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Re: That pony thread

Postby Kerreth » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:10 am

Dr. Hooves (spelled without the W) is now Hasbro approved.
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Re: That pony thread

Postby Pie » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:41 pm

Since Bear's dad will be moving into the place we are currently moving from; he's been moving some of his stuff in as we've packed ours. We set up his Netflix a few days back and we got to check out and watch the first few episodes of MLP:FiM. XD It's pretty cool.~ It's impressively built and I can really respect all the work and thought that went into the series so far. =) It has the feeling of being made for younger audiences, but I've been enjoying it; admitting-ly I think a little more the further we get. XD

-anyway, aside from that, I was just curious about what a lot of you MLP fans like so much about the series and what you get out of it. =) What is it about the series that has captured your interest and has propelled you into fandom.
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Re: That pony thread

Postby Alexx » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:38 pm

Pie wrote:-anyway, aside from that, I was just curious about what a lot of you MLP fans like so much about the series and what you get out of it. =) What is it about the series that has captured your interest and has propelled you into fandom.

Well, for one: I've always been a fan of animation. I'll never get tired of cartoons, and I've tried to keep up with various toons over the years reagrdless of my age. What I like is an interesting premise, comedy, voice acting, and writing. In terms of this new MLP toon, well...it has it all! I wouldn't have called this an interesting premise in the past, but they've built such an interesting world out of a simple idea. Obviously though, the kicker is the comedy - that's what drew me in, and that's what had me suggest it to my wife. She was just as surprised as I was!

Thing is...why should I have to be surprised by this? Just goes to show that a little hard work can make anything wonderful. A snappy, comedic line will cross all barriers and allow parents and children to fully enjoy the same show. It shows talent in many areas, and it only serves to bring out the best in all the people involved. A snappy line will make people smile, they'll feed off each other and keep up the writing, and then the voice actors will enjoy thier work all the more when it's something they can laugh with. When a voice actor can enjoy the characters they are voicing, then you get good voice acting!

And heck, the animation is just awesome as well. I like the stylized look. It's cute like it's supposed to be, but gets rid of the classic sappy look that doesn't really show the individual personalities of the characters. I mean, look up what the ponies have looked like in the earlier 2000's and try to tell me what thier personalities might have been like. Now look at the new stuff and take a guess! You'll be getting more ideas from the new designs than you will with the old stuff.

In short: they built characters with purpose, they wrote funny dialogue and interesting stories, and they worked on building a world to put it all in. So when you look at all the work they put into this, you can see how that much work would make anything great!
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Re: That pony thread

Postby Tehwilburforce » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:09 pm

I am a huge fan of cartoons as well. I grew up on a bunch of old favorites from Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. One of these was the Powerpuff Girls. I didn't mind cute shows so much, though I was afraid to have my friends see me watching them(I don't care, now, though). What MLP and The Powerpuff Girls did is take something that was intended mostly for a certain demographic (In this case, young girls) and make appealing enough for anyone.

On another note, I also love my fellow bronies. It is probably the only fandom I have become majorly invested in. The people I have met at various brony sites are very kind and welcoming. I am actually part of a league for semi-competitive TF2 that's run and populated entirely by bronies. It's so much fun. Nobody gives you a hard time for not being so good at the game and the group has even established a school for new recruits to be trained in the game's techniques, so that we can develop our skills enough to join one of the teams. I can't think of any other group who'd put that much work into something for their new members.
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Re: That pony thread

Postby Soeroah » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:01 am

Copy pasting my thoughts from another site =P


For me, it was nice to see a modern cartoon that felt like something from my childhood, instead of what I usually see on TV now. I first watched MLP:FiM as a curiosity, to see what I would think. While it was a bit of a struggle adapting and watching the first couple of episodes, I quickly began to enjoy the characters, the humour, the music, the animation, the stories and the songs. I guess that's a lot of what I like about the show, in my opinion it's just good, and I think that view is shared by a lot of the fans.

