May 20, 2012, 12:00 pm EDTMy Little PonyComments Off on DHN Weekly Wrap Up (5/20/12)
Batmare's Bomb Run by ~BroccoliMeansFun
So it seems this place garnishes a lot of traffic on Sunday and from what I can see its people who are checking out what has gone on during the week. Of course with the college kids working their finals and such, it does not leave too much time to pony. I also feel some people are just checking in to see what has gone on during the week, so we’re going to dust off the old DHN Weekly Wrapup which more or less quickly covers anything semi-important or interesting.
May 11, 2012, 6:00 am EDTMy Little PonyComments Off on SFWeekly Wrap Up – Season 1 Review Completed
Hang Derp by ~Shutterflye
Season 1 Review by Sherilyn Connelly
Well like many good things, they have to come to an end. For Sherilyn Connelly she has come to the end of line for Season 1, though I’m sure Season 2 is going to be started rather quickly after this. We may also do our own Season 2 review, but that is still on our drawing table. I’ve copied Ms. Connelly final thoughts on the journey into the world of colorful equine entertain, and of course the task of reviewing the episodes.
So that was the first season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. While it was curiosity which led me to the show in the first place, it’s the writing that keeps me hooked. The direction and animation by DHX Media is never less than gorgeous and imaginative, but I’m not an animation aficionado, and in 2012 just looking good isn’t enough. To use an obvious example, The Simpsons looks better than it ever has these days, but…yeah.
The voice acting on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is stellar, particularly Tabitha St. Germain as Rarity and Tara Strong as Twilight Sparkle, but as the old theater saying goes, if it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage — and what’s on the page is what gives the animation and actors so much to work with, and what makes the characters worth investing in.
There’s no way I can do more than scratch the surface in my recaps, of course, nor are my recaps any kind of a substitute for watching the show itself. So, go do that on Netflix oriTunes!
If, in the meantime, you want to get caught up with the Season 1 but aren’t quite ready to make the time commitment — I get that, I’ve been feeling the same way about diving intoJustified — I humbly suggest this lineup for a long day’s marathon:
April 20, 2012, 9:00 pm EDTMy Little PonyComments Off on NY Daily News & Toonzone – Season Finale Reviews
Derpy Launch Watch by Shutterflye
A couple of season finale reviews have cropped up in the past 24 hours—all these guys who got that fancy press package that some people have drooled over.
Our first review comes from David Hinckley of the NY Daily News, who gave the episodes in general a 3 out of 5. He is pretty positive about it, and explains of course the unusual crowd of adult fans behind it. All in all, he says it’s good. You can read that article here.
Then we have Maxie Zeus from Toonzone. This review I’d call 50/50, as it’s not overly positive nor negative (in my opinion). The article starts off more or less stating that the reviewer knows very little about MLP. It makes no mention about the community behind it. They call the script generic, but most of us know that tends to be the case sometimes, claiming that the script could be used for any cartoon. Either way, you can read this article over here on Toonzone. (Ironic, a site called Toonzone knows nothing about a cartoon…)
April 11, 2012, 8:27 pm EDTMy Little PonyComments Off on Community Wednesdays #03 – Bronyville #49, Everfree Radio & SFWeekly Review
Bronyville 049 – Friendship Background Pony
Dear Princess Celestia,
I’m writing this letter seeking out your help. My poor cousin AJ seems to get a bad rap this week and I wanted to see if you could do anything to help the 3rd best pony stand out. Perhaps a festive hat or a goodwill balloon ride? After that’s handled you can listen to our show this week which features Mr. Poniator and our usual Midnight Shadow. We talk about the basics of flash, a ton of upcoming international pony merch, and the plight that has befallen Twist!
EverFree Radio released their review of MMMystery on the Friendship Express full of reference analyses and Twilight Sparkle in a hat. Also released is a review of the fanfic A Game of Twits by Cassius, featuring guest reviewer Andrew J Talon, author of Progress.
Radiant Eclipse is an in-depth, segment-based talkshow produced by the creators of Equestrian Tides exclusively for EverFree Radio! Tune in every Sunday for the show, and visit the program page and their blog for more information on the awesome people who run it!
Equestria Inquirer is a news program that will bring the hard-hitting stories, from the revelations of Twilight’s anti-union magic policies to the continuing conflict of Rainbow Dash’s declaration as a Weapon of Mass Destruction and her defiance of the Equestrian Armed Forces. Their new videos will premiere weekly on EFR’s livestream (while chatting live on the IRC!), and they will release the videos on Youtube and newspaper articles on their DeviantArt afterwards!
“You need to stop, reading these old dusty books… Find new friends!” That’s what Princess Celestia told Twilight Sparkle. Even though she is he smartest unicorn in Equestria, her grade in Friendship is an F. There is more to a young pony’s life than studying. So Twilight Sparkle is on her way to Ponyville to meet five very unique ponies: Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Applejack.
The blurbs on the freshly released My Little Pony DVDs and CDs just summarize vaguely the plot of the pilot episode. However this can’t stop an interested viewer from putting the disc in his DVD or CD player. While every DVD contains three episodes in chronological order, the CDs were cut to two.
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Let us start with the audio play. Like most audio plays for cartoon series, dialogs from the show were directly copied onto the CD, accompanied by a narrator. Due to this narrator, you can enjoy the episodes in a very new way. Why, you ask? Some child audio play narrators have the habit to be sarcastic in some situations and sometimes “argue” with the characters in the story. Here, the narrator likes to make fun out of Rainbow Dash and also Spike (e.g., “magisches Briefkastenmaul” (magicial mailbox maw)). Nevertheless, the quality of the audio is a lot better than the TV version and on top of that, the songs made by Daniel Ingram got hugely improved in terms of sound quality. Sadly, only two episodes are on each disc, despite the fact that only half of the CD was used.
The DVDs are a different matter. Filled with three episodes and no extras, the average price of about €8 is too much for some. Also, due to license issues, only the German dub is on the disc. However, the picture and audio quality is better than the TV version but looks gray-washed compared to the iTunes version. The audio desync of the TV version was fixed, and it is interesting that EDEL used the original text display and not the German one. Furthermore, the DVD presents the show in 5.1 Dolby Digital sound and 576p 16:9. To sum up: The DVD is not perfect, like other ones for children. But if EDEL can fix the dubbing license issue, add extras like behind-the-scenes or the extended opening, the German DVDs should be the choice for everypony—especially since they are regio free.
I know some of you hate the German dub, and weirdly enough most of you are German, since other European viewers are envious of our localization quality. Remember that Hasbro went in our direction with the DVD and even re-synched some parts of the show to make them fit the older audience. So leave your high horse and enjoy some little pony fun. The audio play is something you can always enjoy, thanks to the narrator; the DVD is in its current state arguable, I must confess, but like in every economy, requests can change company decisions. If you want to support the show, buy it, if you want to experience the dub first before doing so, watch it legally on nick.de.
And now for those who want a final score:
Audio play: 9/10
CD 1: “A mission from Princess Celestia Part 1” / “A mission from Princess Celestia Part 2”
CD 2: “It’s hard for a friend” / “Applebucking harvest”
DVD 1: “A mission from Princess Celestia Part 1” / “A mission from Princess Celestia Part 2” / “It’s hard for a friend”
DVD 2: “Applebucking harvest” / “Gilda, the party stopper” / “Show-off Trixie”