'My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular'
(DVD / TV Y / 2014 / Shout Kids)
Overview: Join your favorite residents of Ponyville (Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike) as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria’s ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp!
DVD Verdict: Now "20% spookier," all your favorite Ponyville residents come together to take the spooky Halloween challenge in Equestria! As you all know by now, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series is currently airing on The HUB TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada. But here in your very own front room is where it's truly at, right kids!
The entire premise of the show deals with the weekly adventures of six ponies (not counting the Cutie Mark Crusaders) as they discover the true meaning of friendship, the ups and downs of it, and understanding the power that such bonds have. Although this set concentrates, of course, on all things associated with Halloween!
The animation uses Adobe Flash and it gets a LOT of mileage. It's not breathtaking nor will it blow your mind, but for the target audience (and unintended whom grew up on the Internet), it's perfect. The show is brightly colored without being a headache. Also, in certain episodes, it is used to massively dramatic effect when switched up/toned down. Some of the more "intense" animation scenes do make one nod in approval. It's meant to be cute without being "cutesy".
The voice acting from such people as both Tara Strong and Ashleigh Ball is simply top notch. The talent involved would be enough to make Pixar take notice. The crew is extremely versatile and talented. The songs (usually one per episode minimum) are cute and catchy without being painful, and the entire ensemble shines. The individual characters are distinctive, full of personality, and engaging to follow.
Episodes Include: 'Boast Busters,' 'Stare Master,' 'Luna Eclipsed,' 'Sleepless In Ponyville,' 'Castle Mane-ia,' and 'Bats!'
Hey, did you know that because of the shows overwhelming popularity, which generates a high volume of fan-related content the show creators have to do their research to make sure any one of the several pre-existing characters they wish to feature in an episode doesn't use a name that in any way sounds similar to one created by the fan base! No, nor did I, but how fascinating is that! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic pumpkin carving stencils
A color Halloween poster perfect for seasonal decorating!