HuffyTheMagicDragon wrote:I'd agree with comparing the show to golden age Cartoon Network, or Nick. I would make an exception to comparing it to Batman TAS. Much as I love the ponies, and as enjoyable as the show was, Batman was something at the pinnacle of animation for me. Where FiM appeals well beyond it's demographic, it's still a cartoon, a very well written and animated cartoon, and never tries to be anything else (nor does it have to. Batman TAS took things past that and went for something that wasn't just a cartoon. FiM makes something for little girls enjoyable to all. While I'm not dismissing that accomplishment, it's been done before. Look at Pixar, or even Disney. Batman was an adult show made entertaining (and appropriate) for children.
I do agree with this though. A couple years ago I decided to watch a bunch of my favorite childhood cartoons again, and not too surprisingly, nearly all of them were terrible. I loved them as a kid, but now I found them painfully unwatchable. But not Batman TAS. It was just as awesome as I remembered, and I bought all the DVDs and re-watched the whole series. Still my favorite cartoon, possibly even favorite show.[/quote]
Man, isn't that just the best feeling? There are some shows that I think I love even more as an adult; Samurai Jack and The Simpsons for one.
As for doubts, well I suppose it depends on where your standards lie. For me the show is mostly just a fun way to cheer myself up Saturday morning, and eight to nine times out of ten it delivers (and four of those times it exceeds my expectations by a mile). I think HH's posts are mostly valid, there's a lot more subtlety to the writing than most sane people give the show credit (though less than the crazies who go to fansay standbys instead of knowing what they're talking about say, but I'm willing to put that down to being ill-educated in being able to express this sort of thing. I know I am ). Most people got their standards blown away because they were waltzing into a My Little Pony cartoon and the bar was pretty nonexistent, hence why it blew it away. Most people have their mind blown coming in with this standard, and someone coming in hearing the hype is going to be going in with standards that are quite a bit higher (or looking to dislike), so little wonder it fails to match up.
It's a (well)above average kids show. Sometimes I'm reminded of this, and it can be mildly disappointing, but I know what to expect, and for what it is it's hard to argue with how well it succeeds at it. It's like how the Indiana Jones films are not films that deal with deep meaningful facets of human existence, but they know what they are and they do it so well it's easy to meet them on their level and enjoy it on their own terms. At least that's how I make sense of it.
It's also the first show where the fashionable one is likeable, well-developed and has a personality (indeed, same goes for all of them. They're all recognizeable archtypes, but you're not going to see many people using just that as a shorthand to describe them). That alone makes it worthy of recognition. Hell, I identify with the athletic one because she has the same neuroses and fears I do, and I'm a sedentary adult male human.
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