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February 9, 2015, 4:01 pm EDTLittlest Pet ShopComments Off on LPS Review: Proud As A…..Peacock?
The following review is brought to you in living color—on…..the site. It would be nice if Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony were on NBC, but I digress. We’re back to two plots this week. The A-plot is a peacock named Basil (Peter New) comes to the day camp prior to his plumage presentation for the Botanical Gardens. The only problem is that he’s nervous as all heck and breaks out in hives just thinking about. Pepper takes the lead in trying to give him the confidence for his presentation. The B-plot involves Youngmee trying to convince Blythe to use her pet communication skills for the benefit of humanity, but Blythe just wants to study Algebra.
Some of Youngmee’s ideas are a bit optimistic (who uses discs?) including an idea that’s kind of a cross between CSI and Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers. Anyway, Blythe eventually tells Youngmee that she is just not ready for that sort of thing, yet. She just wants to be a regular kid for as long as possible. And that’s a very reasonable thing to ask for given her special ability. However, thanks to callback from “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” (more on those later), Youngmee and Blythe get an idea to organize a Pet Fest. Yes, you can pretty much guess that’s going to be part of the season finale (along with Heidi Klum). But just in case, Youngmee has the list of unsolved crimes in case it doesn’t work out.
February 3, 2015, 11:05 am EDTLittlest Pet ShopComments Off on LPS Review: A Night at the Pawza
An ant infestation courtesy of Penny Ling, who named one of them Coconut, leads to LPS being closed for three days. So Blythe and Mrs. Twombly have to place the pets at another spot during that time. With Largest Ever Pet Shop NOT being an option, they go to the Pawza Hotel which looks five-star on the Internet, but run down in reality. It turns out Madison designed the website for the owner Sophie. Mrs. T, Blythe, and Roger all volunteer to help restore the place.
However, it turns out Fisher wants the place as the site of his own pet hotel because he wants to be first. Thinking Blythe and Mrs. T are building the “Littlest Pet Shop Hotel,” Fisher then hires Mr. Dale to pose as a building inspector to close the place. However, Zoe and Pepper get suspicious and track Dale’s scent to Fisher and then tell Blythe. Since Sophie is not initially believing that the inspector’s a fake, Blythe offers to show the “inspector” around with the help of the pets.
Have you ever wondered why almost every sibling pair in almost every cartoon ever made had to get along like Tom and Jerry? There are exceptions (Dipper and Mabel; Rarity and Sweetie Belle; Applejack and Apple Bloom). Today, we are treated to a Roger Baxter and his sister Mo (Blythe’s aunt). To say they are overly competitive and immature at times would be an understatement. This goes on throughout almost the entire episode—embarrassing Blythe in the process.
Meanwhile, Vinnie and Sunil have their own competition to see who’s the better prognosticator because…mandatory pet appearance(s). (After all, the show is called Littlest Pet Shop).
Before I ask where Spazz got the artwork for the episode guide, wouldn’t it be nice to talk about the episode itself. It starts with Youngmee attempting to communicate with Buttercream in the way Blythe does with animals. It’s unsuccessful. That leads to our solitary plot. Professor Shuperman (Sam Vincent) has brought his monkey Cheep-Cheep (Colin Murdoch), who is also Minka’s cousin, to LPS. The professor invented a helmet that is supposed to translate pet sounds into words so that the pets could talk to their owners. Unfortunately, the sounds translate into gibberish—which is kind of funny.
After chasing a fly “Tom and Jerry”-style, Vinnie befriends a genial spider named Weber (voiced by Peter New). However, this may be a problem with Sunil since he has arachnophobia (fear of spiders). So, Vinnie and the other pets try to hide him from Sunil. That is our A-plot.
The B-plot is Blythe also meeting a new friend named Cora. She works at the thrift shop and is into fashion like Blythe. They strike up quite a conversation to the point where Blythe is unintentionally neglecting Sue and Youngmee. Blythe is so caught up with Cora, with the latter suggesting that the former apply her pet fashions to people, that Sue and Youngmee feel pushed aside.
Movies and reality shows are referenced quite a lot on Littlest Pet Shop, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the combination of Rear Window and Wipeoutused ever. Yes, Wipeout is technically a game show, and a questionably dangerous one at that, but let’s see how FM DeMarco combines Hitchcock with a questionably dangerous game show.
After a couple of Hitchcock references with a flyer in the wind, we come to LPS to see two things: Blythe having designer’s block coming up with new pet fashions and Penny Ling obsessed with a Wipeout-type show called “Faceplant” which so happens to be for pets and tryouts are coming to Downtown City. Penny Ling decides to enter the pets for the tryouts, so they practice using the home game version (hammerhead sharks not included). However, it leads to Russell spraining his quills and he is recuperating inside some round-type device and only has the back window to look at which drives him insane, but not before driving the others insane with a duck call supposed to be used for emergencies.
I’m going to warn you in advance that while I’m normally a placid person (my review of LPS’s “Very Littlest Pet Shop” not withstanding), I can go Saddle Rager from time to time. Here, there are a couple of issues that are doing just that.
Wednesday morning, I awoke to the news that screenshots (and possibly the movie itself) of Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks have been leaked via 4chan. I have decided not to see any spoilers until I see the movie itself on Saturday (September 27th). Needless to say, this is very disappointing that some people have decided to leak the movie online and should be taken to task by the fandom.
Of course, this kind of thing occurred when screenshots of the first Equestria Girls movie was leaked. On my Twitter, I asked Bronies to please be respectful of those fans who do not want to be spoiled by refraining from posting these spoiler images on social media. It’s one thing when Google Play accidentally leaked “Pinkie Pride” before it aired on the Hub Network the following Saturday, but it’s wholly another when the movie is somehow leaked online if for no other reason than to spoil things for others either to feed someone’s misguided hunger to see the movie ahead of time or just to do it out of spite for Bronies. That essentially is taking money away from people who actually worked on the movie. So once again, I urge Bronies to be respectful of those who do not wish to be spoiled by the leaked version of the movie and/or the screenshots by not posting them on social media.
It is also wrong to post “camera in a movie theater” versions of the movie on YouTube after it is released like some people did the first movie. If you could wait nine months between Seasons Three and Four, one month between the theatrical release and the DVD release isn’t going to hurt you.