MLP going forward

Nightmare Muffin

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After watching a video on the theme of Christopher Robin by Wotso Videos, it got me thinking whether My Little Pony generations or reboots in the future should focus more on playtime and imagination. I mean, sure, we already have a fantasy world of fictional horses and other creatures, but could the theme of imagination be emphasized even more? Perhaps as a theme, as ‘friendship” was/ is to g4? In this digital age, imagination and playtime for kids is becoming overshadowed by screens and easy access to digital devices. It’s human nature to go for the easier option, which is ‘on demand’ and personalized’ tv shows and such, while imagination is something that takes skill and more time and effort to visualize and make happen. As most of g4 fans already know, it was Lauren Faust’s imagination of playing with g1 toys from her childhood that sparked the magic of g4 as we know it. And it was Bonnie Zacherle’s (creator of g1)’s imagination that sparked the very first beginnings of MLP. So why shouldn’t this be taken and further emphasized in MLP going forward? It’s clear that we don’t want imagination and whimsy to die, and that that’s what gave life to MLP from the very early stages. Should the magic of imagination and make-believe be restored as MLP progresses?
 
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I read somewhere that it's going to be marketed toward a slightly older age group, similar to the original Teen Titans cartoon. I'm not sure how accurate that is. It's probably just a rumor, but I'm certainly anxious to see what the next generation will be like. I'd like to see something a bit more relevant -- for me, the emphasis on imagination from older generations was such a source of comfort and excitement, and I honestly feel like that's missing a little bit with the current generation. The "friendship" theme has been made quite clear after eight seasons of FiM, so I think they should definitely focus on something else. XD
 
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Hmmm, interesting. So, do you think kids now are possibly not being as imaginative at playtime because so much of toy production today focuses on the marketability and merchandising aspect, in the sense that all the characters and playsets are already named, themed and have background from the shows vs just presenting a toy line without those profiles and allowing kids to create their own? I admit I do not keep up with any of the current cartoons, I started watching FIM when it first came out but I'm a solid G1 lover. Unlike many toys today that start or come out at the same time as a show or movie, G1 started as just a toy line and the shows and movies came later. So you had many ponies who never made it to the show. I recall having my own histories and stories for playtime and while some of that may have later been influenced by the shows and movies I could see how having a generation brought up with the pony world already fully created for them could potentially stifle some of the lazier minds. It's a thought provoking concept.......
 
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