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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic- The Friendship Express DVD Review

The popularity of the latest incarnation of “My Little Pony” is baffling.

While fans wait for a season 1 release set, Shout! Factory has released a “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” single disc DVD containing 5 season 1 and 2 episodes titled “Friendship Is Magic” Parts 1 and 2, “Over A Barrel,” “Hearth’s Warming Eve,” and “The Lady Roundup.” In these episodes, plots involve a Summer Sun celebration in Ponyville, the evil Nightmare Moon who vows to make the world dark, a search for the Elements Of Harmony, a clash between settler-ponies and a buffalo herd, a holiday play starring the ponies, and Applejack departing Ponyville. Of course, you can also expect to see your favorite characters like Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarirty, Fluttershy, and Spike.

“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” has to be one of the strangest television success stories in recent memory. One would think that this show would only appeal to young girls, but for some unexplainable reason, the show has become a crossover hit appealing to male and female teens and even adults. Even stranger, there are even devoted male fans who dub themselves Bronies. So, why has this show become a cult favorite? I wish I could tell you. Personally, I don’t get the hubbub myself. It’s a fairly standard modern franchise reboot complete with soap opera esque stories, corny mythology arcs, loads of pony (and apple) puns, wacky slapstick humor, and pop culture references. Sure, the show is fast paced and has a unique animation style, but there’s nothing fresh or new here that warrants such a feverish fanbase.

Video/Audio:

The show is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and surprisingly the picture quality is really sharp. This is a very colorful show and the DVD transfers are better than anyone could hope for. I’m sure the series would look even better on Blu-ray (although no Blu-ray release is scheduled at this time).

The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track is loaded with impressive sound f/x and voice work. A very lively track overall.

Extras:
* “My Little Pony: Twinke Wish Adventure” DVD, “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” and “Pound Puppies” ads.
* A theme song sing-a-long.
* Video Pony Profiles for Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, princess Celestia, Rarity, and Twilight Sparkle.

*A printable coloring page.
* An episode of “Pound Puppies” titled “The Yipper Caper.” There’s nothing special about this series. Skip it.

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February 19, 2012 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “Sure, the show is fast paced and has a unique animation style, but there’s nothing fresh or new here that warrants such a feverish fanbase.” I beg to differ. This show is a wonderful breath of fresh air compared to most other modern cartoons that have the stale, yuck-yuck style of humor. But it is also completely different from the older versions. It has enough good stuff and quality characters that appeal to both males and females and viewers of every age.

    Comment by Mario Rodgers | March 1, 2012 | Reply


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