‘My Little Pony Friendship is Magic’ – ‘Cutie Mark Quests’

MLP Cutie Mark Quests \ Image courtesy of Hasbro Studios
MLP Cutie Mark Quests \ Image courtesy of Hasbro Studios

I’ve enjoyed My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic since my son first introduced it to me. Each episode is filled with something fun that makes 20 minutes pass by fast. One of the things I enjoy is how subtle the writers make the lesson being taught. There’s no “lesson learned” speech at the end of the episode (well, not since Twilight stopped writing letters to Princess Celestia) and kids still get the point.

In Cutie Mark Quests, they take us back to five episodes about finding yourself and trusting your friends.

Image: Hasbro Studios

One of those episodes is the two-part episode, The Return of Harmony where the Mane 6 face off against the king of chaos, Discord. In 40 minutes of animated bliss, you watch as Twilight Sparkle and her friends put their studies on friendship to the test in an attempt to stop Discord from turning all of Equestria upside down (literally).

Another two-part episode follows the Mane 6 as they journey to a town where everyone is a blank flank (i.e., no cutie mark). While visiting, Twilight and her friends teach the townspeople that their cutie marks are a part of who they are and being unique isn’t something to fear, but instead something to be celebrated.

Not everything is about the Mane 6 though, and that’s where the Cutie Mark Crusaders come in.

In Showstoppers, Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle continue their journey to get their cutie marks, and, as usual, they are going around their manes to get to their hooves. When the school talent show comes up, they all want to have a piece of the spotlight. It was a 20-minute train wreck, and, in the end, each of them learned a lesson in sticking with what they already enjoy instead of forcing new skills on themselves.

My son and I are happy that we are able to add Cutie Mark Quests alongside our other My Little Pony DVDs including: Equestria Girls, Canterlot Wedding, and Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.

Cutie Mark Quests arrives in stores on June 30th. 

Disclaimer: GeekMom received a review copy.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Giveaway!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the top playing kids show in my house. You could say that my son and I are obsessed with it. With the Equestria Girls line of movies, we have been able to journey into a new world with the same characters we love. Rainbow Rocks is the second movie in the Equestria Girls line of My Little Pony movies, and it doesn’t disappoint.

A trio of girls known as The Dazzlings shows up at Canterlot High with a mysterious ability to bring the negativity out in everyone, Sunset Shimmer calls on Twilight Sparkle to return to the human world to help save the day.

Their mission to defeat the evil Dazzlings is not as easy as they first anticipate and eventually they must remember what true friendship is or face losing the battle.

Just like in Equestria Girls, this movie is full of rocking tunes that had me and my son dancing in our seats. Thankfully, whoever is in charge of the soundtrack realized they could make some money off of the music and released it on iTunes the day before the movie was set to release in theaters. It took them two years to release the soundtrack for Equestria Girls.

This movie has opened up a few new doors for the MLP universe, including the return of sea ponies, and more adventures at Canterlot High since Twilight now has a magical door she can pass through anytime. I think Flash Sentry’s continued crush on Twilight also has possibilities.

The plus side to Flash is that he is has a crush on Twilight and we don’t see Twilight going all boy-chasing-crazy. Nice turn of events for a female character.

I know a lot of fans don’t want to see Twilight with a boyfriend, but to me, her relationship with Flash would open new doors for the show. It could even serve as a lesson to young girls on what a relationship should be like and teach them that going slow and having fun is what matters over serious steps that should wait until they’re older.

Overall, Rainbow Rocks delivers a rocking soundtrack and story that showcases all the characters in a way that makes them shine. If you are a My Little Pony fan, then make sure you get your hooves on the My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Blu-ray and DVD out now.

Now that we have the nitty gritty out of the way, how about a giveaway! Starting today and ending on Monday, November 3rd, you will have a chance to win some awesome My Little Pony prizes.

One grand prize winner will receive:

Rainbow Rocks Dolls \ Image: Hasbro
Rainbow Rocks Dolls \ Image: Hasbro

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks equestrian girls singing toy dolls from Hasbro. Win either a Pinkie Pie or Twilight Sparkle. They talk and sing when you give them a high five! (Retail: $20.00)

Rainbow Rocks DVD \ Image: Hasbro
Rainbow Rocks DVD \ Image: Hasbro

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks DVD (Retail: $15.00)

Rainbow Rocks Book \ Image: Hasbro
Rainbow Rocks Book \ Image: Hasbro

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks: The Mane Event Hardcover book (Retail: $9.99 )

Two runner-ups will get a copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks DVD (Retail: $15.00)

If you, or a My Little Pony fan in your household, would like to get your hooves on one of these prizes, leave us a comment telling us what your cutie mark would be and then log in to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like/follow us it will still enter you in the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

This contest is only open to our readers in the USA and Canada.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 GeekMom received a promotional copy for review purposes.

