Awesome: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
"This is a pony; a baby horse girl toy! Why is it so awesome?!"For awesome of the musical kind, go to the Awesome Music page.
Note: Fan Work related Moment Of Awesome have been moved to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Non-Canon). Moments Of Awesome for the comics go to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) or My Little Pony Micro Series. Moments Of Awesome for Equestria Girls go to My Little Pony Equestria Girls.
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- In January 2014, an 11 year-old boy attempted suicide after being mercilessly bullied for loving My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The You Will Rise Project responded with Art For Michael, which posted My Little Pony-themed fan art supporting the boy.
- The tragedy also motivated Imperial Tattoo in Sugar Land, TX to donate the proceeds from its My Little Pony tattoos to Stomp Out Bullying.
- Lauren auctioned off a series of sketches for charity. The sketches were of Derpy, pegasus Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and Twilight. All together, the sketches raised $15,451.
- In an out-of-show example, show creator Lauren Faust disowns an ignorant user on deviantArt who dismisses the show's Periphery Demographic as "sexually repressed man-children" and defends the show's appeal (You go girl.):
"Honestly?? I feel that people who call them that are ignorant a-holes. That's how I feel. I didn't create this show for little girls, I created it for little girls and their parents — including male parents. It only stands to reason that adult animation fans without children may like it, too. The belief that boys shouldn't be interested in girl things is the main reason there's hardly anything decent for girls in animation — or almost any media, for that matter. It's a backwards, sexist, outdated attitude."
- Lauren Faust refuting claims of a Know-Nothing Know-It-All woman who claimed that Rainbow Dash was a "tomboyish lesbian", the fact that Celestia was white and good and Luna being a near-black color and dark was racist, that the show was implying that smarts wouldn't help you in life, and that you need authority figures to tell you what to do with your life. Her response can be seen here. The various people that commented on the KNKIA woman's blog post defending the show also get one.
- This ad for the show, a parody of "California Girls".
- This iPhone parody promo. Yes, there's a pony for Equestria Daily. And Derp-Zam.
- The official Comic Con poster◊ includes almost every single significant, speaking, and/or popular character from show (at the time).note
- And now there's one for season 2 as well.
- Hasbro's reaction to the many parody videos on Youtube. While most companies would file a copyright claim on the videos to get them deleted, Hasbro allows the videos to stay and actually embraces them. They understand how big the Brony community is and how much they enjoy the show.
- Hasbro in general has been awesome to the fandom, taking a light-hearted stance on uploading the episodes to Youtube, the various fan-works, and trying to honestly answer questions the fans have about upcoming products. Part of this is because the company has never seen anything like this before.
- Hasbro allowed a limited hard copy printing of the Fanfic Fallout:Equestria to be made and distributed, so long as the venture stayed non for profit. While doing this for any fanfic, Hasbro gets extra props for allowing it to happen to this one, which also contains copy righted material owned by Bethesda and is written for a strictly adult audience.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's new executive producer Jayson Thiessen proves that he is a Discord-tier troll.He tweeted a photo that includes the very first screenshot of Season 2◊ (it's just Twilight reading a book, nothing out of the ordinary). This was naturally posted on Equestria Daily, and people noticed that on the second computer screen was the blog itself. Some fans said how it would have been funny if the Equestria Daily screen was of the actual article regarding the Season 2 tease, and then Jayson tweeted a second photo◊ of just that. Well played, Mr. Thiessen.
- As far as voice acting goes, a lot of fans were quite happy that Discord was voiced by John de Lancie, aka Q. Even Lauren Faust was quite excited, saying "I crapped my pants when we got him. I'm a gigantic Star Trek geek and I adore Q!"
- John de Lancie experiencing the joy of being part of the MLP fandom. From his twitter: 'Roddenberry warned me that I had no idea what I was getting into with Star Trek. Someone should have warned me about My Little Pony! Egads!'
- A major Fan Run Convention, BronyCon Winter 2012, which is held in New York, had a massive turnout this January because 3 major voice actors were there: Andrea Libman, Nicole Oliver, and Ashleigh Ball. The CMOA is that, this summer, the first announced guests are Lauren Faust and John de Lancie. That's right, the creator herself and Discord are coming to BronyCon, and they had to move it to the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey for more space. Check out Equestria Daily for more information about the news and BronyCon.org for more information about the convention.
