My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Genre
Format Animated cartoon
Developed by Lauren Faust
Directed by Jayson Thiessen
James Wootton
Voices of Tara Strong
Ashleigh Ball
Andrea Libman
Tabitha St. Germain
Cathy Weseluck
Nicole Oliver
Madeleine Peters
Claire Corlett
Michelle Creber
Country of origin USA
Canada
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 91+ (84 aired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Lauren Faust
Running time 22 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel The Hub (USA)
Original run October 10, 2010 – present
Other websites
Official website

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a Canadian-American cartoon that is shown on The Hub and POP. It was made by Lauren Faust, who also worked on other cartoon shows which are The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. It started on October 10, 2010, and new episodes are still being made. The show's idea comes from the My Little Pony toys, which are made by the big toy company Hasbro.

Characters[change | change source]

The main characters are:

  • Twilight Sparkle — A violet alicorn pony with an indigo mane. She has a six-pointed star surrounded by 5 smaller stars as a "cutie mark" on her flank. She represents "Magic".
  • Applejack — An orange pony with a yellow mane. She has three red apples as a "cutie mark" on her flank. She represents "Honesty".
  • Rainbow Dash — A sky blue pegasus pony with a multicolored mane and tail. She has a rainbow-colored lightning bolt as a "cutie mark" on her flank. She represents "Loyalty".
  • Pinkie Pie — A pink pony with a magenta mane and tail. She has yellow and blue balloons as a "cutie mark" on her flank. She represents "Laughter".
  • Fluttershy — A yellow pegasus pony with a pink mane and tail. She has butterflies as a "cutie mark" on her flank. She represents "Kindness".
  • Rarity — A white unicorn pony with a purple mane and tail. She has diamonds as a "cutie mark" on her flank. She represents "Generosity".

Popularity on the internet[change | change source]

Despite the target demographic of young girls, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has become an Internet phenomenon with many fans of the show being males aged 15 to 35. The response from the Internet can be traced back to cartoon and animation fans on the Internet board 4chan.

In October 2010, shortly after the show's premiere, Web blog Cartoon Brew published an essay entitled "The End of the Creator-Driven Era in TV Animation", which had criticized the brand-backed show and cited "today networks clearly prefer established properties over original ideas, and dislike dealing with individual artists who have a clear creative vision".[1] The members of "/co/", who hadn't seen the show yet, considered the alarmist nature of the essay and began watching the show, they liked the show for the plot, characters, and animation style. Their reaction soon spread to the general board, "/b/", of 4chan. The reaction from 4chan created numerous My Little Pony recurring jokes and memes on the site.

Fans of the shows call themselves "brony", combination of the words "bro" and "pony"; even though it was originally only implied for male fans but the word has now become cross-gender in describing any older fans of the cartoon. A parody of Katy Perry's "California Gurls" called Equestria Girls, was used for an ad by The Hub for the show, the lyrics also acknowledge the word "brony". It's title was later made into a movie which features human versions of the cast. Websites like "Equestria Daily" and "Ponychan" have been created to share stories, artwork, and news about the show. The websites receive more than 100,000 visits a day. A video made by a high school student named Stephen who was using science to dissect some of the physical impossibilities on My Little Pony as part of a class presentation, it was highlighted by several news outlets and was also featured on Tosh.0. During a phone interview on NPR's comedy radio show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in June 2011, former President Bill Clinton successfully answered three questions about the show which led one journalist to jokingly refer to him as a brony.

The creator and executive producer for the show, Lauren Faust, has shown appreciation for the older fans outside the demographic of the show through her DeviantArt page. In the first episode, a pegasus pony in the background was shown in one scene with a cross-eyes, which was a likely result of an animator error. The boards on 4chan dubbed the character "Derpy Hooves". Faust responded to the fans, having initially intended the character to be named "Ditzy", but let the Derpy name stick, and since have kept the Derpy character with the cross-eyed look, and incorporating her into a slapstick sight-gag during one episode.

