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Teaser Trailer for My Little Pony: The Movie

Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming My Little Pony movie.

The Toy Fair Report

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On Friday, Hasbro made their annual presentation at Toy Fair NYC for investors and shareholders. In regards to My Little Pony, apart from the new toys coming,  it’s all about the movie for 2017. The movie, due to be released on October 6th, is billed to be a “whole new entry point” for people who are not already familiar to the franchise in its current form. According to MLP franchise lead, Tyla Bucher, the promotion of the movie will begin with Friendship Day sometime in July and then a product launch in August. Promotional partners are expected to take the brand to “unexpected places.”

Hasbro’s Head of Storytelling Meghan McCarthy was on hand to give a brief description of the new characters to be introduced in the movie:
• Capper – Con Artist Cat, turned hero  (Taye Diggs)
• Tempest – A Unicorn Who’s broken horn speaks to a troubled past (Emily Blunt)
• Songbird Serenade – The Hottest musical act in Equestria (Sia)
• Grubber – Hilarious bumbling side kick to The Storm King (Michael Peña)
• The Storm King – Big Bad Villain of the Movie (Liev Schreiber)
• Captain Caelano – Dynamic Leader of the Parrot Pirate Crew (Zoe Saldana)
• Qyeen Novo – Regal Ruler of the Sea Ponies (Uzo Aduba)
• Skystar – Energetic Daughter of Queen Novo (Kristen Chenoweth)

In addition, Blunt, Sia, Chenoweth, and Diggs will take part in five of the seven songs for the movie.

Perhaps the bigger story was a slide indicating that “The Magic Continues” in 2018. Many will speculate that means an eighth season of Friendship is Magic. We shall see for certain as Season Seven is set to begin this Spring. Whatever way you look at it, My Little Pony is not going anywhere soon and the movie is billed as “just the beginning” as it enters a new phase (not necessarily a new generation).

There was a brief mention of the reboot of Littlest Pet Shop during the presentation which is said to be in its early stages. LPS fans can expect digital  shorts in the Fall and a new animated series set for 2018.

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Six New Characters revealed for upcoming MLP The Movie

And now for some My Little Pony Movie related information.

Meghan McCarthy, writer and co-executive producer for the upcoming theatrical MLP movie hinted on Thursday of some upcoming news.  That news was the reveal of six new characters that will be appearing in the movie via the voice actor & actresses Twitter accounts on Friday.  Unfortunately as the one who is writing this article, I have to admit I really do not have a clue what is going on with the movie, or who these characters are.  Further more, as someone who cares little about the entertainment business, I had to research into who exactly these people are.

Liev Schreiber is an actor, director, screenwriter and producer rising to general fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s with such movies as Random, Phantoms, Scream, and X-Men Origins as Sabretooth.

Kristin Chenoweth is an actress and singer with credits in the musical theater, film and telvision, and a Tony Award winner for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  She has also done various voice work in such films as Tinker Bell (as Rosetta), Rio 2, BoJack Horseman and American Dad.

Taye Diggs, another actor singer with a career more on the stage than in the films, known for his roles in Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, his role on on the television series Private Practice, and his film role in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Emily Blunt is a British-American film and stage actress who has had plenty of stage and film work, and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Gideon’s Daughter, and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.

Zoe Saldana is an actress and dancer who is best known for her work as Nyota Uhura of the recent Star Trek movies, Neytiri in Avatar, and Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Uzo Aduba is an American actress and singer, currently best known for her role as “Crazy Eyes” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, in which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, along with a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and two Screen Actors Guld Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy  Series.  She is only one of two actors to win Emmy Awards for both comedy and drama.

And of course if you want to learn more, just go visit Wikipedia such as I just did.

The general feeling around the fandom/community has mainly been about the new character designs, such as Capper aka Catman.  The phrase of the day has been of course, Original Characters Donut Steel.  Unfortunately for those people, they’re canon, unless we plan on breaking the movie away much like people did with the comic, creating some sort of weird cartoon multiverse.

