So I am kind of obsessed with the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I know, I know, weird, creepy, etc. But it’s not like that whatsoever. It’s just a cartoon that I thoroughly enjoy. It reminds me so very much of the cartoons that I loved as a kid, and makes me feel like a kid again. It’s creator, Lauren Faust, worked on Powerpuff Girls, a show I loved as a child too, so that might have something to do with it.
The show puts in morals, and fun, and makes it interesting and funny. The characters are awesome, and send a good message (mostly, I’ll touch on that in a bit). All of the mane cast consist of girls with different personalities, but defy their personalities stereotypes. Rarity, a seemingly “stuck-up” pony, is very generous, just finicky. Rainbow Dash, a very competitive pony, is also very loyal to her friends. All of the ponies have similar personalities, trying to defy stereotypes. Even though the show is about girls, with few male cast, it doesn’t feel girly. The colors/look is “girly”, but the story lines and characters are definitely not. The morals the show is mainly about are usually good, but sometimes I think they push the wrong message.
An example of this is “Feeling Pinkie Keen”, which moral is essentially “Just believe in things you might not have evidence for”, which sounds very much like telling kids they should believe in God, which isn’t something I think you should push on kids. But it’s a minor grief with an otherwise awesome show.
Another thing I love about the show is the community. Ponychan, a chan about ponies obviously. The community there is amazing, and I love the people. They’re nice and calm and just something you don’t expect from an online community.
Overall I think the show is doing some great things, and it’s starting an awesome online community and lots of awesome internet-y stuff. I love it.