There’s a new show taking up home in my DVR and that show is “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”.
Wait. What. A KID’S show? A very GIRLY kids show? A remake of a girly 30-minute franchise advertisement series?
I grew up watching My Little Pony and My Little Pony Tales so when I heard about the reboot, I was ecstatic to revisit my childhood even though nostalgia is often blind in one eye.
It couldn’t be that bad, right?
I was slightly horrified to see the designs.
What I remember:
What I got:
This was NOT the My Little Pony I remembered. If the animation cel appearance is like the mellow taste of rum, this slick Flash animation was like being hit with a bottle of vodka with its crisp lines. Not to mention the very heavy anime-influenced look threw me for a loop. If MLP from the past looked like marshmallow horses, these guys looked like the 80% fat-free version with gumdrop eyes.
I still love anime but I’ve seen American cartoons try to emulate the wrong things in anime when they try to capitalize on its success in the USA. They would fail horribly since they would focus on only the visual gags and not character or story depth.