MLP leaks again, apparently?

mylittleponyposterOnce again, there has been a massive MLP leak for Season 8, potential plans for ending the show with Season 9, another Friendship is Magic Movie, a 5th Generation CGI series where some of the FIM characters seem to have re-designs or might be dropped completely…  oh, and some episodes of course.

Long story short, the end is nigh, but I can’t legally share any of the leaked info, nor can I really… um… find all of the videos online? *sigh* I just got to it too late, ya know?

 

 

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The Grim Dark Pound Puppies Reboot We Need

pound puppiesI will be honest with you… I have not seen the latest pound puppies cartoon… maybe it’s amazing? But perhaps it’s not as good as what my generation had in the 1980’s? I just watched a clip… and apparently they aren’t even anthropomorphic, they are just talking animals. Okay? But what if they reboot it again? What would that be like?

tempestThe original series had them walking on two legs a lot, and wearing clothes, thus it seems like a natural fit to place them in the same universe as My Little Pony Universe… especially since they have recently embraced other furry characters such as Capper from the movie, plus steam punk air ship technology. Also, Tempest in the movie was pretty grim and gritty with the scar over her eye and a broken lightning vomitting horn… so let’s keep that in mind alongside the most popular Hasbro movie series ever, Michael Bay’s Transformers.

Hitler Hogans heroes.pngHogan’s Heroes! Imagine The Pound Puppies characters as if they are in a P.O.W. prison in Equestria, and ponies would be The Germans in this scenario!

The show pretty much writes it self, right? RIGHT?!

tartarusOkay… this idea might be a bit too far out there for Hasbro… but the toy sales alone would be phenomenal! More boys could watch ponies without fear of persecution!

It’s fun to dream.

Let’s talk about Nightmare Nights

NMNDNightmare Nights this year was amazing. This 5 year My Little Pony fan convention was possibly the most fun that I’ve had at a convention in a while. True, this is what I said about the third and last year of Fiesta Equestria, but I definitely meant it both times.

P1160149 EditThis last year of Nightmare Nights was just that, it’s last year. They had announced it was it’s last year on their website, we all knew what we were getting into, and because of that, they got way more people than they expected, selling out of their V.I.P. passes, shirts, etc. I even went to it because I could not sit on the sidelines any longer.

You see, this convention was not just Dallas’ last Brony convention, but Texas’ as well. It sucks, and that feeling was apparent for all 3 days sure, but really hitting home on Sunday… especially when I started whistling the song ‘Winter Wrap Up’ and a person said something like, ‘sad, isn’t it?’

NMNguestsTo back up, let me explain that this convention had amazing guests from the show and comic: Lauren Faust, Elley-Ray Hennessy, Tony Fleecs, Nick Confalone, Jim Miller, Shannon Chan-Kent, Andrea Libman, G. M. Berrow, and M. A. Larson.

giant toblerone.pngMy favorites, however, was youtuber Dusty Katt as well as the band The Wonderbolts. Dusty Katt was in charge of the charity auction, where he shaved off his mustache, someone from the convention bought a $6,000 artbook only to give it back to the woman who had donated it, as well as a… giant… Toblerone? It had a lot of signatures from guests, and that was pretty cool.

DSC01535.JPGThe Wonderbolts! Band is a Brony band that does both covers of songs with their own unique sound, as well as songs discussing moments in both the show as well as the fandom. They really rock, and they have made my last two conventions amazing

DSC01531.JPGNow, The Wonderbolts to me, are what Poochy was to Homer Simpson on the Simpsons. Anytime they weren’t on stage I kept wondering, ‘Hey, where are The Wonderbolts?’ Sadly, my recording of them in concert messed up. Two of The Wonderbolts did a sing-a-long on Sunday that was pretty entertaining.

There were a lot of panels from the creative side of the fan community. Animation, Web comics, Fan Fiction, Music, pretty much every genre that could have had a presence there did, and that is pretty cool. They had a Who’s line is it anyway styled panel, and that too was nifty.

P1160147The artist alley and the dealer’s room was… well… existed? I’m guessing that the difference is that one space was cheaper than the other, so the larger stands went into the dealer’s room? I don’t know. They had some cool stuff, and I even purchased some art… so yay?