- The guest list grew since then, in both senses. Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Nicole Oliver, Cathy Weseluck, Lee Tockar, Peter New, and Amy Keating Rogers were announced as guests of honor, and the number of attendees quickly topped 2,000.
- Writer Meghan McCarthy came on as a last-minute addition, and the attendee total hit its maximum of 4,000 in the final days before the opening ceremony. A charity auction was held on the first night, with the last item being a Season 1 Comic Con poster signed by nearly every voice actor. The bidding stalled just shy of $1,000, then took off again after Lauren Faust was invited out to add her signature. The winning bid was $4,050.
- The 2013 event, in the Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Baltimore, drew a final total of 8,407 attendees - more than double the previous summer's crowd, and over 10 times the number who attended the Winter 2012 con.
- On February 11, 2012, Hasbro announced that they would be releasing toys of fan-favorite characters Trixie, DJ PON-3, Zecora and Nightmare Moon, along with a more show-accurate Celestia. Taking a look at the reactions from the fans, it's clear that most of them consider this a CMOA for Hasbro.
- The Series could be considered a Moment Of Awesome for the Flash software.
- Lauren Faust put up a second batch of sketches to raise money for medical purposes. Firefly, Medley, Pinkie Pie, Twilight, and Princess Celestia were auctioned off. They raised $18,041 altogether, with the Twilight sketch raising $9100 on its own.
- This commercial aired on Pinkie Pie's birthday (75 days after the airing of A Friend In Deed), and was, according to The Hub's Facebook page, made to celebrate that day, which is something only the true fans would recognize. Furthermore, the commercial itself seemed to hint that a video game could possibly be in the works. Bronies rejoiced.
- John de Lancie announced that he is helping to create a documentary about the Brony phenomenon to counteract the media's general reaction to it. Its Kickstarter page goal is a whopping $60,000... which received over $30,000 in pledges on its first day alone, and reached its goal by the end of the Third. Lauren Faust and Tara Strong got on board as producers, the total pledges are close to $150,000 (not counting any money in through Pay Pal), and the target was increased to $200,000 by June 10. Various incentives are also being offered for different pledge levels, running from a thank-you in the documentary credits all the way up to a dinner with John, Lauren, and Tara. The $200,000 goal was reached with nearly a week to spare. It was raised to $270,000 in order to allow the crew to travel to conventions in England and Germany; as of June 7, 2012, that total has also been met. The final total was $322,022, making it the second most funded film on Kickstarter. And in fact, if the $26,142 raised through Paypal was included, it would be first.
- John de Lancie wearing a "Brony" T-Shirt while doing a panel at BronyCon and getting a standing ovation simply by saying, "I'm with you." Sir, welcome to the herd!
- At Comic Con, we got a song with Twilight lamenting how the one thing in her life that she's been completely unprepared for is happening. Once the song ends, Spike realizes she still hasn't said what she's actually talking about, and asks about it. End clip. Trollestia would approve.
- The fact that there's now a MAP OF EQUESTRIA. That's right, Hasbro gave us a map.
- The "-licious" videos are mostly CMoFs, but the original voice actors being actively involved automatically makes them awesome:
- Why we won't be getting "Rarilicious," as well as this. The awesome is not the videos themselves; great though they are, we've seen fan-made animation of the caliber before. But the awesome is who was doing the voice. And who was potentially risking her entire career to do so.
- Applelicious, or is it?
- Discord himself did one!
- Tara Strong deserves one for starting the whole trend.
- When a Season 1 DVD box set was announced (which is itself something of a CMOA for the show, given it only exists at all because of the fanbase), it received so many preorders that it ended up being the third most popular DVD on Amazon, temporarily beating out The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead. Not bad for a fanbase that had previously been considered an extremely niche market.
- At the Canterlot Gardens 2012 voice actor panel was pretty awesome. Andrea Libman brought a six-year old Pegasister named Prudence onstage for the whole panel. The biggest highlight was when the hosts asked the audience to give Tara Strong the silent treatment for being late to the panel - only for Tara to arrive dressed in a complete Twilight Sparkle cosplay outfit.
- Hot Topic recently made a "Hot Minute" video featuring Fluttershy. Hot Topic also did another one with Rainbow Dash the week afterwards, and five months later, came out with one for Princess Twilight Sparkle that has some Equestria Girls footage to boot and one with Pinkie Pie. Applejack's has also been released. And with Rarity, the Mane 6 is complete.
- This Season 3 trailer.
