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  1. When I was little, I thought that if I swung high enough, I'd fall into the sky. I also thought the sky was a giant painting. I believed that lava lamps were magic. What did you think or do when you were little? :3
  2. So I was reminiscing about the weird things me and my little sister did as kids together. I was wondering about what weird things everyone else did as children as well! Here are some things me and my little sister did. Weird thing #1: We made up a game called "Spanky the Baby". One of us would play the mom and the other would play the baby. The baby is hungry but confused the word "food" for "spanking" so the mom thinks the baby wants a spanking instead of food. So basically, me and my sister would spank each other as baby or mom characters.... Weird thing #2: We would stand at the kitchen sink mixing soap, old food, dish water and other things and pretend we were making food for "bad guys" in jail. We called it "bad guy food". Weird thing #3: We picked our noses. Instead of eating the boogers, we wiped them on our dad's shoes as revenge for stuff. We were only 3 years old doing that. XD There are hundreds more weird things we did but I'll save those for later. lol
  3. Okay, this needs a bit of introduction. This was a video uploaded by Caddicarus. If you don't know, Caddicarus (or caddi for short) Is a british youtube reviewer/musician/entertainer, who makes videos about video games, movies and all sorts of nerdy stuff. from time to time, he has videos featuring 2 little kids. Now, they are not really his kids, but they are the ones of his girlfriend and he lives with them for 4 years now, so you get the picture pretty much. If you like this vid, check his other stuff out too, he is funny as hell. But anyway, here we have the kids explaining the original MLP movie
  4. HungryTroll

    What was your childhood like?

    I've got a little nostalgic today Hope there wasn't topic like that before, at least I've searched, honestly So - How was your childhood like? Mine was good one, there so many things to remember. A lot of books and time to read them. Bicycling without fear (idk how many times I fall, but still tried to do some tricks ). Climbing trees (and falling from them lol). Fires and baked popatoes. Warcraft I and II and ancle's house . Football, voleyball et cetera. Granny's pies. Sunny plains and school days. Trips with parents and camps with friends. New Year's holidays at great grandfather house. Small travels which then was a great adventuries and now for me it's 20 minutes walk throught common places. Secret houses on the trees and cheap and tasty icecream. Also I was fencer so tornaments in other schools and towns. And a much much much more. Looking back I'm really very happy about my childhood, there a lot to remember that I mentioned above just vague shapes of what I see in my head right now But it's a little sad that I'm adult already And that about you? What you seeing than you looking back into your childhood? Are you happy with it? Are you sad that it's over (well if it's over for you ofc)?
  5. Frith is Magick

    Frith Examines Parenting

    Being an assistant instructor in martial arts and working in a public environment I am afforded more opportunity than I would like to see different parenting styles, attempts, and outcomes. Beyond that, my experience in a teaching/leadership role as an assistant instructor has given me opportunity to even try different teaching styles and methods of gaining obedience without using corporal punishment (though I wholly support parents giving their kids a smack upside the head or a spanking if it is well earned). The end result is that I have more parenting experience than I would like, especially given the fact that I loathe the idea of having my own offspring. I had previously drafted a long-winded explanation on my views of raising children, but I found that through all of it, the greatest message was the importance of communication. When punishing or rewarding your child communicate the reason. I wholeheartedly support corporal punishment, but only where other methods of punishment either fail or where the severity of infraction is great. Rewards as well need be measured out such as to breed a sense of work ethic rather than entitlement. As a parent, your rules need be logical and reasonable, and the reason needs to be told to the child. They will learn more from it, be a little more likely to obey. "Because I said so" is not a good reason. Lead by example, and when your children are observing and learning from you, tell them why you make the decisions you do. Don't hide reality from your children because you think they are too young to understand or too fragile to handle it. As a parent your job is too help them understand and grow so as to not be too fragile. If a pet or relative dies, explain what it means. If your child makes a mistake or fails in some task or goal, don't gloss over it or deny it. Let them understand what it means to fail, but encourage them to always try to succeed. As a parent, know your child's strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Encourage them to pursue tirelessly what they love, and encourage them to give up on harmful or fruitless pursuits. If your child asks a question, answer truthfully and to the best of your ability. Encourage curiosity and use it as an opportunity to learn yourself and expand your horizons. Teach critical thinking above all. If you are religious, your children will be exposed to it, but don't try to force it upon them. Allow them to have fun. Childhood is about learning and exploring. They don't need to start down the path to becoming a doctor or lawyer at the age of 5. Let them explore their interest, expose them (along with yourself) to new things. Be a teacher and leader in their lives, don't push off the job and hope others do it for you. Be there with and for your child, and know when to give them space. I have seen parents ignore their kids far too often, especially during the early years. They learn language and how to interact with people first from their parents, so teach them well. Angry Birds can wait. That text message can wait. On that note, the type of language you use around them is the type they learn. There are enough mumbling idiots without an iota of linguistic proficiency, don't make more. Just as children need to be interacted with, they also need room to grow. Don't smother them. Allow them to grow their own circles, have their own adventures, and amass a few scrapes and bruises, so long you are there for them at the end of the day when they need you. Parenting isn't easy, I won't pretend for a second it is. As stated before, the take away from all this is communicating with your child. Just as they are growing, it is an opportunity for the parents to grow as well. I have a certain life philosophy that applies also to parenting, as difficult as it may be to adhere to: Relax; there is no gain from panic. If you feel too stressed or overwhelmed or tired, just pause a moment, catch your breath and focus on how to get things done one step at a time. Remember, your children may just be growing and learning, but they are still people.
