Well, great. Another thing for me to get hooked on, a
children's card game
.. I mean, a children's cartoon!
So yeah, you may have heard that there's a new series from the animator(s) whom worked on the GOOD Cartoon Network series, like Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home, etc. And that series is.. unbelievably, My Little Pony.
Yeah. They managed to take a show that's all about selling toys to little girls and make it AWESOME. Well, I guess that's been done a few times before with Transformers, which is incidentally also from Hasbro, so someone in control of the franchises is being smart about it. And I'm actually late to the party, apparently, as people have been raving about this new show for months now, and I only just sat down and watched it. And another episode. And another. Until I saw them all.
There's actually a ton of things in favor of this show, too. There's the referential humor and jokes that only adults will get; just like Animaniacs. Impressive voice acting performed by an experienced ensemble, and the characters expressions and lip syncs match up perfectly. The cast doesn't laugh or yell for no damn reason, like a lot of other cartoons lately are guilty of.. the 'moral of the story' lessons actually have something to do with the episode instead of being tacked on to the last minute, and heck, the show is even educational at times, by delving into mythology, science and other subjects as the plot demands.
They even managed to break stereotypes, or play with them when they do exist. For example, the super-girly fashion-crazed pony is actually very kind and is NOT a bitch, AND isn't a shopaholic but a business owner herself. That's a much better message to kids then "you should annoy your parents to buy things".. instead it's "you should work hard to help yourself, and make sure to help others too". I could honestly go on and on about all the positives of this show, especially in relation to everything else out there now, but I think you get the picture.
Just two final notes, regarding that Youtube account I linked. One, the episodes are generally posted in order, so the oldest would be the first, and so on. The pilot is a full hour, but suffers from having to introduce well, everything, and being more cheesy then the series proper. The second thing to note is.. anything that doesn't specify it's the new series, you should avoid unless you want to get some brain bleach.
There's some older MLP stuff on there, probably for comparison, and it's HORRIBLE. Just.. avoid anything that isn't the current art style. You'll be glad ya did.