Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!
This week we are looking at the phenomenon that is Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise, digging deep into the history of these petite equines for whom amity is so miraculous.
For a while now, Humble Bundle has been one of the best ways to catch up on a series that you might have missed. It's one of the reasons we spotlight them so much --- no matter what's on offer, they're almost always worth checking out just for the sheer number of comics you can get for the money. The only problem is that they're always digital comics, meaning that if you're an old school reader who prefers paper to pixels, you're out of luck.
Recently, though, there's been a change. Over the past few months, a few Humble Bundles have offered up physical rewards that go along with the digital ones, and now, IDW's My Little Pony comic bundle is taking things to the next level. Not only can you catch up on the comics that chronicle the adventures of everyone's favorite Equestrian friends, but IDW is offering a Humble-exclusive 48-page paperback collection at the $25 level, complete with a brand new wraparound cover.
I think the record will show that I'm a pretty big fan of Hasbro's cartoons from the '80s, and one of the things I love most about them is how great the soundtracks are. Not just the theme songs, but the incidental music that provides the background for Jem and the Holograms, or that smooth jazz version of the GI Joe theme that plays under the closing credits. Heck, even in the years before More Than Meets The Eye came along and made me stop hating the Transformers, I still had to admit that the music was pretty great.
The only problem is that I can't listen to it whenever I want, but now, it looks like that problem might be coming to an end. Composer Robert J. Walsh has confirmed that he's remastering the soundtracks for the Hasbro shows, with plans for Sony to release high-end versions that will include new footage and artwork, too.
Remember Christmas Comes to Pac-Land, the 1982 special where Santa Claus crash-lands on Pac-Man's front yard? If you don't, that's okay, but its worth noting that the entire plot revolves around Santa Claus having to explain Christmas to the weird little dot-eating hockey puck, implying that Pac-Land, despite having firm evidence of an afterlife, exists outside the sight of God. Trust me, it's as weird as it sounds.
I bring all this up because it was a bizarre problem that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic sidestepped by introducing their own gift-giving winter holiday, Hearth's Warming Eve, so that they could have all the fun of a Christmas story without having to include, say, Pony Jesus. But as Katie Cook takes the stage for this year's My Little Pony Holiday Special, it ends up raising a whole lot of other questions, like why Rainbow Dash is suddenly a reindeer. Check out a preview below and see if you can figure it out for yourself!
With October just around the bend, that means it's time for cooler weather, cooler costumes and the biggest comic book convention on the east coast. Yes, New York Comic Con is bearing down on us faster than we're prepared to deal with it, but that's okay. We'll make do. In addition to incredible amount of stuff happening at the show, there will be a lot of great stuff up for grabs.
As busy as Funko was at San Diego Comic-Con, its plate looks to be equally as filled at NYCC this coming year. This week, Funko is unveiling all of its planned exclusive items, with a new batch coming every single day. While the availability of each is likely to be a bit more open than it was at SDCC, these things will still be limited. If you're hoping to get any, definitely plan ahead and around any and all panels you hope to make it to this year.
Hire This Woman is a recurring feature on ComicsAlliance that shines a spotlight on female comics creators, whether they're relative newcomers or experienced pros who are ready to break out. In an overwhelmingly male business, we want to draw your attention to these creators --- and to raise their profile with editors and industry gatekeepers.
Agnes Garbowska is an artist best known for her adorable work on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comics, but she's also done a lot of covers for other series, like Powerpuff Girls and Red Sonja, some children's book illustration, and a little bit of everything else as well!
Listen, I don't know if you've seen the two My Little Pony: Equestria Girls movies, but I have, and I can tell you that they raise a whole lot of questions that they never get around to answering. Not only is it an alternate universe where the world's friendliest horses are (relatively) human students at a high school, but they also occasionally magically transform into winged half-horses in order to fight actual Satans. And now, it seems they also have the Holidays.
This is the revelation at the core of next week's Equestria Girls Holiday Special by Ted Anderson and Tony Fleecs and Heather Breckel, in which Sunset Shimmer -- she's the one who turned into Satan -- is spending her first Christmas with her new friends, and folks, if you were hoping this would answer some of the questions you had from the movies, I get the feeling you're out of luck. On the other hand, it's a story of Holiday Friendship, and there's a good chance that someone will turn into a demon.
The world of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic raises a lot of questions about animals. I mean, they're talking horses, but they also have a complicated economy and businesses, all built on the very shaky premise that a bunch of talking horses are going to build an entire financial system around selling cakes, and it only gets more complicated when you throw in the fact that there are other animals involved. Take Applejack for instance. She owns a farm, and while she obviously primarily raises apples, she's also got a herd of cattle -- cattle who also talk, and seem to have hopes and aspirations of their own.
What I'm getting at here is that the relationship of the ponies to other animals is pretty complicated, and it's only set to get more so in next week's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #24, when Fluttershy and the Cutie Mark Crusaders are dragged through time by a semi-reformed chimera to see some dangerous animals from Equestria's past.
Listen, I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic a lot, but if there's one crucial flaw in the entire franchise, it's that it's not about superheroes. I mean, honestly, I like friendship and peppy songs as much as anyone, but how am I supposed to enjoy those things in comic book form if they do not also involve using phenomenal powers to concuss evildoers?
Fortunately for me, that problem has been neatly solved by writer Ted Anderson (also known as NPR's Chief Brony Correspondent), artist Ben Bates and colorist Heather Breckel, in the pages of next week's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Annual 2014. It seems there are now pony superheroes and, more importantly, thematic pony villains who are dressed as hot-rod mummies. Really.
If you're a die-hard fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, then there's a chance that you saw the first Equestria Girls movie that came out last year. If that's the case, feel free to skip ahead. Everybody else, settle in, this is going to get weird real quick.
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