Friday, December 25, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: The Peanuts Movie

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THE PEANUTS MOVIE
Written By Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano
Composed By Christophe Beck
Produced By Craig and Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano,
Paul Feig and Michael J. Travers
Edited By Randy Trager
Directed By Steve Martino

Got to see "The Peanuts Movie" with my family a week ago for Christmas and...although I wouldn't call myself a huge fan of the Peanuts franchise, this film managed to surprise me in every way possible.

When it comes to the story, it captures the spirit of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts franchise so amazingly well that I think that even their creator Charles Schulz would even be proud of as the film really knew how to present those little moments in life that feel like personal accomplishments...although I will say that Snoopy's subplot with the Red Baron served no purpose to the main story itself.

When it comes to the animation, it's not only creative but also innovative as the team at Blue Sky really knew how to capture the simple drawings of Charles Schulz' characters and adapt them for a 3-D animated film while also making them still look 2-D-heck, this could probably be considered as a 2.5-D animated film!

And when it comes to the characters, the team at Blue Sky really knew how to capture the characters that we knew and loved as kids and present them in the same way for a new generation from the sincere but honest Charlie Brown to his loyal dog Snoopy. Not only that, but the cast of kids that they got to voice the characters does an amazing job in capturing their personalities.

Overall, "The Peanuts Movie" is a loving tribute to the legacy of Charles Schulz' lovable Peanuts franchise that really feels charming and wholesome on all levels...and for that, it gets a rating of a 9 out of 10 from me.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: Philip To The Rescue

PHILIP TO THE RESCUE
Written By Andrew Brenner

Just finished watching the new episode "Philip To The Rescue" and...did this episode manage to end the Philip Double Feature on a high note? Yes, yes it did.

The story for this episode can easily be described as "a trip down memory lane" as there was so many references to previous episodes like Season 1's "James In A Mess/Dirty Objects" and Season 4's "Bulldog"-heck, even a reference to "The Adventure Begins" from Edward that hit me right in the childhood feels.

When it came ...to the animation, the team at Arc have once again did an outstanding job-especially in the sequence of James arranging his "mega-train" and the damage detail on James after a pretty intense climax and crash sequence which were awesome by the way.

And when it came to the characters, they were all awesome-especially with the pairing of Philip and James for what I like to call a "Show-off Showdown" as James tries to show Philip how much stronger he is in order to show Philip what an engine like himself could really do. Speaking of Philip, I really hope we get to see him in future seasons after these two episodes and that he doesn't end up becoming a one-off character made to sell toys.

Overall, "Philip To The Rescue" is an excellent conclusion to the Philip Double Feature and gets an overall rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

MLEEP Reviews: The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead

THE LITTLE ENGINE WHO RACED AHEAD
Written By Andrew Brenner

Just finished watching the new episode "The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead" and...as Philip's introductory episode as well as Part 1 of the Philip Double Feature, was it a good one to welcome a new engine to Sodor? Well, I can safely this...yes, yes it was.

When it came to the story, it was a very solid introduction to Philip that was packed with humor that ranged high on the adorability level as well as numerous callbacks to previous episodes and specials like "The Adventure ...Begins" and Season 1's "Percy Runs Away".

When it came to the animation, the team at Arc Productions have done another amazing job as always-especially with the design of Philip, who is based on a Pennsylvania Railroad Class A6 diesel electric box-cab switcher.

And when it came to the characters, they were all great-especially the new engine Philip, since I love his eagerness to please and I can definitely say that I can relate with him on a personal level being someone who tends to let his eagerness get the best of him and do things without thinking.

Overall, "The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead" raced its way to the top to get a rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: Best Engine Ever

BEST ENGINE EVER
Written By Andrew Brenner

Just finished watching the new episode "Best Engine Ever" and...for an episode that I was both interested and split on at the same time, this episode exceeded my expectations.

While the story may be Season 11's "Dream On"/Season 16's "Whiff's Wish" all over again and that might turn some fans off because of that, let me be the first to say...that this episode is those two previous episodes done right as I love how they addressed the different styles and uses for locomotives like Emily and Caitlin. Not only that, but I love how they managed to pack in so much within the timespan of an eight minute episode-in fact, I feel that they've done more with this episode than in any other of the series.

