Archived from on July 18, 2012. Twilight Sparkle is instructed to take time away from her studies and go make some friends. As of April 2019, the show is currently on its ninth and final season. Reception Critical reception The series has received positive reviews from critics. In the United States, the series is rated. The block of programming is a joint development of Hasbro and Discovery, designed to compete with similar family-friendly programming blocks on other networks such as the and.
July 11, 2015 14 Canterlot Boutique September 12, 2015 15 Rarity Investigates! The show follows a studious unicorn pony named Twilight Sparkle as her mentor Princess Celestia guides her to learn about friendship in the town of Ponyville. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Faust sought to challenge the established nature of the existing My Little Pony line, creating more in-depth characters and adventurous settings; she left the series during season 2, to be replaced by as showrunner. Faust estimates that the time to complete one episode was one year; at one point, the team was simultaneously working on various stages of all 26 episodes of the first season, and when the second season was approved, that number rose temporarily to 32. I just love how fast paced everything is in this episode! Characters' statistics Twilight Sparkle Only needs an episode with Applejack, where they are the only members of the Mane Six to appear there. It premiered on April 6, 2019. Rarity Her hopefully only other episode this season and her last one of the series must not occur until Episode 18 or later.
Because intellectual property issues had caused Hasbro to lose some of the rights on the original pony names, the show includes a mix of original characters from the toy line and new characters developed for the show. Archived from on March 30, 2013. Archived from on October 20, 2014. Production The show is developed at Hasbro Studios in Los Angeles, where most of the writing staff is located, and at Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the animation work. According to writer Meghan McCarthy, many of the small nods to the fandom, pop culture references, or other would be added at this point by the studio.
The production team identifies specific parts of the episode where they want music cues, allowing Anderson to create appropriate music for each. Here we get to see a new villain called Grogar summon the other My Little Pony villains. Production began immediately after the founding of Hasbro Studios in 2009, under presidency of Stephen Davis. The two ruling over Equestria, Twilight's mentor Princess Celestia , and the younger Princess Luna St. In order to do so, Faust brought in Martin Ansolabehere and , who had worked on other animated shows with her.
Faust was initially hired by Hasbro to create a for the show, allowing her to get additional help with conceptualization. Throughout this season, Twilight Sparkle writes friendship reports to Princess Celestia. Celestia reappears, reunites with her sister Princess Luna, and decrees that Twilight shall stay in Ponyville to continue studying the magic of friendship, much to the happiness of Twilight and her new friends. In season 4, the Mane Six must find six keys to a mysterious box revealed after they relinquish the Elements of Harmony to their original source, the Tree of Harmony, to save Equestria; in the season finale, it is revealed that they had already obtained the keys, in the form of gifts they received during the season from people they helped. One of these episodes is also recommended as Applejack's only other episode this season. In early 2019, released five tie-in animated shorts on their YouTube channel.
The show was named the best animated show for the 2011—12 television season in a user poll on the website. Lauren Faust, developer and initial showrunner of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. At the following year's Toy Fair in New York, it was confirmed that this will be the final season of the series. Thiessen's production team was also allowed to select key personnel subject to Hasbro's approval; one of those selected was art director Ridd Sorensen. Archived from on April 21, 2012.
Faust, Thiessen, and others participated in selecting voice actors, and Hasbro gave final approval. The Studio B team would storyboard the provided scripts, incorporating any direction and sometimes managing to create scenes that the writers had believed impossible to show in animation. Archived from on October 31, 2014. Though Studio B performed the initial animation work, the final steps were passed to Top Draw Animation in the , an animation studio that Studio B had worked with in the later part of season one and beyond. Together, they embark on many adventures in the town of Ponyville, all the while learning more about the magic of friendship. The storyboard artists and animators also need to fill in background characters for otherwise scripted scenes as to populate the world.
Archived from on June 28, 2013. Archived from on November 2, 2011. Episodes then aired about a month after completion. Fox and Wil Fox October 1, 2016 2016-10-01 0. The response from the Internet has been traced to cartoon and animation fans on the Internet board , responding to Amidi's negative essay regarding the show and current trends in animation.
Archived from on February 14, 2015. Among highlights include the series' 200th episode as well as the return of and as Cheese Sandwich and Quibble Pants, respectively. After seeing the initial version of the pitch bible, Hasbro requested more character designs from Faust's team; subsequently, Faust brought aboard Dave Dunnet and Lynne Naylor to further refine the background and character styles. Music Main article: Premise Friendship Is Magic takes place in the land of , populated by varieties of ponies including variants of and , along with other sentient and non-sentient creatures. Faust estimates that from being initially asked to develop the show until this point took roughly one year.
The action of this animation series takes place in a fictional country named Equestria where little magic ponies live. However, Faust preferred more traditional 22-minute episodes, and Hasbro eventually agreed to this. The initial production stages were very tight, requiring a schedule twice as fast as Faust had previously experienced, and frequent remote communication between the Los Angeles writing offices and the animation studio in Vancouver. Genevieve Koski of The A. Such changes include making songs with more emotional depth than typical for children's animation, and tending to write songs that can be enjoyed musically outside of the context of the episode. Second era 2015-2019 The second era of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic started off by taking place after the events of the final episode of Season 4, where Twilight gained her own castle, and has since then, become the Princess of Friendship. Archived from on September 26, 2013.