Category Archives: Ponies & Pixar

Spike and the challenge of adolescent characters

Of all the main characters, Spike’s depiction has drawn the most criticism (with the possible exceptions of Rarity and Applejack).  Complaints about the little guy tend to assert that he’s either a) inconsistent, b) inept, c) a jerk, or d) … Continue reading

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How analysis can improve the fandom: a response to Tommy Oliver

Tommy Oliver has proposed that analysis of Friendship is Magic has harmed the fandom as a whole, decreased people’s enjoyment of the show, and just generally made things worse:

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Pixar & Ponies #2: “Rainbow Rocks” and making your hero uncomfortable

Warning — spoilers ahoy! Basically everyone seems to agree that Rainbow Rocks is a much better movie than the original Equestria Girls.  Several reasons have been listed, but here’s the key one; it makes its heroes uncomfortable.

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The nature of Mary Sues, and why Twilight (usually) isn’t one (also, brief Rainbow Rocks thoughts)

The term “Mary Sue” is kind of like the terms “Politically Correct” and “Fascist”; it has been used so often and for so many different things that it has basically become useless.  If someone refers to a character as a … Continue reading

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