My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season 1
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Its all here! The complete first season of the hit animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can now be seen in its entirety in this awesomely hilarious, cheerfully adorable four-disc set! Join Twilight Sparkle as she sets off on her assignment to learn the true meaning and value of friendship through her crazy, laughter-filled adventures with the other ponies of Ponyville; Apple Jack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity! Includes ALL 26 Episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magics first outrageous season!
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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. But what really takes this show over the edge, and makes it way more then just "girly" cartoon, is that it takes that the foundation of fantastic characters, and throws in some of the best humor seen in animation, since Disney classics like The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladin. A character will do something you never saw coming, and then you laugh your head off because you say to yourself "Well of course they did that hilarious thing, its totally what that character would do."
As a great man playing a terrifying character in a film once said "You've changed things, forever, there is no going back"
My Litte Pony: Friendships is Magic has forever changed the rules of "children's" cartoons, and regardless of how long the show itself continues on, the fact that it effortlessly entranced both its target audience, and its unintended audience of young and older adults, means that it will forever change the way the big companies think about they way they make entertainment, and undoubtedly improve the quality of "children's" animation.
A co-worker of mine had a name that sounded a bit like "pony" so people so some teasing occurred based on his last name. Then another co-worked mentioned that there was indeed a growing phenomenon of "bronies" watching My Little Pony. Knowing only the original show from the 80's and it's immediate sequel shows (having completely missed the brain-dead recent ones) I assumes he was talking about the originals. I looked it up on search engines and started to read article after article on the phenomena. My reaction was immediate "I must watch this show and know what this is all about."
I couldn't believe how good this show was. Just watching the first two episodes, which were clearly heavily influenced by Sailor Moon, the circuits in my nerd brain were blown. It was so incredibly well done! I begged and pleaded with my wife (a big Sailor Moon fan) to watch JUST THE FIRST TWO EPISODES. She resisted, then relented. Eventually she ended up watching every season so far (four as of this writing) with me. While she enjoyed watching the show ONCE, she's no fan-girl or brony. And my friends and acquaintances are even worse.
I don't really understand why so many people have such a strong aversion to things that target a different demographic, other than perhaps that propaganda has thoroughly washed their brain. Rejecting something ONLY because it appears childish...is a mark of immaturity (Or as C.S. Lewis once said "Now that I am an adult I have put away childish things such as the need to appear very adult."). So ironically, many people appear to be too childish to give a kids' show a chance. Go figure.
I've been a fan of animation from all over the world my entire life. I grew up watching every Disney animated feature and every cartoon on the Disney Channel in the 80's. As an adult I discovered anime classics animated shows and films from the 80's that I missed as a kid. I'm here to tell you, this show is not good. It is a work of genius.
I can't count how many people I told to watch this show said they "can't stand the singing". It's hard for me to choke down my gut reaction, which is to call them all sorts of intelligence insulting names. This show has songs that rival the best Disney ever put in a show or on film. Its songs are better than ANY songs currently on the radio. The lyrics are downright brilliant. The melodies are infectious. The song structures are brilliantly executed and wildly inventive. Even songs that I wasn't crazy about at first slowly embedded themselves into my brain until I wanted to listen to them on repeat for hours. And yes, I have finally gotten to the point where I listen to "At the Gala" in French and "Winter Wrap-Up" in German. The songs are that good. The only music with lyrics I can think of recently that is that good would be the soundtrack from the Disney film Frozen (which I also have international versions of songs for).
If you strip away the iconic characters, gorgeous flash animation (yes, that is possible), catchy songs, adult and pop-culture references, etc, you still would have an exceedingly clever show, which is thoroughly self-aware, and tells an absolutely wonderful story. Our real world is filled with negativity, sex, violence, and hate. I can't watch shows on TV designed for adults that aren't based on cooking or some everyday activity, because modern TV drama for adults makes me sick. The explanation for this programming has always seemed to be that people are simply dark, evil, twisted creatures who crave nothing but these base things for their amusement. But then, out of nowhere something like Friendship is Magic emerges which exceedingly proves that no matter how dismal and dark things get in our modern world, good things come from within the hearts of good people, and simply cannot be suppressed. This is not mindless entertainment. It is a show about growing, and showing love for others on a very deep level. It encourages embracing your identity, cherishing the things that make us different, and true loyalty (to name only a few of the reoccurring themes). The world NEEDS shows like this desperately to teach children (and adults) the life lessons that are constantly being undermined by the screams of mainstream media to be selfish and self-centered.
Aside from that, the characters really are truly outstanding archetypes with amazing depth and goodness, even to the point of being profound. Through the course of the show into the later seasons, you'll see a tomboy who loves sports embrace reading a good book, a refined woman get dirty to make a child happy, a shy mousy animal-lover overcome her fears, an independent spirit learn to rely on others, and an extreme attention-deficit character learn to focus on what truly matters in life. There is something deeply moving about a protagonist who sacrifices for others, a person who gets their entire self-worth of seeing others become happy, and a character who creates art but is only joyous when the creation is for the benefit of others. This is great stuff people.
This is where it all starts. Watch this show and fall under the spell of something truly good that springs from a love of people and everything that makes friendship the wonderful thing it is.
If like me you are a shy nerd who struggles to make friends, this show may make you feel like more as a person. If you have no interest in such things and appreciate a good cartoon you will at the very least find it wildly entertaining. And if you think cartoons are for children, singing is stupid and only weirdos and perverts would want to watch a show for little girls when they are an adult male, I feel deeply DEEPLY sorry for you.
Who doesn't love ponies? And who doesn't want to watch ponies 24/7?
Maybe some of you out there (maybe you are crazy, perhaps?), but now that my daughter received this DVD as her birthday present, that is exactly what our family does. Ponies all the time. Eeyupe!
Needless to say, this DVD is the first season of My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic. If you are looking at purchasing a MLP product, I am guessing you already know what this show is and have an opinion on which season is best. I will not go there.
Instead, I will talk about the quality of the DVD. It doesn't skip! Its about four discs (I don't really know, my daughter is in control of the DVD player and let's no one near it since her birthday). My daughter also handles the DVDs, and if you know what the hands of children are like, the fact that it hasn't skipped is hard to believe. It also comes with a link to bonus features, but I have not seen those yet.
Overall, a fine quality DVD for all you pony lovers. Yah!