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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends continuity]] has all of the [[{{Camp}} campiness]] of TheEighties, and most characters don't have enough screentime to develop a fully fleshed-out personality (a pitfall for any MerchandiseDriven show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters). However, it does showcase some surprisingly dark and occasionally mature stories and has some of the same story elements that helped made ''Friendship is Magic'' so well-received.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986 G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends continuity]] has all of the [[{{Camp}} campiness]] of TheEighties, and most characters don't have enough screentime to develop a fully fleshed-out personality (a pitfall for any MerchandiseDriven show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters). However, it does showcase some surprisingly dark and occasionally mature stories and has some of the same story elements that helped made ''Friendship is Magic'' so well-received.


* ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn''.

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* ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn''.''FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic''.


[[GhibliHills Ponyville]], [[ShiningCity Canterlot]], [[TheBigApplesauce Manehattan]], [[CrapsackWorld Griffinstone]], [[TheWildWest Appleoosa]], and the [[ForbiddenForest Everfree Forest]] all look different, and have plot-relevant differences between them. They have different biomes, different architectural styles, different demographics, and the characters are shown taking long train trips and flights between them. Making a setting look big is ... a lot easier when you just have to draw it than when you have to fly your acting crew all over the place. Probably use a lot of matte painting backgrounds, like Star Trek, if you want to do it in live action.

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[[GhibliHills Ponyville]], [[ShiningCity Canterlot]], [[TheBigApplesauce [[BigApplesauce Manehattan]], [[CrapsackWorld Griffinstone]], [[TheWildWest Appleoosa]], and the [[ForbiddenForest [[TheLostWoods Everfree Forest]] all look different, and have plot-relevant differences between them. They have different biomes, different architectural styles, different demographics, and the characters are shown taking long train trips and flights between them. Making a setting look big is ... a lot easier when you just have to draw it than when you have to fly your acting crew all over the place. Probably use a lot of matte painting backgrounds, like Star Trek, if you want to do it in live action.





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My Little Pony is decidedly not a claustrophobic series. While [[SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextHarryPotter Harry Potter]] casts a magnifying glass on a single school, with a few other places elaborated on as needed just to make sure you don't forget that there's a whole world out there, My Little Pony gives a bird's eye view of an entire country ([[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 or even beyond it]]), with occasional details as needed just to makes sure you don't forget that there's people living in all those different buildings.

[[GhibliHills Ponyville]], [[ShiningCity Canterlot]], [[TheBigApplesauce Manehattan]], [[CrapsackWorld Griffinstone]], [[TheWildWest Appleoosa]], and the [[ForbiddenForest Everfree Forest]] all look different, and have plot-relevant differences between them. They have different biomes, different architectural styles, different demographics, and the characters are shown taking long train trips and flights between them. Making a setting look big is ... a lot easier when you just have to draw it than when you have to fly your acting crew all over the place. Probably use a lot of matte painting backgrounds, like Star Trek, if you want to do it in live action.


The popularity of Creator/LaurenFaust's ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has taken the Internet by surprise - with a huge PeripheryDemographic and a very active community, it is, after only one season, already one of the most successful shows in WesternAnimation in recent years. Not bad, especially given that the previous incarnation of the ponies could have easily been a FranchiseKiller. Even better: five years in and far from done!

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The popularity of Creator/LaurenFaust's ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has taken the Internet by surprise - with a huge PeripheryDemographic and a very active community, it is, after only one season, already one of the most successful shows in WesternAnimation in recent years. Not bad, especially given that the previous incarnation of the ponies could have easily been a FranchiseKiller. Even better: five eight years in and far from done!


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LaurenFaust set the show in a world that was vastly different from our own, with a cast of {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s. That approach certainly paid off, with a rich world that drives endless fan speculation, and ''adorable'' character designs. In theory, though, much of the character dynamics could have worked with a human cast (and "humanized" fanart is quite abundant!). You may consider that the alternate setting offers too many opportunities not to be used, but it is not mandatory...and if you ''do'' choose to create a world for it, remember that ''MLP:FIM'' benefited from surprisingly rich WorldBuilding.

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LaurenFaust Creator/LaurenFaust set the show in a world that was vastly different from our own, with a cast of {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s. That approach certainly paid off, with a rich world that drives endless fan speculation, and ''adorable'' character designs. In theory, though, much of the character dynamics could have worked with a human cast (and "humanized" fanart is quite abundant!). You may consider that the alternate setting offers too many opportunities not to be used, but it is not mandatory...and if you ''do'' choose to create a world for it, remember that ''MLP:FIM'' benefited from surprisingly rich WorldBuilding.


However, when making your own version, your own characters may not even need to be ponies in particular. What is stopping you from making a show where the characters are say... monkeys? penguins? turtles? actual people? the possibilities are actually endless.