Enter a New World of My Little Pony in Equestria Girls

Equestria Girls
Equestria Girls © Hasbro Studios / Shout! Kids Factory

As the last season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic ended, Twilight Sparkle repeatedly reassured herself—and loyal fans watching—that “everything is going to be just fine!” With Twilight Sparkle becoming a new princess, fans (particularly adult ones) were concerned that the show might be heading off-track into something different than the Equestria that Pony fans know and love.

In the first full-length feature My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, that’s literally what happens as Princess Twilight Sparkle enters the strange world of human high school. With all of these changes, is friendship still magic?

Equestria Girls picks up right where the season ended. Soon after nervously arriving in the Crystal Kingdom to meet with the other princesses, Twilight Sparkle’s crown is stolen by the new villain Sunset Shimmer. To get it back, Twilight follows her into a magical mirror that leads to an alternate dimension, where she is shocked to find herself in human form. She must learn how to navigate through life at Canterlot High if she’s going to retrieve her Element of Harmony. Fortunately, Twilight Sparkle finds some help in the new forms of some familiar friends.

eq-posterWith the show’s lead writer Meghan McCarthy at the helm, rest assured this is still My Little Pony. The film is filled with lively musical numbers that had my daughter dancing along, the same messages about friendship that the show espouses, and humor that gets chuckles from kids and parents alike.

The “Mane Six” might be human teenagers in the movie, but they have the same personalities and quirks that endeared them to fans in the first place. I particularly appreciated the way the film integrated cutie marks into all of the teens’ styles, helping fans spot cameos from all of their favorite little ponies. (Yes, Derpy Hooves is in there.)

For all of these additions and changes, there is only one that gave me pause.

I can accept the new princess and human forms—after all, this is a kids’ show with the end goal of selling toys—but the inclusion of a love interest simply there for Twilight Sparkle to blush and stutter over was unexpected. Twilight Sparkle has always been an unabashed nerd (which is why we all love her) who never loses sight of her goals, so watching a guy turn her into a stereotypical swooning teen was my least favorite aspect of Equestria Girls. Luckily, McCarthy confirmed on Twitter that the character, Flash Sentry, won’t be in the upcoming season, so I can put away my nerd rage.

Is Twilight Sparkle really a princess? Yes. Do they all look like stick-figured Bratz dolls in the movie? Yep. Did my four-year-old love it all? Absolutely.

Equestria Girls is a fun side foray into a new world of My Little Pony. I was fully prepared to dislike it, but overall I enjoyed watching it with my daughter—and I won’t be pulling out my hair when she watches it over and over.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls comes to DVD and Blu-ray on August 6, 2013.

A promotional copy was provided for review purposes.

Brony.com Giveaway Winner is…

This backpack is full of pony awesomeness! \ Image: Dakster Sullivan
This backpack is full of pony awesomeness! Image: Dakster Sullivan

Sixty Seven comments later and we have a winner…

Congratulations Russell Collins! His pony of choice is Pinkie Pie!

A big thank you to everyone that submitted and to Andy Price (artist for the My Little Pony comic book series) who gave me a random number to select the winner!

The race was close, but after reviewing the comments and tallying them up, the favorite pony amongst GeekMom readers was:

Rainbow Dash!!

We had a wide range of ponies submitted. The top 5 ponies mentioned were Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Apple Jack and Pinkie Pie.

Image: Dakster Sullivan
Image: Dakster Sullivan

Honorable mentions go to Vinyl Scratch (DJ Pon 3), Dr. Hooves, Zecora, Trixie, Princess Celestia, Lyra, Rarity, Water Fire, Candence, Babs Seed, Princess Luna and Derpy.

It just goes to show that there is a pony for everyone!

Special thanks to Brony.com for the awesome prizes!

Mega Con 2013 or Bust!

