It’s a Saturday before the premier of “My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games” (That’s getting long, isn’t it? How about MLP: EG: FG? Nah, that’s still pretty long for an abbreviation. That’s why I’m just calling it, “Friendship Games.” Kind of like “A New Hope”. I don’t have to say “Star Wars: A New Hope”. I just say, “A New Hope”, and you know what I mean. I mean the first movie, which is actually the fourth movie… Never mind. Where was I?), which means it’s time for a new EqG short:
Did I miss something at the last Olympics? Because I don’t remember which event required a peacock or owl costume. Like the guy at 1:40 said, “Is it just me, or did things just take a turn towards Weirdsville?” Not to mention dancing, sculpting, pottery, etc. Then again, maybe this is a point of divergence between our universe and theirs. Since we already know what events are in the Friendship Games, maybe I should ask which event requires these costumes: archery, roller skating, or motor cross?
Also, is the Bon Bon in this universe actually Secret Agent Sweety Drop? Maybe she’s a spy kid. Or maybe she’s the undercover school narc! That would make sense if she’s working for Principal Celestia.
This short seemed a bit weird, but we do have “Photo Finished” to look forward to next week.
Did I mention I wish the movie would be showing in the theaters?
– The AFOL Husband
My Little Pony takes Comic Con by storm! This year, one of the pieces shown at the panel was this animatic from the upcoming episode 5.24 entitled “The Mane Attraction,” featuring a wonderful new song sung by Tony Award winning Lena Hall. While the identity of the pony singing is as yet unknown, I’ve heard speculation that she’s a member of the Apple family, since we’ve already been told there will be an episode featuring the Apple family in Season 5. I think it’s a safe bet: for one thing, the theater is shaped like an apple! Plus, that could be a gingham collar on the pianist’s dress, the Cutie Mark Crusaders are featured prominently (one of whom is Apple Jack’s baby sister, Apple Bloom), and I’m pretty sure that’s Apple Jack herself getting emotional in the audience!
This episode features the work of writer Amy Keating Rogers, and was her last episode for the show before she went to work for Disney. Get yourselves to Equestria LA coming up, and you can ask her all about it: she’s scheduled as a guest at the convention!
There’s only one thing I want more than to know the name of this song and this pony, and that’s to see the finished project! Especially with those unicorn horns glowing in the crowd instead of lighters.
Here is the second Friendship Games short from Hasbro Studios, “Pinkie Spy:”
Hasbro’s plan is to release one short per week until the airing of the third Equestria Girl movie on September 26, 2015. However, the Spanish Youtube channel for My Little Pony Equestria Girls has leaked four Equestria Girls shorts. If you speak Spanish, you’re ahead of the game. Enjoy! If you would rather be spoiler free, stop here and wait for next week’s short.
It’s interesting to see how well the lip syncing works in Spanish, especially since American (or Canadian) animating takes the care to match the mouth shape to certain vowels and consonants, whereas in anime the mouth is usually just opened or closed. Where they have some trouble is in the musical numbers. If you are a nitpicker and look at the Spanish version of “Perfect Day for Fun,” you’ll catch a few spots where the lip syncing is not quite right. Still, it’s pretty good, considering some of the sentences have to be changed to fit the music.
None of these shorts are music videos yet, but we still have a few weeks to go. Before “Rainbow Rocks,” we had “Perfect Day For Fun” and “Music To Her Ears.” Then, earlier this year, we got “My Past is Not Today,” “Life is a Runway,” and “Friendship Through the Ages,” so I can’t complain.
What I am complaining about is that “Friendship Games” is not being released in theaters!
– The AFOL Husband
Last week, Hasbro announced that there would be a Equestria Girls short every Saturday until the airing of the third movie, “Equestria Girls: Friendship Games.” Here is the first one, released last Saturday, 8/1/15.
We know from the trailers that human Twilight is going to be all sciencey (Sci-Twi, as the app game calls her), but I wasn’t expecting Sunset to be! I wonder who Sunset was thinking of when she said, “Studying ancient books is fine for some people?”
Still wish it was going to be released in theaters.
– the AFOL Husband
My Little Pony…or they will soon, thanks to Hasbro!
In honor of International Friendship Day, the company will be using My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as a vehicle to celebrate by releasing five sets of special edition pony figures depicting some of entertainment’s most famous pairs of best friends as ponies. The sets include Transformers (Bumblebee & Optimus Prime), I Love Lucy (Lucy Ricardo & Ethel Mertz), Clueless (Cher & Dionne), Laverne & Shirley (Laverne De Fazio & Shirley Feeney), and another timeless childhood classic, Sesame Street (Bert & Ernie).
In conjunction with the release of these figures, Hasbro has also utilized the popularity of the My Little Pony franchise to team with the youth division of Points of Light, generationOn, launching a global service campaign that uses the Mane Six to teach children about helping others, encouraging children and their families to celebrate friendship through acts of kindness and the power of volunteer work in their schools, neighborhoods, and local community.
If you’d like more information on the outreach project, as well as how to get involved, you can visit their website. To get in on the conversation on Instagram and Twitter, just use the hashtag #MLPFriendshipDay.