When it came to the animation, the team at Arc never ceases to amaze me with the amount of effort that they put in and it really comes into play with things like the damage detail on Caitlin's skirt after a pretty intense climax and Emily's design as a streamlined engine...although I feel that was only done so that Hit Entertainment and Mattel could make profits off of toys.

When it came to the characters, they were all awesome-especially Emily and Caitlin seeing as we've never had an episode with the two of them before and the two work off of each other brilliantly. Not only that, but I love how strong their friendship is throughout this episode-kudos to Teresa Gallagher and Rebecca O'Mara for giving another awesome performance with their characters!

Overall, as cheesy as this sounds, "Best Engine Ever" is one of the best episodes ever and gets a rating of a 10 out of 10 from me

MLEEP Reviews: Reds VS. Blues

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REDS VS. BLUES
Written By Davey Moore

Just finished watching the new episode "Reds VS. Blues" and...for an episode that a lot of fans including myself were excited to see ever since we saw the sneak peek on the official "Thomas & Friends" YouTube channel, I'm proud to say that this episode did not disappoint.

When it came to the story, I kept saying to myself that this is what Season 10's "Thomas And The Colours" should've been as the story here is much more fun and uplifting since it doesn't play like a soap opera like "Thomas And The Colors" did because seeing Thomas being sad throughout that episode got old extremely fast. Not only that, but I love the explanation of red and yellow cards in a football game and the humor was excellent with the best joke being Percy's fourth wall break.

When it came to the animation, the team at Arc always does an amazing job and this episode is no exception since I love the design of Dryaw and the football court (great to see the football court back after so long by the way) as well as the montage sequence of Thomas and James racing to collect and deliver their passengers.

When it came to the characters, they were all awesome since I love the competitive rivalry and interactions between Thomas and James as I think their rivalry was done much better here than in "Thomas And The Colors" and the idea of them racing each other to prove which team was the best was a great one in my opinion. Not only that, but I love how they both realized their mistakes and put things right in the end.

Overall, I take "Reds VS. Blues" over "Thomas And The Colors" any day and this episode gets an overall rating of a 10 out of 10.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: Two Wheels Good

TWO WHEELS GOOD
Written By Lee Pressman

Just finished watching the new episode "Two Wheels Good" (special thanks to kaitolovethomas for the upload) and...for an episode that I was unsure about based on its premise, it turned out to be much more entertaining than I expected.
The story may be Season 5's "Lady Hatt's Birthday Party" all over again and it might turn some fans off because of that, but it was handled much better here. Not only that, but I love the humor and how they went through the sets of characters from the tender engines to the vehicles that don't run on rail or road.
When it came to the animation, the team at Arc have done an amazing job once again as they really know how to capture the season of fall with the falling of the leaves and the country lanes look absolutely gorgeous.
When it came to the characters, the biggest surprise of the entire episode in my opinion was...not only did we get a ton of characterization from characters like Mr. Percival and the Duke and Duchess of Boxford, but Lord Callan made his CGI debut ever since twelve seasons ago in Season 7's "Bad Day At Castle Loch"-and I thought the team at Arc said they didn't plan on bringing characters back in Season 19!
Overall, "Two Wheels Good" is not only a fantastic episode...but has also become one of my favorites of Season 19 and gets an overall rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

MLEEP Reviews: Slow Stephen

SLOW STEPHEN
Written By Helen Farrall

Just finished watching the new episode "Slow Stephen" (special thanks to kaitolovethomas for the upload) and...for an episode that had me split with the return of Stephen in what could've been a rip-off of Season 17's "The Afternoon Tea Express", man did this episode prove this doubter wrong!
The story can easily be described as Season 2's "Better Late Than Never", the special "Calling All Engines!" and Season 17's "The Afternoon Tea Express" combined and that might turn some fans off because of it...but it's done so much better here than in those episodes and it flows so much better too. Not only that, but it's much more action-packed and intense and it actually focused on Stephen being slow instead of him wanting to be fast again.
When it came to the animation, the team at Arc have done another spectacular job as I absolutely adore the fall atmosphere and the sequence of the Sodor Suspension Bridge collapsing. I was really hoping that we'd get to see it fully collapse like in "Calling All Engines!", but...oh well, it was still awesome to see.
When it came to the characters, they were all in top form-especially Stephen, as this episode truly showed that he's not stupid like he was in "The Afternoon Tea Express" and we actually have a reason for him to be willy-nilly and not because the plot needs him to be that way.
Overall, "Slow Stephen" has become one of my favorites of Season 19 and gets an overall rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

