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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

TV Guide: MLP Season Seven to Resume on August 5th

According to a listing on the TV Guide websiteMy Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic will resume Season Seven on Saturday, August 5th on Discovery Family. The show will resume with “Discordant Harmony” airing on August 5th. If indeed the show airs a new episode once a week, then it’s possible the attendees at BronyCon could get a screening of “The Perfect Pair” on Saturday, August 12th.

The show is also on pace to continue running Season Seven through the end of October (and after the Movie has opened in theaters) should it continue to air once a week.

Stay tuned.

StatManDan

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.

StatManDan

MLP Season 8 Announced at 2017 Licensing Expo

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Old news is old but if you haven’t heard the word, the ride continues on.  Last Thursday, hardcore animation fan and former site operator to Littlest Pet Shop’s only direct dedicated news site, Chevistian, made mention over Twitter that Hasbro was pushing the news of an 8th Season of MLP, due out in the Spring of 2018, via the Las Vegas Licensing Expo 2017.  Honestly its probably not a huge shock to anyone considering the amount of time and effort that Hasbro has been putting behind ponies.  If only they had struck the iron when it was white hot, but as we have learned over the almost decade of the Pony Train, ye old toy company moves very very slowly.

As that really old grumpy fan sitting on his porch, I can’t help but reflect to those ancient days of 2010 when the most common thing the trolls in the 4chan threads would spout off about was the fact the show wouldn’t last long, and that what we were doing was a fad.  Well, who is laughing now.  Right…?

 

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MLP Season Seven Preview: The Age of Equestria

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is in the seventh house season. The stars look to align for what will be a big year in the franchise with the show beginning its seventh season on April 15th. It will be just the sixth Western Animated show that debuted since 2000 to reach seven seasons.

There are spoilers coming up so if you do not want to know what has been announced for the show, look away now.

Already, we know that the season premiere will NOT be a two-parter and that the comics are supposed to tie in more with the show. We will see the parents of Rainbow Dash for the first time in the show’s 150th episode. We finally get to see Applejack’s parents, though how that will come about is a mystery. William Shatner and Felicia Day will guest star this season. Oh, there is a movie coming on October 6th. If there are no breaks in the season, and assuming that the finale is a two-parter, then Season Seven should end on September 23rd.

Questions still about such as what will become of Starlight Glimmer after the events of the Season Six finale? Will we see more of the new Changeling Kingdom? How will the comics tie in to the show? Will Queen Chrysalis seek revenge on Starlight in Season Seven as she vowed to do? That’s part of the fun of the upcoming season as what will happen next?

There is still plenty of mileage in the show and the franchise surrounding. The hype that will come surrounding the movie is ahead of us and there will be more to come in 2018 as well. Meanwhile, 2017 promises to be big for MLP and it is hoped that the seventh season will be filled with good luck for the show and later the movie in October. The moon for this franchise is now in the seventh house and we’ll see if Jupiter aligns with Mars this year. It all starts again on April 15th!

StatManDan

“Legend of Everfree” Gets Emmy Nomination

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The MLP franchise has surprisingly scored another Emmy nomination. This time, it’s for the Equestria Girls movie, “The Legend of Everfree” and the song of the same name for Best Original Song at the Daytime Emmys. It is the fourth time a song from the MLP franchise has been nominated. Both “Becoming Popular” (from “Sweet and Elite”) and “Find A Pet” (from “May the Best Pet Win”) were nominated in 2013, but lost out to “Happy Little Land of Hoboken” from The Penguins of Madagascar. Three years later, “The Magic Inside” (from “The Mane Attraction”) was nominated, but it would another DreamWorks show, All Hail King Julien and “True Bromance” that walked away with the Emmy. 

This time, the DreamWorks show in opposition is Mr. Peabody and Sherman with “Morse Code”. Disney has two nominees this year—“I’m Not Very Nice” from Disney 7D and “Sisi Ni Sawa” from The Lion Guard. The PBS show Peg + Cat rounds out the nominees with “Dickinson Duet”. 

The Best Original Song Emmy will most likely be awarded during the Creative Arts Emmys on Friday, April 28th. The main Daytime Emmys show will be two nights later on April 30th.

StatManDan

Season 8 Roughly Confirmed by JDL

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Faded memories of 2010 and early 2011 flicker in my mind.  Why are you watching this?  Its just a fad.  It’ll only be a few seasons.  While most people would say “Who is laughing now?!”, in a world of colorful equines, some question just how far this animated meteor in space will go, before the inevitable crash into the moon of cancellation.

Well enough with the dark and ominous writing.  John de Lancie kind of, sort of confirmed that a Season 8 is in production.  Talks about it have floated around of course, but nothing really concrete has been said by neither Hasbro or crew.  While this isn’t an official, we can confidently say that Season 8 is at the point of needing the voices recorded.  The ride shall never end.

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