagels with cream cheese to go, please…And how you doing? How late they making you stay here tonight?”

So many people don’t bother to take an interest in, or even talk to the people who serve them. A trip to the store is an opportunity to brighten someone’s work day.

This magic we feel in our hearts when we are closest to our friends – this gravity: it comes in smaller doses too.

I’m not saying we should burst into tears every time an ambulance goes by, or grant random folks (who may be jerks) the same trust that we hold for our closest friends, but the more you engage in the actual world around you – the more time you take to connect with the people whose paths you cross, the more alive you will feel.

Friendship is, without a doubt, magic, but who says the magic has to stop there?


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DTV Guide: Week of Oct. 12, 2013

From Ask Fluffle Puff

     This week in the DerpyTV digest, we’ve got two new Fluffle Puff Tales shorts, another Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann pony parody animation by Obisam Animations, a Japanese MLP toy ad, the previously featured Epic Beignet Time, and the old “You Are A Pirate” meme remastered with ponies. Then, travel back in time to April of 2011 with Polka is Magic. As usual, watch them embedded after the jump or at Derpy.TV.

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Beyond Equestria: Lee Tockar and Fanbuilt

Welcome to another edition of Beyond Equestria! Interviewed this time around is Lee Tockar, the voice behind Snips and Steven Magnet in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television show, and also the CEO and visionary of the creator driven social networking site, Fanbuilt. Find out what Fanbuilt is, along with a deep, detailed interview on Mr. Tockar’s early life, his massive resume of skills and artistic talents, and his expansive and decorated career as a voice actor, after the break! Read more →

Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! – Grow Up

Source: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Episode 1, Season 1

Source: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Episode 1, Season 1

What does it mean to “grow up”?

Today’s culture is youth obsessed. Be young. Be beautiful. Consume miscellaneous products that will make you seem even younger and more beautiful.

From fancy cars to unnecessary medical procedures, people are blowing ludicrous sums of money just for the illusion – the feeling of youth. (Have you seen the beauty aisle at your local pharmacy, and the prices that they charge for products that supposedly “rejuvenate” the skin? It’s insane!)

People go to ridiculous lengths to feel young because the television tells them that they are old, and ugly, and that their problems can be solved with a swipe of a credit card. “40 is the new 30,” they all say, as it becomes the norm for people to dawdle and delay getting their lives in order. They glorify this as a virtue and call it freedom. All the while, Grandma is all alone in some facility – barely even thought about by the people she devoted her life to.

Now obviously I’m painting a picture here. Every person is different of course, and everybody’s situation is unique; no one model can be said to represent “the norm” anymore. However, this scenario, and this way of life is not only real, but very prevalent in television and movies.

In a recent interview, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) criticized the current trend of “drunken manchild comedies” like Old School and the Hangover, which depict middle aged men chasing their “glory days” by pursuing a lifestyle of binge drinking. The answer, according to these films, is an escape to an imaginary world that looks just like our own, but is actually devoid of any real consequences for selfish actions.

Where am I going with this? What has any of this got to do with piquant equines of bright and colorful hues?


Pony is the antidote.

Not for all, of course, but certainly for me, (which is more than a little ironic, considering the fact that it is a television program designed to sell toys). 

The show may be youthfully exuberant, but it does not glorify the irresponsibility of youth. In fact, it is one of the only pieces of mainstream media these days that honors and pays respect to the wisdom of age, (which was the central theme of four out of the eight micro-series comics, and several Granny Smith-centered episodes).

My Little Pony may make my inner child smile, but at its core, it’s really all about growing up.

These horses face problems that challenge them to act for the greater good, and overcome selfish desires – to conquer the monkeys on their backs that tell them to behave according to their weaker natures. Arrogance, fear, distrust, greed – all defeated by the love they hold in their hearts for their dearest friends. Overcoming that gray feeling – that “Discord-ed” feeling of loneliness and distrust, and zapping it with all the rainbows you have – that’s a battle that goes on inside all of us each and every day.

The tales that the show’s creators weave – the themes they explore – they’re about growing up. Real growing up. Not the bells and whistles of appearing mature, but rather, the process of becoming the kind of person upon whom others can depend, or as we say here in Manehattan, “being a mensch*.”

Adulthood doesn’t mean liking what we are told to like or consuming what we are told to consume. It isn’t about success. It isn’t the car you drive, or the job you nailed (especially in this economy).

Being a grown up is about loving what you love, freely and openly. It’s about living a life where you are in control of your temptations to act selfishly, rather than letting such whims control you. It’s about making sacrifices for others, be they family or friends.

Those are exactly the sort of values that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magiccelebrates.

Does liking the show automatically make you a mensch? No, of course not. (By that standard, every fanboy and fangirl on the Internet could be counted as a regular Atticus Finch). My Little Pony can, however, be a great tool for inspiration, for joy – for courage. In this rough world, we need all the tools that we can get, even if it just means the source of a daily smile, and a feeling of warmth to help get you through your double-shift.

Adulthood isn’t some prison where you adhere to arbitrary standards to please others. Buckling down doesn’t mean selling out. Being responsible, quite frankly, is great, because then others can trust and rely on you, and you can even learn to trust yourself.

Growing up is wonderful. It means taking that which resonates most deeply with you, regardless of whether that interest be sports, or medieval poetry, or My Little Pony, and using it effectively to give you the strength to be the kind of person you want to be – the strength to be a true friend to those you love.

To pony up.

Let’s face it: life is hard. Everybody needs at least one friend who’s got their back. Adulthood is just learning to be good at that. It’s being the kind of person who, as Rainbow Dash put it , “would never leave Ponyville hanging.”


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Note: *In many Germanic languages, “Mensch” translates literally as “man.” However, the Manehattan slang derives from Yiddish, and its meaning is more culturally specific. It generally means somebody you can depend on, who will come through without complaining. It’s technically a masculine term, but it lacks the macho connotations of the English “Be a Man,” and it’s used here as a unisex term.

Granite State Comicon Panel

Picture from Granite Con

Picture from Granite Con

This weekend Katie Cook (writing), Andy Price (art and covers), Amy Mebberson (art) and Sara Richard (covers) sat down and took questions from the audience at Granite State Comicon in Manchester, New Hampshire. Fans, both young and old, asked questions about character development, Easter eggs, season 4 and art errors. Jump past the break for the write up. Read more →

DTV Guide: Week of Sept. 27, 2013

She’s just being Pinkie Pie by BlackGryph0n

Here we review notable pony videos that have recently premiered, as well as one classic video. This week we see Hot Topic’s Hot Minute with Applejack, Tay Zonday singing the FiM theme song and why the Kansas City Cheifs’ Eric Berry has a fear of equines (skip to ~4:30). Then jump back and listen to some little girls’ rendition of the theme song. All of these can be found after the break as well as Derpy.TV.

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Sunday Morning Comics 68

Derpy Mail Pony by ~masemj

Derpy Mail Pony
by ~masemj