MLEEP Reviews: Helping Hiro

HELPING HIRO
Written By Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler

Just finished watching the new episode "Helping Hiro" (thanks to Yuki48483 for the upload) and...an episode I was excited to see turned out to be a big disappointment.
While the story was heartwarming in showing how close Thomas and Hiro's friendship is, it was way too rushed with how it kept jumping from one thing to another so quickly and had some questionable moments like Hiro not knowing why he's called "Master Of The Railway"...but at least it had a nice callback to "Hero Of The Rails".
When it came to the animation, the team at Arc always does a great job and it shows in this episode as we got two awesome crash sequences and there were so many great little touches added in like the damage detail on Hiro after his accident. And when it came to the characters...while Hiro was in top form, Thomas was way too hyper-maybe he accidentally took on caffeinated coffee instead of water.
Overall, despite its faults, "Helping Hiro" gets a rating of a 6.5 out of 10 from me. Not the worst, but could've been much better.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: The Cutie Re-Mark

THE CUTIE RE-MARK
Written By Josh Haber

Just finished watching the two-part Season 5 finale "The Cutie Re-Mark" and...before I go into the review, I need to clear something up.


Like many Bronies and Pegasisters in the community, I saw the San Diego Comic Con animatic of this episode on YouTube. Upon seeing it, I said to myself "Okay, I've got this episode figured out: Starlight Glimmer's gonna go back in time to prevent the 'Sonic Rainboom' from happening and thus Twilight Sparkle has to re-write history...blah blah blah, I hope there's some good jokes and animation". So when the finale finally premiered, I did my best to go into this episode with an open mind...but was it as predictable as I thought it would be or did they manage to end Season 5 with a bang?


Well, while the story was predictable as I thought it'd be ever since I saw the animatic, it was really cool getting to see so many different variations of what the future of Equestria would've been like had the Sonic Rainboom never happened whether it was for Queen Chrysalis (so glad to see her back after three seasons) or King Sombra...but why do all these different futures sound like fanfic fuel for the community? But aside from that, it was great getting to see so many callbacks to the early days of the series as well as a backstory for our villain Starlight Glimmer...who I will get to in a second.


The animation from DHX Media is always nice to see as it feels like they're constantly trying to improve with every episode that they produce and it really comes into play during the sequences of the alternate futures and the designs of our characters in these futures.


But as for the characters...while it was awesome getting to see so many of the fandom's favorite villains and while the Mane 6's personalities are still intact, Starlight Glimmer was another story because...they just had to go and reform her, didn't they? The most dangerous villain that the series has ever produced who managed to drive the future into the ground to the point where it becomes nothing more than a barren wasteland that looks like something out of the "Mad Max" series...and you had to reform her! I will say that this does open up some interesting dynamics for Season 6, but with how this episode was handled...this is pretty much like saying to the audience that you can make friends with your greatest enemies and manage to reform them even though they've done the nastiest things to you...it doesn't work that way, Hasbro! It doesn't fucking work that way...but at least they didn't end the finale with a cliffhanger because I think they'd piss off a lot more people if they went that road.


Overall, while I still think that Season 4's "Twilight's Kingdom" was a much better finale and while there were some memorable things about this episode, "The Cutie Re-Mark" is probably the weakest season finale that I've seen of the series...but I'll be nice and give this episode a 7.5 out of 10. Not the strongest season finale, but not the worst either-it's alright at best.


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And thus, Season 5 of "My Little Pony" has come to a close...so, how does it hold up?


