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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1200 on: August 22, 2012, 12:03:40 am »
You know, even though my collection is a bit limited, I do have all of you beat out, because I have a limited edition SDCC Derpy Hooves...MUFFIN!!

Yes, and I'll be looting your corpse for that sooner or later~

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1201 on: August 22, 2012, 11:43:05 pm »
You know, even though my collection is a bit limited, I do have all of you beat out, because I have a limited edition SDCC Derpy Hooves...MUFFIN!!

Yes, and I'll be looting your corpse for that sooner or later~

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1202 on: August 26, 2012, 02:33:35 am »
I think I finally figured out just what it is that caused Friendship is Magic to develop such a following.

The kinds of people that are fans of the show were also fans of 80s and 90s cartoons when growing up.  Quite frankly, most of what is released today absolutely pales in comparison to what was released back then.  In fact, "good cartoon" has become an oxymoron lately.

And there's another thing.  Just because we're adults doesn't mean we magically stopped being fans of cartoons.  Cartoons helped raise us.  They're a part of our identity, our culture.

Friendship is Magic is rare in that it's a cartoon that doesn't suck nowadays.  It's nothing too innovative (other than being the first girl's cartoon since She-Ra to not suck) but in a way, that's why it appeals to us.

It is what we have been missing.  A decent cartoon for us to enjoy.  To remind us of the Age of Imagination that has faded away.

Quite honestly, except for nostalgia channels, Friendship is Magic is superior to most cartoons on television today.  It actually manages to be more clever, witty, and funny than shows that are actually directed at adults (when cartoons aimed at adults are dumber and less mature than a show aimed at little kids, there's something fucked up in the world)

...It's kinda odd, but MLPFIM is actually more mature and intelligent than a lot of cartoons today (and, to an extent, more intelligent than a lot of other shows, too.)  Which is part of why it's so good - it's not condescending towards its target audience.

It is an oasis in a desert of bad television.  And animals all like to gather together at the watering hole.

That being said, I still miss the Age of Imagination, but Friendship is Magic helps a bit with that.

Now... is it a show aimed at little kids?  Yes.  We bronies are a periphery demographic.  Should we feel ashamed for watching it?

Nope. C. S. Lewis said it best.

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1203 on: August 26, 2012, 03:15:15 am »
Well, I kinda thought most of that was obvious, Zachski.

I mean... it's really not hard to see the difference between modern cartoons and the ones from, say, the early 90s. They've been, as a whole, getting dumber and dumber for years. Most don't even try to be intelligent or tell a story anymore. They just throw random bullshit at kids in the hopes of making them laugh.

In the end, I think a lot of it boils down to perception. People automatically associate anything animated with children. Very few people are willing to looking at "cartoon" as a medium that can be used to express a multitude of different things, rather than a singular genre. For instance, Avatar: The Last Airbender was the first US cartoon in years that actually used animation to tell an epic story, rather than as a delivery vehicle for slapstick comedy.

Now we have MLP:FiM that tries to fall somewhere between Avatar and a more traditional cartoon. It tells a cohesive story, but in a far more episodic manner, and with lots of funny stuff mixed in. But there's still a solid story in there being told.

That's really, at the end of the day, what so many modern cartoons lack. Any kind of actual story. They spend all their time displaying random events that never actually lead anywhere. Maybe that's fine when your target audience is 7 year olds, and the next year it's the new batch of 7 year olds and you don't care about the ones who are 8 now. But it doesn't lead to anything resembling a fanbase, because the people who enjoy the show change as the old audience grows bored and a new one takes its place until it grows bored too.

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1204 on: August 26, 2012, 03:46:13 am »
That's the problem... cartoons today treat 7 year olds like they're stupid.

When I was 7, I loved Pirates of Darkwater.  That was an epic show with epic storytelling.

Best of all, it didn't talk down to the kids.  It told a story for the purpose of entertainment.  It gave us adventure, which is what we wanted.

Television today, outside of imported cartoons, tends to be stupid.  I mean, granted, there were some good shows between 2000 and 2010, but they were the kinda showed that got axed halfway through in favor of pushing more mind-numbing crap through.  (Dragon Booster, American Dragon Jake Long, etc.)

Honestly, I'm not even sure what passes for cartoons today.  Thundercats 2011 was GREAT, being basically the new Avatar in storytelling equivalency.  However, it doesn't seem like it's going to continue past the second season, despite being in the middle of the story.  (This is one thing I would be glad to be proven wrong on)

I think Legend of Korra is the only other good cartoon nowadays...

So many cartoons that lack adventure.  Even FiM has more adventure than 90% of TV today, and it's a fucking slice of life cartoon XD
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1205 on: August 26, 2012, 12:50:18 pm »
A few other cartoons that got axed in favor of dreck? Megas XLR, Life and Times of Juniper Lee, and Samurai Jack.

Seeing MLP not only survive, but THRIVE in this day and age? Luna's Night, that makes me proud.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1206 on: August 26, 2012, 01:28:17 pm »
1. I will never stop loving cartoons
2. I will never stop loving "kid stuff".
3. Samurai Jack was an awesome cartoon, but I like a lot of Genndy Tartakovsky's work, such as Dexter's Laboratory, and Star Wars:Clone Wars(though I wish the episodes were a little longer, I didn't like that the episodes were only 15 minutes long).
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1207 on: August 26, 2012, 02:32:29 pm »
For those interested in pony-related games, here's a little promo for what seems like a grimdark-ish game...

http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/08/welcome-to-ponyville-act-1-announcement.html#more
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1208 on: August 26, 2012, 04:58:25 pm »
The Lyra part about humans existing and Celestia covering it up, cracked me up.

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1209 on: August 29, 2012, 10:43:46 pm »
Apparently, that Derpy in-joke isn't just restricted to the show anymore...

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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1210 on: August 29, 2012, 10:56:37 pm »
That's because Derpy is the best background pony.


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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1211 on: September 01, 2012, 12:36:07 am »
Speaking of background ponies, I guess I can post my even more updated collection:



I am currently satisfied with this set~

And the extra Pinkie, Rainbow Dash, and Trixie I got are currently decorating the area around my computer now.

So many friggin' unicorns...
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1212 on: September 02, 2012, 04:20:55 pm »
OMFG NIGHTMARE MOON IS OUT??

Is Zecora out too?  Want.  Zebra.
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1213 on: September 02, 2012, 07:00:42 pm »
OMFG NIGHTMARE MOON IS OUT??

Is Zecora out too?  Want.  Zebra.

Zecora's out, glows in the freaking dark, and is sold at Toys R Us.  Shall I get you one, lovely?
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Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
« Reply #1214 on: September 03, 2012, 10:28:43 pm »
OMFG NIGHTMARE MOON IS OUT??

Is Zecora out too?  Want.  Zebra.

Zecora's out, glows in the freaking dark, and is sold at Toys R Us.  Shall I get you one, lovely?

I think I'll stop by after work soon. :3
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