As part of a relief effort for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, Faust auctioned several original drawings from the show along with a new sketch of Derpy Hooves. The Derpy Hooves sketch sold for more than $2000 on eBay.[2]

At the end of Season One, one of the show's animators affirmed that Derpy would be a scripted background character within Season 2. In the episode "The Last Roundup", which focuses on Applejack competing or the Equestria Rodeo, (This part uses he instead of she due to legal reasons.) Derpy Hooves was given a short speaking role and made her a major character and a series regular for this episode. Rainbow Dash mentions her name and she speaks with a young boy's voice, needless to say, that is a voice that is used for stallions. At first, people thought that she was voiced by Brian Drummond, but she was voiced by Tabitha St. Germain because she didn't notice that she was female. Parents complained that this was insensitive to people with disabilities, and Hasbro changed the episode by making the pony's voice more girly and cutting out her name. Another pony character which dawned neon colors, wearing sunglasses and manning a DJ mixer for one episode, was given the stage name of "DJ P0N-3" in a poll with the other choices being "DJ Clip Clop", "Scratch", "Deadhor5" and "DJ Raverider" by the fans[3] DJ P0N-3 was later used in the aforementioned Equestria Girls ad and made a cameo in another episode.

Episodes[change | change source]

Season One[change | change source]

  1. Friendship is Magic (Part 1)
  2. Friendship is Magic (Part 2)
  3. The Ticket Master
  4. Applebuck Season
  5. Griffon the Brush-off
  6. Boast Busters
  7. Dragonshy
  8. Look Before You Sleep
  9. Bridle Gossip
  10. Swarm of the Century
  11. Winter Wrap Up
  12. Call of the Cutie
  13. Fall Weather Friends
  14. Suited for Success
  15. Feeling Pinkie Keen
  16. Sonic Rainboom
  17. Stare Master
  18. Show Stoppers
  19. A Dog and Pony Show
  20. Green Isn't Your Color
  21. Over a Barrel
  22. A Bird in the Hoof
  23. The Cutie Mark Chronicles
  24. Owl's Well That Ends Well
  25. Party of One
  26. The Best Night Ever

Season Two[change | change source]

  1. The Return of Harmony (Part 1)
  2. The Return of Harmony (Part 2)
  3. Lesson Zero
  4. Luna Eclipsed
  5. Sisterhooves Social
  6. The Cutie Pox
  7. May the Best Pet Win!
  8. The Mysterious Mare Do Well
  9. Sweet and Elite
  10. Secret of My Excess
  11. Hearth's Warming Eve
  12. Family Appreciation Day
  13. Baby Cakes
  14. The Last Roundup
  15. The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000
  16. Read It and Weep
  17. Hearts and Hooves Day
  18. A Friend in Deed
  19. Putting Your Hoof Down
  20. It's About Time
  21. Dragon Quest
  22. Hurricane Fluttershy
  23. Ponyville Confidential
  24. MMMystery on the Friendship Express
  25. A Canterlot Wedding (Part 1)
  26. A Canterlot Wedding (Part 2)

Season Three[change | change source]

  1. The Crystal Empire (Part 1)
  2. The Crystal Empire (Part 2)
  3. Too Many Pinkie Pies
  4. One Bad Apple
  5. Magic Duel
  6. Sleepless in Ponyville
  7. Wonderbolt Academy
  8. Apple Family Reunion
  9. Spike at Your Service
  10. Keep Calm and Flutter On
  11. Just for Sidekicks
  12. Games Ponies Play
  13. Magical Mystery Cure

Season Four[change | change source]

  1. Princess Twilight Sparkle (Part 1)
  2. Princess Twilight Sparkle (Part 2)
  3. Castle-Mania
  4. Daring Don't
  5. Flight to the Finish
  6. Power Ponies
  7. Bats!
  8. Rarity Takes Manehattan
  9. Pinkie Apple Pie
  10. Rainbow Falls
  11. Three's a Crowd
  12. Pinkie Pride
  13. Simple Ways
  14. Filli Vanilli
  15. Twilight Time
  16. It Ain't Easy Being Breezies
  17. Somepony to Watch Over Me
  18. Maud Pie
  19. For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils
  20. Leap of Faith
  21. Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3
  22. Trade Ya
  23. Inspiration Manifestation
  24. Equestria Games
  25. Twilight's Kingdom (Part 1)
  26. Twilight's Kingdom (Part 2)

Season Five[change | change source]

A fifth season with 26 episodes is in production and will start airing sometime right at the end of either 2014 or the beginning of 2015.

References[change | change source]

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