Well, ever since the Season 4 finale "Twilight's Kingdom" set a new standard for the series, I would say that Season 5 did a pretty good job in setting that standard and making many numerous changes to the status quo of the series whether it was the introduction of the Cutie Map or the reformation of some of my most hated characters in the franchise like Gilda and Diamond Tiara. Also, I can ...definitely say that this season was the most mature out of the series as they addressed subjects that I never thought a kids' show would ever tackle with things like the loss of a loved one or adjusting to a new home...hell, even communism!


Now, with that said, Season 5 was not a perfect season as...like every season, it did have its bad episodes with examples being "Scare Master" and "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows". But a majority of them managed to surprise me with how good they were and the mature nature of the lessons that they were giving to their audience...and don't worry, a Top 5 Episodes Of Season 5 will be made very shortly.


Overall, while I still think Season 4 was the best season of MLP, Season 5 was still pretty good and I'll give this season an overall rating of an 8 out of 10...and before I close out, I want to thank: DHX Media for delivering what could be the best animation the series has ever seen, Daniel Ingram for doing another outstanding job with the music and songs for the series, all of the voice actors and actresses for delivering another season of heartfelt performances with their characters, and finally...all of the writers for stepping up their game and taking the series to new heights-especially Amy Keating Rogers, seeing as this was her final season before she left to work for Disney.


And with that said, I will see you all for Season 6...until then, stay awesome Bronies!


Monday, November 23, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: The Mane Attraction

THE MANE ATTRACTION
Written By Amy Keating Rogers

Just finished watching this week's new episode "The Mane Attraction" and...as Amy Keating Rogers' final episode of the series that had received so much hype from Twitter posts and the San Diego Comic Con animatic, did she manage to go out with a bang? Well, I can safely say this...MOVE OVER, "CRUSADERS OF THE LOST MARK"-I JUST FOUND MY NEW FAVORITE EPISODE!!!


When it came to the story, it is so fitting for Amy's final episode to star Applejack since her first solo episode was an Applejack episode (Season 1's "Applebuck Season") and it has such a heartwarming moral of how having such an enormous amount of talent-even at a young age-often isn't enough to get you into the spotlight since you really need to create a lasting image that will stay in the public's mind far more than just putting on an entertaining performance.


The music and songs? What can I say, it's Daniel Ingram and he did a spectacular job as always. Not only that, but...sweet Celestia, does Tony Award winner Lena Hall (who voiced Countess Coloratura/Rara) have some serious singing chops-especially with the songs "Equestria, The Land I Love" and "The Magic Inside" that had me in tears since it feels like Amy's farewell swan songs to the Bronies and Pegasisters of the community for supporting her five years of writing for the series.


The animation? Man, did the team at DHX Media go all out for this episode as they are always trying to get better and better with every episode and the animation here is no exception. From the fluid movements to the lighting and especially with the sequences for the songs "The Spectacle" and "The Magic Inside", the animation in this episode was a gem to behold!


And when it comes to the characters, it was so strong in the feels when it came to dealing with the relationship between Applejack and Rara and the two play off of each other brilliantly-not to mention that I loved Rara's design both as the Equestrian version of Lady Gaga and when she reveals her true self at the end and...I really hope that we get to see Rara again in future seasons. As for Rara's manager Svengallop, he's one of those characters that you love to hate as I wanted to knock him out every time he thought of himself and not what Rara wanted to do with her career.


Overall, "The Mane Attraction" was a spectacular way for Amy Keating Rogers to end her work with "My Little Pony" on the highest note possible and I'm so proud to give this episode a rating of a 10 out of 10.


And before I close out...Amy, if you're reading this, I think I speak for all of us Bronies when I say that we thank you so much for your five year contribution to "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". You've made us laugh, you've made us cry, and most of all...you've shown us all what it really means to be a true true friend. It was such an honor to meet and interact with you at this year's BronyCon and I can safely say that you're not only one of the most generous and sweetest people I have ever met, but one of the best writers the series ever had in my opinion because...even when there were obstacles in your way to bring you down, you always managed to pull through in the end and deliver a truly heartfelt episode and the lessons in those episodes have really helped to better myself as a person. I wish you the best of luck at Disney with the series "Star Darlings" and I want to let you know that I will always be there to support your work as a fan and a friend and...I can safely say that you will be greatly missed by the Brony community.


