My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season 1
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Now for its unintended of audience of young adults around the ages of 18 and above (my self included). The reason this show connects with so many older people (inaddition to the children), is again, because of the intelligently written and surprisingly deep characters. Each of the main 6 characters that the show centers around, are based on one, or a small number of archetypal character types. You have the dutiful, perfection seeking student, the tough hardworking farmer, the sometimes arrogant, but loyal athlete, the fame seeking fashion diva with a generous heart, the shy but infinitely kind, lover of nature, and the always hyper, fun loving party thrower. The broad range of characters, allows almost anyone to connect and empathize with the characters, as they can see them a bit of themselves in one or more of the characters.Read more ›
Update (11/27/12): According to Seth's review of this DVD on Equestria Daily, the commentaries on this disc are amazing. I share his sentiment even now, and I can confirm my agreement with him after I receive the DVD.
Update (12/13/12): I received my DVD days ago, but I just wanted to confirm that this is a great 4-disc DVD set. The commentaries are especially interesting, although the only new voice credit information that we learned that wasn't already known was that Tabitha St. Germain voiced the stallion who screams in "The Best Night Ever" after Rainbow Dash knocks and catches him.
- The characters: This is where the show really shines. The characters are all very well-rounded and surprisingly complex for a show aimed at this age group; it avoids lumping the characters into stereotypical roles. For example, in just about any other show, Rarity would be a stereotypical girly-girl, obsessed with boys, shopping, and hair. Here, she's certainly a fashionista, but she's also a competent businesswoman, something of an artist, and knows how to handle herself in dangerous situations. All the cast members have a similar level of development, which lends itself really well to the slice-of-life nature of the show.
- The character designs and animation are great. It's cute and endearing, but not to the tooth-rot degree of previous generations, and it's still good for the occasional action sequence. As a bonus it's very expressive and surprisingly detailed for a flash-based cartoon.
- Ditto for the music; it doesn't necessarily stick out, but it definitely enhances the show as a whole.
- Good writing: On the whole, the show avoids most of the pitfalls of kid shows by using lots of character-based humor and self-awareness that can appeal to viewers of any age and rarely feels patronizing towards the adult audience. You don't need to be a kid to find it funny. At the same time, the plots are generally executed well enough that they don't feel like rehashes of common plotlines, and even when the plots are quite simple they're still entertaining due to the charm that the characters bring to everything.Read more ›
Picture/Sound Quality = This set looks as good as any of the other MLP:FiM DVDs released by Shout! Factory. Really, this show can only look so good on DVD. The picture quality is great for a Flash-animated show on DVD, but it won't look great if you're used to the 1080p iTunes releases of the episodes.
Packaging = This set contains four DVDs in one case. Each disc is well-protected and easy to access. The art on the front and back of the case is pretty good. I'm less thrilled with the illustrations on the third and fourth discs (third disc has an illustration of Princess Cadance, a character not introduced until the Season Two finale! while the fourth disc has a questionably illustrated Princess Celestia). This is all nit-picking, though. Everything is bright and colorful. The case comes with a slip-cover illustrated the same as the case. The case itself is see-through, and the opposite side of the paper with the cover art displays a very pretty layout of various characters walking around Ponyville while also listing the various episodes in the set.
Extras = I counted six episodes with full commentary tracks (Friendship is Magic parts 1 and 2, Winter Wrap-Up, Suited for Success, The Show Stoppers, and The Best Night Ever). Commentators for these episodes include a couple of Hasbro execs, Jayson Thiessen, James Wootton, Nicole Oliver, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, and Daniel Ingram.Read more ›
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As a child of the 80s that grew up with the original MLP series I will admit that I was super hesitant about this new version. Read morePublished 17 days ago by TigardGal
My three year old just loves My Little Pony. It arrived on time and the box it arrived in wasn't even dent.Published 17 days ago by Amy-Lou
support the products you like! The artwork on the outside and inside of the case is as expected, adorable.Published 1 month ago by Vincent
Wonderful price on this 4-disc DVD set with 26 episodes, usually DVD sets of whole seasons of TV shows cost upwards of $30 to buy and have less episodes, this was a great surprise. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbpatch
I haven't actually watched the episodes yet but it's three discs for season one. I think for special features it says coloring pages and commentaries and from what I hear they are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda
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|whos ready for ponies!?!?!?||
my body is so ready
Sep 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer | See all 19 posts
To put it plainly this set is a gamble for Hasbro. If they expect to sell 10,000 copies and only sell 2,500 then they have 7,500 more copies to recoup costs. If they sell 25,000 copies then there is more than enough to possibly rerelease the set onto Blu-Ray. It takes some investment to get... Read More
Sep 13, 2012 by Ser | See all 18 posts
Would love to know as well since I'm hard of hearing... It's so annoying that they don't specify this all the time :( Please, anyone who can help?
Sep 11, 2013 by W. Van den Bosch | See all 2 posts
|Will there be a region 2 release on amazon.co.uk?||
I agree I want a uk version and know lots of people who do please release a uk version
Apr 17, 2013 by Kimberly Herbert | See all 3 posts
Speaking of Derpy, did you manage to check the episode the Last Roundup yet? My boxset's still coming in the mail, but I'm so anxious to know. xD
As for your question about the discs, that does seem odd. One would think they'd do Zecora or the Cutie Mark Crusaders instead. But I don't mind, I... Read More
Dec 4, 2012 by Oasis | See all 6 posts
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