Originally a 1980’s Hasbro toy line featuring brightly colored horses with brushable manes and butt tattoos, the My Little Pony franchise first expanded to television in 1984. The most recent version, “Friendship is Magic” has found unexpected success.
Each 30-minute episode features the unicorn Twilight Sparkle and her friends in some sort of situation that calls for them to pull together, learning some valuable lessons about friendship along the way. Though it sounds like something targeted directly at young girls, older (and male) audiences have come to love “Friendship is Magic.” “Bronies” and “pegasisters,” as some fans are called, point to the quality of animation and humor as what makes the series enjoyable.
Lauren Faust is the developer and producer of the show. Few children of the 90s can’t recall shows like “Powerpuff Girls,” “Codename: Kids Next Door” or “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” all of which Faust worked on. The styles of her previous works readily come across in “Friendship is Magic.”
Season two recently premiered, and is just as good as season one. The ponies need to stop Discord, a chimera who is the personification of chaos. Discord is voiced by John de Lancie, who played Q in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and their personalities are much the same. Twilight and her friends need to find the Elements of Harmony to stop him. The Elements are magic artifacts that each represent a virtue of friendship, such as generosity, loyalty or honesty. Without the Elements, Discord will throw the land of Equestria into eternal chaos.
My Little Pony is a charming show that viewers of all ages and genders can enjoy. It features monster fighting, trolling, and finding your special talent and your true friends. There are jokes and references included for parents to enjoy, which are always hidden gems. “Friendship is Magic” might look a little girly, but it truly is magical.