With that said, I will see you all next week for the two-part Season 5 finale. Until then, stay awesome and...fare thee well, Amy.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: The Hooffields And McColts

THE HOOFFIELDS AND MCCOLTS
Written By Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco
Just finished watching this week's new episode "The Hooffields And McColts" and...for an episode that I was fearing would be a rip-off of "The Great Divide"-the universally hated episode from Avatar The Last Airbender, it was actually not as bad as I thought it would be.

While the story for the most part felt like a copy of "The Great Divide", the ending was definitely an improvement from how the Avatar episode played out as we actually have a factual reason of why the Hooffields and McColts were at each other's throats to begin with and they do manage to get things resolved in the end without having Twilight or Fluttershy fabricate a story in order for things to get resolved.

When it came to the animation by DHX Media, it is still amazing as always since we got some great fast-paced comedic sequences as well as an awesome flashback sequence. Not only that, but the Hooffields and McColts have very interesting designs to them and I'm glad that they didn't end up re-using existing pony designs for their characters.

When it comes to the pair-up of Twilight and Fluttershy, I thought it was interesting since we haven't had an episode that develops their characters together ever since Season 1's "A Bird In The Hoof". While Fluttershy knew what she was doing when it came to protecting the animals, Twilight on the other hoof...while it was great to see her try to prove herself worthy of being the princess of friendship, she really needs to learn that not every friendship problem can be solved with a book.

Overall, despite its faults, I prefer "The Hooffields And McColts" over "The Great Divide" any day and I give this episode a rating of an 8 out of 10.

With that said, I will see you all next week as we say goodbye to Amy Keating Rogers with her final episode of the series simply known as "The Mane Attraction". Until then, stay awesome and "NO PUMPKINS"!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: Den & Dart

DEN & DART
Written By Davey Moore

Just finished watching the new episode "Den & Dart" and...Davey Moore, I'm happy to say that you finally made a good Den and Dart episode!  When it comes to the story, it was actually an awesome dive into Den and Dart's psyches as it really showed how close they are as friends and how much they love working together side-by-side at the Dieselworks...to the point where the two reminded me of Victor and Kevin, who run the Steamworks.

When it came to the animation, the team at Arc Productions went all out once again-especially in things like the different shots of the Dieselworks in action at the beginning and the montages of Den shunting in the quarry and Dart fixing Mavis with accompanying music that reminded me a lot of the movie "Rocky".

When it came to the characters, they were all awesome in their roles-especially Den and Dart, who got a ton of character development in this episode as they start out being more fleshed out when they're separated and end up being fully developed by the end of the episode.  Not only that, but Toby was actually in character and how he helped Den manage the trucks at the quarry reminded me a lot of Season 3's "Mavis".

Overall, "Den & Dart" is easily one of Davey Moore's best episodes ever and gets a rating of a 10 out of 10 from me.

MLEEP Reviews: Salty All At Sea

SALTY ALL AT SEA
Written By Lee Pressman

Just finished watching the new episode "Salty All At Sea" and...this was actually a pretty good episode. When it comes to the story, it's actually an interesting dive into Salty's psyche as it shows that even Salty can be scared by his tall tales and how he can let his imagination get the better of him. Not only that, but there were some great humor and awesome little take-that's to commonly hated episodes in the fandom like Season 16's "Percy And The Monster Of Brendam" and Season 18's "Flatbeds Of Fear". But the problem this episode has is that Lee Pressman should've given Porter the starring role instead of Salty for the type of story that it was seeing as Porter's newer, a bit spacey and has heard all of Salty's tall tales.
When it came to the animation...man, did the team at Arc go all out for this episode as I adore the 360-degree panning shots of Brendam Docks and the Sodor Suspension Bridge...not to mention that beautiful sunrise over the sea as Salty sails towards the mainland. When it came to the characters, they were all great too-especially Salty, who got a lot of development...although I wish that Porter got a speaking line and that his and Salty's roles were reversed as I said before.
Overall, as an episode that gives a "boatload" of development to our favorite dockyard diesel...despite its faults, "Salty All At Sea" gets a rating of a 8 out of 10 from me.

