Friday, August 31, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: Sounds Of Silence | #MLPSeason8

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Season 8, Episode 23: Sounds Of Silence
Written By Gregory Bonsignore


Back in Season 6's 'Viva Las Pegasus', the map summoned both Applejack and Fluttershy to solve a friendship problem together in the city of Las Pegasus where it is just one big party every day of the year...but could it be possible that these two best friends were summoned by the map to solve a second problem?  I wonder what new adventures await them this time or what the friendship problem is that they have to solve...looks like it's time to talk with my old friend Darkness because a vision softly creeping left its seeds while I was sleeping and the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the 'Sounds Of Silence'!

Fluttershy and Applejack journey to the edge of the map on a friendship quest to help a group of ponies named Kirin who are so afraid of hurting each other's feelings that they've taken a potion of silence

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When actress/comedian Rachel Bloom was first announced to be a guest star on 'My Little Pony', I remember saying to myself 'yeah that sounds about right' since Rachel Bloom is no stranger to appearing in cartoons seeing as she's done voiceover work for shows like 'Robot Chicken' and 'BoJack Horseman'-heck, even for the pilot episode in the new reboot of 'Muppet Babies'!  But the real question for me was whether or not her performance would be good with her experience in film and television because an ongoing problem with using celebrity actors is that viewers who are familiar with them and their work will only see the actor and not the character that they are voicing-a problem that Mandy Moore has faced ever since she started voicing Rapunzel in the 'Tangled' franchise.  Would Rachel Bloom fall into this trap as well or is there more to this episode than what meets the eye?


PROS:
  • Applejack and Fluttershy being sent on another friendship mission-not only is it great to get some continuity nods to the last time Applejack and Fluttershy were summoned together back in Season 6's "Viva Las Pegasus", but this second summoning by the map shows that the characters that we've come to know and love these past few years can be sent on multiple friendship quests in similar pairings and the added new locations to the series also allows for more world building in the world of Equestria...speaking of which, next topic!
  • The introduction of The Peaks Of Peril/lore about the Kirin and Nirik-like I've said in multiple reviews prior to this episode throughout the season like in 'Molt Down' or in Season 6's 'To Where And Back Again', it is always great to see more and more world building in the world of Equestria especially since this was a new location that hadn't been featured in the movie prior to the release of this season which actually has connection to a character that we were introduced to last season and that we were being introduced to a whole new culture of characters we had never seen or heard of before; that being the soft-spoken and kind Kirin and the fearsome Nirik of pure fire
  • The animation-much like the swamp that we saw earlier in the season with 'The End In Friend', the team at DHX had to really go big with the animation when creating a completely new environment in the world of Equestria to explore and...while it may look dark and scary on the outside, I have to say that they did a really good job in capturing the rustic village of Kirin Grove nestled in a shortcut through the mountains that would certainly give Middle Earth from the 'Lord Of The Rings' franchise and Loompaland from 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' a run for their bits!
  • Rachel Bloom as Autumn Blaze-it is always great to have a guest star from the entertainment industry make an appearance in 'My Little Pony' and Rachel Bloom did a really great job with voicing our newcomer Autumn Blaze who can be described simply as a less hyper Pinkie Pie with plenty of humorous moments throughout for her and the actress voicing her to really shine on screen...what I feared would be a recognizable performance that would result in only seeing the actress turned out to be another winning performance for the series
  • A Kirin Tale-throughout the singing talents of our guest star Rachel Bloom as Autumn Blaze and after a hilarious lead in that technically could count as breaking the fourth wall, we finally get our exposition dump for our new culture of characters as to why the Kirin went from sociable to quiet in a matter of moments when a fight broke out between two of them resulting in hurtful words and destruction of their entire village...not quite as awesome as 'We're Friendship Bound' from 'Road To Friendship, but it is still a very fun and jazzy song compared to what we had gotten prior in the season so far
  • The moral of 'actions speaking louder than words'-with how certain events have transpired within the fandom recently with a number of community members mainly from the analysis community being exposed for repeated downright disturbing actions resulting in the fandom being given a bad name, this moral is definitely something that a lot of us and especially those who have done wrong can take away from in order to help make things better again for everyone in the fandom...as Sketchy The Changeling and Lily Orchard have said ever since the beginning, 'forgiveness is earned'.  How the moral was executed however was another story...

CONS:
  • The story-while I think that the moral of 'actions speaking louder than words' for this episode was a great lesson to take away from, it's the execution of the moral in the story that really held this episode back from getting top marks because I could immediately tell where the story was heading once Applejack and Fluttershy started fighting with each other due to not seeing eye to eye on different subjects that appeared throughout like finding the way to Kirin Grove as well as trying to figure out how to solve the friendship problem of making the Kirin want to speak to each other again

Overall despite having a weak story, 'Sounds Of Silence' showed that actions speaking louder than words could still make a pretty decent episode full of beautiful animation and plenty of laughs from a wonderful guest star to make it an entertaining experience and I'm gonna give it a rating of an 8 out of 10.



Sunday, August 26, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: What Lies Beneath | #MLPSeason8

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Season 8, Episode 22: What Lies Beneath
Written By Michael Vogel

The Tree Of Harmony-what began as a seed that was planted by the Pillars Of Old Equestria to protect their land from darkness in their absence soon sprouted into the new castle for Princess Twilight Sparkle and her friends to help spread the magic of friendship all across Equestria wherever the map calls them too...but with how the tree destroyed the clones of the Mane 6 created by Queen Chrysalis earlier in the season, could it be possible that The Tree Of Harmony has a mind of its own?  Let's find out in our next episode of Season 8 because it's time to find out 'What Lies Beneath'!