Since the clock is ticking down towards the movie, and a new season of ponies, we will be attempting to keep you informed.  All three of ya.
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Hasbro Releases 2017 MLP Plans

The press releases are fast and furious this Tuesday. After announcing HASCON for September, Hasbro issued a press release detailing that MLP Season 7 will indeed air on Discovery Family starting next Spring in addition to three Equestria Girl specials (each 22 minutes in length) on the channel that follows the event of “Legend of Everfree”. Also, the full list of guest voices for My Little Pony: The Movie set to come out onOctober 6th, 2017.

Below is the full press release:

Hasbro Announces My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 7 and New My Little Pony: Equestria GirlsSpecials for 2017

PAWTUCKET, R.I., OCT 18, 2016 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announces the 2017 return of two of the company’s most popular series – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic andMy Little Pony: Equestria Girls.

The franchise’s iconic ‘Mane 6’ ponies will experience their most exciting adventures yet in Season 7 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The series will return to Discovery Family Channel in Spring 2017.

The spirited teens of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls will also return with three brand new TV specials in 2017. These brand new 22-minute specials will follow this year’s popular “Legends of Everfree” TV movie with more fun, fashion and friendship than ever before.

Both of these renewals will help drive excitement for Hasbro’s previously announced animated feature film My Little Pony: The Movie, which will premiere worldwide on October 6, 2017. The film features the voices of some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including nominated actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), winning actress Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), winning actress Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie), Taye Diggs (Murder in the First and Best Man Holiday), Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian), nominated actor Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan and Spotlight) and pop super star Sia.

“2017 will be the biggest year in the history of the My Little Pony franchise, including new and exciting stories that will air across television, various digital platforms and movie screens,” said Stephen Davis, EVP and Chief Content Officer of Hasbro. “The characters and humor of the My Little Pony brand appeals to audiences of all ages and demographics, and we think Pony fans are going love what’s in store in the coming year.”

INSIGHT:  Consistent with the belief that Hasbro is ramping up things in 2017 for MLP, this is proof positive that everything will be building up to the movie. Of course, it is unclear at present whether Season 7 will consist of 26 episodes or not. Regardless, the show is all but certain to reach the 150-episode milestone. It will be interesting how EqG will translate into three TV specials vs. one 66-minute feature and surely some intrigue follows after the adventures at Camp Everfree. The list of celebrity voices for the movie are all that were announced previously. We’ve only received bit and pieces for a couple (Schrieber and Blunt) while we know what kind of pony Sia will play.

It is suffice to say that after a relatively low-key 2016 for MLP, 2017 will be anything but in Equestria.

StatManDan

EqG Review: “Legend of Everfree”

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I’m going to make a provocative statement:  Equestria Girls is better than Monster High. The latter is re-booting itself after just six years in existence because reasons (i.e. slumping sales) while the other is having its annual movie—this time debuting on Netflix (or Discovery Kids Brazil)—and getting better each time it surfaces with something new.

This time the setting is Camp Everfree and some time away from Canterlot High (and all the magic things). However, the magic follows the Mane Seven (yes, seven) to camp. Twilight can levitate objects, Rarity can create defense constructs, Applejack has super strength, Rainbow has super speed, Fluttershy can talk to the animals, Pinkie can make glitter and sprinkles explode, and Sunset can see the past and sense feelings. More on all of that in a moment.

The camp is being run by siblings Gloriosa Daisy and Timber Spruce (who has a crush on Sci-Twi). Gloriosa it turns out is trying to save the camp from this world’s version of Filthy Rich who is much meaner than his Equestria counterpart. She tries too hard while Timber is itching to go into town one day and feels stuck.

