History WesternAnimation / MyLittlePonyTales

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The show centered on seven pony girls named Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Brighteyes, Patch, Clover, and Bon Bon. However, the show is notable for averting the LadyLand rule that ''My Little Pony'' normally prescribes to by introducing three male ponies: Ace, Teddy, and Lancer. The show focused on their daily lives and how they dealt with things like stage fright, dating, personal responsibility, the environment, pets, cultural differences, school, trust, bullies, and other things normal kids deal with. This was the first of three attempts to make a SliceOfLife style ''MyLittlePony'' show. The producers did this to try to reach their core demographic, girls, who watched the original series but would be old enough by then to worry about any of the above issues the show tackled. Depending on who you ask, it may or may not have been a good idea.
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The show centered on seven pony girls named Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Brighteyes, Bright Eyes, Patch, Clover, and Bon Bon. However, the show is notable for averting the LadyLand rule that ''My Little Pony'' ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' normally prescribes to by introducing three male main ponies: Ace, Teddy, and Lancer. The show focused on their daily lives and how they dealt with things like stage fright, dating, personal responsibility, the environment, pets, cultural differences, school, trust, bullies, and other things normal kids deal with. This was the first of three attempts to make a SliceOfLife style ''MyLittlePony'' show. The producers did this to try to reach their core demographic, girls, who watched the original series but would be old enough by then to worry about any of the above issues the show tackled. Depending on who you ask, it may or may not have been a good idea.

* AlternateContinuity: The show is EXTREMELY vague about this, being set in what is supposedly an alternate universe/ continuity to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends the original cartoon]], lacking the setting's fantastical creatures and magic; at first glance anyway. The Glow N' Show ponies are clearly able to use levitation and magic similar to unicorns, some of Clover's antics seemingly proving her superstitions are warranted, and that the ghost and presumably the dragon from Patch's story were revealed to be RealAfterAll. It might be taking place in the previous cartoon's future, if not a straight up alternate universe.
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* AlternateContinuity: The show is EXTREMELY vague about this, being set in what is supposedly an alternate universe/ continuity to Separate from the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends the original cartoon]], first cartoon]]; lacking most of the setting's fantastical creatures and magic; at first glance anyway. The Glow N' Show ponies are clearly able to use levitation and magic similar to unicorns, some of Clover's antics seemingly proving her superstitions are warranted, and that supernatural elements with few exceptions (such as the ghost pony and presumably the dragon from Patch's story were revealed UFO that turns out to be RealAfterAll. It might be taking place in the previous cartoon's future, if not [[spoiler: unicorns]].) and focusing on a straight up alternate universe.completely different cast of characters. No humans, either.

* AnthropomorphicShift: The most well-known in the series. Characters are periodically changing from moving like horses, to the semi-horselike behavior standard to the franchise, to being barely below {{Funny Animal}}s.
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* AnthropomorphicShift: The AnthropomorphicShift: **The most well-known in the series. Characters are periodically changing from moving like horses, to the semi-horselike behavior standard to the franchise, to being barely below {{Funny Animal}}s.

* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Ponyville has a tropical island [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin called]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Tropical Island"]] that ''somehow'' qualifies as "foreign" despite being close enough to be seen from a hot air balloon over Ponyville. Long shots of the planet show it's [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted identical to Earth]], placing Ponyville in the suburban United States, meaning [[NonindicativeName Tropical Island isn't actually in the tropics]]. They don't even have the benefit of saying [[AWizardDidIt it's magic]], as [[ContinuityReboot there are no unicorns or anything even remotely supernatural in this generation]] (with one exception -- see How Unscientific below).
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Ponyville has a tropical island [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin called]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Tropical Island"]] that ''somehow'' qualifies as "foreign" despite being close enough to be seen from a hot air balloon over Ponyville. Long shots of the planet show it's [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted identical to Earth]], placing Ponyville in the suburban United States, meaning [[NonindicativeName Tropical Island isn't actually in the tropics]]. They don't even have the benefit of saying [[AWizardDidIt it's magic]], as [[ContinuityReboot there are no unicorns or isn't anything even remotely supernatural in this generation]] (with one exception or perhaps two exceptions -- see How Unscientific HowUnscientific and RealAfterAll below).

* BigEater: Bonbon is seen eating many sweets. She even eats a cookie right after waking up in the intro. At one point, the gang had packed a week's worth of food and turned to find Bon Bon had just eaten ''all'' of it.
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* BigEater: Bonbon Bon Bon is seen eating many sweets. She even eats a cookie right after waking up in the intro. At one point, the gang had packed a week's worth of food and turned to find Bon Bon had just eaten ''all'' of it.

