I’ll confess I had no impression about “My little pony” (I’ll abbreviate as “MLP” to save keystrokes) until about a year ago, when I first sat down with my daughter and watched the first episode of “MLP: Friendship is Magic”.
My first observation was: “whew, this isn’t as dumb as the other toddler shows she watches; sure, this is approved”.
My second observation was: “wow, this is chock full of a whole cast of female characters” (blowing past the Bechdel test)
My third observation was: “wait a minute, this is way smarter for any other show that she watches”
The first two were the reason MLP is a big thing right now at our home (figurines, the shows, the movies, even the books), but it’s this third fact that’s most intriguing.
There are (especially as you get into the later seasons) all kinds of pop-culture references, sometimes really oblique or deep ones, and I sit and wonder, “who is this for?”.
Is it for adults who occasionally watch along? I buy that for a Pixar movie, where we’re essentially in the same seat together for a whole two hours, but … here? It’s a mystery to me.
Anyway, In the end … yes, I’m a total Lauren Faust fanboy now, which means “DC Super Hero Girls” is approved too 🙂