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NYCC 2012: "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" Panel Report

I showed up for the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic panel a good twenty minutes before it was set to begin, and much to my surprise, there was a massive line snaking along the wall that went around several corners, full of folks dressed up as their favorite pony or wearing My Little Pony t-shirts. Needless to say, once the panel got started it was standing room only. Attending the panel were Executive Director Brian Leonard (who did little if any talking), Hub Vice President Mike Vogel (who acted as moderator), show director Jayson Thiessen, and writer/story editor Meghan McCarthy.

The panelists discussed world building and the mythology of the show, and why that’s important despite the show not being serialized, as opposed to Transformers Prime (and no, there will not be a Transformers-Pony crossover in the foreseeable future, much to the audience’s disappointment). The show is meant for every episode to stand on its own, but also for there to be callbacks to reward those who have seen multiple episodes. Jayson Thiessen discussed how the show has to have a timeless feel to it, and thus pony technology is very limited, such as filmstrips or records. Meghan McCarthy mentioned that they’d try to keep current technology and trends out of it, and we’’ll never see Twilight tweeting. Later on a clip was shown were night-vision goggles were used, and Mike Vogel joked that it was the old kind of night vision.

The clip mentioned previously was from the upcoming season were the ponies are talking about a new villain, King Somber. When asked about the release date for the third season, Vogel was unable to say. Another thing discussed was how the fans have a huge effect on the show. For example originally the writing staff used to use the term “pegacorn,” but when the fans started to refer to it as an “alicorn,” so did the writers. During the Q&A portion, it was hinted that there could be an official soundtrack release in the future, as well as the writers’ desire to explore how the monarchy in pony society works. When someone asked for spoilers, Mike Vogel joked that in season twelve, Spike and Rarity will be a couple, after the passage of the ‘Pony-Dragon marriage Act,’ causing laughter throughout the auditorium.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is based on the popular Hasbro toy line and currently airs on The Hub.

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