My Little Pony (G1)
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My Little Pony is a action adventure cartoon series based on the storyline of the same name. It was best known for its fantasy/adventure elements, which were later incorporated into G4's Friendship is Magic. The show is licensed from Hasbro and produced by Marvel Productions (in association with Sunbow Productions). Overseas animation is by AKOM Production Company (the studio behind animation of The Simpsons and earlier WB animated shows in the Renaissance era) in most episodes, with a few done at Toei Animation (the studio behind Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece).
Why It Rocks
- As mentioned above, the series is best known for its fantasy/adventure elements. Like The Smurfs, the Ponies have human friends such as Megan, Danny and Molly. The only difference is they are from another universe rather than living in the same universe together.
- The show kickstarted Charlie Adler's career as a voice actor, providing the original voice of Spike. He would later move on to voice certain characters, such as Buster Bunny, Cow, Chicken and The Red Guy.
- While not deep as Friendship Is Magic, the character personalities of the ponies are strong enough, especially:
- Cotton Candy
- Bow Tie
- Unicorn Twilight
- Heart Throb
- Baby Tiddley-Winks
- Water Lily
- Baby Cuddles
- Surf Rider
- North Star
- Peach Blossom
- Cherries Jubilee
- Baby Half Note
- Baby Sundance
- Sweet Stuff
- Magic Star
- Morning Glory
- Wind Whistler
- Baby Quackers
- Baby Tic Tac Toe
- Pegasus Twilight
- Good traditional animation from both AKOM and Toei Animation. Their styles are pretty easy to tell apart: AKOM's animation is the most cartoony and on par with shows previously animated in America, while Toei's animation is the most anime-esque.
- Robert J. Walsh's music scores are wonderfully lush and fit the fantasy/adventure setting of the series pretty well.
- Great voice acting from Bettina Bush, Sarah Partridge, Tony Randall, Charlie Adler, Kath Soucie, Rob Paulsen and Tress MacNeille.
- The latter four later moved on to voice characters for the Renaissance Age era of Warner Bros. cartoon shows, such as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs.
- Despite its flaws, Rescue at Midnight Castle later served as an inspiration for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The 1986 television series also counts as this. Both Spike and Applejack were the only characters to remain from G1.
- The specials and movie were deemed successful enough to launch a TV series of their own (using the movie's redesigns). Although the stories don't hold up as much today, most FiM fans find this generation to be the origins of what would later be part of G4.
- Megan is a good character and friend to the ponies. She is also willing to protect them when danger lurks. In the first special, she was afraid of heights when she entered Ponyland. Her character evolved in the second special and the movie, where she agrees to return to help the ponies stop Katrina from her addiction.
- The first special's pacing was way too fast, allowing force on character development in order to fill for a half hour.
- Some of the voices can be grating to listen to. An example would be Alice Playten as the voice of Lickety-Split in the movie.
- In the second special, the music was prone to overpowering the dialogue at times.
- As mentioned above, the show was famous for its fantasy/adventure elements. It was later dropped in favor of slice of life stories for My Little Pony Tales.
- While Toei Animation was responsible for animating the two specials and half of the movie, they were less prevalent in the 1986 TV series (which relied heavily on AKOM for most of their episodes).