  6. There's been some debate as to how much can FiM exactly get away with. People then say, the target audience is very young. To witch I say, how young exactly? I'm starting to think some people believe FiM is a preschool show. The answer IMO, is no. While it was intended to skew a broad audience, Faust said she intended it to be for girls in general, not just 2-5 year olds, more like 2-11 year olds. However, I will say this. The show is most likely growing with its audience, the 2-11 year old girls who watched the show almost 4 years ago, are now probably 6-14 years old, part of that age range has already grew out of the original target audience. So if the writers want those older girls to tune in, as well as keep the younger kids happy, then they're going to have to tweak the show's scale and structure a bit. And if the Season 4 finalle and Season 5 preview are anything to go by, then we may see just that. So do you consider FiM a preschool show?
  7. Zeal Crown

    McDonald's pony toy collection

    So I discovered at my local McDonalds that they are selling Mlp toys in their kids meals now. A bit disappointed they don't have Applejack, again, but who could say no to Starlight Glimmer! I'm rather curious as to what you guys have so far, or just what you want. Here's a list for an easy to check guide. Pinkie Pie Fluttershy Rarity Rainbow Dash Coco Pommel Suri Polomare Starlight Glimmer So far, all I have is Twilight and Pinkie, but I'm really trying for that Starlight one. So again, what do you guys have? And who do you want?
  8. So if you went back in time and told your past self that one day, they would enjoy a show called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, how would they react and take it? Mine would either laugh or ask "WHY???" So discuss away!
  9. Drache

    Next Gen Sketches

    Guy I don't know why but I couldn't stop making next gens for one couple and finally sketched them for reference after trying out the pony generator to get their coloring. I may post colored version, I hope I do. I don't even super love their parents but the pairing happened in my head so yeah I made the offspring of Trixie Lulamoon and Prince Blueblood and even some future for them being good in pony society instead of evil conquers or anything. *shrugs* Here's their 1st son: Has light pale blue fur and dark blue hooves, blonde hair with light blue streaks, blue eyes, blind in his left eye after trying to use and advanced spell at a young age backfired into his face. He is logical and very calm, sadly he has a bit of magic fear after the event that blinded him. He watches over his brother and besides his parents is the only one that can handle his high energy and helps him on "adventures". 2nd Son: Same fur and hoof colors as his brother, light blue hair with dark blue streaks and purple eyes. He found his cutie mark very early finding a love for magical explosives and being a small bundle of energy he wants to do magic shows like his mother once did before her retirement from travel and settling down in canterlot and becoming a teacher/husband's writing inspiration. (oops spoilers on my next gen universe for Trixie and Blueblood) He loves going on adventures and his brother being his trusty sidekick as they explore unexplored caves and steal dragon's gold. (not really Comet would never let him do that) So there are the next gen kids I have so far, I actually made story for their parent's meeting and how the ego clashing humbled them, yes both boys and Trixie are royal in title now but the boys don't care and Trixie kinda likes the parties they get to go to until Flair scares a woman with his amber bug collection or Comet fearfully hides from the many magic using unicorns in the gardens and then Trixie and Blueblood have to wrangle in/calm down their kids. They still love them but parenthood is never easy. If you have questions just ask, if you have critiques post those too. P.S. I don't have Trixie and Blueblood as my top pairing this just happened in my brain and I loved it.
