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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

IDW Solicitations for December 2017

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December solicitations are out now. Check what’s going to be coming out during the holidays after the break.

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HASCON Schedule Finalized

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Hasbro has finalized the schedule for HASCON which takes place September 8-10 at the Dunkin Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. The schedule for the whole convention can be seen at https://hascon.hasbro.com/schedule.

Specifically for My Little Pony, here are the following events:

Friday, September 8th:

The Voices of My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic, HASCON Main Stage, 3:30pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice behind a pony? Straight from the pony’s mouth, learn about what it takes to bring iconic characters to life with just a script and a mic.

From Ponyville to Canterlot High — The History of Equestria Girls, HASCON Main Stage, 4:30pm

Join master storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy as she shares the inspiration behind Equestria Girls and gives a peek at what adventures the Equestria Girls are going on next. Be the first to see the new product line and hear first hand from the Equestria designers as they share how they bring to life our Mane 7 ‘s unique personalities!

My Little Pony Designer Q & A, FANmily Stage Room, 5:30pm

Join members of the My Little Pony design team as they take you on a journey through four generations of pony product. Designers will answer questions, giving a behindthe- scenes look at how they have made their (cutie) mark on My Little Pony and proving that you’re never too old to play with ponies.

MY LITTLE PONY Mane Event6:30pm, Omni Hotel (*VIP or Add -On Ticket Purchase Required; Price $200.00)

Enter the world of Equestria for an unforgettable evening of entertainment! Join us for special guest appearances, a sit-down dinner and a first look at select 2018 My Little Pony toys. Head Storyteller, Meghan McCarthy will introduce a sneak preview of scenes from the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie! Plus enter a raffle for a chance to win My Little Pony merchandise.

Each VIP attendee will receive a Super Fan My Little Pony gift bag including pre-signed autographs from multiple members of the Mane 6, Special Comic reprints for HASCON, a VIP event exclusive pin set and more.

Saturday, September 9th:

The Voices of My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic, Discovery Family Stage, 10:00am – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice behind a pony? Straight from the pony’s mouth, learn about what it takes to bring iconic characters to life with just a script and a mic.

The Making of My Little Pony: The Movie, HASCON Main Stage, 11:00am – Join master storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy as she shares her experience in creating the first feature film for My Little Pony. Find out how the Mane 6 inspired her to discover the importance of teamwork and friendship along the way. Includes an exclusive sneak preview of the film!

First Look at My Little Pony Season 8!, FANmily Stage Room, 12:00pm – The adventures of the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack – continue with the 8th season of the beloved My Little Pony series in 2018. Renowned storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy will join fans to present the first look at the Season 8 premiere exclusively at HASCON!

My Little Pony Voice Talent Autograph Session, My Little Pony Brand Area, 1:00pm

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Sunday, September 10th:

First Look at My Little Pony Season 8!, Discovery Family Stage, 11:00pm – The adventures of the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack – continue with the 8th season of the beloved My Little Pony series in 2018. Renowned storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy will join fans to present the first look at the Season 8 premiere exclusively at HASCON!

IDW – My Little Pony: Comics are Magic, Discovery Family Stage, 12:00pm – IDW has been publishing My Little Pony comics since 2012, and recently passed the major milestone of Issue #50. Come meet some of the creative team behind these beloved comics, and learn first-hand what goes into creating original stories about your favorite Pony friends. Bobby Curnow, MY LITTLE PONY series editor at IDW, and lead artist Andy Price, have been working on the comics since the very first issue. And Brenda Hickey, who is currently drawing the new MY LITTLE PONY: Legends of Magic series, joined the team not long after in 2013. Join us for behind the scenes stories of how My Little Pony comics come to life!

Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck will represent the show at HASCON while Bobby Curnow, Andy Price, and Brenda Hickey will represent the comics. Former story editor of Friendship is Magic and current Hasbro VP of Storyteller Meghan McCarthy will also be a guest as well MLP historian and collector Summer Hayes.

MLP has the second most panels at HASCON at nine excluding Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: the Gathering gaming sessions and VIP events behind Transformers which has 15 panels.

For you Littlest Pet Shop fans, a sneak preview of the new series set to debut in 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 9th, at 11:00am in the FANmily Stage Room.

Each brand will have a brand experience area. Below are the ones for MLP and LPS:

MY LITTLE PONY:

Welcome, everypony! Discover the magic of friendship with a behind-the-scenes look at the latest pony adventures in entertainment (can you say NEW MOVIE? Oh yeah!), character meet-and-greets, a ponification experience and much more!