* {{Blackmail}}: Done to Ace and Lancer in "Shop Talk" when the girls lure them into doing something embarrassing to entertain some baby ponies they're babysitting, then take pictures and threaten to expose them unless they stop teasing Teddy. ** Teddy also threatens to show Ms. Hackney the entry in "Bon Bon's Diary" that says she cheated in a test unless she goes to the school dance with him. ** And he was stopped by Sweetheart threatening to reveal his UnmanlySecret. These ponies will fight fire with fire!
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* {{Blackmail}}: {{Blackmail}}: ** Done to Ace and Lancer in "Shop Talk" when the girls lure them into doing something embarrassing to entertain some baby ponies they're babysitting, then take pictures and threaten to expose them unless they stop teasing Teddy. ** Teddy also threatens to show Ms. Hackney the entry in "Bon Bon's Diary" that says she cheated in a test unless she goes to the school dance with him. ** him. And he was stopped by Sweetheart threatening to reveal his UnmanlySecret. These ponies will fight fire with fire!

* CoversAlwaysLie: The DVD releases of the show in Australia has cover art of "G2" ponies.
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* CoversAlwaysLie: CoversAlwaysLie: ** The DVD releases of the show in Australia has cover art of "G2" ponies.

** Unless Shout! Factory fixes the issue, it appears that the complete boxset's boxart will have the G3 logo. *** It does.
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** Unless And Shout! Factory fixes the issue, it appears that the Factory's complete boxset's boxart will have boxset uses the G3 logo. *** It does.logo too.

* Expy: Most noticeable with the similarities between Shady from the previous TV show, MLP and Friends, and Clover here, with both being generally lacking in confidence AND being somewhat clumsy (Clover obviously more so than Shady).
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* Expy: {{Expy}}: Most noticeable with the similarities between Shady from the previous TV show, MLP and Friends, and Clover here, with both being generally lacking in confidence AND being somewhat clumsy (Clover obviously more so than Shady).

* FantasticRacism: Apparently, mainland ponies believe that tropical ponies practice cannibalism and make [[HumanSacrifice pony sacrifices]] to the volcano. ** Then again, this belief is only expressed by the main cast (who are kids and likely wouldn't know better,) making a student exchange program unlikely in the first place if such views were commonplace.
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* FantasticRacism: Apparently, mainland ponies The main cast (who are kids and likely wouldn't know better) believe that tropical ponies practice cannibalism and make [[HumanSacrifice pony sacrifices]] to the volcano. ** Then again, this belief is only expressed by the main cast (who are kids and likely wouldn't know better,) making a student exchange program unlikely in the first place if such views were commonplace. volcano.

** While it's a later incarnation not canon to this series, ''Friendship is Magic'' offers an explanation for such things: in that series, drawing a carriage is a job similar to being a taxi driver. Or, in the case of royalty (as it was in this example) it's the equivalent of servants carrying the palanquin of someone who is TooImportantToWalk.

* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The animators seemed to be rather fond of Bon Bon's rear. She also got bedroom eyes and even ''breasts'' on a few episodes.
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar: ** The animators seemed to be rather fond of Bon Bon's rear. She also got bedroom eyes and even ''breasts'' on a few episodes.

* GossipyHens: Melody and Starlight in "Shop Talk", kicking off that episode's plot when Sweetheart won't participate. ** Also relevant with Mrs. Barrington/Berrytown in that same episode, where she gossips to Starlight's mother while Starlight's mother is giving her a hair/mane treatment, inspiring the seven main girls/ponies to gossip as well.
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* GossipyHens: Melody and Starlight in "Shop Talk", kicking off that episode's plot when Sweetheart won't participate. ** participate. Also relevant with Mrs. Barrington/Berrytown in that same episode, where she gossips to Starlight's mother while Starlight's mother is giving her a hair/mane treatment, inspiring the seven main girls/ponies to gossip as well.

* HowUnscientific: The episode "Up, Up, and Away" features a UFO and... [[CanonDiscontinuity unicorns]]. (In fact, the UFO ''is'' this group. It was actually the light shining from them as they traveled.) ** Not just unicorns... one was an alicorn! And it's not a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials one-scene animation error]] this time: The pegasus that fixed up the hot-air balloon did so with magic from his or her ([[ImprobablyFemaleCast probably her]]) horn. However, as this is 18 years before ''Friendship is Magic'' made wings and a horn on the same pony equal GodEmperor, the alicorn is not named and silently flies around fixing the damage instead of being the leader as you'd expect, let alone doing anything like raising the sun.
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* HowUnscientific: The episode "Up, Up, and Away" features a UFO and... [[CanonDiscontinuity unicorns]]. (In fact, the UFO ''is'' this group. It was UFO, which turns out to actually be [[spoiler: unicorns and an alicorn]] hidden by the light shining from them as they traveled.) ** Not just unicorns... one was an alicorn! And it's not a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials one-scene animation error]] this time: The pegasus that fixed up the hot-air balloon did so with magic from his or her ([[ImprobablyFemaleCast probably her]]) horn. However, as this is 18 years before ''Friendship is Magic'' made wings and a horn on the same pony equal GodEmperor, the alicorn is not named and silently flies around fixing the damage instead of being the leader as you'd expect, let alone doing anything like raising the sun.their travel.