  10. TheMisterManGuy

    Channel Retrospective #1: Noggin/The N

    For those who don't know, Nickelodeon has 2 sister networks, Nick Jr. aimed at preschoolers, and TeenNick, aimed at teenagers. But what's interesting about these networks is the lengthy history behind them. Once upon a time, they began as one partnership between two companies, promising to educate and make learning cool for kids. Way back in 1995, Nickelodeon began blueprints for a teacher friendly network that hoped to make education fun and interesting amoung a young audience. Something like Discovery Channel or The Learning Channel, but geared more towards Nick's demographics. The problem? Nick would have to acquire 90% of it's programing to avoid canabilism with the Nick Jr. block. Acquiring that much programing for a 24-hour channel would cost a lot of time and money. Arround the same time, shortly after Cro was canceled, Children's Television Workshop (CTW), the production company behind Sesame Street, tried launching their own kids' network with a simillar purpose called.... and I'm not kidding here, "Kid City". Wow, real creative guys. Unfortunatley, it never got off the ground, and was scrapped shortly afterwards. CTW knew they didn't have the man power, rescourses, or brand recognition to operate a TV network on their own, so they decided to turn to someone with experience. And what better company to turn to, than the 1st kids network itself. In 1998, CTW teamed up with Nickelodeon to create a brand new channel that filled both companies goals. Between the two they pulled their resources, and the final product, was Noggin. Touted as a "Squirm as you learn kids thinking channel" Noggin was created to be an educational network that made learning cool for children. It also featured a creator driven website in which viewers could create and submit various content to the website that may show up on air. It would feature programing from both Nick and CTW including, Sesame Street, Cro, 3-2-1 Connect, The Electric Company, Ghost Writer, Doug, Nick News, and various Nick Jr. reruns. The network would also produce it's own original content, but that wouldn't happen until at least a year after launch. To run the network, Thomas Ascheim was appointed as general manager. Noggin offically launched on Febuary 2nd, 1999 @ 6:00am starting with the very first episode of Sesame Street. The channel ran 24-hours, and was commercial-free, though originaly, CTW wanted it to be ad-supported. At launch, Noggin was avalible in 1.5-2 million homes, not viewers, homes that simply recieved the channel as part of their cable package. Initally, the network simply aired reruns of already created content by both it's parent companies, and off-network acquisitions like Bill-Nye the Science Guy. In 2000, a year after it's launch, CTW changed it's name to Sesame Workshop, to reflect it's most well known property. That same year, Noggin premired it's first batch of original series, including (But not limited to) A Walk In Your Shoes, a reality show where kids with two different backgrounds and interests, switch places with each other. Sponk, a bizzare mix of sharades and Who's Line is it Anyway?. And The Phred on Your Head show, a talk show hosted by the channel's mascott, Phred featuring the aforementioned creator driven content from Noggin's website. The channel looked to have a bright future ahead of it. However, this wouldn't last long. In 2001, Noggin announce plans to more agressively court the older quarter of it's target audience, the 12-14 year olds. Tomassi Lindman, VP of the channel's programing and production department said "We're looking for programing exclusively for our older 12-14 year old kids. It's where our library is the weakest, and it's where we feel there is the largest potential growth." That came into play soon enough, because in 2002, 3 years after launch, the channel announced a new format. It will now be split into 2 different dayparts, Noggin itself would be repurposed into a preschool network, and would feature exclusively preschool programing, meanwhile, afternoon and evenings would be home to a new network, The N. Whereas Noggin would target preschoolers, The N would be marketed to adolecents, the demographic with large amounts of free time and larger amounts of disposable income. The reason for this change was because Noggin's prime-time ratings which consisted of nostalgic reruns for adults, were much lower than expected. Both blocks would run 12 hours a day, and alternate between evening and night. They would operate seperately, with different websites and ratings reports, but would still be under one roof. This is similar to how Cartoon Network and Adult Swim operate, in which they are each distinct networks with their own operations, but still operate under one management unbrella. The split officially occured on, Ironically enough, April 1st, 2002, and no, it was not a joke. The channel still remained commercial free, and was still co-owned by Sesame Workshop. That is until a few months later, when Sesame Workshop sold it's 50% interest in the channel to Nickelodeon, taking it's programing library with them. This move gave Nickelodeon full control of both Noggin and The N. By 2003, the change was clear. The new Noggin, featuring hosts Moose A. Moose, and Zee the bird, aired programing from Nickelodeon, foreign aquisitions, and original programing. Meanwhile The N..... aired programing from Nickelodeon, foreign aquisitions, and original programing. Oh yeah, and butchered reruns of