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Real-time notes from watching MLP episodes (starting with G1)

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Rescue at Midnight Castle

As I mentioned in my main blog, I'm going to be doing something stupid here. I'm going to be watching MLP, from the beginning. And I mean the *beginning*. These are my notes I took while watching the episodes. Note, I am in no way a critic. I have no qualifications whatsoever, and my primary purpose doing this is to glean any interesting tid-bits that can be used to build up the society, culture, and history of the My Little Pony world. So a lot of these notes will be about architecture, clothin

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Out of Luck

Out of Luck (G1.5 TV episode, July 24th 1992, 11 minutes)   Summary: Clover decides the teapot she found is a bad luck charm, and finds it impossible to get rid of.   Junkyard. You know, there were a lot of different kid's shows and books centered around romanticized junkyards back in the 70's and 80's. It was definitely a thing of the times.   'Jillion Jangles' Did they name the currency *just* for that joke?   That playhouse was just recently put together. It's not exactly a good job i

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The Revolt of Paradise Estate

My Little Pony 'n Friends: The Revolt of Paradise Estate (G1 TV Episodes, 1986, 2x 10 minutes)   Part 1   Why's the ceiling falling down?   The whole building is falling apart. The level of maintenance is horrible. They need an Applejack.   Magic paint.   Ha! Gift pony in the mouth. I can't beleive they did that.   So who was this merchant dude anyway?   But Paradise Estates itself was magic to begin with, wasn't it?   Hey, they have a TV. It seems we're officially switching over

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A Charming Birthday

Generation Three didn't have a series as such. It's a collection of shorts and specials that were released direct to VHS, VCD, and DVD, usually packaged along with certain playsets and other toys. We have a completely new animation studio involved, Sabella Dern Entertainment or just SD, along with a new art style and setting.   The exact order of these is... unknown and possibly irrelevant, as many of them only have a year as a release date and I get the impression that there will be little to

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My Little Pony: The Movie

My Little Pony: The Movie (G1 Theatrical Animated Film, 1986, 86 minutes)   This one almost did me in. It's not... bad, really? But the pacing is sooooo slow with side quests for both the protagonists and the antagonists, splitting the protagonists into three different groups, etc.   Any case, this film was the only actual theatrical release of My Little Pony until the recent Equestria Girls film. It's absolutely necessary as a bridge between the previous two specials, and the TV series that

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A Very Minty Christmas

A Very Minty Christmas (G3 Direct-to-VHS/DVD Special, 2005, 45 minutes)   Summary Minty just wants everything to be perfect, but she lets her accident-prone nature gets the better of her, and she has to travel far to make up for the damage she caused.   Snow doesn't cover the entire ground at Christmas. This means that either there is an ocean nearby or if it's deep in the mainland it's relatively far south (relative to where I normally live, that is.)   Pegasis and earth ponies completely

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Pinkie Pride

See * for disclaimer   Pinkie Pride (February 1st 2014, 22 minutes)   Summary: A stranger blows into town, and Pinkie Pie's position as premier party pony is put into peril!   Ah, Appleloosa. Complete with the buffalo, which is good.   Cheese Sandwich, done up as Clint Eastwood's portrayal of the 'Man With No Name' (a stock western character) in the Dollars Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and the most famous The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly). Like a lot of westerns,

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Once Upon a My Little Pony Time

Once Upon a My Little Pony Time (G3.5 Webcast, 2009, 2x 10 minutes)   Here we go with another odd G3.5 experiment. We're dealing Flash animations produced by a different animation studio: Kunoichi.     Over Two Rainbows   Summary: Sweetie Belle arrives in Ponyville for the first time.   Early flash animation style, kinda odd but fascinating.   Flashback... Oh god. Newborn ponies.   Ahhhh! Hasbro actually *paid* for this? They didn't even bother animating the mouths.   This has to

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The End of Flutter Valley (Parts 1 to 10)

My Little Pony 'n Friends: The End of Flutter Valley (G1 TV Episodes, 1986, 10x 10 minutes)   The first real TV series for My Little Pony was broadcast as part of 'My Little Pony 'n Friends' where a 10-minute MLP episode was followed by a 10-minute episode from another animated series. The first ten MLP episodes were basically a mini-series sequel to the theatrical film. Given the length, it's very likely this was originally the script for another full theatrical film, but given how the first

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Bats!