Back to the magic, some suspect its a legendary creature named Gaia Everfree, but Twilight feels that the “Midnight” in her is the cause. There is initially heistation about using these new powers, but Sunset believes the magic can be used for good and that’s displayed in full force when they fix the dock. It turns out that some Equestrian magic has made its way to the cave inside the camp and in the form of seven geodes. Gloriosa is using five of them trying to use its magic to help her save the camp, but it has not come to fruition. Sunset and Twilight try to reason with her, but Gloriosa takes the remaining two geodes and she turns into Gaia Everfree trapping Sunset and Twilight and the tries to do the same with the rest of the campers and her brother.

It’s up to the Mane Seven to stop them with their new powers. Twilight is afraid she’ll turn into Midnight Sparkle, but her friends are by her side and she turns into an alicorn power ranger friendship ranger. They rescue everyone and quickly form a fundraiser to save the camp. The geodes are the Mane Seven’s to keep while we cut to CHS where the portal isn’t completely shut all the way all but setting up a fifth movie.

This is another solid entry into the Equestria Girls lore. One of the reasons this spinoff continues to have legs is Sunset Shimmer. She wasn’t the best villain in the first movie, but her journey through the next three movies has been that of redemption and to taking a leadership role at Canterlot High. She is once again in top form here. There’s the music which I do feel is the best of the four movies—even “Rainbow Rocks”. Kudos to Daniel Ingram for outdoing himself again.

Then there’s Gloriosa who’s doing all she can, and then too much, to save the camp. She’s well-meaning, but there’s that old adage from the show about using magic to solve problems for magic’s sake. As Gaia, she is very powerful, albeit for a brief time, but how is trapping everyone in brambles supposes to save the camp from Filthy Rich? Timber is okay, and I guess it’s a bit surprising that he and Sci-Twi have a crush on each other while Flash is on the sidelines—apparently knowing that Princess Twilight is not going to be stopping by often. Will he and Sunset get back together? I don’t know.

The one thing I take from “Legend of Everfree” is that there’s likely to be another movie in the near future. It does open up tons of possibilities going forward with the new powers and what is truly a Mane Seven in this world. (Will we get one in Equestria in three weeks?). This is a series of movies where some elements, though not all, get better with each movie. It’s truly on par with “Rainbow Rocks” and I truly can’t wait to see what the future holds for Equestria Girls.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Sunset Shimmer
  • +  It’s now a Mane Seven
  • +  Music outdoes “Rainbow Rocks”
  • +  Visuals
  • +  Sequel Hook?
  • –  Gaia’s methods for saving the camp unclear.
  • –  Dialogue during climax could have been better.

GRADE:  A

StatManDan

MLP Movie Cast Adds Liev Schreiber & Taye Diggs

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Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter announced that two star actors, Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Taye Diggs (Murder in the First) are joining the cast of renowned names in the MLP movie (along with already-slated Emily Blunt, Kristen Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba and Michael Pena). With this addition, it seems to imply that there will be more of a presence of male roles in the film than is the norm for Friendship is Magic.

The article also mentions that the movie is now slated for October 6th, 2017 as opposed to previous reports of Summer and November 3rd of 2017.

MLP Movie Details from Russia

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UPDATE: Naturally, we’ve received a request on behalf of Hasbro to remove the images containing assets from this article.

Over the weekend, new info on the 2017 MLP movie was revealed at a Russian Pony convention (PonyRadioCon) in a brand presentation which touched on MLP fashion, outreach, an Equestria Girls theatrical show and most notably some insight on the film next year. The full translation of the presentation can be read here.

Some key points/spoilers:

  • Movie release will likely be bumped from November 3rd to sometime in Summer 2017.
  • Possibly titled “Friendship Adventure”
  • Takes place in a world beyond Equestria.
  • Pirates and new creatures.
  • Ponies will transform into other creatures such as mermaids (a la breezies), but not by choice.
  • Featured musical star?
  • “Lord of the Rings with Ponies”
  • Ponykind enslaved.