The newest iteration of the show is subtitled Friendship is Magic and follows one magical pony, Twilight Sparkle, as she is sent to Ponyville to find out what friendship means. Soon she finds the five other elements of Harmony and the show goes from there with what the fandom call the Mane 6 made up of Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack.
Head writer Meghan McCarthy joined voice actors Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Cathy Weseluck, and Andrea Libman to chat about the upcoming third season.
If you’re unaware, My Little Pony has created a giant community of fans with some members calling themselves Bronies or Pegasisters. There is giant amount of fan based art, music, podcasts, and news outlets catering specifically to the show and its characters. When asked about the fan community, Tara said, “the art blows my mind.”
McCarthy mentioned one song in particular about John DeLancie‘s character, Discord, that was created just because the fan liked his character (who has only really showed up in two episodes, but the enthusiasm is fairly universal, “Whatever it is about this show, it’s creating all this level of creativity and making more joy.”
Everyone involved is happy to be a part of this “miraculous show” that has changed people’s lives and Weseluck says that when you see how many people there are, you really get the sense that this show is healing people and creating a community.” She also added, “that is a sociological phenomenon”
After talking about the Broniehood they moved on to talk more specifically about the show, the writing and voice recording. McCarthy said that they are having fun behind the scenes, and that translates into the show with Tabitha adding that, “it doesn’t feel like work.”
Creator Lauren Faust always wanted the show to have a wide audience, that crosses borders that would exclude different ages, genders, races, etc. The inclusiveness is what really brings people together. This carried over to the rapidly growing fan base who live by the Bronie motto, “love and tolerance.”
McCarthy, who’s been working hard on season three was asked a few questions about what’s coming up, she mostly said that they’re not really going to change storytelling style because it works well and is fun for everyone. While some would have some trepidation in reviving the well known brand, she said that she believed in Faust and her vision; honoring the original series while still modernizing and incorporating new elements.
With no plans for a spin off film, McCarthy is working hard with the other writers and Faust to make a great show. Worrying about the merchandising or “the brand” is left up to the folks at Hasbro.
With amazing writing, strong voice actors, a creative and talented community, there really seems to be nothing wrong with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. As Tara said, “if you’re really concerned about finding something for your kids to watch that you can watch and laugh at too, then this is the perfect show.”
The third season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will air this fall on The Hub. Seasons One and Two are available on Netflix Instant Watch and assorted episodes are currently available on DVD.