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    Season 7, Episode 22: Once Upon a Zeppelin

    I really think that they are using their fame as a way to teach boundaries. They even went as far as to use the word BOUNDARIES. This is a concept that most adults struggle with. It was nice seeing the two common yet extremes of the boundary issue: Iron Will- only interested in pleasing himself no regard of the cost it takes on others, and Twilight- complete people pleaser. There are books and books covering what this episode taught. I am also super happy to see that this is a lesson that ONLY Fluttershy seems to need to learn. As adults, many of us let others run over us in the name of our professions. Twilight had this problem before she even boarded the ship. Iron Will wasn't the cause of this problem but the catalyst. This was a complex and multi platform problem. I would love to show this episode to some of my friends who are being crushed by their jobs because they can't stand up for themselves. Shining Armor: I didn't take the jokes about him badly. I actually appreciated that the Big Strong Man was the one to "taken down" by motion sickness. That's a weakness normally reserved for the ladies and their fainting couches. If SA had just owned up to being sick there wouldn't be anything to make a joke at, and if they continued to do so then it would have been distasteful. The dude tried so hard to play it off that he gets in a boat on a boat. Waiting for him to make a joke as the black knight, tis but a flesh wound or maybe he could bite IW's knee caps.
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    My Little Pony: The Movie - General Discussion

    To start off with, this is my first post on this particular forum and I am not sure how to mark certain aspects of my post as spoilers. Please continue to read at your own "risk." I am an adult, with two kids (high school and elementary. I am an elementary educator by profession. The reason I say this is to show where my points of view of the movie comes from. Firstly, as a parent, then teacher, and finally hardcore fan. View 1: Both my children loved it and are begging to see it again. They are so enthusiastic about it they offered to pay for the second viewing out of their own money. They both listen to the soundtrack non stop and love the merch being produced. As a parent, this movie is a complete win. Hasbro did their job and their target audience has responded in kind. View 2: I cannot approach anything for elementary or early childhood without dissecting it and trying to figure out how to incorporate it as a tool in curriculum. This was my real mindset while going through the movie: What are they trying to teach children. MLP is a show that teaches lessons on socialization. This kind of show is a dime a dozen and most shows targeting the elementary aged students are way too flowery and do not actually show true interactions that kids/students will actually encounter in the real world. One of the reasons MLP has such a strong adult following is that their lessons are true to life and are not limited to life as a 3rd grader. The movie delivers on a big lesson that I've seen kids go through year after year and even adults continue to struggle with it. The following continues a lot of spoilers: We start the movie with happy sunshine, rainbows, and lollipops. Everyone loves everyone. Lets sit around the campfire hugging and singing we are the world. This is how most "female targeted shows" like to pander to their audience. MLP has to break with that stereotype and of course something big bad and mean happens. This send the Mane 6 on a quest to find a way to bring back the happy sunshine, rainbows, and lollipops. Throughout the journey each pony (except Twilight) is an EXTREME of their personality/character. I see that they are trying to hammer home the characteristics of these ponies to an audience that has never seen the show before. Rarity gives more than she usually whines, Rainbow Dash is louder than her sonic Rainbooms, pinkie pie needs some adderall, Fluttershy is basically as useful as a tree, and Apple Jack is well... back to being a background pony that tells it like it is. This is super easy for a child to pick up on whats "normal" for any particular pony. The one pony not being a compilation of their complex personalities from 7 seasons in 5 seconds is Twilight. Ok, so what does that tell me... 5 ponies are being true to who they are even when things don't work out the way they thought while 1 pony is fighting and frustrated and in denial about "Who you are is enough." This lesson comes to a head when Twilight completely abandons who and what she is and resorts to becoming a thief. The other 5 were making the best out of what they had and never compromising themselves and were on the road to success when Twilight caves under the pressure and throws every lesson she's ever learned to the wind. Then comes the realest moment in the whole movie: Twilight loses it and lets Pinkie have it. I would love to show this in a classroom and have kids talk about it and reflect on their own "Twilight" moment. I've had more moments like that than I am comfortable admitting. This was a real moment. It has real consequences. It is an amazing teachable moment for anyone that has ever had interactions with another human being. My favorite part of this scene is when the other 5 come to the decision of going back to Twilight before Spike hits them with an emotional impulse. For kids, they don't always know how to step away from a situation or when to step back into it. So basically, this is lesson 1. Capper and Captain both have similar story arcs that further strengthen this lesson but were left out of the movie (you can read them in the prequel comics). Lesson 2 comes from Tempest and her backstory and road to redemption. Her story has a common theme we encounter from many of the baddies the troupe encounters. I think it is a beautiful lesson and one that we keep hearing about but no one is actually teaching. Bullying. We've all heard the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." The biggest bunch of BS to ever have existed. Things that happen to us as children will continue to affect us into adulthood. Someone doesn't have to be punching you on the bus or shaking you down for your milk money to be hurting you. I see it happen all the time in a school setting. Unkind words, neglect, spite. And teachers/adults don't do anything. I don't stand for it in my classroom or in my life but I am sadly in the minority. I'm sure there were many other ponies very aware of how "Tempest" was being treated they just didn't do anything about it- after all its not like they were throwing the ball AT her. Lesson 3: Actions speak louder than words. Its not enough to say you are "sorry", "you are my friend", or "you are the princess of friendship." Your words aren't the deciding factor. It is what you do and how you treat others that is. This is pretty common in kid plots but I think MLP ties it in nicely with realistic scenarios borrowed from lessons 1 and 2. In sum: I could find some great ways to utilize this movie in a classroom. It is definitely teaching kids valuable lessons while keeping them entertained. It isn't a PBS show but it has educational merit where socialization and communication are concerned. It is a complete success for its target age group. And worth so much more than a lot of the animated crap being fed to kids that's out and about atm. View 3: The fan girl This post has gone on long enough so I'm not going to go into a lot of detail. PLOT HOLES. This upset me a lot. There were a lot of easy ways to deal with some of the characters that were MIA (cough discord cough). I was willing to find satisfaction if they had addressed it in the prequel comics. Maybe there was a primordial chaos family reunion going on that conflicted with the Festival of Friendship... geez anything was better than to just ignore it. I just kept telling myself... this is a kids show... calm down... The way 5 of the mane 6 were obnoxiously caricaturistic. Very insulting to someone who has followed the story line closely for 7 years. Pinkie Pie belonged in a mental institution and Rainbow Dash needs to have her hearing checked- I went to a concert this past Sunday and I don't think my hearing was impaired enough to talk as loud as Dash was carrying on. And the pacing... geez I came out with whiplash from the change of scenery and character introductions. Too much too fast, there was not enough time to enjoy any of the new characters let alone species. Still trying to figure out how they made it in 3 days time by walking. But whatever. The movie wasn't made for me as an adult fan. I've learned to let things like that go and enjoy it for what it is and what it was meant to be. Was it fun? yes. Did it entertain me? yes Will I watch it again? hell yes. All the kids in the audience loved it. My kids haven't stopped talking about it. The movie does what it is intended to do.