obviously he didn’t see Lion King in 1994 as I remember my mom taking me to see that movie and at that one scene the only sound you heard in that theater was the crying of Every. Single. Child in the theater.
I’m not going to go too deep into the Fluttershutter conversation, but I will also say that The Lion King is an entirely different movie than My Little Pony is a series, and The Lion King was made in an entirely different time in terms of children’s entertainment than Friendship is Magic (even the previous series of My Little Pony have been very different from the fourth generation.)
I will cede that children may cry and “get over” being made to cry at such a hypothetical episode. But The Lion King had a full feature movie length to work with to resolve and end up with a happy ending, and I doubt any non-season premiere or season finale will have brutal bullying as the focus.
One Bad Seed did bullying about as well as you can given the medium without getting heavy-handed. And it was certainly an episode about bullying, so it’s not like FiM hasn’t gone there before. If you’d like to touch on Fluttershy’s backstory a little more, then I think that’s great. Her being bullied would certainly explain a few things about her (i.e., her shyness and her bad temper when provoked) but so would a social disorder (i.e., Asperger’s). And I think in terms of actually spelling one of the two out in a 22-minute episode, bullying would be much easier than either vaguely saying that “Fluttershy is fundamentally different in terms of her brain’s make-up” or explicitly saying “Fluttershy has a social disorder.”
Asperger’s (by that name) probably doesn’t exist in Equestria anymore than the Cutie Pox exists on Earth. And it may not exist at all. If you’d see something, then I’d wager it would be bully-based (but not a whole episode about it. Think The Cutie Mark Chronicles, Part 2. Fluttershy is seen being bullied, but only a few moments are devoted to it, and the episode isn’t about it.)
But that isn’t what I originally wanted to comment on. I watched the movie (Thank you,
M. A. Larson Meghan McCarthy DeadParrot Meghan McCarthy and DeadParrot), and I enjoyed it about as much as I thought I would.
It was certainly FiM. The characterization, the writing, and the humor didn’t change much at all. It helped that Rainbow Dash was “Rainbow Dash” and not “Roxy Dodgers” All of the improvements and changes we’ve seen in animation and style were there along with some new ones. The setting that was required was presented well. That’s about all I can ask of an FiM movie.
The plot was about as good as I expected too. In fact, I don’t know if another writer from this show or any show could pull it off any better. And while I agree with Fifths that we shouldn’t lower our expectations, as an episode, I think it would be in the top half of episodes for me. I had my qualms with a few Season 3 episodes (and I’m still not thrilled about the finale,) but this movie (assuming it was written after the Season 3 episodes) led me to believe that Princess Twilight Sparkle will somehow be able to be in the show without it changing too much.
How? I’m not sure. Even Twilight herself asks Spike about having to rule a country. Of course, my concerns are related to the show, and Twilight’s are based on how she would actually rule.
That question was answered (in a rather clever way) by Principle Celestia in that a princess doesn’t rule by demanding people bow down to her but inspiring them to stand with her. So the question isn’t answered yet if Twilight will actually do any ruling sooner or later.
But again, if DHX can pull this off and it be entertaining (and I found it to be entertaining), then I think they’ve got it figured out how to do the same with a ruling Princess Twilight Sparkle.
I will admit that I thought Flash Sentry being back in Equestria, being shown to be explicitly there in Equestria as a royal guard, Twilight expressing interest in him, and the light poking and prodding from her friends was cute but a little concerning. I don’t know how well the series continues with Twilight Sparkle having a boyfriend or romantic interest (or any of the Mane Six) for any extended period of time.
I could see an episode where Rarity has a boyfriend and she has to learn to divide her time and attention among work, friends, family, and her beau. And perhaps the episode ends because she has to make a decision to choose her friends over romance (which would probably be shown, eventually, to be a…Bad Romance.)
Yes, I’m aware that Photo Finish is not a nod to Lady Gaga, but to some fashion person.
But I couldn’t see a main character holding a boyfriend unless the relationship was heavily downplayed (or are more minor characters like Cadance and Shining Armor. Well, I guess I could, now that I’m realizing even more what DHX can do with Lauren Faust’s characters and universe. I’m not sure how I’d work with it at first though. I’m worried about it, and yet I’m not.)