DSC01607Now it’s time for some of the negative aspects of this convention. First off, it was it’s last. Second off… it was it’s last. Third? The cosplay show.

I have been spoiled by anime conventions that take cosplay very seriously, let me start off with that. The room was the same one that was used for the sing-a-long and karaoke… and it was not set up properly. There were chairs in front, which is true, but there was also a bunch of chairs with tables in the back… it wasn’t cleared… it was hard to see due to the elevation not being that high… Main events is really where cosplay should be at a convention. That said, eh…?

DSC01577.JPGThe MC did not do a great job separating the divisions, the cosplayers did not do what I expected of walking on stage, striking a few poses while pausing for photos, and then slowly walking off stage. It’s typically walk on, pose, pose pose, walk off… and the people running it did not have them do that… which is a nit pick, but some of the better cosplays really should have had us focus on them for longer to truly appreciate them. I did appreciate that they let anime, video game, and OC characters into the show though. That was pretty cool.

P1160150.JPGFourthly… The Game Room? It seemed to be a BYOG situation, and people did eventually bring more stuff to play, but there were only two video game consoles eventually set up… and I just think that this room could have been better utilized either in it’s execution of a game room, or as something radically different… after all, rooms are not cheap.

The convention was pretty emotional, and I loved most of it. Closing ceremonies had a lot of great stories being told, and tears were shed as people explained why this community has pretty much saved lives… one way, or another.

Then they played a joke on us, as they sent us on our way home thinking that there would be a convention next year, but ultimately we are still left with the same question we had when we arrived at the convention: Where do we go from here?

20171027_030439The MLP community has had a taste of convention life, and no one knows where they should go to wet their appetite. Furry, Anime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy conventions? Maybe… but that wont feel like home, and how a space feels is important. From my gatherings, there might be a mass exodus from Texas to other states for MLP conventions, and that might help convention such as Brony Con which their attendance in 2017 is down from their record breaking 2015 year by 38%.

Texas gas station Buc-ee’s has an MLP display… maybe we can just hang out there until we have a place of our own? Who knows… things aren’t looking great for the fandom though.

For more convention photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/netsenshi/albums/72157665655388659

My Little Pony went full furry, and what that means.

capperWith the theatrical My Little Pony movie, we are introduced to Taye Diggs’ anthropomorphic cat character Capper, who is a complicated not due to his role in the movie, but the sheer fact that he exists. You see, he’s a cat, but the pony Rarity has a pet cat. They live in a world where you can either be an animal animal, or now an anthropomorphic animal of the same type. I mean… the ponies were only slightly anthropomorphic, but they at least stood mostly on all fours… unlike say… Bojack Horseman.

Goofy-and-Pluto-DisneyNow, while this is as weird as Disney’s Goofy walking Pluto, I do want to point something out: This problem already existed in the show.

There were characters introduced in the season 1 episode: A Dog and Pony Show, called The Diamond Dogs. These were mostly dogs that were evil, wore some clothes, spoke, etc. and people were okay with it.

diamond dogsNow, once again, Apple Jack has a dog, and these are anthropomorphic dogs… so that now begs two questions. Question one: Are there real ponies or horses in the my little pony universe, and Question two: Are there more anthropomorphic versions of ponies or horses in said universe?

There was an episode of My Little Pony season 1, episode twenty-six where Twilight Sparkle transformed a bunch of mice into actual, full sized horses.

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So we, as a fandom, have to admit that this show has always been furry light. This is a world with different tiers of animals, that goes from normal to different levels of animal/human like. Unlike say, Adventure Time, this doesn’t mean that this world was our Earth however, and that radiation morphed people an animals into things. This, being a world that embraces magic, has infinite possibilities… except that there may not be any humans in it, some how…

EQUESTRIA-GIRLS-POSTER_425x612… because you know, multi colored humans only exist on the other side of the mirror, at least in The Equestria Girls movies. Once passed said threshold ponies turn into humans and dragons into… dogs for some reason… and… once that magic leaks into this pastel human world… sometimes certain people become more pony like?

