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My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (May 26)

Post by Fizzbuzz (?) » Thu Feb 17, 2022 4:42 pm

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My Little Pony: Make Your Mark will launch on Netflix on May 26 with a bonus 44-minute animated special teasing the “mane” series, to debut in September. Created with a dazzling 3D CG animation style evocative of the recent film, the special and series (8 x 22′) will follow the Mane 5 on a journey of self-discovery told through action-packed, hilarious, and heartfelt stories. My Little Pony: Make Your Mark was developed for television by Gillian Berrow, is produced by Atomic Cartoons, with Cort Lane serving as executive producer and William Lau as supervising director.
We finally have a name and date for the G5 TV series, and with Gillian Berrow at the helm, I'm feeling very optimistic about it. At this point my main concern is that Netflix will do the all-too-typical thing of dumping all the episodes at once for the sake of binge-watching, though if it's only 8 episodes in this first production run then at least that's not too many to digest at once.
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Re: My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (May 26)

Post by Fizzbuzz (?) » Thu May 12, 2022 10:24 am

An actual preview finally dropped.
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Re: My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (May 26)

Post by Fizzbuzz (?) » Thu May 26, 2022 8:32 am

It's out on Netflix now! Watch it there, or :filez: it, I'm not a cop. I'll be watching it after work today.
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Re: My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (May 26)

Post by Aramek (?) » Thu May 26, 2022 7:09 pm

Secret agent Zipp maximum sneaky engaged
Oh shit GM Berrow
She called them all guys
"thank hoofness"
Lol Posey sucks hahaha
Unicycling
Lol sunny has been having the alicorn State happen at random
Then they're eating that Pizza Hot from the oven
Zipp feels like the main character for this episode and I love it
He has deputized the critters
Owns
Oh wow I love the physical glitching of the magic is represented in the rainbow at the exact moment as the wings and Horn
Oh God he found an egg
Apparently pipp writes the music before the lyrics come out
Oh Jesus happy energy feeding the crystal so that's weird
The queen being bad at FaceTiming is a pretty good gag so far
"I saw it on the beach and knew it needed help"
Aww
And then zipp did a pun and there was a rim shot
Muuusiiii-KAH
I like this dude Pegasus that works at mane Melody
Posey again being the worst
Haha she got them to fight and then everything started immediately glitching that's hilarious
I do like that unicorn food is gross
Okay this magic storm seems to be making a magic pit portal and that's spooky and cool
I don't know if I'm going to get used to the CG realistic ponies holding stuff in their mouths
Saved Posey and Whinny(?) from the abyss
Oh shit Earth pony magic activate
Kenneth the deputy gull!
My little princess investigator
Hitch has a dragon son now
ALICORN VILLAIN?!
She looks pretty and mean
Okay that was really good I look forward to the rest of this season
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Re: My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (May 26)

Post by Fizzbuzz (?) » Fri May 27, 2022 12:08 pm

I feel like this was good, overall, but was probably great when G.M. Berrow turned in her script.

The feeling I got from a lot of aspects of this episode was much the same as with seasons 3 and 4 of FiM, the era where Hasbro's corporate meddling felt like it was at a peak. Plot points like Hitch finding the dragon egg and the villain teaser came off as things Hasbro needed to feature for the sake of toys, and thus probably required a fair amount of editing to work them into the script, leaving the main story hanging a bit in terms of consistency. I'm at least hoping Hasbro gets this out of the way now and lets the show be driven by its story first, like they did to great success in FiM's later seasons.

On the upside, I really liked the focus on Zipp here. It feels like she didn't really get as much attention in the movie, and from her looks alone it seemed easy to draw the Rainbow Dash comparison, but here we got to see she's way different. Having her be not just more chilled out, but outright inquisitive, feels like something we've never quite gotten previously. Hopefully this series will keep finding opportunities for the other four to do something fresh, too.