See * for disclaimer   Bats! (December 28th 2013, 22 minutes)   Summary: We can't stop here, it's bat country! Sweet Apple Acres is infested with uncontrollable vampire fruit bats.   Apple Bucking Day? This is odd in several ways. One, AJ is seen bucking apples pretty much every day (which is weird actually). Two, I thought it was Apple Bucking Season, not Day. Three, under normal circumstances apples don't all go ripe at the exact same time on the exact same day. Different cultivars will

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Bright Lights (Parts 1 to 4)

My Little Pony 'n Friends: Bright Lights (G1 TV Episodes, 1986, 4x 10 minutes)   Part 1   Back to the clamshell stage we've seen before. No piano this time.   Knight Shade honestly looks like Prince in a way, with the jacket, the cravat, the poufy purple hair. It wouldn't surprise me if that was deliberate.   The band look more like KISS, and definitely have the strung-out look that rock bands had at the time.   Huh. Is this the first officially male pony we've seen?   That's a big c

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Inspiration Manifestation

See * for disclaimer   Inspiration Manifestation (April 26th 2014 22 minutes)   Ponyville Foal and Filly Fair. Sounds like a festival specific to Ponyville. In RL, 'foal' maps to the human term 'child' as in all stages of life prior to puberty. We've not really run into what the ponies call the stage of life between puberty and full adulthood (what would map to human teenagers), and there isn't a horse term equivalent. Colt and Filly as terms apply to horses of the appropriate gender pre-adu

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Too Sick to Notice

Too Sick to Notice (G1.5 TV episode, July 3rd 1992, 11 minutes)   Summary: Bon Bon is jealous of her youngest sibling, and pretends to be sick to get attention.   The ice cream shop's interior is actually a rather 50's soda shop, actually, now that I think about it. The outside, having it look like a ice cream cone, is reminiscent of the Twistee Treat ice cream shops built in the 80's which did exactly that.   Bon Bon. In a rather silly hat. Early 20th century flapper interpretation of a 1

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Shop Talk

Shop Talk (G1.5 TV episode, July 31st 1992, 11 minutes)   Summary: Gossip turns sour when Lance and Ace overhear the girls, and taunt Teddy about a rumor.   That hairdryer... and the jukebox in the background, are actually 50's tech. I don't remember big hairdryers like that still around in the 90's.   Here's another one I think I'm going to have personal issues with. It's looking like an episode about gossip.   I like Sweetheart. She's nice.   Yeah... Lance and Ace are saps.   Heh.

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Fugitive Flowers (Parts 1 and 2)

My Little Pony 'n Friends: Fugitive Flowers (G1 TV Episode, 1986, 2x 10 minutes)   Part 1   Crabs, cutting down trees for some reason.   The crabs has a pseudo-military organization, calls the leader 'Captain'.   Sentient, mobile plants. That are vagely creepy. Flories.   Hey Fluttershy-prototype, Posey.   Prize roses. So they have contests?   Crabnasties. 'The Big Lake'   I'm reminded of a Doctor Who monster from *long* ago, called the Macra.   More than a little creepy.   C

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Spike at Your Service

See * for disclaimer   Spike at Your Service (December 29th 2012, 22 minutes)   Summary: Applejack saves Spikes life, and gets some unfortunate consequences.   That's not really that many books. Back when I was in University, that kind of workload was expected.   The Everfree Forest, dark and dangerous, again. It seems to fluctuate.   Ah, timberwolves. These really strike me as Discord's sense of humor. "So you ponies like to eat plants, do you? How about a bit of quid pro quo?"   Ra

