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MLP Nabs Three Leo Nominations

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While the show missed out on winning an Emmy, last Saturday, and the Hugos awaiting in August, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was nominated for three Leo Awards. The Leo Awards honors achievements in film and television produced in British Columbia.

MLP was nominated for three Leos. Marcel Duperreault, Todd Araki, Jason Fredrickson, Kirk Furniss, Adam McGhie, Christine Church, and Roger Monk were nominated for Best Sound in an Animation Program or Series for “Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?” The same group, sans Kirk Furniss, are also nominated for Littlest Pet Shop in the same category for “Littlest Pet Shop of Horrors” as well as for Super Noobs (with Kirk Furniss this time) for the episodes “NoobyFriday” and “Noobinators 2”.

Daniel Ingram has two nominations in the Best Musical Score in a Animated Program or Series category—one for MLP for “Crusaders of the Lost Mark”, and one for Nina’s World and “Nina’s Birthday.” MLP composer Stefan Andrews was nominated in the category for Endangered Species and “Where No Stump Has Gone Before.” 

Ashleigh Ball will represent MLP in the Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series for her portrayal of Rainbow Dash in “Tanks for the Memories.” Fellow MLP voice actors Andrew Francis (Dinotrux – “Desert”), Michael Daingerfield (Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales – “Flight of the Falcon”), and Vincent Tong (The Deep – “Digging Deeper”) were also nominated in the category. 

The show has won two Leos in the past. The first was in 2013 for Best Score for “Magical Mystery Cure” and in 2014 for Best Overall Sound for “Power Ponies.” The show has been nominated for 13 Leos overall including this year’s nominations. 

Littlest Pet Shop has been nominated three times, winning once for Best Score for “Lights, Camera, Mongoose!”

StatManDan

MLP Denied by DreamWorks Again

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Once again, it is a DreamWorks show that denies My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic an Emmy Award for Outstanding Song. All Hail King Julien’s “True Bromance” beat out “The Magic Inside” at the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys on Friday night. In 2013, it was The Penguins of Madagascar’s “Happy Little Land of Hoboken” beating out both “Find A Pet” and “Becoming Popular”.

DreamWorks had two nominees this year with “We’re Gonna Space Die” from Turbo FAST being the second. Both DreamWorks shows appear on Netflix.

But for Daniel Ingram and MLP, it’s disappointment again at the Emmys.

StatManDan

MLP Makes Hugo History

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This is a follow-up on Spazz’s article, but My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has become the first TV animated series to be nominated for a Hugo Award with its nod for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form). The award was first given in 1958 and the nominees are very diverse ranging from records, to TV, to movies, to even news reports of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission which won in 1970. Since 2002, the category has been split between long and short with a 90-minute run time being the dividing line.

The first animated movie to be nominated was Yellow Submarine in 1969. It lost to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The only TV animated movie to be nominated was Rankin-Bass’s production of The Hobbit in 1978. It lost to a film called Star Wars.Watership Down was nominated the next year and lost to Superman. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? did win the award in 1989, but only twice has an animated film won the award out of 19 films nominated and both were since the split in the Long Form category:  The Incredibles in 2005 and WALL-E in 2009.

Two Warner Brothers shorts in the 1950s were retroactively nominated for Hugos in the category as was Cinderella. “The Rabbit of Seville” was nominated in 2001 for the 1951 award as was Cinderella. Both lost to Destination Moon. “Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century” got a nod in 2004 for 1954, but it got nipped by the movie version of War of the Worlds.

“The Cutie Map” will be up against Doctor Who (“Heaven Scent”), Grimm (“Headache”), Jessica Jones (“AKA Smile”), and Supernatural (“Just My Imagination”). Doctor Who has been nominated in the Short Form category every year since 2006 winning six times in a span of seven years between 2006 and 2012. Game of Thrones won in the Long Form category for Season One as a whole in 2012 and then singular episodes won in the Short Form category in 2013 and 2014. But again, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the first TV animated series ever to be nominated for a Hugo Award.

The Hugos will be awards at 74th World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) which is MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City on August 17-21.

StatManDan

Steven Universe Returns January 4th

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Steven Universe shall return this coming January 4th with an entire week of new episodes, via a fresh installment of a Steven Bomb marathon.  The show last aired on October 15th with the episode “Too Far”, where Peridot learns about earthly humor and then takes it too far with Amethyst.  It was also an interesting episode as it contained some major world building information, namely the roles of gems on Homeworld pointing out Pearl is suppose to be nothing more than a butler/servant, and Amethyst is an overcooked warrior.

