My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

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Updated Oct 29, 2014 at 02:05PM EDT by Nobody115.

Added May 20, 2013 at 08:22PM EDT by Ryan Jones.

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About

Equestria Girls is an animated film series set within the universe of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The films are centered around humanized versions of the Friendship Is Magic characters in a high school setting.

Development

In December 2012, several Brony-centric sites including Equestria Daily[1] and Derpy Hooves News[2] reported Hasbro filed two trademark applications for “Equestria Girls,” noting it would be used on merchandise related to Friendship Is Magic. The February/March 2013 issue of industry magazine Kidscreen[3] confirmed that Equestria Girls would be a companion series in which the main characters from Friendship Is Magic would be sent to a new world, taking on human forms. While rumored leaked images from Equestria Girls depicting humanized ponies began to appear online in February 2012, the first official image of the characters (shown below) was published in a New York Times[4] article on March 1, 2013.


Threads discussing the spinoff were posted on a number of forums including Funimation[5], the MLP Forum[6] and the deviantART[7]. On March 9, 2013, Redditor BryanBoyko submitted a post to the /r/MyLittlePony[8] subreddit discussing the design quality of the humanized ponies, comparing them to previous fan art works. Many similar discussions also took place on Tumblr[9]. On May 1, 2013, The Round Stable[10] shared a synopsis of the film, noting that it will trace the challenges that the Mane 6 would encounter in a high school setting. They also noted the film would be shown in a number of select theaters in the US beginning on June 16th, followed by its official release at the San Diego Comic Con in July.

On May 12, the trailer for Equestria Girls was posted to the Round Stable’s YouTube channel:


Rainbow Rocks




My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, is the 2014[11] sequel to My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. A series of eight animated shorts were released on YouTube to help promote the sequel. Rainbow Rocks follows the story that Twilight has to return to CLH to defeat the villains of the film The Dazzlings. The Dazzlings took the place of Sunset Shimmer, who is now considered by the fans to be the newest member of the group, thus fans have dubbed them The Mane 7. The movie is heavily focused on the music (if you couldn’t already tell from the title).

Criticism

Some fans opposed the idea of anthropomorphizing the main characters and placing them in a school setting, due to it greater appealing to the younger demographic of the fanbase and is completely inconsistent to the title animal, as well the original idea of the new generation of My Little Pony being slightly higher in quality than the previous generations. Now though many of the fans have come to be perfectly fine with Equestria Girls, especially after the release of the 2nd movie.

Twiscream

Twiscream” is an exploitable scene in which a humanoid Twilight Sparkle reacts in horror upon entering the alternate universe. It became a popular exploitable image on the brony site, Derpibooru.

Many photoshopped images with different captions referencing scenes of a character from different movies, shows, and books screaming dialogue or just doing incoherent nonsense.

Flash Sentry


Flash Sentry is pretty much the punching bag for the brony fandom. He is the main love interest for Twilight Sparkle in the series. Before his name was release, he had already been given the name Brad. Many of the fans don’t really care for Flash due to his lack of character in both films. Fans have stated that he is a useless character who really serves this purpose. Dubbed “The Waifu Stealer,” Flash has been mocked since his only purpose is to be the love interest for Twilight.

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