Friendship? Yes. Magic? No
Assuming you're the one person who managed to avoid both the hype and the backlash around this show, Friendship is Magic is an episodic cartoon about a bunch of ponies who go off on adventures. The show has attracted a huge following, as well as a tonne of detractors because of it's huge following, and how absurd some of the nuttier members can be.
But this is about the show itself. And on that basis, I have to say it's a good kids show. But really, that's all it is. A kids show, designed to sell toys.
It'd be a good thing to let kids watch, and won't offend anyone's morals to let their children watch it. It's very well animated too, esp. for a cartoon done in Flash, with some surprisingly complex animations used. Yes, there's some moments of Parental Bonus
, and yes, it does have some genuinely comedic moments, but really, they're few and far between.
The characters are conventional stereotypes, hard worker, tomboy, shy, studious, fashionista, and eccentric. They are not the well rounded characters people believe they are, as Status Quo
often reverts them to one of the labels seen above. Yes, it's impressive to have six female characters with none of them as "The Chick
" but ironically, the one male character fills this role, being deliberately ungirly and doing things like pretending to puke at girly activities, for being girly.
Episodes generally fall into the traditional plot fare. Yes, the season openers may be big dramatic storylines, but this quickly devolves into aesop-of-the-week.
All ideal for kids to learn, but really nowhere near as deep as the fanbase makes it out to have. Episodes are predictable, and story lines never really have major impacts.
Once again, none of this is bad. As a kids TV show, it's pretty good, and I could understand why little girls (and some little boys) would want to watch it. But aside from a couple of jokes, there's not much here. If you really want to watch a kids TV show from the past five years that has great characters, excellent jokes, and some good stories, I'd recommend Phineas And Ferb
. Friendship is Magic is something you either watch with young girls, or something you're probably only watching for the meme.