* TheKiddieRide: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R8SW-0xlw0 This Youtube video's description says it all]]. For those unable to see the video tho: [[spoiler:The rides were made in the early 90s and were modeled after My Little Pony Tales characters. They were licensed, but frequently mismatched the color of the ponies with their symbols]]. * LadyLand: Much much ''much'' less so than most series. The core cast and most of the other characters who do most of the talking are female, but in addition to Ace, Teddy, and Lancer as oft-seen recurring classmates of the gang, we have two-parent families, and in one episode a king and a queen. Male ponies are represented more here than even in ''Friendship is Magic'' (with stallions outside Applejack's brother Big Macintosh largely relegated to crowd filler.)
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* TheKiddieRide: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R8SW-0xlw0 This Youtube video's description says it all]]. For those unable to see the video tho: [[spoiler:The video: The rides were made in the early 90s and were modeled after My Little Pony Tales characters. They were licensed, but frequently mismatched the color of the ponies with their symbols]]. symbols. * LadyLand: Much much ''much'' less so than most series.series in the franchise. The core cast and most of the other characters who do most of the talking are female, but in addition to Ace, Teddy, and Lancer as oft-seen recurring classmates of the gang, we have two-parent families, and in one episode a king and a queen. Male ponies are represented more here than even in ''Friendship is Magic'' (with stallions outside Applejack's brother Big Macintosh largely relegated to crowd filler.)

* OffModel: Boy, the animators cut a ''lot'' of corners when making this series (This is Creator/{{AKOM}} we're talking about after all). For example, when the ponies are facing to the camera, they become something ''hideous.''
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* OffModel: Boy, OffModel: **Boy, the animators cut a ''lot'' of corners when making this series (This is Creator/{{AKOM}} we're talking about after all). For example, when the ponies are facing to the camera, they become something ''hideous.''

* OutOfGenreExperience: "Up, Up, and Away." We go from plots like "Bon Bon hides her bad grade" or "the girls and the boys run competing lemonade stands" to "There's a UFO... oh, wait, it's just [[spoiler: three pegasi and an alicorn flying around the world in the form of a blinding light nobody can see through unless they want to reveal themselves.]]" It's even kicked off by Patch wanting to do something adventurous and picking something significantly more dangerous than what your average kid could stumble into doing - similar to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FIM]] - and it involves a hot-air balloon, which G3 and FIM pretty much turned into an icon of the franchise. With [[spoiler: multiple pony races]] and magic and danger and the balloon, it's like we're in one of the other series for a while. All that's missing is a cute little dragon. * ParanormalEpisode: The episode "Up, Up, and Away", notable for being the only episode featuring unicorn ponies - who were otherwise absent from the show as this iteration had removed most fantastic elements.
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* OutOfGenreExperience: "Up, Up, and Away." We go from plots like "Bon Bon hides her bad grade" or "the girls and the boys run competing lemonade stands" to "There's a UFO... oh, wait, it's just [[spoiler: three pegasi and an alicorn flying around the world in the form of a blinding light nobody can see through unless they want to reveal themselves.]]" It's even kicked off by Patch wanting to do something adventurous and picking something significantly more dangerous than what your average kid could stumble into doing - similar doing. [[HilariousInHindsight It bears more than a passing resemblance to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FIM]] - and it involves a hot-air balloon, which G3 and FIM pretty much turned into an icon some of the franchise. With [[spoiler: multiple pony races]] and magic and danger and the balloon, it's like we're in one of the other series for a while. All that's missing is a cute little dragon. future adaptations]]. * ParanormalEpisode: The episode "Up, Up, and Away", notable for being the only episode featuring [[spoiler: unicorn ponies ponies]] - who were otherwise absent from the show as this iteration had removed most fantastic elements.

* ThePrankster: Patch and Teddy. Both have taken it too far, to the point where Patch sabotaged Bright Eye's class project and caused its failure while Teddy got the girls disqualified from a swim meet. * ProductPlacement: There is one episode where two ponies are revealed to be drinking CocaCola, as they clearly state that they are "Cokes".
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* ThePrankster: Patch and Teddy. Both have taken it too far, to the point where Patch sabotaged Bright Eye's Eyes' class project and caused its failure while Teddy got the girls disqualified from a swim meet. * ProductPlacement: There is one episode where two ponies are revealed to be drinking CocaCola, Coca Cola, as they clearly state that they are "Cokes".

* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In "Send in the Clown", they put on ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. The actual Tchaikovsky ballet. Is it possible for a show about talking ponies to be on the SlidingScaleOfLikeRealityUnlessNoted?
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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In "Send in the Clown", they put on ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. The actual Tchaikovsky ballet. Is it possible for a show about talking ponies to be on the SlidingScaleOfLikeRealityUnlessNoted?

* RememberTheNewGuy: Clover's sister Meadowlark appears in "Sister if the Bride", and then subsequently reappears only two episodes later, also as a major character in the episode. ** Also notable for Cheval, Meadowlark's husband, whom she married in "Sister of the Bride", and he also returns two episodes later, but only has one line of dialogue (albeit a rather sweet one.)
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* RememberTheNewGuy: RememberTheNewGuy: ** Clover's sister Meadowlark appears in "Sister if the Bride", and then subsequently reappears only two episodes later, also as a major character in the episode. ** episode. Also notable for Cheval, Meadowlark's husband, whom she married in "Sister of the Bride", and he also returns two episodes later, but only has one line of dialogue (albeit a rather sweet one.)

* TakeAThirdOption: "Happy Birthday Sweetheart" sees the other girls telling Sweetheart she has to choose between them or Teddy: either uninvite him from her upcoming party, or none of them will come. Sweetheart responds by tearfully canceling the party.
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* TakeAThirdOption: TakeAThirdOption: ** "Happy Birthday Sweetheart" sees the other girls telling Sweetheart she has to choose between them or Teddy: either uninvite him from her upcoming party, or none of them will come. Sweetheart responds by tearfully canceling the party.
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* FaceYourFears: ** The first episode had the girls facing their fears of sudden noises in the attic after hearing a ghost story. ** In "Blue Ribbon Blues", Teddy overcomes his fear of water to save his cousin Corny.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Teddy in one episode is revealed to be afraid of water.
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* GotVolunteered: "Stand By Me" seems to have variant 4 in the classroom trial when a defending attorney is needed for Teddy and everyone except Sweetheart steps backwards. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when she then steps forward and says she'd be happy to do it.
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* GotVolunteered: "Stand By by Me" seems to have variant 4 in the classroom trial when a defending attorney is needed for Teddy and everyone except Sweetheart steps backwards. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when she then steps forward and says she'd be happy to do it.

* HelpImStuck: Happens twice to Teddy in "Stand by Me".
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* HelpImStuck: HelpImStuck: ** Happens twice to Teddy in "Stand by Me".Me". ** Also in "Blue Ribbon Blues", Teddy saves his cousin when he becomes trapped in a river.
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* HelpImStuck: Happens twice to Teddy in "Stand by Me".
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* YouMeanXMas: Averted. The series never had a holiday episode but Ponyland seems to celebrate Christmas since the holiday was mentioned on two episodes.
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* YouMeanXMas: Averted. The series never had a holiday episode but Ponyland seems to celebrate Christmas since the Christmas. The holiday was mentioned briefly on two episodes.
25th Oct '15 7:12:09 PM KoopaKid17
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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Sweetheart found herself torn between Teddy and her friends several times, with the girls demanding she choose them over him or lose their friendship. (Teddy didn't make it easy with the "Jerk" part of being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Sweetheart was usually the only one who ever saw any solid evidence of that heart of gold.)
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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Sweetheart found herself torn between Teddy and her friends several times, with the girls demanding she choose them over him or lose their friendship. (Teddy didn't make it easy with the "Jerk" part of being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Sweetheart was usually the only one who ever saw any solid evidence of that heart of gold.)) * YouMeanXMas: Averted. The series never had a holiday episode but Ponyland seems to celebrate Christmas since the holiday was mentioned on two episodes.
25th Oct '15 5:19:22 AM KoopaKid17
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* BigBallOfViolence: In "Shop Talk", Teddy gets into one with Ace and Lancer when the two tease him about his teddy bear.
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* AdultFear: In "Battle of the Bands", Melody is unable to find a babysitter so she brings her little sisters Ting-a-Ling and Jing-a-Ling to the contest. She is forced to chase after them when they go missing.
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* AdultFear: AdultFear: ** In "Battle of the Bands", Melody is unable to find a babysitter so she brings her little sisters Ting-a-Ling and Jing-a-Ling to the contest. She is forced to chase after them when they go missing.missing. ** Bon Bon running away to the woods in "The Masquerade" when she thinks everyone at the party is laughing at her. Her parents worry about her getting lost but after they find her, she nearly falls off a cliff.

** The UFO the girls use to trick Patch in "The Impractical Joker" speak like [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]].
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** The UFO the girls use speak like [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] when they don alien disguises to trick Patch in "The Impractical Joker" speak like [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]].Joker".
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