A new comic book series from IDW has been announced, set to replace Friends Forever starting in April. This series is meant to take a look at Equestria’s historical and mythological characters set in the past. Jeremy Whitley and Brenda Hickey, the writer and artist respectively for the first story arc of this series, have some comments to share. Check them out after the break.
Editor’s Note (DS): Personally I’d rather not touch anything related to politics or the US Government on this site, as we’re suppose to be about cartoons, and even we fail at that most of the time in terms of coverage. But so many folks did wake up to a living nightmare. Blame the writer’s of Back to the Future, they predicted it all. StatManDan wrote some kind words, and if that lifts the spirits of at least one of our three readers just a tiny bit, its worth it.
And now some words from StatManDan.
After the results of the US Presidential Election, some are joyful, but others are in despair. This is for those who are in despair right now. I hope I am not infringing on Sprocket’s territory, but I feel this needs to be said right now.
Today and last night, it was disappointing. There’s no two ways about it. We are still sad. So what do we do?
- We do what we always do—take our licks, pick ourselves back up, and carry on.
- We do what we always do—we learn from our mistakes and do better next time.
- We do what we always do—we keep our heads up.
- We do what we always do—be ourselves, continue to do good, and be there for each other.
- We do what we always do—never give up hope for better times for us and be confident that we will win next time after a loss even as painful as this one.
- We do what we always do—hope and push for a better future for ourselves, our family, our friends, and others.
- We do what we always do—we live to fight another day.
- We do what we always do—we’ll pull through this.
- We do what we always do—we’ll find a way to make the world a truly better place.
- We do what we always do—and we’ll continue to do so.
I firmly believe there is still room in this world for honestly, laughter, generosity, kindness, loyalty, and magic (and even empathy at this point). If I take anything from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it’s the lessons that the show teaches and the mettle in the characters who personify the Elements of Harmony. I’ve made some friendships in the five years I’ve been watching the show and hope to make more as the show progresses.
There is stuff to look forward to in 2017 such as a seventh season, conventions, the continuation of the comic series, chapter books by GM Berrow, Equestria Girls specials, and of course, the movie in October. If the ride ends in 2017, I will be on here and proudly say this was one of the best rides I’ve ever been on and my hope will be for the fandom to continue and continue to espouse the show’s messages long after the show’s final episode.
It’s not much, but as upset as I or anyone else is right now, I am determined to bring smiles to everyone I know just like you would for me. Because we do what we always do.
And now for something completely different.
While we have been called the “Mtv” of pony media, due to the fact we branched out beyond the colorful equines, our only real reason for doing so is the fact this site was started by a bunch of animation fans who generally enjoy animated flicks from television shows, to movies, to fan films. I would personally call myself a general animation fan due to the fact that I do not exactly pay close attention to the animation industry. I’ve watched plenty of it, was that one ‘stoner’ eons ago who caught the premiere of Adult Swim’s original shows airing unannounced at 4am on Cartoon Network. As someone born in the early 80s, I got to ride that now very classic wave of cartoons, from the Saturday Morning shows like He-Man, Voltron, Transformers, Thundercats, My Little Pony and then advancing to the Disney Afternoon after its inception. I say general as one of the big draws to Friendship is Magic from many people in the pony community was the fact such industrial names as Lauren Faust & Rob Renzetti were attached to the show. I fell into the void thanks to nostalgia, as I watched the show and had the toys as a kid. But enough about me.
Earlier in the year we had a featurette dubbed Piper, about a Piper chick learning about life along the coastline. In line with much of Pixar’s content, it was emotionally filled and light hearted. And while the studio has experimented with some dark concepts within their movie franchises, Their new featurette was created to show that animation can be dark and gritty, but not in that emo Hot Topic way.
Borrowed Time is the short story about a Sheriff and his son in the old west, and a life changing event. Clocking in at 6 minutes and 45 seconds total, like anything Pixar produces, you might want to be prepared for some feels, and possibly a tear. Unlike other features and featurettes from Pixar, the story covers some really dark subjects in a mostly visual story. A few words are spoken in it, but for the most part it is pure eye candy.
The darkness of the short film was one of the main points of it. Its creators wanted to show the general media world that not all animation has to be aimed at ‘kids’, but that animation could tell a really good story. While most fans know that, the fat executives think otherwise, though are now just slowly coming around to it in many established places. Watch this feature, its practically better than anything mainstream Hollywood has crapped out. Don’t worry though, I’m sure they’ll reboot this short story in another 5 years and change a few things.
Since I’m a fan of telling people to go form their own opinions, do not consider this a review. Just a ‘hey check it out’ deal. Directly below is the featurette, and a behind the scenes clip from its creators.