Originally posted by Byrd
And I like it that the idea of problem solving doesn't come down to "who can swear the loudest, snarl the loudest, strut the best, or wave the
biggest weapon." That "let's think about this" works.
Gah, jeeze, how did I forget to mention that?! yes, that's a big appeal to the show as well.
In most children's cartoons, the "brainy" character is, by dint of their own existence, always wrong and more often than not, pedantic and
obnoxious while being wrong. Rather than use learning or intelligence to save the day, these cartoons tell kids to just doof around and hope that
their random actions or, perhaps "faith" will show them the right way.
Twilight Sparkle however, breaks that mold. She's intelligent without being annoying about it, and more often than not, actually does know what
she's talking about - not always, but usually. "Book" is not a four-letter word in FiM (well... it is
... but... you know what I mean.) While
most any other cartoon would have her friends constantly trying to "rescue" her from her reading, as if it were an intervention for an alcoholic, in
this show they accept, even admire the character for her studies.
Rarity also breaks the mold in this way, though it can be hard to tell sometimes. In most any kid's show, the female who's interested in fashion and
looking good is invariably shallow, superficial, dumb as a bowl of frogurt, and very often, Bitchy McBitchenpants (this mold applies in adult media to
any male who's interested in fashion, with the addition that he's a flaming gay caricature. Always.
Thus we'll probably never see that guy
in a kid's cartoon)
Rarity, however, doesn't really fit that. She has occasional bouts of snootiness, but they tend to get her nowhere - or else she overcomes them and
is better for it. And of course she dislikes getting dirty, but really, who doesn't? She's portrayed as intelligent and clever, generous to a fault,
and as mentioned before, she's not a shopaholic; she's a craftspers...pony.
The characters do have faults and strengths. The faults get them clunked in the head, strengths advance the day. This is generally unlike the
competition, where a character's fauklts exist solely until they don't and then never have any consequence.
It all blends together to make a show about, you know, ponies far more immersive and interesting than a show about, for example, a sponge.it makes a
point to not
insult the viewer's intelligence; and trust me, kids know when they're being spoken down to by a glorified flipbook. I think
that fact is part of theappeal to older audiences.
It's like how our parents could enjoy a show about a crossdressing rabbit and his anvil-dropping companions without flinching - that guy didn't
treat the audience like dips, either.