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Which generation do you think is better: G4 or G5?


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Generation 4 is the past of generation 5,so they are both awesome when I view them in that light. Generation 4 has better 2d animation in my opinion(gasp) because it’s the best 2d animation quality I’ve seen since spongebob! The g5 movie has a LOT of animation competition in the 3D movies but is still awesome and the color palletes remind me of gen 3.5 and gen. 1. In both generations the storyline is super engaging! The actresses in generation 4 are always upbeat,and are awesome in interviews,while in generation 5 they are awesome and original but seem fake in the interviews…overall it’s best not to judge gen 5 until later but it’s seems so far like it’s  made for a younger audience… while gen 4 is for all ages!

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Well I think G4 is better for now. In my opinion, G5 looks 3D and the G5 like you know the designs are kind of like Disney- like designs. I am not a Disney fan so yep. G4 is the one. :)

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I think it is too early in the generation 5 series to compare it to Friendship is Magic. The gen 5 movie in my opinion was amazing, but I do not think I can honestly say that either is better than the other. Perhaps after season 1 of gen 5 I can give my opinion. I do love both generations though.

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There is literally only one movie when it comes to G5. I wouldn't even say it's a fair comparison until more content comes out.

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As everyone else on this thread said, way too early to make that call. Nine years of content vs one movie isn't exactly a fair fight.

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I personally prefer G5 over G4 so far.

You might be wondering, how is that possible when there's so much G4 content compared to one piece of G5 content?

Well, I'm sure there are plenty of movies you enjoy more than certain entire TV shows. And a lot of people knew they liked G4 more than G3 after watching just a couple of episodes of G4I even know a few people who are big G5 fans, but hated G4.

Here is why I prefer G5:

  • My collective love for the Mane 5 cast is bigger than my collective love for the Mane 6 cast.
  • I love the animation more, the G5 ponies look and feel so real and it helps me immerse myself into their world and their emotions more. I prefer their smaller eyes, bigger snouts, and their visible hooves.
  • I think the Mane 5's friendship and dynamics are more believable than the Mane 6. When I rewatched Season 1 of Friendship is Magic, I was put off by how jerkish they could be to each other at times.
  • I think the G5 characters are more interesting and less tropey than the G4 characters.
  • I think A New Generation is a much stronger beginning to a generation than Season 1 of Friendship is Magic was.
  • When G4 first came out, I hated it for years despite watching the two-part opener and I didn't gain interest until Season 5. With G5, I already love it from the very beginning and that's a great sign.

I like all pony generations, but G5 happens to be the one I have the strongest connection to already.

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I don't think it's a really fair to compare one movie to an entire decade worth of G4 content. I'll hold off my opinions when G5 specials and the series will be released.

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13 hours ago, Malarkey said:

I love the animation more, the G5 ponies look and feel so real and it helps me immerse myself into their world and their emotions more. I prefer their smaller eyes, bigger snouts, and their visible hooves.

Awesome to hear such good feedback from the 3D design. I think that is a first!

I still have to go with G4. When G5 finally becomes a show, G4 will be so nostalgic for us older fans that it will be difficult to not say G4 is the best even then. Oh, and I like big cute eyes, small cute snouts, and I can live without too much hooves and fur.... But I don't like cat designs either (Pony Life)

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I believe the fourth generations, though I believe main reason why it will always be the better generation in my mind. Is that it is what got me to love the show to begin with. Of course that would be hard to compete with heh.

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If we’re talking about the movie then G5 wins hand down but if we’re just talking about MLP in general well I can’t really say since G5 tv show hasn’t came out yet and we know nothing about it.

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Not really a fair comparison at this point. We’ve only had about an hour and half with the new world and characters, compared to dozens of hours worth of episodes and five movies with gen 4z

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I don't think it's fair to compare them as they're completely different generations and characters.

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Literally not a fair comparison, considering there's literally only one g5 movie and literally so much g4 content. :p  

I do miss g4 in a way, but I'm not gonna compare it and g5 quite yet :p 

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G4 for a variety of reasons.  First off, fair or not, first cut is the deepest, and that's something FiM will always have over ANG for me regardless of the quality of either.  Secondly, while I think the CG of ANG is great (hard to say if the show will match the animation budget but we'll see), I find 2D animation is more expressive, and I'll also miss FiM being a holdout of Western 2D animation in an age oversaturated with CG.  Neither of these things are about the actual quality of the ANG movie though, so I'll move on to that.

I think the biggest thing I'll miss about FiM is the Equestria of the past.  Yeah, I know magic has now returned to the future world in the movie, but there's something to be said for a world that just has magic, and all manner of interesting mythological creatures in it, along with a history of having had it.  The world of the old series just has more life to it, and it is a series that really leans into the fantasy aspect.  Sure, all manner of slice of life stories can and have been told in that world, but there's something about the juxtaposition of everyday life with the extraordinary that really makes the world of FiM come alive.  By contrast...there just isn't as much excitement in the new world.  The return of magic can and probably will provide a much needed boost to it, but it's probably otherwise going to continue to feel a little flat.  

Of course, when it comes to story and characterization...well, Here's what Josh Scorcher has to say on the subject: 

 

To be clear, my perspective isn't nearly as harsh and I enjoyed the film, but Josh makes some pretty good points that have helped explain some potential reasons why I can't help but feel this new film falls short on a fundamental level.  While it was apparent to me from the start who Twilight Sparkle is outside of her friendship studies, I can't say the same of Sunny.  I really don't know who she is now that she has successfully united the three pony tribes.  Maybe the new series can explore that by framing it as an identity crisis on her part or something, but I doubt it will go that route.  In fact, where FiM didn't need much to set up its characters, I really feel as though all of the Mane Five here could use some serious character development (especially the Pegasus sisters).  We will likely get that, but I wanted that from this movie.  Also, it's pretty obvious all five characters take cues from somepony from the Mane Six, with varying degrees of success at differentiating themselves from their predecessors.  

Now for the elephant in the room: the link this new series has to FiM.  It's great that it gets people talking, but it really wasn't necessary at all for this film, and now this new series will never be able to stand on its own, which is unfortunate.  FiM stood on its own, and didn't need G3 or any other previous series.  I really wish ANG could have done the same, and based solely on the plot of the film, there's no reason why it shouldn't have.  I'm going to guess that exploring the reasons why the Equestria of the past is no more is going to be embedded into this new show to some capacity.  It's a hook for the fandom, for sure, but it's an artificial hook and one that comes at the expense of this new series just being another extension of FiM.  

I'll give the new series a shot, but as it stands...I think it's probably going to be my second favourite MLP series (third if I count EQG).  In all fairness, Pony Life tried as a follow-up to FiM, and failed miserably IMHO.  I think ANG is far better than that at least, and let's not get into past gens of which G1's the next best series.  I think ANG is well set up to be better than that too.  I just can't see it topping FiM though.  

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