Daria. But perhaps The N's most famous series, was Degrassi. This Canadian Teen Soap Opera would become the network's highest rated series for many years and it still continues to this day. It also helped paved way for other simillar shows on the network like the ground-breaking and critically acclaimed, South of Nowhere. Although, Sesame Workshop no longer owned Noggin at this point, they still produced content for the network such as the Sesame Street spin-off, Play With Me Sesame. In 2004, Nickelodeon announced that The N, would become an ad-supported network. While Noggin would remain commercial-free, Nick hoped to attract advertisers for the ever lucrative 12-24 year old market to the nightime network for teens. The N also ran a programing block featuring the then latest programing from Nick's TEENick block, the same was true vice-versa, as the TEENick block also ran an hour of programing from The N. That same year, The N premired it's first original animated series, and one of the most overlooked cartoons of the 2000s, O'Grady. This bizzare teen cartoon from the crew behind Home Movies stared 4 teenagers putting up with "The Weirdness" that inhabits the enpynomus setting of O' Grady. It's a witty and hillarious show to check out if you love Home Movies. In 2007, Nickelodeon announced plans to split Noggin and The N into seperate 24 hour channels. Noggin would remain in it's position, except they would expand to a 24 hour schedule for the first time since 2002. Meanwhile, The N would inherit the channel slot of Nick GaS, who, at this point, was just running reruns of the same 5 shows on an automated loop, and would also expand to 24 hours. To fill in the extra time, The N began airing reruns of That 70's Show and Saved by the Bell. This took effect on December 31, 2007. However, Dish Network refused to give up Nick GaS, and continued to air Noggin and The N as timeshare networks, until April 23, 2009, when Nick GaS was replaced with a west coast feed of Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. They began carrying Noggin and The N as seperate channels later that year. In 2009, as part of Nick's universal rebrand efforts which involved all 5 of their networks adopting the same new logo, Nick announced that Noggin and The N would be rebranded as Nick Jr. and TeenNick. The programing blocks of the same names were phased out on Nickelodeon itself shortly after the announcement. The change took effect on September 28. It seemed that Noggin was now officially dead, but it wasn't. At their 2015 upfront earlier this year, Nick announced that Noggin would be relaunched as a subscription based education service for preschoolers, avalibe on various mobile devices and still featuring the same logo and hosts. Noggin was an interesting experiment. A kind of "makes kids smarter" channel not only backed by a big player in children's edutainment, but also the #1 kids network at the time certainly had potential, but in the end, it was meerly an oddity, and yet another in a long list of cable channels that abandoned their original purpose in order to persue a more marketable demographic (MTV, TLC, History, Syfy, G4, etc.). If they took a different approach to primetime and overnight programing, maybe it could've panned out a bit better. With that, join me next time when we take a look at the original TV 4 Gamers, G4.
  11. I understand that young children, may not have as refined of tastes as adults do. But I feel some people think kids all have the same taste in entertainment. I don't necessarily believe that. When I was a kid, I remember watching more shows than others, for a variety of reasons. * I wasn't too into older Disney cartoons that were on Toon Disney at the time because I though they felt a little too... clean (save for Jetix) * I remember not really watching many shows with female leads unless A. Said lead was cute B. There was a lot of action * I was really intrigued by Anime, and liked the style * I refused to watch Brandy and Mr. Whiskers at the time because I hated the art style * I was into cartoons with either, gross out, random gags, or lots of action With this in mind, do all younger children really have the same taste in animation?
  12. From the 90's onward, kids cartoons have been showing that kids don't need cheap, lousy budget, toy commercials, and can handle higher level production values just as much as any other audience. What was the most "cutting edge" cartoon you watched as a kid? Looking back, I'd say Courage the Cowardly Dog was pretty ahead of it's time. The way it combined various animation styles for jump scares, added an almost arthouse feel to it. At times, I have a hard time considering it a children's cartoon.
  13. Whenever someone has a somewhat dark or slightly mature idea for an MLP episode, its always shot down with "that won't happen because it's for little girls" or "its a kids show, it won't be real". To which I reply, why use target audience as an excuse. Yes, FiM is a kids show, so I understand there are certain boundaries put in place. But that shouldn't limit the show from tackling more complex or mature issuess (in which it has done before). Plus, you'd be supprised at what you can do in children's programing. Look at Adventure Time, Hey Arnold, Courage the Cowardly Dog, SpongeBob, and Rocko's Modern Life. All of which managed to get some mature stuff past the censors. I'm not asking for FiM to become some dark, gritty war show with guns and violence. But I would like it to embrace some mature topics a bit more.