Mega Con is my favorite convention in Central Florida. This year, the convention welcomes the bridge crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation including Captain Picard himself, Sir Patrick Stewart. Also in attendance to represent the comic book world will be Neil Adams, Gail Simone, and George Perez along with many others!

One of the things I’m looking forward to doing most is walking the various comic book artists tables and vendors.

I’ve purchased some really cool and inexpensive artwork at Mega Con in the past that is now showcased in my office at work. This year I hope to get something signed by Gail Simone and maybe a comic book or two signed by George Perez.

I’m also excited to walk around the autograph area and maybe say hi to some of the celebrities at their tables. Knowing the line for Levar Burton is going to be horrific, I’ve already given up hopes of getting his autograph, but that doesn’t mean I won’t still try. I’m also looking forward to meeting voice actress Tara Strong, best known for her role as Twilight Sparkle on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Raven on Teen Titans.

My husband is looking forward to meeting Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman). Last year, he was star struck when talking with Paul Bradford and Scott Tepperman from Ghost Hunters International, so maybe this year he won’t be so shy when he goes over to say hi to them again.

One of the things I really like about how Mega Con is organized is you get to see a little bit of everything in terms of celebrities. This year we have the Weasley twins from Harry Potter, cast members from Battlestar Galactica (Michael Hogan), NCIS-LA (Arne Starr), the Walking Dead (Michael Koske) as well as stars from shows not long forgotten (The Incredible Hulk, Teen Wolf, and Farescape).

For those of you who are fans of the light and dark side of the force, have no fear! The 501st and Rebel Legion costuming groups will have plenty to amuse you including sets, costumes, and droids on display. This year, the 501st Legion will also be hosting Roxy the Rancor, last seen at Star Wars Celebration VI. Roxy is a star all her own and will be available for photo ops in the 501st Legion area. In addition to Roxy, the 501st Legion will also have helmets, props, and costumes on display. They also hope to raise money for charity with “Shoot a Stormtrooper,” where guests can shoot Nerf guns at willing stormtroopers and other 501st Legion costumers.

The Rebel Legion will have a host of helmets and props on display as well as a Cantina Band set display for guests to take pictures with. They also plan on having a friendly bean bag toss game to help raise money for a special charity.

For those of you coming for the first time here are some tips to help you make it through.

  • Pre-purchase your tickets to avoid the long lines at the convention.
  • If you don’t want to bother with the crowds, come early on Friday morning. Advanced ticket holders get in an hour early, so this is the best day to avoid the crowds.
  • If you want to see the best costumes the con has to offer, wait and come on Saturday.
  • Plan your attack for autographs and take note who will not be there on certain days (some of the talent will only be there on Saturday or Sunday).
  • The best artwork goes fast, so hit this first on Friday and don’t delay in getting something because you think it will be there later, because it probably won’t be.
  • Regardless, if you are coming in costume or not…Don’t forget to hydrate!

As always, make sure your camera is charged and ready to go the night before. You don’t want to miss any of the action at this convention.

But wait! There’s more!!

This year, I will be coming armed with free GeekMom patches! To get one, all you have to do is find me and say “GeekMom Rocks!” To help you out, I’ll give you a hint about what I will be wearing on Saturday as well as tweeting my heart out about everything I see. Make sure you follow me on Twitter to see the latest updates on all the exciting things happening at the convention.

So, if you are heading out to Mega Con this year, keep your eyes peeled for me. If you’re not going, keep an eye on Twitter for updates on what it’s all about!

GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — January 2nd, 2013

MLP Issue 2 Preview  Image Courtesy of IDW Publishing
MLP Issue 2 Preview Image Courtesy of IDW Publishing

Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to the first installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner in 2013! This week, we look back at My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Mara #1 where we recap our adventures in comics for the week.

Dakster Sullivan — My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #2

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is one of the few comic books I read that I can share with my seven-year old son. This is the first series he’s reading that has cliff hangers at the end and it’s taken him a little getting used to.

This issue follows our favorite ponies as they continue their adventure to rescue their friends. The younger ponies are driving Queen Chrysalis crazy and she is just as excited to get rid of them as the Mane Six is to rescue them. They find their way into a cave and, while making their way through, run into a troll who has a love for ponies. After winning over the troll, the ponies face another enemy that threatens to tear them apart and set them on their own individual journeys to find their young friends.

Continue reading GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — January 2nd, 2013