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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.

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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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