My Little Pony is a little crazy, okay? There are dragons, normal animals, talking animals, and so far no humans in the actual world until the show proves us otherwise…

original mlp movie

which… they easily could as there is precedence in the original show. *sigh* So… I guess things might get even furrier in the future. Now that Texas is all out of brony conventions… sadly, I know which type of conventions MLP fans are eventually going to migrate towards… *sigh*

I didn’t even have time to mention the parrot pirates who are birds who can’t fly that the movie introduced…

My little Hakusho

yuyuToday we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Yu Yu Hakusho! On October 10, 1992December 17, 1994 they made an anime adaptation of the manga of the manga that ran from December 3, 1990 – July 25, 1994.

For almost 27 years, the world has had the adventures of Yusuke Urameshi and his friends in one form or another, and that’s pretty darn awesome.

MLPList01Also today is the 7th anniversary of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The series premiered on October 10, 2010, on The Hub, and it is currently in theaters. It is the 4th generation of My little Pony, going back to it’s first cartoon that took place in 1986, and before that it was a toy line called My Pretty Pony going back to 1981.

Please note that this My Pretty Pony has nothing to do with the Stephen King short story by the same name in 1989. I mean, how awesome would that be if it was though?

My Little Pony – The Movie: Review

mylittleponyposterLast night, I watched The My Little Pony The Movie at my local theater. Before I went, I made the mistake of trying to find a Brony shirt from the following stores: Hot Topic, Media Magic, Spencer’s, Think Geek, and Wal-Mart. None of those stores had anything MLP related in the men’s or even the women’s section, except for Wal-Mart having a G1 shirt. I wanted to mention this, due to the fact that it’s worrisome when a movie such as this comes out without a merchandise blitz. It’s honestly enough to make you question if the fandom is dying, and I really hope that I am wrong to be worried.

mlpmoviereviewNow, I went into this movie 30 minutes before worried, because I was the only one in there. 15 minutes before, one other guy showed up, then a couple of families. Then, I met someone who saw my Fiesta Equestria 2015 shirt and sat next to me. My shirt was a mistake.

This brony was very polite, asked to sit next to me, and despite him being a senior in high school, I agreed because the show is supposed to bring fans of all ages together. The kid was a little odd, and was most likely somewhere on the spectrum, but hey I have a touch of the deficit when it comes to paying attention, so who am I to judge. I had to eventually sit a seat away from him, as he kept rocking back and forth and laughing to himself… I was just uncomfortable, honestly. He wanted to be twitter or facebook friends,but I declined as the last thing a 32 year old needs is more 17 year old friends…

Hanazuki Full of TreasuresThe Movie started with an unexpected splash card explaining that there was going to be a short cartoon before it called Hanazuki: Full of Treasures, which I was unaware of. It was ok… but I personally think that if they were going to go with a girl in space, why did they not go with Lauren Faust’s Milky Way and The Galaxy Girls, but whatever. It was cute, and unoffensive, and short. I would have proffered an Equestria Girls short, but whatever. MOVIE TIME!

I am going to spoil The Movie, just a heads up. If I was to score this movie, as a Brony, I would say that it was a 7-7.5 being generous. As a movie goer, I would argue that this movie is a 5, at best. The reason for my low score, is due to the fact that we have seen most of what The Movie does before in The Show, and honestly… The Show did most of it better and with a faster pace.

Trailer_promo_shot_of_the_Storm_King_MLPTMI said that The Show did things better than what The Movie did, and if you want my examples for it, watch the two part finally from Season 4, against Lord Tirek. He was a better fleshed out character, and the journey to the final encounter is certainly better, and heck the fight scene is better against Tirek than The Storm King, who honestly is the weakest main villain to date. Liev Schreiber gave a decent enough performance, and was sort of William Dafoe like, but  since we focus so much on Tempest Shadow, we never really get a feel for him other than his base personality.

I mention Tirek and Storm King because The Movie was first announced October 20, 2014, and Tirek was the season 4 villain on May 10, 2014 so they were both most likely conceptualized around the same time.

S4Nightmare Moon, Discord, Chrysalis, Twilight Sparkle, King Sombra, Tirek, and Starlight Glimmer were all better villains with better motivations. Hell, even Sunset Shimmer from The Equestria Girls movie was better or even Trixie who was just in a couple random episodes.