  14. Commander Frost

    Is MLP even for little girls anymore?

    So, after seeing Twilight's Kingdom. Do you think that the show is still targeted for little girls? As seen here, I believe Hasbro is recognizing the Brony community. (WARNING SPOILERS!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwZ4suij8oM Your opinions?
  15. We're coming up on the end of MCM, so lets raise a bit more money! I've made the Poniverse mascot, Pixel Wavelength, into a plushie. Bidding Closed: Congratulations Artemis! A little about Pixel Wavelength: This lovely lady had lead the other Poniverse mascots, gaining both a horn and wings in her ascension to awesomeness. Her cutie mark is the Poniverse quotes, which can be seen a bit more clearly here. She totally has a backstory, I swear. I'm so fired as RP lead. :okiedokielokie: About the plushie: She stands 20 inches (50 cm) tall from head to hoof, and about 16 inches (40 cm) long. Is is made of Minky (polyester) fabric Cotton thread Polyester fill Stainless steel wiring to help hold her shape Felt to keep the shape of her wings and hair If the buyer is interested, I have fabric to make her socks as well. >.> I used both hand stitching and a sewing machine (Brother cs600i). For the eyes and cutie mark, I adapted images provided for my embroidery machine (Brother PE500). She is moderately poseable. Pattern designed by DolphinWing. Now for the specifics of the sale: Aside from the mandatory charge for the transaction, all money donated will be going to BC Children's Hospital. The bidding will start at 100 Canadian dollars. Bids will be done as reply to this thread. Bids will be in 5-dollar increments. The auction will be closing at 11:59 PM of the 11th. Payment must be in by noon PST on the 12th, so that we still have plenty of time to get the money to the hospital for their cut-off time. If the winner fails to get the money in on time, the plush will be awarded to the second highest bidder. Any money that she sells for will also be added to the MCM total. Shipping will be included in the price, both domestic and international. Now for some pix. A bit of an aside, I've been busting my ass trying to get her done on time. Her wings are the last thing to go on, and once they're finished, they will be attached, as well as the picture updated, but be aware, she does have wings. Just not yet. Also, the Trixie figure in the picture is for size reference. She is mines. You can't have her. Finally, a huge shout out to my husband for helping run the demon (embroidery) machine, and sewing on parts while I worked on other sections of her. He finally did make an account! :comeatus: With all of that being said, let the bidding begin. Let's show this world just how generous bronies can be! EDIT : Now with wings!!
  16. MAKING CHRISTMAS MERRIER 2014 Three years ago, when MLP Forums was still in its infancy, a seemingly inconsequential status update from a member lead to what would become one of MLP Forums most important and fulfilling projects. Making Christmas Merrier - A charitable event focused around us as a community of friends coming together to provide a more joyous Christmas for sick children. . What is Making Christmas Merrier? In 2011 and 2012 MLP Forums - under the guidance of @Feld0 - initiated a charity fundraiser to collect donations with the sole purpose to purchase Christmas gifts for the young patients at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver Canada. In 2011, the MCM’s raised around $400.00. You can read all about the history of the inaugural event here. The site was new and had only a sliver of the membership we do now, but the following year MCM raised over $2000.00 for the Children’s Hospital. Read all about that here. In the end, our contributions as a Forum ensured that Christmas was better for many kids, some fighting for their lives. Last year, we were unable to get this off the ground, much to the dismay of several members here on the board. We have heard you and Making Christmas Merrier is back for 2014! Contribution instructions Contributions to the fundraiser may be made through PayPal, or through a credit or debit card. Due to processing fees, we ask that you please consider maximizing the donation amount per transaction. Remember, the more money that gets taken through fees, the less money that goes to the children! In order to get the money to the Hospital in time, donations will tentatively close on Dec 12th. Donations are now closed! You all are the epitome of what it means to be a Community. Anonymous Donations When donating you have the option of doing so anonymously. This will mean that you decline the badge you can also specify to be removed from any giveaway drawings. Please PM these three Administrators: , @SCS, and . This will ensure the anon request doesn't get processed as a normal donation. Please make the subject line of the PM "Anonymous Donation Request" Gift Donations You can donate in another MLP Forum community member's name giving them the Generosity Badge as well. This has been done a few times, but we