'My Little Pony: The Complete Series' (Original)
(Bettina Bush, Susan Blu, et al / 4 Disc DVD / G / (1986) 2014 / Shout! Kids)
Overview: Go Back To Where It All Started! You’re invited to return to Ponyland, the home of all your favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike!
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'My Little Pony' is an American animated television series produced by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions based on the My Little Pony toys released by Hasbro.
The series featured as the first segment of a program called My Little Pony 'n Friends. The second segment would be an unrelated cartoon based on another Hasbro franchise - including The Glo Friends, MoonDreamers and the Potato Head Kids.
This 4-Disc DVD box-set of the original series debuted on September 15, 1986, a few months after the release of 'My Little Pony: The Movie' - which, by then, had introduced the Paradise Estate and many of the series' main characters.
The positives first, and the voices were great. Particularly famous voice-actor Susan Blu as Paradise, Catherine Cavadini as North Star, Sarah Partrdige as Wind Whistler and Ellen Gerstell as Magic Star, Whizzer and Masquarade ... at least I think she did all three! Of course, it is a well known fact that the famous Nancy Cartwright (Bart from 'The Simpsons') played Gusty.
Some of the best episodes were those that allowed for more story, like the 10 part 'End of Flutter Valley,' the 4 part 'Return of Tambelon,' the 4 part 'Magic Coins',' and the 4 part 'Ghost of Paradise Estate.' These longer stories allowed more screen time for various ponies, and were more fun to watch as opposed to singular or two part episodes.
Now for the negatives, and (sorry) the animation was fairly poor. Plenty of mistakes occurred in terms of characters speaking but no open mouths, or the words coming from the wrong character. Also, the wrong ponies being shown at various moments plagued the series. For example, if four ponies went on a mission, at one point a different pony would have been drawn in place of one of the correct ones. But there were plenty of bright colors and illustrative settings.
Overall, this animated series is a fun watch, it has a great cast, fun characters, exciting settings and plenty of good stories with fun songs and has good morals, but is plagued with inconsistencies, errors, and goofs. A new series would be cool, but with the same actors and ponies, only having longer stories with more development in the characters. But then again, this series was aimed at kids, so maybe now I expect too much! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.