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Past Generations of Ponies?

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Sooooo...we all know that MLP's been around for awhile. And the previous series can REALLY get people angry. But I'm curious to know the general mindset of the former series and/or movies amongst you bronies here.

 

A quick recap, for the unintiated:

 

G1

 

You got your original ponies, with two tv specials and a series. Probably the most famous or infamous part of these series is the villain of the first special, Tirec. He was like Nightmare oon in that he wanted to bring about enternal night. He was nothing like Nightmare Moon in that he was a frightneing minotaur/cenotaur demon that turned ponies into dragons. Yeesh.

 

Another good thing to note about the original series is that they were the inspiration for the ponies we know and love today. Firefly is now Rainbow Dash, Posey is now Fluttershy, etc etc. And from what bits I've seen, you can really see the family resemblance.

 

I personally liked 'Escape from Catrina,' the second tv special. You've got a villain who's basically a drug-addict and her shape-shifting boyfriend who wants to see her be on the side of good again. And the aforementioned Posey is in it. Yes, the ending sucks. Yes, the songs are kinda dumb (though I liked the villain song). But it's rather charming in it's...meh-ness.

 

I gotta admit, I'm liking the old-school ponies. They're no where near as awesome as FiM ponies, but they're not super-girly like everyone thinks. Though they come dangerously close sometimes.

 

G2

 

To be technical, the G2 toy line didn't have a tv series. This one, My Little Pony Tales, is actually part of G1. Kinda. But it's easier to say G2.

 

So basically, the fantasy/adventure aspect is completely gone. The ponies are all now boy-crazy teens who do human things instead of pony things. It's...a weird one. Ponies all walking around on two legs, using hooves as hands, singing about the boys who look just like the girls...its HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL WITH PONIES. D8

 

I can't really say much about this series, cuz I haven't watched it beyond a few clips. I will give it credit for introducing Bon-Bon to the world.

 

G3

 

....ahem....excuse me one moments....

 

 

GRAAAAAAAAAH BUUUUUUUUUUCK BUCKBUCKBUCK BUUUUUUCKIN MANUUUUUUUURE. *sounds of punches and shattering glass* GFYHJFHRTHSRTJFRHJF

 

 

....*shaky breath*...okay.

 

All I can say about G3 is that it sure broke a lot of stuff. This is the girliest crap I've ever seen. At least it gave us Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, but even then...dear Celestia.

 

I remember sitting down and watching a G3 movie with my nieces. I only remember one song from it (it was about not wanting to take responsibility in life, and it was actually pretty catchy). And that I was writhing in agony the whole time. This is the girl who survived Manos. AND I COULDN'T HANDLE A PONY MOVIE.

 

So anyway, yeah. Terrible voice-acting, terrible characterization, terrible animation...and to be honest, I think THIS is the reason ponies are looked down upon so much. It is painful to watch something that was custom-designed to be this girly.

 

AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON G3.5. For one thing, the ponies look like they're eternally in pain. They're even more shallow and toy-promoting than ever before. Then there's the newborns...

 

...ANYWAY. Yeah, that's my personal view on the past generations of ponies. None of it can hold a candle to FiM (well, duh , of course not ^^), but the original series is...nice...in its own way. No opinion on Tales. Wish to burn G3 to the ground.

 

What do yall think?

 

(if my essay was tl;dr, I apologize. ^^ ;)

Edited by sciaenops22

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I've been wanting to go back and watch it. Someone linked me to a comparison review someone made but I still wanna watch oldschool Ponies just to watch it. :P

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^ That reminds me, CR (from That Guy with the Glasses...you know, the place that does Nostalgia Critic...) made a crash-course video on the past series of ponies (and on FiM, but we already know what's up with that).

 

For a quick intro (that explains the old stuff better than I can), check it out here.

 

Also, I still hold to the idea that everyone should at least try to watch Escape from Catrina. The full, unedited version is on YouTube. It may or may not be worth your time, I dunno. It's a YMMV thing, really. ^^

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I honestly never considered the older generation of My Little Pony based solely on everyone saying it was horrible. After watching this, my opinion doesn't change that much. If I were to watch one of the other generations, it would probably be G1 because it just has that 80's awesomeness to it. If I ever have the time, it would be pretty cool to look at all the older characters to get a general idea of how the G4 ponies were made.

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I honestly never considered the older generation of My Little Pony based solely on everyone saying it was horrible. After watching this, my opinion doesn't change that much. If I were to watch one of the other generations, it would probably be G1 because it just has that 80's awesomeness to it. If I ever have the time, it would be pretty cool to look at all the older characters to get a general idea of how the G4 ponies were made.

 

This is my line of thinking as well. I wanna watch them, more than anything, to see how the original versions of the characters evolved into what we have now.

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I never watched or even saw G1 or 2 before. They only way ponies existed to me before were G3 and 3.5. Obviously this leaded to an absolute hatred for the entire show, plus the commercials for the ponies. (which I believe are still as gay for g4...)

 

I didn't actually know that MLP:FiM existed untill I heard of the fandom, so maybe that's why I'm so into it...

 

I wonder, that if I had heard about G4 before I learned of the fanbase, would I even bother with it? I have no reason to watch any litle girl's show, why would I watch MLP:FiM?