A preview is available below, captured by the folks at The World of Steven Universe.  From the looks of it this Steven Bomb like most of the others will be chalked full of information, given what we see in the sneak peek.

  • The Answer – 01/04/2016 – Garnet finally tells Steven the story of how she came to be a Crystal Gem.
  • Steven’s Birthday – 01/05/2016 – Steven has a birthday party out at the barn, and decides he has some growing up to do.
  • It Could’ve Been Great – 01/06/2016 – The Gems take a trip to the moon.
  • Message Received – 01/07/2016 – Steven has doubts about believing in everyone.
  • Log Date 7 15 2 – 01/08/2016 – Steven sneaks a listen to a friend’s audio diary.

Going Forth from the Fifth

You may have seen Equestria Daily’s Sethisto’s “State of the Fandom” piece back on December 2nd. This will be partially a response to that as well as a look into my own Magic 8 Crystal ball.

Challenge:  There is a charge that the fandom is in decline and one could point to the ratings being off from Season Four. Of course, things that don’t help include the 11-month hiatus, a new name for the channel, the new time slot (an hour later than in Season Four), episodes during the summer and major holidays, and said channel not as hip with their advertising as they were when they were the Hub. It’s still by a distance Discovery Family’s top show. The channel’s real struggle lies in having a sustainable hit to compliment MLP which has not come from either Littlest Pet Shop or Transformers: Rescue Bots (both are ironically set to join the 100-episode club in the future).

Sales of the toys have been off the last two quarters (factoring in foreign exchange) after 14+ quarters of growth. Winning streaks don’t last forever—just ask the Golden State Warriors. Still, it has been more consistent in its performance the last few years compared to Transformers whose performance is strongly correlated with whether or not there’s a movie. The Girls division at Hasbro is expected to get a massive lift when the Disney Princesses and Frozen contracts kick in the New Year. In the toy business, that’s akin to when Fox took over NFL broadcasts from CBS in 1992. We’ll likely see what’s new for MLP in 2016 starting with the February Toy Fair in New York City.

One sign that the fandom might actually be growing is the growth in attendance at conventions. Here are a few examples of that (Source:  Ponycons.com):

Convention
2014
2015
%  Change
Ponycon NYC
569
1,707
200.0%
Midwest Brony Fest
450
673
49.6%
MLP-MSP
1,000
1,022
2.2%
BronyCon
9,607
10,011
4.2%
BABSCon
2,350
2,648
12.7%
Everfree Northwest
2,500
2,767
10.7%
Nightmare Nights Dallas
1,340
1,600
19.4%
Ponyville Ciderfest
829
1,135
36.9%

The My Little Pony Fair, the one officially sponsored by Hasbro, saw record attendance as well near Chicago with over 2,200 in attendance. Equestria LA returned to over 2,000 guests. Further to a point, there are more kids and families than ever before at conventions and a more diverse set than previously. In addition, there will be new conventions in San Diego, Chicago, Nashville, and South Carolina.

It can be said that very few of us expected to get this far with this show and fandom as we are now over five years old. I’m not sure the peak was in 2013 as Sethisto has put it. It might have been during Season Four when viewership and sales were at its highest. Plus, it didn’t hurt making an cameo in a Super Bowl ad and it’s still a curiosity to some in the media. Plus, it’s still apparently a top cartoon show on Netflix (for want of actual numbers on that).

So what of the future? Fans will come and go as they do in every fandom. All that’s known of the future of this show is that there will be a sixth season, a movie on November 3rd, 2017, and a fourth Equestria Girls movie, and the comics continue in two different series. Nothing else official, especially in terms of a possible end, has been stated.

As far as the future beyond the movie, I simply hope that Hasbro realizes that they finally have the six characters to build the franchise of My Little Pony around and they have been doing that with G4. They should be part of any future generation of the franchise much like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron are for each version of Transformers. That was what was really lacking from MLP in previous generations (though some of the ponies in name only existed in previous generations).

It is presumed that Season Six will start up in 2016 and hopefully we will not wait another 11 months (or even more) to see it. Even then it’s not the longest hiatus for a show. Fans of Gravity Falls and The Legend of Korra had to wait even longer between Seasons One and Two (or Books One and Two in the case of the latter). If this run ends after the 2017 movie, so be it. I prefer to continue to enjoy the ride which still very much has a while to go. The future is not as dark as it seems.

