Not too long ago a rumor popped up saying a spin off of the hit cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic would be airing this year. In it, to everyone’s horror, the Mane 6 would transform into humans and be put in a school setting. It’s pretty much a fan fic come to life. Well now it’s basically confirmed, by the New York Times no less. On an article about classic toy lies redesigned for the modern generation, it said that to celebrate the My Little Pony brand’s 30th anniversary, Hasbro will be doing a whole new show called Equestria Girls.
Now the question becomes whether or not that’s a good thing. Friendship is Magic launched in 2010, and quickly become a phenomenon for its well written characters, great morals, and strayed away from today’s television culture. What’s important to realize is that this will not replace FIM, rather it will air alongside it. Think of it like All-Grown Up and Rugrats. I’ve heard some say this show could be more girls-based while Friendship will be more Brony-based. Meghan McCarthy has ‘epic things’ planned for Season 4, so it’s safe to say this show won’t interfere with it.
Good or bad? Well, it could truly be an interesting thing. It’s still the characters, and if they keep the same voice actors, (which I’m sure they would, it would be silly not to) I think it’ll be alright. The designs may take some time to get used to, but I don’t mind them personally. They have a very anime-like vibe. I remember when this thing was first rumored it said it would be ‘aimed at an older audience, ‘ so take that as you will. Equestria Girls will either be a very interesting spin-off, or the biggest bomb in awhile. We’ll see in the fall.