Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

I'm trying to spread the gospel on how awesome 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic' is. So, uh, bear with me here.  This show is totally not gay.  A month ago, after constantly seeing people on the internet talk about how awesome this show is, I decided to cave in and finally watch it on youtube out of morbid curiosity.  I was surprised at how good this show really is and have been looking forward to every new episode since.

So far I've been asked 'what the hell are you doing watching a show for little girls?'  I don't believe this show is necessarily directed at little girls, but it's still a kids show with a moral at the end of every episode.  Lauren Faust, veteran animator and creator of the show, said this show was made to be 'more accessible' to wider audiences and I think she did a good job at doing just that.

I wanna say the humor is kind of similar to how 'The Simpsons' was thirteen years ago (before they resorted to having stupid, pointless plots and relying solely on celebrity guests).  There's no crude humor, fart jokes, or anything of that nature, however there are some Looney Tunes-type antics in the show.

There are short bursts of background music constantly playing throughout 75%-85% of the show (similar in style to Looney Tunes) and it really adds a lot to set the tone of the scene.  Yes, occasionally there is some actual singing (roughly 1 in 5 episodes features a four minute song) but its not teeth-cringing.  Its pretty damn good, actually - and catchy too .  Okay, one exception is "Over a Barrel,"  which was a fucking awful episode to begin with and the annoying song just made it worse.  "Dog and Pony Show" didn't have any singing in it, but was still a horrible episode too, mostly because of the annoying voice-overs.  But a lot of TV series have a bad episode or two, so I'm hoping these were just flukes.

The animation is really fluid and well done.  The backgrounds are pretty detailed and animated seamlessly with the foreground characters.  Small things like ponies gesturing with their hooves, or making wildly exaggerated facial expressions really makes the show more alive and adds to the humor.

I'm serious about this.  Watch Episode 3 right now. You don't need to watch episodes 1 and 2, but they help establish the characters and the basic concepts of the show.  However, because it is a two-part episode, I don't feel like it's a solid representation of the rest of the series.  Episode 3 follows the 'regular' format and does a good job itself introducing each of the six main characters and is a good one to start with.

I caught about five minutes of the old MLP cartoon from the 80's and it's amazing how braindead those shows really were. Actually, now that I mention it, I'd say about 90% of cartoons in the 80's and 90's are just blatant, horribly-animated toy advertisements and are completely unwatchable today.  If someone tells you cartoons today suck and that they don't make 'em like they did in the 80's, be sure to kick their teeth out for talking such foolishness and make them actually endure an episode of GI-Joe, Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, or Transformers!

If you finish an episode feeling like you're not 'getting it,' then check your pulse.  What's the polite way of telling someone "you have no soul"?  Because I really don't know.  So just turn in your MAN CARD, dude, because I don't even know what to tell you.  Seriously.

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