wanted to publicize the option. To do this, after donating, PM requesting that the donation be counted toward the person of your choice. Be sure to include the member's user name. Please make the subject line of the PM "Gift Donation Request" Note: Due to processing costs - Gift Donations must be a minimum of $5.00 per individual you are gifting the badge to. While any charitable contribution is usually made with the spirit of generosity and altruism as the driving force, we felt that the prior years fun and festivities should be carried over. As in 2012 we are rolling out a series of fun (and embarrassing) incentives. Some will be based on individual donation goals, while others will be rolled out as we hit specific goals as a community. If you read the 2012 thread you will have a good idea of what we are talking about. Individual Goals For every $5 donated you will be entered into the three separate giveaways that we are holding, with the winners announced LIVE on Equestria.tv Movie Night. Art Commission Giveaway Several of MLP Forums own artists have agreed to donate their time and talents for a special raffle. The artists include: Shimmering, Ashley, Anilewe, Ruishi, Sceethe, Dilarus, Storrnfury, Tsitra360 (yes … that Tsitra) Steam Giveaway Bastion Terraria South Park FTL Witcher 2 Castle Crashers Fallout New Vergas Battleblock Theater Psychonauts Hotline Miami Farcry 2 Serious Sam 3 Little Racers Street Super Sanctum TD Dungeon Hearts Goat Simulator Don't Starve Merch Giveaway Merch from Funko, WeLoveFine, good ol’ Hasbro. Pixel Wavelength Plushie Auction For those that do not know, Troblems / Phantomhive is one of our resident Plushie Artisans. We will be auctioning off a new creation from her - Pixel Wavelength the Ponivese Mascot. You can own this one of a kind plushie that will always remind you of what this community means and can do when we come together as one. You can find out more at this link. Stretch Goals We figured we would make it a bit more fun this year. As we reach specific targets as a community a new Stretch Goal will be revealed as well as an image hint for the next one. Again, take a peek at that 2012 and you’ll have an idea. Want to embarrass a Mod or Admin … this may be your chance. $100 Goal - Unlocked Generosity Badge All Christmas Donors receive a special title and a nifty "Element of Generosity" badge! If you aren't immediately moved to the special donors group, don't worry! We'll get to you ASAP. If you still haven't been moved after 24 hours, be sure to contact an admin. $250 Goal - Unlocked Staff Name Change Christmas Donors are entered into a raffle to change a staff member's display name or member title for a week. If two members choose the same staffer, then the changes are queued. Each successive goal unlock will add one more ticket to the raffle. Name/title change tickets so far: 10 $500 Goal - Unlocked Staff Solo Song What is a better Holiday tradition than caroling? Especially of the carols are songs from Friendship is Magic. Doubly so if it's a member of the staff serenading you. Eyup! Through a special poll, the MLP Forums will select one Moderator or Staffer to record a song from the show we all love (your choice as well) for everyone's amusement - or horror. And in some cases ... our embarrassment. The poll will be posted soon. This isn't the last Staff Song as more may show up in the future. Note: The songs in this bracket will be mostly solo songs. Also, you have opened another Name/Title Change ticket Name/title change tickets so far: 10 $750 Goal - Unlocked - Newsletter Feature One of you gets to be a direct part of the Poniverse Newsletter Team or choose to be featured. Added to the raffle pool now is a featured piece in the Poniverse Newsletter that goes out to tens of thousands of people. What does that mean? Well, that depends on you. You can pen an editorial or column on an aspect of the show or fandom. If you are a Fan Fic writer ... we will feature your fic. If you are an artist we will feature your art. If you have a Commission Page here we can plug that as well. If you simply want to be the featured interviewee ... done. This will be for the Dec Newsletter due in late Dec. Also, you have opened another Name/Title Change ticket Name/title change tickets so far: 10 $1000 Goal - Unlocked Staff Group Song Well, since making a certain Rarity lovin' member of this community sing was apparently so popular, your'e going love this - Group Staff Song from FiM is unlocked. You will vote on one of the many songs in FiM that require more than one person to sing (excluding Admins). Look for our status updates and a post here for when the poll will be up. Also, you have opened another Name/Title Change ticket Name/title change tickets so far: 10 $1250 Goal - Unlocked Holiday Emotes / Design Emote / Solo Staff Song A series of Festive Mane Six Emotes will soon be available in the emote panel, courtesy of @Obsidian Sky Also, ever wondered why we don't have 'x' character as an emote. Well ... here is your chance. Soon we will create a poll that will