Patton Oswalt is an amazing father

If my father had to have a discussion with someone in 1991 about Captain Planet, he wouldn’t be able to show the passion that Patton Oswalt shows in explaining his six year old daughter’s favorite cartoon, My Little Pony.

Why did I pick Captain Planet? I could have gone with Voltron, or something. Captain Planet was about a bunch of kids preventing people in industries, such as the Oil industry which my father was in at the time, from succeeding in life. He let me watch a show that, essentially, made him out to look like a villain. HUH!

Super_Mario_Bros_2Do you know what my father did do though? He got me and my siblings into Super Mario Bros., and he played it with us. Yep. He succeeded where you failed as a father, Patton! TAKE THAT!

Still though, kudos for not being the football dad of Star Wars.

Broadway actress Lena Hall blindly reacts to her episode of MLP

Seriously, is she a make a wish kid? This episode feels like Hasbro made it specifically for her. The thing I love about this blind react of her, is that you can tell how this is the most amazing thing in her life some how. I love her happiness so much, and at the end, where she wanted Daniel Ingram to make an entire album for her character, Countess Coloratura? Or how she seems to desperately eagerly wants to come back onto the show in the future?

I’m going to call it now. Lena Hall will be in the 2017 Theatrical MLP movie. If not that, then her character will show up in the next Equestria Girls movie… or both.

Below is a comparison video someone made of the finished version next to the animatic.

Stuff? Stuff Never Changes.

mistymmWe keep getting older, but the characters we love remain the same age. It’s a terrible thing, but what is even worse, is that as we get older, somethings just seem to drop off the face of The Earth.

I’ve never seen anyone cosplay the image to the left, of Misty as a Magikarp mermaid. Heck, she appeared that way only in the manga, so few people have even seen it.

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Spider-Girl? My favorite teenage character has been 15-16 since I was 13, and now I’m 30. Unlike Sailor Moon, Spider-Girl is still used in comics today, so that fact is a little awkward. At least some women still cosplay as a character that kind-of-sort-of looks like May Parker?

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The thing that sucks the most about being a fan, at least to me, is when you start to see the things you loved the most start to die out. It can be not seeing anyone cosplaying as Tenchi Muyo characters anymore, or simply a younger co-worker having no idea who Speedy Gonzales is. The point that I’m trying to make is, getting old sucks.

projectakomalibucomicI wonder if my high school English teacher stopped going to Project A-Kon once there was nothing related to Project A-Ko there. Just a random thought.

Perhaps I’m just bitter that I missed Retropalooza in September.

Now that I’ve at least made all of the 80’s kids from Generation Y feel old, I’d like to remind everyone that there is going to be a Power Rangers movie and a My Little Pony(G4) movie in 2017. That’s… something to live for, right? Maybe they wont be as terrible as Jem and The Holograms? Also, Chloë Grace Moretz is going to be Ariel in the live action The Little Mermaid movie. That’s nifty too…

Big Mac speaks about Trans issues

cousinappleorchardPeter New, voice of Big Macintosh in My Little Pony, speaks about his episode in where his character dresses up as a filly in order to help his little sister in the absence of middle sister Applejack. It’s good to hear that the voice actor is speaking out about this issue, as apparently there have been jokes thrown at the transgendered communities over it. Below, is his facebook post.

I recognize and understand that some are hurt by Brotherhooves Social. And that this trope of a man in a dress cannot live in a political vacuum when trans people still suffer the indignities and violence that society heaps upon them. And I also know that I won’t convince everyone with this, but here goes anyway – I’ll not say another word on the matter online:

My character on MLP doesn’t say much. He thinks a lot, and feels a lot, but feels compelled – for various reasons – not to speak unless pressed. He doesn’t feel free, perhaps, to be his inner self out loud. Among the things (desperation/loyalty/love) that put him in a dress is freedom. He feels liberated. He can TALK and be the person he always felt he couldn’t be.

His fear for me isn’t that he’ll be discovered as a man. It’s that he’ll be discovered as wrong, or as vulnerable, or as less than perfect. At his lowest point when he loses the race and he has to face himself again and in the eyes of his community, no one criticizes, no one laughs, no one shames him – not for his actions, nor for his mistakes, and certainly not for dressing as a woman.

I know that it’s difficult (an understatement) to be trans. I’ve seen how hard it is personally and I’ve been good and I’ve been bad at handling it, too. I wish I could have been more like Apple Bloom in the closing moments, letting Big Mac know that it’s ok to talk – but as the person he is, not a person so far removed from himself that he doesn’t say what he means anyway. And he does open up and it’s beautiful.

There are so many who seem feel that the trope leads the society. But this is never the case. Gun violence is not motivated by guns in games. And similarly I can’t think that transmisogyny is motivated by this trope – particularly not this iteration of it, which to me is saying “be your beautiful self, whomever that self turns out to be.” If society changes, the trope will change or die. I already feel like it’s changing through our work here, becoming a thing not to be laughed at or scorned, but rather to be accepted and embraced. I know that if it had served the story Dave Polsky would have happily, bravely, and tenderly changed him into a filly.

To my mind anyone laughing just because a stallion’s wearing frills is behind the times. Anyone circulating that embarrassingly horrid ‘Call me Caitlyn’ Orchard Blossom meme is beyond reprehensible.

peternew-twitterClearly we have a long way to go towards accepting our trans brothers and sisters as full and equal human beings, and we should be doing that work, absolutely. But can we back away from the vitriol please and look at this sweet story? And on the other side, if you’re one of the blockheads who think it’s funny that someone has grown up an alien in their own skin, gaslit every day until they finally have the guts to come out, when they lose half the people who love them, and are denied the rights of personhood, gee, it’s time for you to break your entitled self-serving world view apart and grow into the good people you are majestically failing to be right now.

This is a kids show. It’s not about anything more than friendship- and the powerful notion that it’s magic. And that through it we learn to make every effort to treat our fellow humans kindness and respect and acceptance.

Peace to you all.

LBGT rights now.

I feel that people are looking at this episode, and having the blanket statement “crossdressing makes fun of Transpeople, always.” If Big Mac had only done this to win something, maybe, but he did this to help his little sister. Here’s the ending  the episode… I feel that it justifies the episode decently.

Men are allowed to have feelings. Men are allowed to care. Maybe PBS’ Idea Channel had it right about this fandom.