All right, well… maybe the plot was not that great, but how was everything else? The animation change from Flash to Toon Boom is a bit jarring. Thankfully, this movie does it better than when Digimon made a movie and changed it’s art style up. The colors are vivid, the animation is fluid, but everything seems a little off considering how things normally look.

eye eyeFor me, the most jarring thing was not the use of 3D for air ships, or how the mouths look animated… it’s their eyes. In comparison, here is Sailor Moon’s eye vs. Twilight Sparkle’s. The highlights and reflections put Sailor Moon’s to shame when you consider all of that shine and tiny sparkles inside of them make up MOST OF THE FACE for the characters, and they are HUGE on the big screen. Seriously, they look like doll eyes… which, to me is a little unsettling.

Perhaps eye I have gotten a little off topic. I gave this movie a 5-7.5 because ultimately, it’s a little ho hum. It does a lot without really doing much at all. It has celebrities but the characters they made for them are not used all that much and probably wont be used later on The Show.

songbirdThey have Sia who plays the performer Songbird Serenade, does an original song and, but the song is only all right and may not match the tone of The Movie/The Show, while Lena Hall’s TV show character Countess Coloratura did and her character played a major part in the plot of that episode. Sia’s character is just there, and I guess she’s there because she’s Sia? Weird Al’s character Cheese Sandwich has a cameo but has no speaking lines.

tempestEmily Blunt’s character Tempest Shadow is a Starlight Glimmer type of character, Taye Diggs’ character is a somewhat roguish anthropomorphic cat in a world with pets that are cats, Zoe Saldana is a cool parrot pirate who is there for a little bit so Rainbow Dash can sing another song about being awesome, and Michael Peña is there as the stupid henchman similar to the kind found in Disney’s Hercules or the Gargoyles from Disney’s Hunchback movie.

Kristin_Chenoweth_as_Princess_SkystarThose celebrity characters are just fine… but that’s the problem. They are just fine, but we never get enough time with them to develop them, so what was the point in spending the money and time on them? Kristin Chenoweth’s character Princess Skystar has probably the most screen time of the celebrity actors, and while she and her home are important to The Movie, the Mcguffin there is pointless and is never explained how it could exactly help, so she’s ultimately not that important outside of a friendship kind of way… which is a shame because I liked her character the most, possibly due to her interesting voice and the fact that she is a Broadway actress who is a great singer. Uzo Aduba, who played Skystar’s mother Queen Novo also did a fine job, and I wish I had more to say about her and her Mcguffin.

Oh, and all of The Show voice actresses are in The Movie, and they do pretty well, even if I do not love all of their songs. I wish I could talk about them more, but they did their jobs, and they did it well like the professionals they were. Fluttershy yay?
Sadly, their names do not appear on their movie poster, which I think is rather upsetting, and it may make some people think that Taye Diggs plays Pinkie Pie, and that Michael Peña plays Apple Jack.

Apparently Ninjago did not have their TV actors reprise their characters for their movie? Which I actually know nothing about. The Jetsons movie, reaching way back for this one, replaced Judy Jetson, so the fact that we have everyone, including Spike The Dragon, playing their actors is definitely a plus for this movie.

sunsetIf it feels like I am bagging on this movie, I’m sorry. I feel that if you are a fan of The Show, it is worth seeing, however it might be one of the lesser movies in the series, as I would put possibly the first Equestria Girls movie above this, and you never want to lose to your direct-to-dvd counterpart.

Don’t get me wrong, it is still better than some of the later movies though. I just have a ‘go big or go home’ mentality for Tv shows turned movie, as I remember when these used to come out all of the time and it actually was not always a good thing.

To wrap things up, I would like to say that I have faith in this series still, and I hope it has more movies. My experience is my experience, and unfortunately the circumstances in which I watched it, complete with a baby crying, makes me really weary seeing future My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movies in theater, as an adult with no kids… which maybe is for the best???

transformers_animated…. ….

Unless The Transformers show up. That would be incredibly insane, and I would respect the hell out of it… just because it was a bold choice.