allow you to pick from a selection of characters. @Obsidian Sky will design the winning selection. We will also be including this as an winnable item during the drawing where one member will be able to pick a non featured character to be added as well. Who will win? Also, yeah ... since you guys seemed to like making us sing ... a new solo song will be done ... same as before eliminating Art of the Dress. Oh and Name/title change tickets so far: 10 $1500 Goal Unlocked Admin Fan Fic Reading / Staff Song - Share the Wealth Well done everypony! You have now unlocked the first Admin Stretch Goal! One Admin chosen by you will read and record a fanfic (approx 5000 words). Also, yet another song with members who have not yet gotten to shine. Name/title change tickets so far: 10 $1750 Goal - Unlocked The Massive MLP Forums Smile Song $2000 Goal - Unlocked Admin Duet - This Day Aria "This day is going to be perfect ... " Two of the four Admins will need to sing as Cadance/Chrysalis in on of the best duets in the show. You vote on the pairs. Poll will be up soon. Also Name/title change tickets so far: 10 $2500 Goal - Unlocked Staff BABSCon Cosplay Poviverse and MLP Forums staff will be heading to BABSCon and are hosting a live streamed and recorded panel. For some of us, this will be our first Ponycon experience and representing this place that we call home will be an exciting time. What better way to ratchet up the fun than to step into the skin of your favorite character ... live ... and hosted on YouTube for all the world to see? Sooooo. Yeah ... this is going to be a thing. @Simon, @Jeric, , , and will be hosting the Poniverse/MLP Forums Panel. One of us will cosplay as our favorite character during the panel. One of us will enter the cosplay contest. You choose who it will be. Name/title change tickets so far: 10 $3000 Goal - Epic Rap Battle Unlocked FAQ Q: What is the goal of this event? Q: How much money are you looking to raise? Q: I donated, what can I do? Q: Can I donate the old teddy bear I had as a child? Q: Will MLP Forums keep any of the money I donate? “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ? John Holmes Before we turn your day (or night) back over to you, we want to say this: our success over the years was not due to Feld0, or any of the Staff at the time. Likewise, if we can achieve our goals this year, it will not be due to Feld0, SCS, Spoon, Aquila, or any staffer for that matter. It will be due to you, all of you. Together this community can achieve amazing results, and ensure that the kids at BCCH have that Christmas they may otherwise not have. We've done it before, and we can do it again. Please feel free to pose any questions, comments, or other queries below, If some are grouchy, pay no mind Surprise instead with something kind Lo and behold, you may just find A smile is what you bring ? Rarity
  17. With Disney Channel claiming to be a Family-inclusive network, Boomerang being reformated to family viewing, and The Hub/Discovery Family continuing its co-viewing strategy. Do you think kids networks will move more towards targeting kids AND families? If it means more cartoons kids and adults can enjoy, then I'm all for it. One network that can benifit from this change is Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon currently is too focused on only pandering to kids under 10, as well as shutting off any potential periphery demographics for its shows. A co-viewing strategy can at least give them a few decent shows on the network.
  18. Hello everypony, how many of you ever collect those gross funny gory cards back from the 80's and beyond? Yes i'm talking about the Garbage Pail Kids cards that used to only cost a quarter a piece with 8 stickers and a piece of gum! I'm sure you remember later Topps Card company had to change the cards later on because they got sued over gory versions of the cabbage patch dolls. Now to refresh your memories here's ones you have probably heard of ? Bony Tony, Nasty Nick, Alli-Gator, and Adam Bomb! So tell me which ones you collect and which ones you liked the most ?
  19. Considering PG-13 Movies are advertised on kids channels very frequently, and since most of the current kids networks target kids up to 14 years old, have you ever seen a commercial for a Teen rated game on a kids network? I remember Jak II had a commercial on Nickelodeon at one point, but aside from that, I don't remember any others.
  20. Unlike most kids networks, which continue to keep kids as they grow into early adolecents, Nickelodeon these days seems to shut off any appeal to those 12 and older, this is most apparent in their ratings reports. Back when they had TEENick, Nick would've bragged about its tween ratings all the time. Now, they seem to care less about middle schoolers. Look at most of Nicks recent ratings reports, all of them only report 2-11, or 6-11. This proves my theory about Nick wanting the 12+ crowd off the network for good. I get that Nick is a kids network, but there's a difference between targeting kids, and pandering to them.
