The Magic of Friendship
Every television show that has ever been played was aimed towards a target audience. Some shows, such as “Bob the Builder”, are aimed at young children, while other shows, like “True Blood”, target more adult audiences. Then there are shows that have the ability to entertain audiences of all ages, and even all genders. One such show is “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” a remake from the older generations of the My Little Pony franchise. This show, since its first airing in October of 2010, has managed to captivate men and women of all ages, not just the young girls it was originally meant for. This joyful show can be evaluated by all its viewers for its animation, character development, subtle jokes, even the music and songs. All of these points are what have allowed the My Little Pony franchise to once again be revived, and loved, by those who take the time to watch. Many shows are able to get by with maybe three main characters, but My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has six main characters, dubbed by the fans as the “mane six”, and each of these ponies has her own unique personality. Audiences are able to connect with certain ponies, simply based on their personality types. Starting this show off, one unicorn pony, Twilight Sparkle, has been sent by her teacher and mentor, the Princess Celestia, to the town of Ponyville with the mission of making friends. Princess Celestia, ruler of the land of Equestria, is able to control both the sun and the moon. Celestia is a type of pony called an alicorn, meaning she has both wings and a unicorn's horn on her head. Twilight Sparkle, who represents the great element of Magic, loves to read, and she is able to perform very powerful magic. Every pony who has discovered his or her special talent earns their cutie mark, and Twilight Sparkle is no exception. Twilight's cutie mark is a large star surrounded by five smaller stars. This purple pony has been tasked with sending a letter to her teacher every week on the lessons she has learned about friendship. These lessons can be applied to anyone, no matter who they are or what they do in life; always appreciate your friends, it is okay to ask for help when you need it, and sharing is caring (Lauren Faust, writer). Twilight Sparkle is able to find these lessons only through her friendships, which shows that friends are always important in life. Another little pony in this show is Applejack. Applejack is a regular Earth pony, meaning she has no horn or wings. This country pony works with her family on the apple orchard in Ponyville, called Sweet Apple Acres. This calling has led to Applejack's cutie mark of three shiny red apples. Never without her trusty rope and cowboy hat, Applejack is one hardworking pony, sometimes even refusing help from others simply because her pride will not allow her to ask for the help. She is the most dependable pony in all of Ponyville, and is credited to the great element of Honesty. Applejack works with her brother, Big Macintosh, in the apple orchard, getting apples from the numerous trees by bucking them, or kicking them with her hind legs. This country pony will compete in any and every rodeo that comes to town, and she will always win the blue ribbon. Never letting her friends down, Applejack helps out whenever she can, sometimes with baking, and sometimes with rounding up a “bushel of brand new, bouncing, baby bunnies.” (Tara Strong, voice actor) Even if she may not be the neatest pony in town, Applejack isn't afraid to get dirty, especially if it means being able to help out her friends around Ponyville. The next pony is the glamorous Rarity. This fashion-inclined unicorn represents the great element of Generosity. Finding her special talent for gems and applying them to fashion when she was a little filly, Rarity's cutie mark is that of three diamonds. Rarity runs her own boutique shop in Ponyville, called the Carousel Boutique, where she makes a multitude of outfits...
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