- This official promo parodying The Most Interesting Man in the World.
- The fact that whoever was behind translating the show into Japanese managed to make theme songs that were as upbeat and infectious as the original tracks. Seriously, you can't help but smile when listening to them. (It helps that they show some of the most funny and heartwarming clips from other episodes during them.) The opening song, in particular, is delightfully energetic and probably counts as a Woolseyism.
- Comic Con 2013 featured some quite enticing animatics of season 4.
- There will be an episode that directly addresses Scootaloo's inability to fly.
- The Mane Six and Spike as a Power Rangers parody, complete with what looks like it'll be a quite a shot of the city they're transported to.
- The return of NIGHTMARE MOON.
- Also the fact that a large number of fans showed up to the panel, despite the rather controversial season 3 finale. Hopefully this means they've learned to accept Princess Twilight or are at least willing to give it a chance.
- Season 4's premiere date? November 23rd, 2013. That's right, the same day Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a TV special! And to make this announcement even more sweet? It was announced on Lauren Faust's birthday!
- Even better! The Hub celebrated said 50th anniversary by posting a frame from "Call of the Cutie" that shows Apple Bloom's confrontation with Doctor Hooves. Now, The Hub was initially squemish about making the connection because of fears of legal repercussions from the BBC. Well, I have a feeling they won't have to worry about that for a while...
- Way Forward wants to make a pony game. Yes, they want to do it, Hasbro isn't forcing them to.
- The creator of Ecco The Dolphin also wants to make a pony game.
- December 23, 2013. It was officially announced that "Weird Al" Yankovic would be guest starring on the show (something fans have been wishing for since season 1). What's more, the entire episode was a musical.
- Despite the fact that it's an April Fools joke, this trailer for a new MLP spinoff is pretty cool.
- BABSCon (Bay Area Brony Spectacular): April 18-20, 2014, in Burlingame, CA. To date, it's had the largest attendance of any first-year pony convention (about 2300) and the most guests of any pony con ever. A total of 20 guests turned out in person:
- Voice actors: Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Ashleigh Ball, Nicole Oliver, Cathy Weseluck, Peter New, Brian Drummond, Brynna Drummond
- Show writers: Amy Keating Rogers, M.A. Larson, Meghan McCarthy, Josh Haber, Natasha Levinger
- Other writers: G.M. Berrow (chapter books), Heather Nuhfer (comics)
- Comic artists: Andy Price, Heather Breckel, Tony Fleecs
- Directors: Jayson Thiessen, Jim Miller
- And appearing via Skype: Tabitha St. Germain - thus making this con the first one ever in which the entire Mane Six took part!
- To celebrate its "Villaintines Day" event, the Hub Network released a parody of the trailer for Maleficent starring Discord as Maleficent and Twilight as Aurora, which uses spliced footage from the show to meticulously recreate the trailer shot-for-shot. And if that weren't enough, they went the extra mile and gave us John de Lancie and Tara Strong reciting the original lines almost word-for-word! ...Though not without its share of hilariously spoofed bits:
Twilight: All the other creatures fly. Why don't you?
Discord: I have wings. They are strong... but not as strong as Rainbow Dash's.
- The date: December 7, 2014. The place: Santiago, Chile. The event: a Christmas parade similar to Macys by a department store group known as Paris. The awesome: The first ever MLP-related Parade Balloon anywhere. The handlers made her wave to the crowd, even! (Though this has happened in the Macy's Parade multiple times.) As an artist named Tyrranux says:
Tyrranux: You know you’re a true cultural phenomenon when you get your own parade balloon.
- During the 2015 Super Bowl, in the third quarter, there was a NFL promotional commercial, entitled "Together We Make Football", with various fans, celebrities, and others cheering for the teams (reminiscent of the NFL's "Best Fans Ever" promo from 2011), including Britney Spears, Keyboard Cat, and the characters of The Lego Movie and The Penguins of Madagascar. Out of nowhere for two seconds, the Mane 6 appear and cheer wearing Colts gear - and the fandom went balls (just look at the comments!). According to the show staff, the ad agency responsible for the ad called out to Hasbro and DHX for a few seconds of ponies cheering for the ad.
- With Season 5 confirmed to have 26 more episodes, this will mark Friendship is Magic as the longest running Hasbro-animated cartoon, beating the original Transformers cartoon's 98 episodes and GI-Joe's 95. Who would have thought a cartoon about talking ponies could ever reach that far?
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