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MLP Movie by the Initial Numbers and Comment

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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

MLP Movie Opened to 2,500 Theaters

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According to Box Office MojoMy Little Pony: The Movie will open at around 2,500 theaters next weekend. By comparison, Blade Runner 2049, opening on the same weekend, is set to open in 3,900+ theaters and The Lego Ninjago Movie opened at 4,047 theaters, but has grossed just $23.6M domestically as of ThursdayTransformers: The Last Knight opened in 4,069 theaters on June 16th and ended up grossing $130M domestically (and over $475M overseas). The 1986 MLP Movie’s widest release was in just over 1,000 theaters.

It is possible for a film to open in more theaters as it’s run progresses (read:  Zootopia), though it is up to the fandom to come out and see the movie wherever it’s being played. If you are concerned about all the teaser material and trailers coming out in the lead up to the movie, go see the movie and see how it all comes together anyway. It’s a lot more fun that way.

Let’s be honest, it would be an immense leap of faith if this movie were to gross as much as the likes of Zootopia and Frozen. However, it is imperative for this fandom to support this movie by going out to the nearest theater that’s showing it (and not create and spread pirate copies).

StatManDan

Editorial: Let’s Go to the Movie!

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Sethisto at Equestria Daily already said it, so we’ll say it again. With the Movie two weeks away, this is an opportunity to re-energize the fandom as a whole and introduce MLP to a new set of fans and keep the brand worthy of is franchise status at Hasbro. Nerf may be the biggest brand, but MLP is arguably the second most popular right now behind Transformers.

Yes, viewership of the show is down, but it’s been down across the board for shows that have been around for more than a season and at least we still get to see the show on a weekly basis as opposed to the likes of Steven Universe and The Lion Guard to which Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, respectively, shows it when it gets around to it. Besides, most fans primarily see the show online whereas Discovery Family is still part of that extra package you have to spend extra on most cable systems while Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel are still part of the basic tier.

I’ve been saying for almost a year now that Hasbro has put a lot of effort into the Movie and it all culminates towards October 6th. Forget Rotten Tomato scores and neigh-sayers for the moment. Sia’s “Rainbow” song already has over two million views on here VEVO YouTube channel and has been met with mostly positive reviews. The third trailer has over 5.5 million hits on Hasbro’s channel. Oh, have I mentioned there’s Liev Schreiber, Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Taye Diggs, Michael Peña, Kristen Chenoweth, and Uzo Aduba in addition to the voice cast of Friendship is Magic that we all know and love.

If you indeed have read the junior novelization or the art book, that’s fine. However, there’s nothing that beats the actual experience of seeing the Movie itself in the movie theater. I recall when fans traveled miles on end to see the first Equestria Girls movie in theaters during special showings. Personally, I hope the same effort is made if the Movie is not showing at your nearest movie theater. As for pirate copies to YouTube, there is a time and a place for everything. With regards to the Movie, there is neither.

Naturally, there are things that we will not be able to control such as a bad review from a movie critic (who most likely will not have seen the show at all prior to reviewing it and/or dismiss it because it’s not Disney/Pixar) or a Rotten Tomatoes score that does not rival Zootopia. It would be nice if the Movie made as much money as Zootopia, but that’s unlikely. However, it would be nice if it made over $125 million domestically at the box office.

Above all else, let’s remind ourselves about what drew us into Friendship is Magic in the first place. I would like to think that most of us were drawn in because of its positive and bright message and the characters (flaws and all). Didn’t some of us hope for the day that the ponies—and not human versions thereof—would hit the big screen for a movie of their own? That day is two weeks away!

This is a chance to re-energize the fandom and to introduce us a new collection of fans to what those in the fandom have known for seven years now, that not only is this not your parents’ My Little Pony, but these ponies are awesome! Go watch the movie!

StatManDan

Derpy’s Mailbag: MLP Movie Poster, Brand Highlights & A Sculpture

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Three new letters in the mailbag from our third party media relations firm group thing that has been passing on the press releases of Hasbro to us lately.  A movie poster, info on what Hasbro is doing at the San Diego Comic Con, and some sculpture.

MLP Movie Poster

Just as the busy San Diego Comic-Con show floors are about to open, Hasbro and Lionsgate have revealed a colorful and vibrant new movie poster for ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ which will be galloping into theaters on October 6th! See below. The poster will be debuting exclusively at SDCC 2017 at Hasbro’s Booth, #3213.

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Be sure to check out the ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ social channels for more updates!

‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ features an all-star cast with Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana, including an original song performed by Sia.

A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 (Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity) embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home.


Things and stuff going on at the San Diego Comic Con.  Some of it might be a little old, as these letters got dropped off early in the week.

