Tag: my little pony

MLP, SU, Star Panels Scheduled for San Diego Comic Con

It’s a couple weeks away before San Diego Comic Con. My Little Pony, Steven Universe, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil will all have Friday (July 21st) panels in San Diego. Below are the full details (all times Pacific):

My Little Pony

  • Friday, July 21st, 10:30am-11:30am
  • Room 6A

The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series. Fans will also get a look into the rest of season 7, a sneak peek in to My Little Pony: The Movie coming this fall, and more, followed by a Q&A.

Steven Universe

Friday, July 21st, 11:00am-12:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That’s right, CN is bringing your favorite Steven Universe characters back to the ballroom! They’ve got never-before-seen footage, exciting announcements, and answers to all your burning questions! Okay . . . maybe not all of them. Join Rebecca Sugar (creator), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A. J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe Zach Callison serving as half-guest/half-moderator.

Disney XD’s Star vs. The Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law

  • Friday, July 21st, 2:15pm-3:15pm
  • Room 6A

It’s gonna get a little weird, a little wild, and a little accident-prone as the creators and stars of Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law team up to give you the latest exciting news about their shows, answer questions, and share clips exclusive to Comic-Con! Join Star creator Daron Nefcy, Eden Sher (Star), Adam McArthur (Marco), Milo creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and “Weird Al” Yankovic (Milo) for a double dose of Disney XD Animation.

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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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EqG Review: Mirror Magic

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After over four years, Sunset Shimmer returns through the mirror to pick up a new journal after her old one ran out of pages. The Mane Six are on a friendship mission, so Starlight Glimmer is there to give Sunset the journal–and go back with her to explore the EqG world.

Juniper Montage, now working behind the counter at the movie theater because of her actions in “Movie Magic,” finds a mirror enchanted by Equestrian magic that shows her what she wants to see and wishes things and the Rainbooms into the mirror.

Starlight is their to save the day though as she convinces Juniper that she could attain forgiveness. And yes, the Rainbooms (not to mention this whole franchise) is a VERY forgiving group!

If Starlight framed the argument into Juniper gaining acceptance, the ending may have a little more weight to it. Otherwise, it comes off as a bit of a plot hole. The revenge issue is spot on, though. Who knows that better than Starlight!

The main purpose of this episode was to do two things. Get Sunset back into Equestria and to get Starlight to experience the human world (as human as this world is). Other than that, it doesn’t do anything else special and it just follows on from “Movie Magic.”

In all honesty, this may have been better served if all three ‘Magic’ specials were combined in a single showing. In retrospect, “Dance Magic” should have been given a C+ while “Movie Magic” does deserve a B like “Mirror Magic” does. That said, it might have been better to turn this into a 90-minute special.

GRADE:  B

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Trailer Arrives for the My Little Pony Movie

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As expected, yesterday we got the trailer for the upcoming My Little Pony movie, which releases October 6th from Allspark Pictures. It is the first trailer to showcase a vast majority of the characters, their voices, and gives us a good look at the animation style of Toon Boom’s Harmony program. You can find the trailer below, hidden for spoilers.


Equestria Girls Review: “Dance Magic”

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The first of three Equestria Girls specials aired on Discovery Family, so let’s get to it. The Rainbooms are trying to raise money for repairs to the dock at Camp Everfree. They are still short of their goal after a car wash and time is running out. So Rarity suggests they enter a dance music video contest. Two problems ensue. The first is that they will need to use some of the funds raised already to buy costumes and equipment. The other is that the Crystal Prep girls (sans Indigo Zap) are also entering so they can hold their Spring Dance on a yacht—and they play to win. They also play to copy Rarity’s idea after she tells it to them which is a mash-up of dances you’d see on America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance?, or Dance Fever. (Had to put in that older reference lost on younger fans.)

The girls try other ideas, though Applejack’s is something like a cooking show on CMT, Rainbow Dash foreshadows next week’s special, and Pinkie Pie….imagines as only she can. The Crystal Prep girls are also having problems. They have a dance routine (Rarity’s), but no song. Rarity offers the Rainbooms’ help on that in exchange for dance lessons from the Crystal Prep girls. The result is a well-animated musical number to go with the bonus track from the “Friendship Games” soundtrack. So both the dock gets the funds for repairs and the Crystal Prep girls get their dance on a yacht.