 

I also wonder if I would even like MLP if the fanbase didn't exist. Would I watch an entire episode and say "wow, that was f**king awesome!" I hope so, because then it seems like I'm only watching it because of the fanbase... and I guess I'll really never know...

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I didn't actually know that MLP:FiM existed untill I heard of the fandom, so maybe that's why I'm so into it...

 

I wonder, that if I had heard about G4 before I learned of the fanbase, would I even bother with it? I have no reason to watch any litle girl's show, why would I watch MLP:FiM?

 

I also wonder if I would even like MLP if the fanbase didn't exist. Would I watch an entire episode and say "wow, that was f**king awesome!" I hope so, because then it seems like I'm only watching it because of the fanbase... and I guess I'll really never know...

 

Let's just be thankful for 4chan and their ridiculous meme setting trend! I came to MLP for the fanbase and stayed for the ponies. :)

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This more or less sums up my thoughts on the previous generations:

 

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I demand impressions on

 

edit: or is this 3.5.

 

i forget sometimes

 

The first one is weird as buck. Barely ten seconds in, and the voice acting makes me want to claw out my eyes with rusty nails.

 

The second one? Huh, wonder what it is. *opens video* OH DEAR CELESTIA NOOOOOO TAKE IT AWAY! D8

 

I never watched or even saw G1 or 2 before. They only way ponies existed to me before were G3 and 3.5. Obviously this leaded to an absolute hatred for the entire show, plus the commercials for the ponies. (which I believe are still as gay for g4...)

 

I didn't actually know that MLP:FiM existed untill I heard of the fandom, so maybe that's why I'm so into it...

 

I wonder, that if I had heard about G4 before I learned of the fanbase, would I even bother with it? I have no reason to watch any litle girl's show, why would I watch MLP:FiM?

 

I also wonder if I would even like MLP if the fanbase didn't exist. Would I watch an entire episode and say "wow, that was f**king awesome!" I hope so, because then it seems like I'm only watching it because of the fanbase... and I guess I'll really never know...

 

I didn't get into ponies until I got caught in the middle of a pony vs mechas war. It was epic, and it piqued my curiosity (they didn't really talk about the show itself, but the designs of the ponies they used in thier avatars caught my eye). The fanbase and all of its memes were just a nice addition to me. ^^

 

That aside, I found some episodes of Tales on YouTube....for the sake of research!...*goes to watch while holding her Twilight sparkle plushie, bracing for impact*

 

*EDIT* Watched an episode. Voice acting wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. Pacing was waaay off, though. They condensed twenty sentences into a millisecond. In every scene. Every single scene, lines were rushed and rushed and rushed. It got annoying. FAST. And the animation was bad. So yeah, Tales is not one of my faves. :-/

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I demand impressions on

 

edit: or is this 3.5.

 

i forget sometimes

 

Thanks for that, now i've gotta go clean the blood coming out of my ears.

If my job was to be part of the production of that show, I'd be contemplating where my life went so wrong.

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I find it interesting how so many people are checking out the older generations just because of FiM. I haven't watched any yet except the g3 Sweetie Belle scavenger hunt one and I don't know if I will. I can't stand the designs of the old ponies and even if the story is good I don't know if I can stare at those... things long enough to watch it.

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I've only seen the original g1 movie

 

It sucks, but the weird purple dude was cool

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I just watched those two videos. What the crap is this? lol

 

First one was a little better as a cartoon but definitely shows that it's directed at little girls.

 

The second video...the animations were so off. Please tell me this is the one is the one I heard was made solely for the endorsement of the toys. Cuz if that's actually meant to be a legitimate cartoon that's sad.

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What do you guys think of the older generations of My Little Pony? I haven't watched the episodes, but I fell in love with the G1 and G3 themes ;)

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Lauren Faust turned the most atrocious looking and least entertaining show in the world into something we can all love.

In my opinion, prior to Friendship is Magic, My Little Pony was nothing more than a cheaply made show that only appealed to kids who are more or less oblivious to show quality :P

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The old generations to me was only cheap crap for marketing their toys, nothing more. I actually think i have 2 old VHS mlp tapes lying in a shelf somewhere ;)

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Lauren Faust turned the most atrocious looking and least entertaining show in the world into something we can all love.

In my opinion, prior to Friendship is Magic, My Little Pony was nothing more than a cheaply made show that only appealed to kids who are more or less oblivious to show quality :P

 

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I didn't know Lauren Faust worked on Fanboy and Chum Chum.

 

And I haven't seen any of the older generations of MLP, but based on what i've heard, that's probably a good thing. Besides, i'm perfectly fine with my little ponies I have now. ;)

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Do not want.

 

That sums up my opinion.

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Never seen them, and I don't think I want to.

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Never seen them, and I don't think I want to.

 

Probably better off never seeing them. It just looks wrong >.<

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Never seen them, and I don't think I want to.

 

If you don't like the thought of Rainbow Dash behaving like Rartity, then you should never watch it.

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If you don't like the thought of Rainbow Dash behaving like Rartity, then you should never watch it.

 

Oh my god, that sounds disgusting >.<

My sisters have watched the old one and they prefer it over FiM...they have no sense of what a good show is :P

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