Hasbro to Showcase Its Top Entertainment & Fan-Favorite Brands at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International

Providing Captivating Experiences for Fans of All Ages Across Hasbro’s Iconic Brand Portfolio & Premier Partner Brands with Autograph Signings, Giveaways, Exclusives and Photo Opportunities

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is making its return to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, highlighting an exceptional portfolio of blockbuster brands and experiences spanning comics, movies, digital, action figures, and animation. Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, HANAZUKI, G.I. JOE, DROPMIX and WIZARDS OF THE COAST, its premier partner brands including Disney’s Tangled The Series, Descendant 2, STAR WARSMARVEL, as well as DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S TROLLS, BEYBLADE and more, will be showcased throughout the convention delivering unforgettable product exclusives, panels, signings, cosplay, and sneak peeks at upcoming entertainment. From sharing in the magic of friendship with MY LITTLE PONY to meeting some of the designers behind the iconic TRANSFORMERS brand, San Diego Comic Con attendees will have a chance to interact with their favorite Hasbro brands in new and engaging ways.

Drawn from Hasbro’s impressive brand portfolio, fans can expect products from TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, HASBRO UNIVERSE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partners, STAR WARS and MARVEL. These collector’s items will be available for purchase while supplies last at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth (#3329). Following San Diego Comic Con, a limited number of each item will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

The following highlights some of the activities for Hasbro’s brands and licensed properties happening within the Hasbro booth (#3213) and around the convention. San Diego Comic Con attendees are encouraged to check the schedule posted in Hasbro’s information booth each day for updates and follow @HasbroNews on Twitter and @Hasbro on Instagram for the latest happenings within the booth.

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The MY LITTLE PONY brand is returning to Comic-Con this year with extra special activities for everypony as Hasbro anticipates the exciting premiere of MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, which will be released by Lionsgate on October 6th. Making her premiere at the Hasbro booth will be a dazzling eight-foot tall statue of Songbird Serenade; fans can get up close to the new character, voiced by singer-songwriter Sia in MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE. Fans can also dive into Seaquestria with a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity or get “Ponified” at the Hasbro booth at special “Ponification Stations” where make-up artists will apply Cutie Marks and “ponified” hair and nails for fans of all ages.

The MY LITTLE PONY panel on Friday at 10:30 a.m. will feature the cast and creatives behind MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE and will include a sneak peek at the upcoming film followed by a Q&A. Word around Equestria is that there may be a surprise guest! After the panel, fans can meet the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC voice talent for an autograph signing in the Hasbro booth.

Other exciting MY LITTLE PONY brand booth activities include giveaways each day, nail art demos featuring China Glaze’s new MY LITTLE PONY nail polish collection, autograph signings with voice talent, Little Brown authors and Enjoi Skateboarding artists, a live drawing session with IDW artists, and more.

 


Songbird Serenade Sculpture

SAN DIEGO - JULY 19: Hasbro returns to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California on July 19, 2017. The company's portfolio of brands represented in and around the convention include TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, HANAZUKI, BEYBLADE, DROPMIX, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST as well as partner brands including STAR WARS, MARVEL'S AVENGERS, DISNEY'S TANGLED, DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS, and more. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/AHP/Hasbro)

And here is Sia’s character, Songbird Serenade.  I have to be honest and say I have no clue what I’m looking at, beyond someone’s OC and obviously a character from the movie.  Maybe she’s been in the show, but I literally stopped watching at the 100th episode so I really do not have a clue what is going on anymore.  Good thing I’m the “Editor in Chief” of the oldest FiM media sites, the rest will follow by example.  Honestly though the movie looks at least fun, and we probably would have had some fun reporting about it around here at ye old Derpy News, back when there was actual people here, and not a virtual representation of Flint, Michigan (don’t drink the water).

That’s pretty much it for now, I’m sure with the SDCC and upcoming movie, that PR firm will toss some more kindling into the mailbag.  Oh yeah, there is also HASCON, which we were told you can use the promo code FANMILY to get $20 off adult tickets and $10 off children tickets until July 23rd.  They also invited us to be a part of the press, or at least attempt to register.  To the Derpymobile!

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The MLP After Show Show Miniseries, Ponify Now A Word & The HASCON MLP Experience

Despite the rumors of the olden days, our site has had very little contact with anyone official (in terms off news). People used to whisper that sites like this (and EqD) had the eye of Hasbro upon them, though given our “baked goods” section here, I doubt Hasbro has never even noticed us, though the President of The Hub did once.  Anyways with the movie and Hasbro’s first official convention coming up, seems the third party PR firm that found us has been churning out a fair share of news packets.

Ponychat: The After Show Show

First up on the block is a new “after show” show dubbed PonyChat, not to be confused with ye old Ponychat.net, a fan built IRC network that looks to be dead now.  The show is hosted by kids and will feature behind the scenes opportunities with storywriters, fans and parents to discuss important themes, friendship lessons and character development.  It will run as a 6 episode mini-series.