  21. MarsMoonDancer

    Playing Santa for orphans

    For four years I used to volunteer at a local orphanage and play Santa, Oh the children would light up whenever I would enter the room. I always cherished every moment of it.. for one day out of the year, I wasn't just a loser with a crappy job lol I was a living myth, bringing joy, love and hope too those unfortunate souls, I told them stories of epic battles and fun times with elves and Rudolph... until it got real, There was a little girl, around 12. She had bright green eyes and a smile that was infectious. She ALWAYS looked forward too my visit every year, she would always sit on my lap when I told the stories and helped handing out presents.. she cared more about the spirit of giving then... crying or dwelling on her lack of parents.. .. anyways, she always would ask me " would Santa be my father again? " with that smile and glimmer of joy in her eyes.. and I would always reply " Of coarse, I would love too" then I would let out a hardy " HO HO HO! ". Then, the last year I did it, as I walked into the orphanage something was wrong... I noticed the mood wasn't like it normally was.. it was.. somber.. I was pulled aside by one of the care givers. Apparently she passed away from an illness two weeks before.. her empty bed, it tore Santa's heart to shreds.. I still did what i could to cheer them up and I succeeded in bringing back some cheer.... however, her empty bed still haunts my dreams. I found out after I packed up my costume, one of the more honest care givers told me the ugliest of truths.. that the company who owned the orphanage didn't even attempt too treat her because " It was a WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!! Til the day I die I will always keep her in my heart, because lord knows the people who ran that place cared WAY more for dirty green paper than a human life.. You will always be Santa's little helper, Jenny..
  22. To those in the great red leaf country, How have the 2 major kids networks there, YTV and Teletoon progressed over the years in your opinion? Have they gotten better, gone downhill, or stayed the same?
  23. For those of you who saw EQG2 in theaters, how many kids and their parents did you see compared to Bronies in the audience? I'm curious because I just saw EQG2 for the second time. The first time had two dozen or so children and less than a handful of us. But tonight's showing was a complete reversal. Twenty or so Bronies and only one or two kids. I'm just wondering what it was like on your guys ends.
  24. Since kids networks are horribly mismanaged today (with a few exceptions). How exactly would you run your own kids network? My idea is to have a network for kids of literally ALL ages (ie, anyone 18 and under) and their families. Mornings would be preschool programming for kids 2-6, featuring a mix of original and acquired programming that's safe, and educational from 7:00am to 12:00n all programming will be no higher than a TV-Y. 12:00n to 5:00pm would be aimed at children 6-12 years old. Featuring a mix of original and acquired programming for kids, all Programming will be TV-Y or TV-Y7. 5:00pm to 8:00pm will be an action/video game hybrid block for older kids. Featuring Shonen anime, super hero shows, and video game programming for boys and gamers 9-14 years old. All programming will be either TV-Y7 or TV-PG. 8:00pm to 10:00pm would be family time. Featuring game shows, movies, and premiere episodes of original series for kids and their families. All programming will be TV-Y7, TV-G, or TV-PG. 10:00pm to 2:00am will be a block for teens 14-18. Featuring acquired Teen dramas and sitcoms and late night animation with content that may be unsuitable for younger kids. Programming will be either TV-PG or TV-14. 2:00am to 6:00am is a special block for young adults 18-24. With weird and experimental programming ala Adult Swim. Programming will be no lower than TV-14. We'll also try to make sure no show is overplayed and that the schedule will be balanced. So what do you think?
  25. In 2004, Cartoon Network moved its flagship Toonami lineup to saturday nights. This change came as a supprise to many fans, but why exactly did this happen though? Well, through reading various old toonami related topics on Toonzone from 2003-2004. I have 3 possiblilities as to why this happened. 1. Starting around 2003, Cartoon Network was apparently trying to target Toonami at a much younger audience than the average Toonami viewer which Sean Akins more or less said in an interview, was roughly 12-14 years old. Thus came things like SD Gundam, He Man, and Transformers Armada to appeal to that 6-11 year old demographic. The 9-16 year old audience, Toonami's actual target audience at the time, and older viewers were annoyed at the new programing, and although they still tuned in, CN wanted squarely 6-11. 2. Toonami's lineup in mid-late 2003 basicaly sucked. Half of it was Dragon Ball and DBZ, and the other half was the aforementioned younger skewing shows. Shows that would've otherwise aired on Toonami either went to Adult Swim, or the SVES block. In a way, the move to Saturday sort of sparked new life in to Toonami with some fresh programing. 3. Some shows like Yu Yu Hakusho, and Rurouni Kenshin became too violent to air on weekdays without completely butchering them, which is one of the reasons Kenshin was moved to SVES. So moving to saturdays provided looser standards than what was considered appropriate for daytime TV in the US. Keep in mind, all of this is based of what I've read from the Toonzone forms, Adult Swim boards, and official press releases and statements from CN and Willams Street, so feel free to provide any additional reasons and info if you have any.