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Video: 'Equestria Girls' is 'My Little Pony' minus the ponies

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The inevitable My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic theatrical release is coming June 16…kind of.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, directed by series veteran Jayson Thiessen, begins a limited release June 16 (after a premiere at the L.A. Film Festival on June 15). It is uncertain whether a full release will ever happen. Check the film's website to see if there's a showing near you.

Featuring the tagline "The Magic of Friendship Never Changes" (eerily reminiscent of a tagline for a very different alternate pony universe), the synopsis for the movie from the L.A. Film Festival reads:

MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS is an exciting new dimension to the incredibly popular MY LITTLE PONY brand. When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet... high school. With help from her new friends, who remind her of Ponyville's Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.

Cracked.com's XJ Selman provided his own synopsis (slightly less accurate to the details of the plot, but probably more accurately reflecting general reaction to the movie):

In EQUESTRIA GIRLS, all of the ponies are transported to another universe where they transform into teenage girls to face the trials of high school life, because without question that's what every fan of a magical universe of talking ponies wanted this movie to be.

This is the sixth theatrical release in the My Little Pony franchise; beside 1986's notorious flop The Movie (reviewed here), Kidtoon Films released four digital-only My Little Pony movies to various movie chains as weekday matinees, including A Very Minty Christmas (2005), The Princess Promenade (2006), The Runaway Rainbow (2006) and A Very Pony Place (2007). Jerry Beck's Animated Movie Guide, however, does not consider these to be true theatrical releases as "no 35mm film prints were struck, no trailers exist. None of these films received legitimate reviews in local papers or industry trade papers." Equestria Girls seems to be taking the middle ground.

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At least we'll have a few glorious moments of G4 ponies up on the big screen, before Twilight turns into a mundane.

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I've no doubt there's lots of talent gone into the production of this. But "ponies transformed into humans and dumped on contemporary Earth"? Ouch. Too horrifying. Too close to home. I'm not the intended audience here and I accept that that's entirely reasonable.

I do wish there could've been a straightforward MLP:FIM movie this summer instead though.

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A very obvious shark jump for bronies, and maybe for the intented young viewer as well.

The Cracked article points out that Hasbro's setting themselves up for horrifying awkwardness when the theater is shared equally by little girls and Bronies.

Here's my guess: This is the moment where most self-appointed Bronies are going to take a step back and realize it isn't necessary to watch every second of MLP exhaustively. I think any adult TV viewer can see that this movie doesn't cater to the same audience as the show - that is, this movie is clearly focused on the INTENDED audience of young girls, and it will suit bronies poorly. Even as a die-hard fan you'd have to be pretty naive to shell out the cash before considering that it may not be worth seeing this movie in theaters.

I don't know why kids' TV series have such an awful habit of coming out with a film where everyone is bizarrely out of character. Smurfs in Manhattan, Rugrats meet the Wild Thornberrys, etc. To me it's a sign that the creators have either lost control of the content or they are desperately trying to hang on to a disappearing audience.

TV Tropes has more than a few articles describing what MLP is doing with this movie. As someone who appreciated the TV series, I can't help but see it as a very lame and disappointing gimmick.

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If nothing else, the drama itself is driving some bronies away from the fandom.

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I could see that, heheh. But don't confuse the fandom with the actual show. It's easy to love the content without liking the fan base. That's what allowed furries to have "burned furs." :)

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By judging by the votes 33% of the MLP fans dislike this direction...

http://www.scribd.com/doc/94234033/Survey-of-the-Brony-Subculture

Page 25, Only about 12% admit to being furries.

This mean 1 of 2 things: Either 21% of the brony fandom are bloody liars or feel that them being ponies is an intergral part of the show's character. Probably a combination of the two.

Of course knowing these are two separate sets of data I know that percentage is inaccurate as they don't overlap, but hey, it sounded 20% cooler that way...

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That's not fair, Sonious.

A furry fan is a fan; i.e. short for fanatic. I mean, a guy who likes one show about anthropomorphic animals enough to consider himself a fan(atically devoted follower) of that show and that show only is not the same as a guy who likes instances of cartoon animals enough to consider himself a fan(atically devoted follower) of all or most instances of anthropomorphic animals, in any media, even if he prefers the pony dolls stay pony dolls rather than be arbitrarily turned into Monster High dolls.

There is a difference between liking an instance of something and liking something in all instances; heck, there's a difference between liking something and being a fan of something. The latter implies a bit more devotion; if a guy can't fess up to being a furry fan in a completely consequence free, anonymous survey, can you really call him a furry fan?

On the other hand, if [adjective][species] has any say in the matter, you can actually dislike cartoon animals and still be a furry.

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Well that furry who went on My Strange Addiction was so addicted she left the fandom soon after it aired... so I guess people sometimes aren't what they think or say they are.

Labels are weird like that, it's things people give themselves and are given to them by others so that people can place people in circles (see: Venn Diagrams).

My joke about it was "Who thinks this 'Equestria Girls' thing is just a test to see how many bronies are furries?"

I know it's more complicated then that, that spin offs will have their own fanbases and detractors. Just cause you like Star Trek don't mean you're going to like Deep Space 9. Just cause you like Star Wars don't mean you're going to like Episode 1.

Just funny to note that soon the Bronies and Furrys may have one thing in common: They'll both loath the MLP film. Mwhahahahha. Oh Discord, who said hate can't bring harmony?

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Sorry, just seemed like you were doing the old someone mentions they read Watership Down one time back in high school and kinda remember liking it and all the furries start chanting "GOOBA GOBBA, GOOBA GOBBA, WE ACCEPT THEM, WE ACCEPT THEM, ONE OF US, ONE OF US!" which always annoys me (to the point where I keep blabbing on about it long after I realize the subject has not only been dropped, but was never even brought up in the first place).

Also, morbid curiosity compels me to watch this; hey, don't knock morbid curiosity. Got me to watch the original show, after all.

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The biggest complaint for the movie is NOT the purple pony becoming hyewman; no, it is the high school setting and horrible character models. Also, all girls for whatever reason wear the exact same clothes. This is the exact opposite of what Lauren wanted: that girls can be anything they want, and have adventures of their own, not stopping for "romance".

God damn you, Hasbro.

Well, I'll be...

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