For fans of the popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series, Hasbro is introducing PonyChat, the official, kid-hosted My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic aftershow. As one of the newest kid-focused after shows on the market, PonyChat will give My Little Pony fans a behind the scenes opportunity with storywriters, fans and parents to discuss important themes, friendship lessons and character developments throughout the Friendship Is Magic series. PonyChat will consist of a 6 episode mini-series, each hosted by the ultimate fans, 6-10 year old boys and girls, which will be hosted on My Little Pony’s official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Today, the first episode of PonyChat went up! You can view the video at the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOjf0mCpJ9g

The first episode gives a look back at My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 7: Not Asking for Trouble. In this episode, the two hosts reenact scenes, have an ice cream social and use pony magic to meet up with some special friends!

Following the first episode, fans can look forward to new episodes of PonyChat coming soon on the My Little Pony site, YouTube and Facebook pages.


Ponify Now An Open Source Word.

Then someone decided to add “ponify” to the open source version of the Webster Dictionary.  Yay, I guess.

The English language is constantly growing with new words, giving people more and more options to spice up their vocabulary… We’re excited to announce that today, “ponify” has officially been added to the open source Webster dictionary! You can search the word at the link here:

http://nws.merriam-webster.com/opendictionary/newword_search.php

You can find Webster’s definition of “ponify” below, and the word is exactly what you would think of based on the hit animated TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!

ponify (verb) : to bestow the harmonious qualities relating to the magic of friendship (such as loyalty, generosity, kindness, laughter, and honesty) as featured in Hasbro’s animated show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, upon a person, creature, fictional figure, or inanimate object by converting into the likeness of an animated My Little Pony character

Alice ponified her best friend Sarah and now she looks like one of the Mane 6 from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.


The HASCON MLP Experience List

And then last we have information about the upcoming HASCON and the brand experience activities that will be available to con-goers. Beyond ponies this also includes Transformers, Nerf, Magic: TG, D&D, GI Joe, Star Wars, Marvel and Play-Doh.  Here is the snippet for MLP.

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Star Vs. The Forces of Evil TV Movie: The Battle for Mewni, July 15th

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Bum bum bum.  Well I could have sworn that somewhere it was said that Season 3 would begin in the summer months, but officially it is now fall.  On the other hand, Star Vs. is getting a two hour movie special entitled “The Battle for Mewni” that will air on July 15th.  Here is the official announcement sent out to the media.

A special two-hour “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” TV movie event will premiere SATURDAY, JULY 15 (11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney XD, and will be available to verified users on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD platforms.

Titled “The Battle for Mewni,” the TV movie follows Star as she returns to her home dimension of Mewni where she discovers that magic is disappearing throughout the kingdom. Star must dig deep and challenge archnemesis Ludo in an effort to save her family and kingdom.

Season three of the fan-favorite and Annie Award-nominated series is slated to debut this fall. Check out the press release for the brand new TV event below.

“Star vs. The Forces of Evil” is an animated comedy adventure that follows fiercely awesome teen princess Star Butterfly. After receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday, Star is sent by her Royal Parents to live with the Diaz family on Earth, bringing along her own unique interdimensional style to her new home. Together with the Diaz’s teenage son Marco, they navigate high school and embark on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse while keeping her wand out of the clutches of evil.

Created and executive produced by Daron Nefcy, “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” stars Eden Sher (“The Middle”) as Star Butterfly, Adam McArthur (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Marco Diaz; Alan Tudyk (Broadway’s “Spamalot”) as Ludo and King Butterfly; Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) as Glossaryck; Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) as Mrs. Diaz; Artt Butler (“Her”) as Mr. Diaz; and Jenny Slate (“Parks and Recreation”) as Pony Head.

Equestria Girls Specials to Air on Discovery Family Starting June 24th

The trio of Equestria Girls specials that are making their way through Teletoon+ in Poland will air on Discovery Family starting June 24th at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT which is the regular slot for Friendship is Magic.

The specials will start with “Dance Magic” on June 24th, followed by “Movie Magic” on July 1st, and “Mirror Magic” on July 8th.

As for FiM, the show will enter a midseason hiatus after airing “Not Asking for Trouble” on June 17th. That is the 11th episode of Season Seven which means that in all likelihood, Season Seven will continue even after the MLP Movie opens on October 6th assuming the show continues airing new episodes once a week.

As for Treehouse in Canada, they aired every Season Seven episode up to and including “Not Asking for Trouble” to date. Season Seven reruns will start on the channel this Saturday.

Meanwhile, ‘Big’ Jim Miller offically confirmed on Thursday that there will be an eighth season of the show starting in Spring 2018.  Assuming Season Eight will run 26 episodes, it will bring the show’s overall total to 195 episodes by that season’s end.

StatManDan