Highlights include:

• Meet and mingle with the Mane 6 and Spike costumed characters
• Photo-ops with life-size movie ponies and scenes from My Little Pony: The Movie
• Get ponified like your favorite character at the Ponification Station
• Explore Equestria and take snaps, selfies, and pony pics
• Play the most pony-riffic My Little Pony apps and games
• Get a sneak peek of the latest MLP toys, along with rare treasures from the Hasbro Vault
• Visit Pinkie Pie’s Sugarcube Corner, an exclusive MLP-themed cafe

Plus, enjoy these My Little Pony panels and VIP/add-on experiences, including:

• The Making of My Little Pony: The Movie featuring Meghan McCarthy
• The Voices of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
• First Look at My Little Pony Season 8
• My Little Pony Designer Q&A
• My Little Pony Mane Event: Dinner (add-on or VIP ticket purchase required)

LITTLEST PET SHOP:

Visit the Littlest Pet Shop Brand Area for a purrfectly wonderful, pet-lovin’ good time!

• Get a sneak peek at Paw-Tucket, the brand new Littlest Pet Shop animated show

Selfie-time! Take some totally fun pix with loads of paw-some photo ops for you and your friends

• Check out the human-size hamster wheel
• Add your personal touch to the cool LPS Graffiti Wall
• Visit the Designer’s Den to design a pet of your own. We supply a white-model pet and you do the rest. Sign-up in the booth as space is   limited.

Times:

FRIDAY11:30am1:00pm2:30pm4:00pm5:30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY9:30am11:00am12:30pm2pm3:30pm5:00pm

StatManDan

IDW Solicitations for November 2017

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Solicitations for books coming in November (as well as a couple for December) by IDW are after the break.

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MLP Season Seven Resumes in US on August 5th

Discovery Family will resume showing new (to those who have managed to avoid spoilers) Season Seven episodes starting on Saturday, August 5th. That day will see both “Discordant Harmony” and “The Perfect Pear” air starting at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT. Other episodes airing in August are “Fame and Misfortune”, “Triple Threat”, and “Campfire Tales”. Synopses below:

  • Discordant Harmony premieres Saturday, August 5 at 11:30a/10:30c
  • When Discord invites Fluttershy to his realm for tea, he worries she won’t be comfortable and begins to change it and himself with disastrous results.
  • The Perfect Pear premieres Saturday, August 5 at 12/11c
  • The Apple Siblings learn about their parent’s love story and discover that they’re half Pear. Guest stars William Shatner and Felicia Day.
  • Fame and Misfortune premieres Saturday, August 12 at 11:30a/10:30c
  • Twilight Sparkle’s publishing of the friendship journal has unintended consequences when ponies start to argue over who wrote the best lessons.
  • Triple Threat premieres Saturday, August 19 at 11:30a/10:30c
  • Spike accidentally invites Ember and Thorax to Ponyville on the same day! Confident that the two new leaders will not get along, he does all he can to keep them apart and cover the fact that the other is there.
  • Campfire Tales premieres Saturday, August 26 at 11:30a/10:30c
  • When their big sister/little sister camping trip is ruined by Fly-ders, Applejack, Rarity and Rainbow Dash tell Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo the stories of their favorite legends. Inspired by the tales, the girls make the most out of their new situation.

Of course, both “Discordant Harmony” and “The Perfect Pear”—which features William Shatner and Felicia Day—were aired in Australia in June on Boomerang. It is the policy to not release reviews of these episodes until their airings in the United States.

With BronyCon the next weekend, that means that “Fame and Misfortune” will air that weekend. It is unknown at this time as to whether there will be an official screening which would be a first for the Baltimore-based convention.

If the season continues to air weekly, and the finale is a two-parter, the projected finale date at this point would be October 28th (three weeks after the movie opens). It has already been revealed that a sneak peek of Season Eight will be unveiled at Hascon on September 9th at noon at the Rhode Island Convention Center (Room 551 A/B) in Providence.

Of course, this weekend sees the My Little Pony panel this Friday at San Diego Comic Con with presumably both a preview of the Movie and the remainder of Season Seven.

StatManDan

Episode Titles for 724, 725, & 726

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Zap2It has revealed the last few episode titles of season 7.

Episode 724 – Uncommon Bond

Episode 725 – Shadow Play Part 1

Episode 726 – Shadow Play Part 2