I'm also a bit of a fan of the fanbase. I understand there are some unsavoury types, but there are shady parts of just about every fanbase. From what I've seen, though, the majority of the fans are passionate and fun-loving people who go out of their way to help people where they can, something I don't usually see with other fanbases. While I try not to generalise, I've noticed a lot of fanbases have a bit of an aggressive attitude, while the bronies tend to be more defensive. They usually won't begrudge anyone their own opinions as long as they aren't being unfairly targeted.

I love how fast the fanbase puts out new art, music remixes and animations. If we don't count the latest songs, I think the record is a song being remixed within three hours of being heard for the first time outside the offices. It's been said that the FiM adult fanbase tends to be very art-focused, so there are a LOT of comics, pictures, animations and the like out there, generated all the time, which further interests me.

Finally, I think I'm quite a fan of the creators of the show. They know about us older fans, and they support us. Just recently there was an entirely fan-created convention where 4,000 fans got to meet writers, animators and voice actors/actresses for the show. Those professionals were only allowed to go with Hasbro's consent, which means Hasbro basically said "sure" to at least 15 people who worked on the show and let them interact with the fans over a few days.

The fans love the show, the people who work on the show love the fans and the fans love the people who work on the show. It's a wonderful community of give-and-take, in my eyes. Episodes have references to popular culture and the adult fanbase. For example, one scene was almost a shot-by-shot parody of a Star Wars scene, another included a Big Lebowski reference. At least one character has become the "symbol" of the fanbase, and the fan-name for here was made canon. Official advertisements include shout-outs to the Bronies.



So, in addition to the animation, music, storylines and voice acting all being quite fantastic in my opinion, I also love stuff outside of the show- the fanbase, the creators, the content generation. I mean, a season 3 song has already been remixed and covered, and season 3 doesn't start for a few more months yet.
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Re: That pony thread

Postby Kerreth » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:52 pm

So I'm rewatching season 1 on Netflix now, so I'm "prepared" (or something) to watch season 2 (I've only seen the first 3 or 4 episodes and then the last 2), and AWKWARD NETFLIX PREVIEW SHOT.

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Re: That pony thread

Postby Tehwilburforce » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:29 pm

If that picture were darker, it could pass for a Scooby Doo/ponies crossover.
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Re: That pony thread

Postby Pie » Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:01 pm

I know this is probably kinda old now, but I've been meaning to post this for a while. XD

MLP:Fighting is Magic

The current build of the game looks rather impressive. =D
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Re: That pony thread

Postby Pie » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:34 pm

oh! -and thanks everyone for your input on why you like the series, community, etc. I think it's really awesome that the producers embrace the community, it's definitely the right way to go! XD I mean, why would you alienate people who are huge fans of your work, right? =D I think it's really interesting reading about the bond that has developed in Pony fan communities. I wonder if a lot of it boils down to the idea that since they are huge fans of what many "normal" adults would consider to be a "kids' show" and experiencing the fear of being judged by other adults lets them accept others easier out of compassion. '_'

Bear and I haven't gotten seen much more MLP since we moved since we watched the first few episodes on his dads Netflix, but I was enjoying it and admit was kinda of sad at the idea of not seeing more after the move.

-and like Alexx, I'm a huge fan of animation. =D
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Re: That pony thread

Postby Soeroah » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:13 pm

Weeell, Hasbro is surprisingly okay with the show being up on YouTube, if you've got access to YouTube. Could watch the episodes there =P


Like, Hasbro's REALLY good about it. The only reason they take some episodes down or send cease and desist letters to people who make and sell fan-produced toys based on the show is because American laws apparently force them to defend their copyright once an infringement has been reported or they lose it completely. An odd law, yes, but one Hasbro only enacts when forced to.

So don't feel bad about watching the episodes on YouTube if you can- Hasbro knows it's how the show got so popular!
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