My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
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 Canada Canada
 United States
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 an American-Canadian cartoon that is shown on The Hub. 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 | edit source]

The main characters are:

  • Twilight Sparkle — A violet unicorn 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 | edit source]

Even though the show has a target demographic of young girls, it 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". 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 lead 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. 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 "Equestria Girls" ad.

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