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Deep Magic or Cliche [Jul. 4th, 2011|10:44 pm]
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It's really just perspective.

In the 80's, Hasbro had a really great thing going: to the horror of our Baby Boomer parents, they were combining advertising for their toys directly with the cartoons on television. Naturally, we were hooked. When you're a kid, simple shows are coming at you with nothing to compete with them, and no matter how hackneyed the cliche might be, it's new to you. You're getting it as though it were the first thing ever written.

You're getting it as though it were the Deep Magic of Humanity.

Now we're grown up and we're wise to the tricks and we've seen it all before and, with a few rare, blazing exceptions, new cartoons look, well, kinda crap. And most of the old ones, we go back and watch 'em and we feel like someone swapped out our drip with Folgers crystals, like somewhere there's the REAL show, and it's been stolen away.

Those blazing exceptions I mentioned happen when one of us grows up to be an artist, maybe a good one. Maybe a great one. And reweaves the True Deep Magic, and lets us feel the warmth again.

Yeah, I'm writing in soaring tones about Lauren Faust's interpretation of pastel horses.

Shut up.
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[User Picture]From: cabcat
2011-07-06 12:50 pm (UTC)
That's what I don't get about MLPs, the artwork isn't much and their voices are still annoying I just don't get it.
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[User Picture]From: kesh
2011-07-07 12:34 am (UTC)
For me, it was that the ponies have personalities that feel "real" to me. They may be magical ponies, but they act a lot like normal young girls would.

That, and most episodes actually have the kind of life-lesson that I really approve of. It's a cute show that's actually got smart, strong feminine role-models for young girls.

Plus, it has some great humor bits that are funnier for adults than for kids. Like throwing in a Benny Hill chase scene. n.n
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[User Picture]From: cabcat
2011-07-07 09:57 am (UTC)
They're shown in underwear running around to saxaphone music??
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[User Picture]From: abunchofnutshells.blogspot.com
2011-07-07 01:48 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that be overdressed, compared to how they're usually depicted?
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[User Picture]From: cabcat
2011-07-08 04:50 am (UTC)
It's not Benny Hill without underwear!!
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[User Picture]From: kesh
2011-07-07 02:49 pm (UTC)
Well, not the underwear, but the saxophone music, yes. :)
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