MLEEP Reviews: Very Important Sheep

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VERY IMPORTANT SHEEP
Written By Helen Farrall

Just finished watching the new episode "Very Important Sheep" and...for an episode that we all thought would be Season 15's "Wonky Whistle" all over again, man did this episode prove us wrong! When it came to the story, it can easily be described as "Wonky Whistle" done right as I think Helen Farrall handled the situation of how the sheep escaped much better than how Neil Ben did in....that disgrace to Awdry's memory. Not only that, but I love the humor and the moral of how we all have to make sacrifices to help other people...or animals in need.
When it came to the animation, the team at Arc really knew how to make it simple and sweet for the kind of episode that it was and it really comes into play with the different transitions and the animation of the sheep. When it came to the characters, they were all awesome-especially Percy, because this episode truly showed that Percy isn't a moron like he was in episodes like Season 15's "Percy's New Friends".
Overall, "Very Important Sheep" is one of those episodes that make me fully believe that Andrew Brenner was the best thing to ever happen to Thomas as his writing team have actually found a way to make the worst Thomas episode of all time actually good. So, for that, "Very Important Sheep" gets a 10 out of 10 from me.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: My Little Pony - It's A Pony Kind Of Christmas

MY LITTLE PONY: IT'S A PONY KIND OF CHRISTMAS
Written By Daniel Ingram and Steffan Andrews

With the release of the newest My Little Pony album being a couple days ago, I knew I had to voice my thoughts on the release. Like many Bronies, I was at first confused as to why they were labeling this as a Christmas album when our heroes celebrate Hearth's Warming Eve. But thanks to some clarification from the show's songwriter/composer Daniel Ingram, I went into this album with an open mind...but will this album make for the perfect gift this holiday season? Let's take a look!

It's A Pony Kind Of Christmas: As the first original song on the album, this was an awesome song to start us off as...the cast puts in so much heart and passion into their performances, the orchestrations are simply beautiful and it just gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling that we should all have at this time of year.

Jingle Bells: As the first traditional song on the album to be re-written, this version was simply awesome as I thought having Rainbow Dash sing a rock-and-roll version of this well-known and loved song was actually a nice way to give a breath of fresh air to the song and the re-written lyrics are actually really good. Bravo to Ashleigh Ball for another awesome performance with her character as she always knows how to make each one "20% cooler"!

Deck The Halls: As the second traditional song on the album to be re-written, this version was simply beautiful. The orchestrations matched Rarity's personality perfectly, the re-written lyrics were beautiful and...when it comes to the singing voice of Kazumi Evans, this song goes to show that she can do no wrong with her singing-no wonder Andy Price keeps her on his Ipod with "The Beatles" and "Rolling Stones"!

We Wish You A Merry Christmas: As the third traditional song on the album to be re-written, this version was awesome as the orchestrations and the re-written lyrics were simply beautiful. On top of it all, it's sung by who I consider Best Pony...Twilight Sparkle, what more could you ask for?!? Bravo to Rebecca Shoichet for another awesome performance and giving each performance that little extra "sparkle" to make each one even more magical than the last.

Silent Night: As the fourth traditional song on the album to be re-written, this version was simply beautiful as the orchestrations matched Fluttershy's gentle personality perfectly and the re-written lyrics helped add to the calm nature of the song. Also, having Fluttershy be the pony to sing this song was a seriously smart choice in my opinion as she's known for wanting things to be peaceful and calm.

Twelve Days Of Christmas: As the fifth traditional song on the album to be re-written, this version was simply hilarious as...not only is it sung by Pinkie Pie of all characters, but the orchestrations matched her comedic personality and the re-written lyrics had me laughing all the way. I mean, Pinkie being given "a big bowl of ravioli"...you do know that's meat, right Pinkie? Other than that, Shannon Chan-Kent really went all out in her performances and I have to give her a huge round of applause.