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However, when making your own version, your own characters may not even need to be ponies in particular. What is stopping you from making a show where the characters are say... monkeys? penguins? turtles? actual people? people (as the Equestria Games proved so well)? the possibilities are actually endless.





The popularity of Creator/LaurenFaust's ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has taken the Internet by surprise - with a huge PeripheryDemographic and a very active community, it is, after only one season, already one of the most successful shows in WesternAnimation in recent years. Not bad, especially given that the previous incarnation of the ponies could have easily been a FranchiseKiller.

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The popularity of Creator/LaurenFaust's ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has taken the Internet by surprise - with a huge PeripheryDemographic and a very active community, it is, after only one season, already one of the most successful shows in WesternAnimation in recent years. Not bad, especially given that the previous incarnation of the ponies could have easily been a FranchiseKiller.
FranchiseKiller. Even better: five years in and far from done!


Due to being an existing franchise before this iteration, the chosen motif for this show is that most of the main characters are brightly colored magical ponies. Therefore, it is only natural that the setting would be tailor-made for such characters, which for them, is a SugarBowl-esque setting. However, it should be noted that it does not mean that everything in the world should be diabetes-inducing. Elements such as [[TheLostWoods The Everfree Forest]] and characters like [[GodOfEvil Discord]] offer a sharp contrast to the general cuteness that is often presented. In short, easily mistaken to be aggressively cheerful. Another thing to note is the tongue-in-cheek humor that is applied to the setting. It can be thought of as similar to {{Futurama}}, but in a MagicalLand fantasy setting rather then a ScienceFiction setting.

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Due to being an existing franchise before this iteration, the chosen motif for this show is that most of the main characters are brightly colored magical ponies. Therefore, it is only natural that the setting would be tailor-made for such characters, which for them, is a SugarBowl-esque setting. However, it should be noted that it does not mean that everything in the world should be diabetes-inducing. Elements such as [[TheLostWoods The Everfree Forest]] and characters like [[GodOfEvil Discord]] offer a sharp contrast to the general cuteness that is often presented. In short, easily mistaken to be aggressively cheerful. Another thing to note is the tongue-in-cheek humor that is applied to the setting. It can be thought of as similar to {{Futurama}}, ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', but in a MagicalLand fantasy setting rather then a ScienceFiction setting.


* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends continuity]] has all of the cheesiness of TheEighties, and most characters don't have enough screentime to develop a fully fleshed-out personality (a pitfall for any MerchandiseDriven show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters). However, it does showcase some surprisingly dark and occasionally mature stories and has some of the same story elements that helped made ''Friendship is Magic'' so well-received.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends continuity]] has all of the cheesiness [[{{Camp}} campiness]] of TheEighties, and most characters don't have enough screentime to develop a fully fleshed-out personality (a pitfall for any MerchandiseDriven show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters). However, it does showcase some surprisingly dark and occasionally mature stories and has some of the same story elements that helped made ''Friendship is Magic'' so well-received.


* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends continuity]] has all of the cheesiness of the eighties and most characters don't have enough screentime to develop a memorable personality (a pitfall for any MerchandiseDriven show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters). However, it does showcase some surprisingly dark stories and has some of the same story elements that helped made ''Friend is Magic'' so well-received.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends continuity]] has all of the cheesiness of the eighties TheEighties, and most characters don't have enough screentime to develop a memorable fully fleshed-out personality (a pitfall for any MerchandiseDriven show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters). However, it does showcase some surprisingly dark and occasionally mature stories and has some of the same story elements that helped made ''Friend ''Friendship is Magic'' so well-received.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials The original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends continuity]] has all of the cheesiness of the eighties and most characters don't have enough screentime to develop a memorable personality (a pitfall for any MerchandiseDriven show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters). However, it does showcase some surprisingly dark stories and has some of the same story elements that helped made ''Friend is Magic'' so well-received.


Also note that in Equestria, [[TitleDrop friendship]] ''[[TitleDrop is]]'' [[TitleDrop magic]]. ThePowerOfFriendship proves capable of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeating Nightmare Moon]]. Now, having love and friendship as an actual magical force has worked well here, and in [[SailorMoon other stories]]...but it also possible to write ThePowerOfFriendship as an entirely mundane yet powerful force, whether or not the setting has magic in it.

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Also note that in Equestria, [[TitleDrop friendship]] ''[[TitleDrop is]]'' [[TitleDrop magic]]. ThePowerOfFriendship proves capable of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeating Nightmare Moon]]. Now, having love and friendship as an actual magical force has worked well here, and in [[SailorMoon [[Franchise/SailorMoon other stories]]...but it also possible to write ThePowerOfFriendship as an entirely mundane yet powerful force, whether or not the setting has magic in it.



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* ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn''.

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