Have you heard of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Yes, the cartoon – the children’s show. The one with the bright colours and cute animals that takes place in the magical land of Equestria. That’s the one I’m talking about. Have you ever really watched it? No? Well you are missing out.
I’m embarrassed to say that I started watching My Little Pony (or MLP) quite a few months ago. Kris turned me on to it – she was ahead of the nerdom trend as always – and I was skeptical at first. But one night I was home alone and a little scared, and I decided to give MLP a try.
The show was everything I thought it would be as far as cute animals and a lack of scariness. What I hadn’t bargained for was the fact that after a few episodes, I found myself legitimately enjoying it. I was curious about what Twilight Sparkle was researching, interested in Rarity’s next design, and rooting for Rainbow Dash to be the fastest. I found myself intrigued by Fluttershy’s love of animals, impressed by Applejack’s hardworking nature, and sad when Pinkie Pie didn’t show up for an episode because she was off doing something utterly ridiculous (and it was always utterly ridiculous). Before I knew it, I became a fan.
But there is something about this show beyond the childish exterior. There are comments and jokes that are made by the ponies or others that kids would never understand. Some of the storylines are far smarter than other children’s shows. For example, I just recently watched an episode about the Crystal Empire making a bid for the Equestria Games. On what other children’s show do you learn about the selection process for hosting a major sporting event?
To make a long story short, this show is charming, interesting, and at times, laugh-out-loud funny. If you have kids, this would be something good to watch together. The show is made for kids, but it is not outside of an adult’s realm of enjoyment – as evidenced by the “Brony” movement.
I’ll admit that I still have many questions about the MLP universe – for example: How old are the ponies? How do their names work? Is Applejack’s name Applejack Apple? Do ponies’ names change throughout their lives? I doubt Granny Smith was called that as a young pony. Why does Pinkie Pie live with the Cakes? Where are all of their parents?
I could go on… but in the end, those questions don’t really matter due to how darn adorable this show is. The moral of the story here is that MLP is a children’s show worth watching, and watching it is an inevitable slippery slope to enjoying it.