It’s been quite a while since my last post. I thought I might share my thoughts on the show and the fandom.
I still remember the day; February 18, 2011. My friend linked me a picture from a site called “Knowyourmeme”. It wasn’t a pony picture he linked, but something totally different. I clicked around on the site and discovered this “My little pony” article. My first thought was it’s some new kids show, and that they did a good job with the art style. So I gave the show a go. I watched the first few episodes and was surprisingly impressed.
My interest in modern cartoons from 2000 onwards was limited. I grew up with Reboot and Animaniacs, and I felt that newer cartoons couldn’t compare to these. However, MLP was a good example that even shows made today can be enjoyable.
So, for those who don’t watch the show; What makes MLP worth watching?
There are many qualities the show has, and I’m sure everyone has a different opinion. While I don’t think there is one quality that outweighs the others, I definitely think that well developed characters that feel believable, is a great example of why the show is a success.
The voice actors and actresses fit well for their characters. The writers do a great job making sure these characters always feel fresh. Every episode shows something new about a character that’s entertaining.
Another great feature of the show is the music. While I wasn’t too fond of musicals in shows growing up, I enjoy the amount of energy the songs bring to the show.
My Little Pony has always been designed as a show for girls, however, the 2011 show was created with a larger audience in mind. Specifically speaking, children and their parents.
Many shows designed for girls are commonly associated with pink. Usually quite a lot of pink too. To reach a larger audience, the show features a wider variety of color.
While tv commercials for toys, and the toys themselves are still marketed the same way since 1983 (When MLP was first created), the show itself is very different.
The show being entertaining is just one aspect of it. Every episode teaches a life lesson – something we could all pay more attention to. For example: In the episode “Dragonshy”, Fluttershy, a timid pegasus pony, is afraid to face an enormous dragon. She gains the courage to stand up to it once it knocks her friends out of the way.
In “Baby cakes”, Pinkie Pie, a bouncy party loving pony, learns how difficult responsibility can be for taking care of two babies while the parents are out.
Every episode can show examples of life lessons we should be familiar with. These are not limited to teaching children, but to adults as well. It’s something that is well talked about among the fandom too. The show has inspired multiple charities, including http://broniesforgood.org
Overall, the fandom has raised thousands of dollars for charity.
Every fan of the show is different. Some like to just watch the show, others like to make art, some enjoy creating music…the list goes on. The community is very diverse.
Overall, MLP-FiM is a well made, positive show with a broad fanbase. I think if the fans of the show are inspired to do acts of kindness, tolerance, and charity, that’s doing the world some good. More importantly, showing examples of these things in every day situations is setting a good example for others.