Last Year I Got Coal For Christmas: As the second original song on the album, this song was cute and the orchestrations were nice...but sadly it's not one that I'd consider listening to again. Also...who in the name of Equestria is Pop Fly?!? I've heard that this character is Fluttershy's brother who will be introduced in Season 6, but why would you have a song from a character that the fanbase won't even know until the next season premieres?

Jolly Ol' St. Nick: As the sixth traditional song on the album to be re-written, this song was great with the jazzy remix of this classic tune and it fits Spike's personality perfectly seeing as he's a dragon who would be greedy about presents around this time of year-but it's nice to see that he's actually thinking about gifts for his friends this time. Bravo to Cathy Weseluck for giving another awesome performance as our favorite assistant to the Princess Of Friendship! But, I've just gotta say right now: There, Bronies and Pegasisters of BronyCon-Spike got his own song! You happy?!?!?

Days Gone By (Auld Lang Syne): As the final traditional song on the album to be re-written, I think this song is on the same level of awesomeness as Fluttershy's "Silent Night" since the orchestrations matched the Apple family's personalities perfectly and...if you really take the time to listen to this song and see who's singing this, this song may actually be about Applejack's deceased parents and how they can't spend Hearthswarming with their daughter as a family. Bravo to Ashleigh Ball, Michelle Creber and Tabitha St. Germain for giving a truly heartfelt performance with their characters!

The Heart Carol: As the final original song on the album, this was a spectacular finale and a nice little callback to the series. Now, many of us Bronies have actually already heard this song before in the Season 2 episode "Hearth's Warming Eve"-one of my favorite episodes from Season 2...but this is actually an extended version of the song and to finally be able to hear the song in its entirety was simply awesome.

Overall, nine great songs and only one that wasn't good makes the "It's A Pony Kind Of Christmas" album the perfect Christmas gift for any Brony and Pegasister of the MLP community and gets an overall rating of a 9 out of 10. Hasbro, make a Christmas special of this album...PLEASE!!!

MLEEP Reviews: What About Discord?

WHAT ABOUT DISCORD?
Written By Neal Dusedau

Just finished watching this week's new episode "What About Discord?" and...for an episode that I was fearing would be Season 4's "Three's A Crowd" all over again when I first read the synopsis and after last week's horrendous Halloween special, was this episode an improvement? Eh, a little bit.

The story is pretty much what I was afraid it would be-a "Three's A Crowd" copy with puns that quicky wore off after the first one was made, but a good moral of how "you can't always be there to join in the fun times with your friends" and some great comedic references to "Back To The Future" and Bob Ross made up for that-can't wait to see cosplays of these at BronyCon next year.


The animation really shined in terms of the comedy department when it came to the comedic references and when it came to the characters...while it was nice to see progress of Discord's friendship with the Mane 6 and while it was nice to see Zecora back after so long, I have three words for Twilight: GET A LIFE!


Overall, if I had to choose between this episode and "Make New Friends But Keep Discord" for the best Discord episode from Season 5..."Make New Friends But Keep Discord" was much better, but "What About Discord?" was still an okay episode and gets an overall rating of a 6.5 out of 10 from me.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

MLEEP Reviews: Hearthbreakers

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HEARTHBREAKERS
Written By Nick Confalone

Just finished watching this week's new episode "Hearthbreakers" and...while it is odd that we're getting a Christmas episode a week before Halloween, this episode was still really good. The story was a combination of Season 2's "Hearth's Warming Eve" and Season 4's "Pinkie Apple Pie", but it did a great job in showing how not all families celebrate Christmas the same way and they all have their different traditions. Not only that, but it left you with that warm and fuzzy feeling you should get from a Christmas special or movie.


On top of that, the animation and characters both shine in their own ways as there was a strong dynamic between the Apples and Pies since it showed that the rest of the Pie family have their own personalities and aren't just carbon copies of Pinkie Pie and Maud Pie.


Overall, while it just missed making it onto my Top 12 Christmas Specials list, "Hearthbreakers" is a really great episode that I'll be sure to come back to watch every Christmas and gets an overall rating of a 9 out of 10. And since I've already reviewed next week's episode (Scare Master) back when it was leaked early, I'll see you all in two weeks for "What About Discord?".


Until then...stay spooky and have a happy Nightmare Night, everypony!