StatManDan

The End of Gravity Falls

To answer the article picture’s question, yes, yes he would.  It was announced tonight by show creator Alex Hirsch that Gravity Falls would not have a third season.  Knowing that many fans might raise their virtual pitchforks under the belief that the series had been cancelled by Disney Studios, he explained that much like the show, everything is going according to plan.  The show is coming to an end due to the fact that the story is finished, that the series was never meant to go beyond the story of two kids and one wicked and twisted summer.  You can read all about it via Mr.Hirsch’s Tumblr.

A few quotes from the blog.

The first thing to know is that the show isn’t being cancelled- it’s being finished. This is 100% my choice, and its something I decided on a very long time ago. I always designed Gravity Falls to be a finite series about one epic summer- a series with a beginning, middle, and end. There are so many shows that go on endlessly until they lose their original spark, or mysteries that are cancelled before they ever get a chance to payoff.

But Gravity Falls was never meant to be a series that goes on and on forever. It’s meant to be an exploration of the experience of summer, and in a larger sense a story about childhood itself. The fact that childhood ends is exactly what makes it so precious- and why you should cherish it while it lasts.

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Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch announced on Friday that the show will end after the three-part “Weirdmageddon” arc. Part Two is set to air on Monday night on Disney XD and according to Nick and More, the third and final part will air in early 2016. Hirsch said on his Tumblr that the decision to end the show was his own and that he and the writers wanted to announce it before the start of Season Two, but were ‘restricted’ from doing so mainly because people hoped he would change his mind.

Hirsch continued that Gravity Falls “was never meant to be a series that goes on and on forever.” It was meant to be an exploration of the experience  of summer and about childhood itself. The fact that childhood ends is exactly what makes it so precious according to Hirsch.

Hirsch then said that he was grateful to the millions of fans who cherished the show and the fandom of Gravity Falls. There is also no plans to create a third season of the show without Hirsch. However, Hirsch then concluded that while has finished the story he wanted to tell about Dipper, Mable, and Grunkle Stan; doesn’t necessarily mean that we will never see them again.

It’s hard to believe that it will be all over after just 41 episodes and two seasons. As I said with Littlest Pet Shop ending after the current season, it’s always sad when a cartoon show goes away. Indeed, some will say it is going too soon. It averaged over 3.3 million viewers per episode for Season One before being punted to Disney XD where the show has averaged more than one million viewers an episode which is far and away ahead of other Disney XD shows like Wander Over Yonder (386,000 average per first-run episode on the channel) and Star vs. the Forces of Evil (617,500 per first-run episode).

The first season of 20 episodes ran over 14 months from June 2012 to August 2013. After a 12-month wait (longer that MLP’s between Seasons 4 and 5), Season Two started and will have gone at least 17 months. The show did not air new episodes on back-to-back weeks since August 4th and 11th of 2014. That in a way, made almost every episode an event like the revelation that the author of the journals was Stan’s long lost brother. How Bill Cipher figures into everything. What other mysteries are inGravity Falls?  

Of course, I’d be remiss to mention the MLP-link in Supervising Producer and Director Rob Renzetti who was story editor onFriendship is Magic for its first two seasons.

But as we all begrudgingly know, all good things must come to an end sometime. In the case of Gravity Falls, it will come early in 2016.

StatManDan

LPS Preview: Four and Out

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It’s always sad when a show you like ends. Saturday marks the beginning of the end for Littlest Pet Shop as it begins their fourth and final season on Discovery Family with a pair of new episodes. Fairly or unfairly, for a show that’s based on toys, it is judged by how many toys it sells. Unfortunately for LPS, that number was not enough.

At its beginnings, LPS was nearly on par with MLP in terms of viewership. However, it later could not take advantage of having MLP as a lead-in and really suffered when it didn’t. While its numbers were still considered good ratings for Discovery Family, its numbers as it related to toy sales were apparently not.

That aside, it will be interesting to see how LPS wraps up its time. Blythe is coming off a successful Pet Fest which became the arc in the second half of Season Three. Youngmee now knows that Blythe can talk to the pets. If anything, Season Four is all about what’s next for Blythe and the pets. All that is known right now is that the show will get its 100th episode, but its 104th will be its last. You can only hope that the show will end on a high as it did for Season Three.

It is a shame that LPS could not follow in the hoof prints of MLP: FiM, but then again, no show on Discovery Family can at this point. The best that LPS fans can do is to support the show to the end and in turn give it a great send-off.

It all starts again on Saturday with “The Tortoise and the Heir” and “Pitch Purrfect” beginning at noon ET/11:00am CT on Discover Family.

StatManDan