Just now I caught it a second time and I can talk about it. Totally late to the party... but the party's still going
I mean... it is right?
Re: Criticizing a children's show.
Yes, it's a children's show, it's My Little Pony even. But I don't see how that makes it any less deserving of in-depth analysis. Or in other words, bar people from taking apart the thing they love so much, discussing it and trying to understand what makes it so good. This is how people learn about creating exciting and immersive worlds and even learn a few things about themselves.
The subject just so happens to be Friendship is Magic.
If Lauren Faust and co had approached My Little Pony with that same preconception, "it's just a children's show", it would've been just been that and we wouldn't be here right now. That general line of thought is something that really irks me: "It's just a hamburger, it can't be special.", "It's just football, people run around and kick a ball.", "It's just a car, four wheels and a steering wheel.", "It's just rapmusic, always about guns and money.", "It's just a videogame, it's probably about blowing things up.", "It's just a PMV, I'll just mash something together and call it a day.", "It's just fanfiction, it's all crap.", "Oh look, we have to make another
ad, well... let's follow the bulletpoints, be completely and utterly boring and have no fun at all."
No, no they're not just that, they can be so much more than that. They can be wonderful things and have a profound impact on people's lives, having an influence in ways the creator or the consumer didn't even think of. The people who understand this, people capable of setting aside these preconceived notions conditioned by society and strive to make something excellent each and every time, those are the people who upset the general order and make the things that we love.