It’s a good special, though it borrows heavily from “Rarity Takes Manehattan” (albeit with no Coco Pommel) and the third act is a bit rushed here. I also have to fault the focus on a little bit. I mentioned the concepts, but there didn’t appear to be as much drive for the dance video until late given that they are trying to fund the repairs for the dock. Maybe that’s just me, though, so take what you will. The costumes were nice, though.

So, a plausible start for the first of these three specials, though a bit rough around the edges.

GRADE:  B

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MLP Review: “Not Asking for Trouble”

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The episode begins with Pinkie Pie being invited (read: begging through 17 letters to Prince Rutherford) to the Yaks’ Yicksluberfest. Pinkie arrives as the Official Friendship Ambassador to the Yaks and is introduced to Yak traditions and Yakyakistan as a whole.

However, one of the customs, stomping, leads to an avalanche that buries the village. Pinkie offers to bring the rest of the Mane Six to help remove the snow, but Prince Rutherford says the Yaks don’t ask for help. They’ll wait until the snow melts.

After several failed attempts in convincing the Yaks that they need help, Pinkie brings the rest of the Mane Six anyway for a “covert friendship mission” to lift the snow. Prince Rutherford actually commends “Pink Pony” for helping the Yaks without asking and Pinkie gets her own set of Yak horns.

So yes, this is the Yaks’ version of “Applebuck Season,” and I think the lesson is somewhat lost on the Yaks here. The moral is that it’s OK to ask for help when you’re in over your head. It is not really be patient and wait for others to help you.

When we first saw the Yaks in “Party Pooped” they were the worst part of that episode, though Pinkie did well to carry it. Here, the Yaks are a little more tolerable and Pinkie again carries the episode very well.

There was some decent world-building as we are introduced to Yakyakistan and all the various yak huts which reads like the Department of Redundancy Department. The dialogue is also on song. It’s just that how the Yaks absorb the lesson is quite off note in this episode. So overall, it is an episode that Pinkie carries well despite the heavy weight of the Yaks.

GRADE:  B

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MLP Review: “A Royal Problem”

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The map is calling again and this time, it is calling just Starlight Glimmer to Canterlot Castle—much to Twilight’s shock. It turns out that Celestia and Luna are not getting along as they are not appreciating what the other is doing. Things come to a head when Starlight impulsively switchings Celestia’s and Luna’s cutie marks.

With the spell due to last 24 hours, each agrees to take on the other’s duties for one day with Starlight observing, who is being observed via music box doll by Twilight (and her freak outs are not helping). Luna finds it much harder than she though to smile for most of the day at her subjects and help placate fears of timberwolves (which she doesn’t do well) and resolve differences between representatives of cities (which she does well after three hours).

Celestia goes into the dream world and finds Starlight having a nightmare over what she has done and fears Nightmare Moon will return. She does in the dream, but also appearing is Celestia’s alter ego in Daybreaker. Luna’s also having a nightmare about the children whose fundraiser was ruined when Luna couldn’t keep her smile on forever. Both gaining an understanding of the other’s duties and making amends, Celestia, using Luna’s powers, defeats Daybreaker and they all return to the real world. Starlight is commended for being bold enough to do what she did—hence the map called her—and her mission is accomplished (though Twilight wants a full report).

Now, we’ve seen Starlight try to use magic to solve a problem to disastrous effect. Here, almost the same happens here, but the show does well that that impulse may actually be the appropriate method here. The map doesn’t call just anyone for a friendship problem. It sends the pony or ponies who it thinks is best equipped to handle it—even though the pony or ponies are unsure themselves. Starlight is filled with regret at times, but she was also the one most likely to be bold enough to do such a thing as switching cutie marks.

As for the Royal Sisters, we’ve seen hints that they don’t get along 100% of the time in “Slice of Life” and the comics, but here it is in full force. This was the kind of episode fans have wanted for a long time and they were not disappointed in the slightest.

Those in Canada who saw the episode on May 20th will attest to that as those who saw it on Discovery Family, today. It was a super episode that saw development for characters who have not had some in a long time. Twilight as a music box ballerina was hysterical as was Starlight’s reactions to it. The climax was also some of the best animation the show has had in the series.

Some will still have an issue that Starlight impulsively used magic again to solve a problem, and for awhile Starlight fears it has been for the worse once again, but this time it was the right call this time—which is perhaps why the map called just her. It’s another jewel in Season Seven’s crown.

GRADE:  A+

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