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Hurricane Fluttershy

See * for disclaimer   Hurricane Fluttershy (March 24th 2012, 22 minutes)   Summary: Cloudsdale needs water, and Rainbow Dash needs every pegasi to join into the effort, even Fluttershy.   Reference to an actual mule. That surprises me, actually. Mules are specifically the offspring of a male donkey and a mare. The offspring of a female donkey and a stallion is a 'hinny'. Technically they are infertile not because they are the offspring of two different species, but because the two parents

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The Return of Queen Chrysalis

See * for disclaimer   Another first, let's see what's in the comics this time. Just to summarize this; due to the nature of the comics this appears to be more a listing of pop-cultural references than anything else. There is actual worldbuilding going on, but it's buried under so many in-jokes that it's a bit distracting. So many references from the 80's that it's more indicative of the writer's backgrounds than anything. However, let's take a shot at this.   The Return of Queen Chrysalis (

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Live

See * for disclaimer   My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Live (Live Action, July 24th 2011, 30 minutes)   I don't expect much here. But I did the G3 live show so...   The costumes are the same style as the G3 The World's Largest Tea Party, but they don't really seem as well made. It may just be because we're a lot closer to them, or that the camera is now underneath them where in the previous outing the camera was above them.   The Grand Galloping Gala happens once a year. And *all* th

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The Crystal Empire

See * for disclaimer   Season 3. A weird season overall for various reasons.   Why did I get sick just when I got two two-parters to go through. Forgive me if this note-taking is a bit incoherent, or a veer into areas I normally don't touch.   The Crystal Empire (Part 1 and 2) (November 10 2012, 2 x 22 minutes)   Summary: The Return of the Crystal Empire, and yet another 'big threat' from Celestia's past comes with it.   This is actually one I've gone over a lot in my worldbuilding blo

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Woe Is Me (Parts 1 to 2)

My Little Pony 'n Friends: Woe Is Me (G1 TV Episode, 1986, 2x 10 minutes)   I'm already starting to regret this idea of mine, and I haven't even gotten through the first season of the nominally 'good' generation's series. I'm just not finding a lot of worldbuilding ideas in the later episodes. Yes, they're introducing what might look like new stuff each time, but it can all get categorized into the same dozen slots. Humans are rare, but present, there's a variety of gnome/goblin-types, an asso

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Under the Sparkling Sea

See * for disclaimer   Under the Sparkling Sea (Illustrated Novel, April 23rd 2013)   I wasn't going to do this one, as I was limiting myself to the show, the comics, and a few of the books that turned out to be referenced in the show itself. However, I discovered recently that this book was referenced in the comics, so it's valid. Though I'm going through it now, I'll put it into the jumplinks on the side there as being in the publish date.   It also has taken me awhile to get this one, d

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Friendship Ahoy!

See * for disclaimer   Friendship Ahoy! (Comic Issues 13-14, November 20th, December 18th 2013)   The Mane 6 are off to Horseshoe Bay for a day a the beach. Horseshoe Bay is on the official map, just below Baltimare.   Characterwise Fluttershy is suffering from the same problem she had with the Breezies.   Wait... why are the pineapples up in palm trees? Pineapples grow on bushes... Oh, Applejack has just decided on a weird way of delivering pineapple juice to Rarity. She seems to be doi

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Fall Weather Friends

See * for disclaimer   Fall Weather Friends (January 28th 2011, 22 minutes)   Summary: Applejack and Rainbow Dash compete for best pony.   Applesnack. I like that nickname.   They're throwing horseshoes, which seems natural, but that brings up an odd point. Horseshoes, especially the ones drawn here, are meant to be nailed to the hoof to keep them from chipping or wearing down too fast on rocky ground. Modern horseshoes are also used to correct growth issues with the hoof, like braces ar

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Neigh Anything

See * for disclaimer   Neigh Anything (Comic Issues 11-12, September 24th, Octover 30th 2013)   Summary: The story of how Shining Armor and Cadance met, from their own perspectives. Sort of. Maybe. Accuracy of flashbacks not guaranteed. Definitely.   Issue 11   We're at Tealove's Tea Room, in Canterlot. Tealove is one of the ponies Big Mac got shipped with last arc, wandering around Ponyville. Canterlot is close enough to Ponyville that you can see Canterlot castle distinctly from the vi

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