Something I always liked about FiM was how it showed that Equestria is always a land of adventure and magical mysteries, keeping that feeling even up to the very end of the series, and I came off of this episode feeling like that aspect of the world is still there. In particular I'm left wondering if earth ponies never having gotten any explicit magical gifts (in most cases; without magic it seems difficult to explain Pinkie Pie being Pinkie Pie) until now means that old Equestria was never united enough to realize ponykind's true potential. Although I doubt the show will ever get too much into Equestria's apparent decline over the decades or centuries, I still can't help but wonder a whole lot about it, and I do enjoy that feeling.
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Re: My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (May 26)

Post by Adiwan (?) » Mon May 30, 2022 11:23 am

I had a "eh" feeling at the end. I felt that there were three plots but they were poorly meshed together and weak on their own.
I don't understand why Hitch and Zipp refused to talk about their weird observations.
Instead it escalates in a, for me, very unsatisfying way. I liked that it was addressed that Earth Ponies got the short end of the stick in terms of magic and I like that there is jealousy and other problems resulting from the magic. In Season 3 of The Legend of Korra something similar happens, when some people got air bending, heck even in ATLA the bender vs. non-bender discussion was nuanced. In comparision this movie/episode felt clumsily made. I think the writers didn't trust the viewers enough and had to SPELL IT OUT VERY LOUD WITH SIMPLE WORDS.
The other part of my "eh" feeling was from the animation quality. The movie was good but here it lacked all the energy in a lot of the ponies' movements. There was a lot of linear interpolation between poses creating a weightless and low energy impression of a scene, whereas the face animations were the opposite of that.
I will watch the future episodes but I REALLY hope the animators get more comfortable with the quadrupeds. FiM had also "stiff" animations in its first Season but they never felt too much out of place and they got better over time. I hope it will happen here as well.
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Re: My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (May 26)

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Tue May 31, 2022 12:46 pm

Watched it a second time. Overall, it was adequate, but there were some glaring issues.

First of all, there's the fact that very little happens until the last ten minutes. Previous FiM or EQG stories could potentially be described this way too, but the big problem here is that what we get in the meantime is fairly weak. We largely see the ponies just baking food and making decorations for a while, with the conversations relating to what they're doing. And the conversations themselves move oddly slowly with a lot of pauses, which particularly stands out with the Tell Your Tale shorts moving at a snappier pace. It's similar to Rainbow Roadtrip, which also had slow-moving conversations, but that managed to maintain interest by throwing new characters at the viewer and giving everyone a little task to do. In comparison, over the entire special, there are only seven speaking characters relevant to the story (the Mane Five, Posey, and Queen Haven).

We do get a minor character arc with Zipp not wanting to return to Zephyr Heights, but for all the screen time that takes up, there was little depth to it. There's no real drama with the other characters, and the bits with Zipp failing to convince the others that the magic problem exists felt contrived (and didn't cause that much drama between the characters anyway). The pacing and lack of drama immediately brings to mind the idea that they're aiming for a younger audience (or rather the intended audience but with less faith in them), which is an odd route to take given the success of FiM. The ending with the villain and experience with shows like Tangled the Series (which started fairly weakly before getting good) makes me think this won't necessarily be what the rest of the series will be like, but we'll see in a few months, I suppose. They're lucky I happen to be OK with the characters just talking about making food.

The art and animation are a notable downgrade from the movie, but outside of a few odd moments, I don't consider it a big issue. One of those moments is Izzy's sleepy look at the start, but others relate more to the voice acting. There were some strange deliveries at points, most notably when Pipp says ,"I have to give it my best... shot," toward the end. What makes them really stand out is how the animation actually emphasizes these moments. These deliveries are what make me think this was recorded before Tell Your Tale, where we don't see issues like this; though it's also possible the voice direction in this was bad.

The last ten minutes raised a lot of questions that it seems like they fully intend to address, so that's good. It's interesting how they established that the crystals are a double-edged sword. Also, it seems like the crystals are necessary to convert friendship into magic now. I wonder if they'll go into these in particular more, since they did gloss over those in the end.

While the evil alicorn at the end is alright, I'm much more interested in the unicorn with her. Previous cast announcements imply that her name is Misty, and the fact that she had a cast announcement means she'll be important. Possible sixth mane pony? I wonder if she's the Twilight to the evil alicorn's Celestia.

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