I feel squeezed out for liking old pony because it's tarred with the same brush as Newborn Cuties to FiM fans. It seems like any time G1 or something is mentioned someone must get in a slight about everything before FiM being crap. I love Friendship is Magic. It is the best show in the MLP franchise. That doesn't mean everything that came before was worthless. It's very un-pony and I'd like it to stop.
I don't mind if you don't like G1. I'm even happy to discuss it's problems and animation errors and goofball stories with people who can refrain from acting like I'm an idiot for liking it.
So this is my outreach to the community. I hope you find it interesting, even if you're not a toy collector and dislike the old cartoons. I'm going to try to go over the history of the franchise, keeping the toy parts relatively brief and highlighting where elements made it into FiM when I can.
A History of Pony
Pre-History of Pony
The designer most often credited as the "creator" of My Little Pony is Bonnie Zacherle although she was part of a team working at Hasbro. The appearance of G1 ponies is based on her original concept sketches. As conceived the ponies were simply a "pre-school toy" and not specifically a "girl toy." In addition, the idea of marketing a pony toy to little girls was not at all considered a sure thing at the time and was nearly cut from the Hasbro line-up before wide release.
1981 - My Pretty Pony
My Pretty Pony was a 10 inch tall, hollow, hard plastic toy pony with a lever under it's chin that would cause various actions like swishing her tail and twitching her ears. The original one was brown with a white blaze and socks airbrushed on. The packaging was more gender neutral than MLP proper and the accessories were in bright primary colors. Later that same year a pink version was issued with pastel colored accessories and a group of hearts painted on the pony's flank and the marketing turned to focus on just girls.
Dawn of Pony
My Pretty Pony didn't sell that well, but the same design shrunk down to fit comfortably in the hand, cast in softer vinyl, and colored in pastel hues sold like the proverbial hotcakes. My Little Pony was an instant success with young girls (and their parents because they were inexpensive, durable, and didn't have a lot of parts to lose.)
One of this first set was Minty, making her the oldest recurring pony. They all looked like this with colors and symbols varying.
1984 introduced the first unicorns and pegasi, and another set of earth ponies including Applejack.
My Little Pony/Rescue at Midnight Castle/Firefly's Adventure
The first TV special, originallly aired as simply "My Little Pony" but later titled "Rescue at Midnight Castle" and "Firefly's Adventure", was a pilot for the TV series. It featured a lot of the year 2 ponies as characters including Applejack, the brash pegasus Firefly, and unicorn Twilight. The animation was largely fluid and consistent, and the ponies looked more horse-like than some of the later episodes. The songs and some of the dialogue are silly and cheesey, the plot is simple good v. evil, rescue your captured friends stuff.
The ponies are chilling out in the fields around their castle when a hideous beastman commanding a horde of dragons swoops in and starts kidnapping ponies for his satan-looking master who wants to turn them into dragons to pull his magic chariot of evil. Firefly manages to kidnap Megan, a human from a world that doesn't have talking ponies all over the place, to help them. They fend off another kidnapping raid (Firefly kicks a dragon in the face, Megan tries to punch one), visit the magic mushroom wizard in the swamp to get a magic macguffin he keeps in a rabbit's pants, and get rescued by sea ponies after falling in a river.
Meanwhile, Satan Tirak is still pissed off that Scorpan the beast man has failed to secure the 4 ponies he requires for his chariot. The jillion other dragons he has won't do, it must be 4 transformed ponies so the night will last FOREVER!! Also his evil power is the "Rainbow of Darkness" that he keeps in a bag and pets and talks to like it's a cat and he's Dr. Claw. He turns some ponies into dragons and tells Scorpan he'll cut off Spike's head if Scorpan doesn't pony up that last pony by midnight.
Scorpan has had enough of this bullshit and makes to leave with Spike and baby pony Ember while Pony Rescue Team Alpha is infiltrating the castle with the help of the sea ponies. They kind of suck at stealth though and Applejack gets captured and transformed into the last dragon. Tirak crashes his pimped out ride of eternal night through the roof and a fight ensues when Scorpan, Megan, and the remaining ponies go after his magic bag. After a decent game of keep away he recovers the bag and Megan unleashes the good macguffin, the Rainbow of Light to combat the Rainbow of Darkness.
The tiny Rainbow of Light is eaten by the Rainbow of Darkness, then resurges and takes it over, obliterates Tirak, turns the dragons back into butterflies, the lizard men guards into birds, and the transformed ponies back into ponies.
But the real twist is that Scorpan was the Burger King all along.
Everybody laughs. The End.
A young Lauren Faust falls in love with the magic ponies. Elements such as the thrill seeking pegasus kicking a dragon in the face, the villain who wants to make the night last forever, the characters of Applejack, Spike, Twilight, and Firefly, and a magic rainbow of asskicking would all influence Friendship is Magic.
End Part 1
because I do not
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