The students at Twilight's School of Friendship are cramming for a 'History Of Magic In Equestria' exam in the school library when they discover a part of the school that no pony else knows about. When they decide to do some exploring, they end up learning much more than they bargained for.

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As we neared the final countdown for Season 8, this was one of the final episodes of the season that I was the most excited for because...as we saw in 'The Mean 6' with how The Tree Of Harmony was able to destroy the Mane 6 clones of Queen Chrysalis, it left me wondering if the tree was possibly connected to the School Of Friendship in any way and it sounded like we were going to get an explanation of just that in a rather mysterious way-not to mention that this is the second episode of the season in which the Student 6 got to be in the spotlight instead of the Mane 6, so that was easily something to look forward to for a lot of us in the fandom. But was 'What Lies Beneath' everything that we hoped it would be or was there something much worse?


PROS:
  • The lore of The Tree Of Harmony-ever since it first made its debut back in the Season 4 premiere 'Princess Twilight Sparkle', The Tree Of Harmony has been quite an important and vital part of Equestria from first sprouting the castle to Twilight Sparkle to the numerous friendship missions that involved the Elements Of Harmony in order to help spread the magic of friendship-plus it is great that the show staff gave us an exposition dump about the tree so that newcomers to the franchise can keep up...and as we saw earlier in the season, it has shown to be quite mysterious and seemingly sentient almost as if it has a mind of its own as Twilight Sparkle said in the prologue
  • Cozy Glow-the more times that we see Cozy Glow throughout Season 8 ever since she first appeared in 'Marks For Effort' and from what we have seen her do in every episode afterwards up until now, the more that it is becoming clear that she is a pony who cannot be trusted by anyone with how she offers to give the Student 6 her notes to prepare for the upcoming test and how she lures the Student 6 beneath the School Of Friendship...she's up to something and we'll find out soon enough in the upcoming season finale, but there unfortunately goes my theory about her possibly being Queen Chrysalis in disguise though it probably wouldn't make any sense at all the more that I think about it
  • The animation-it may take a while to get going at first due to being inside the School Of Friendship for the first few minutes of the episode...but once we go beneath the School Of Friendship and we see how the Tree Of Harmony plays into the friendship of the Student 6, that is when the animation from DHX truly gets to shine for all to see as the students are transported to different parts of the caverns below as the students come face to face with their greatest fears...speaking of which, next topic!
  • The Tree Of Harmony testing the Student 6's friendship-with how doubtful that the Student 6 were about The Tree Of Harmony having a mind of its own in the beginning and how they were questioning whether or not friendship truly is in their nature, seeing the tree test the friendship between the students by playing into their greatest fears like Ocellus' inherent nature as a Changeling or Silverstream being sheltered from the outside world for most of her life really shows how powerful and magical of a force that the Tree Of Harmony can be as it felt like the Tree Of Harmony was giving the students its own version of a friendship lesson...as the Tree Of Harmony said itself, friendship truly was in their nature


CONS:
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Overall, 'What Lies Beneath' truly was everything that I hoped it would be as there were so many different twist and surprises spread throughout in order to make this quite the mysterious experience and I'm proud to give it a rating of a 10 out of 10


Friday, August 24, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: A Rockhoof And A Hard Place | #MLPSeason8

Season 8, Episode 21: A Rockhoof And A Hard Place
Written By Kaita Mpambara

Back in Season 7, we were introduced to the Pillars Of Old Equestria: Rockhoof The Strong, Flash Magnus The Brave, Mage Meadowbrook The Healer, Mistmane The Beautiful, Somnambula The Hopeful and the one and only Star Swirl The Bearded. Together, these six ponies maintained and spread their virtues to serve and protect Equestria. But then one fateful day when they were released from their thousand year prison by Twilight Sparkle and her friends, they joined forces to stop the Pony Of Shadows from taking over the land before returning to their homes to share their wisdom and experience with the next generation of ponies...now that we have seen how Star Swirl has been getting on in his studies of the magic of friendship, let's see how Rockhoof is adjusting to modern day Equestria in our next episode in Season 8-this is 'A Rockhoof And A Hard Place'!

When Rockhoof-the strong heroic Pillar of Old Equestria-is having trouble fitting into the modern world, Twilight Sparkle and her friends strive to help him find a new purpose.


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As many of you remember from earlier in the season, I loved 'Friendship University' for how it expanded on the events of Star Swirl The Bearded seeing the error of his ways back in the Season 7 finale and how he was going about modern day Equestria while learning about the magic of friendship...so I was curious in seeing how the show staff were going to tackle addressing the other Pillars Of Old Equestria and how they are adjusting to the new world especially when the episode is written by someone who wrote one of my top five favorite episodes of the season so far-that being 'Horse Play'...but did we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place when giving Rockhoof the spotlight this time?

PROS:

  • The return of Rockhoof and the Pillars Of Old Equestria-seeing as we already saw how Star Swirl The Bearded was adjusting to modern day Equestria earlier in the season, it is so great to see the other Pillars Of Old Equestria again after quite a while since the Season 7 finale and I love how the show staff made sure to give each of the pillars an equal amount of screentime as we get to see their new positions in the modern age world of Equestria while keeping the focus on Rockhoof finding his new purpose in life as they should...heck, we even get to see how Stygian is adjusting as well!
  • The friendship between Yona and Rockhoof-with how much that Yona admires Rockhoof's size and strength and how she can relate with Rockhoof's struggle to fit in with how she didn't fit in when she first came to Ponyville until she made friends, it is so great to see these two characters of different backgrounds find common ground between them in order to forge a strong friendship and give Rockhoof the confidence he needed in order to find the purpose in his life...it was actually the third act of the episode where I actually started to truly get invested in the conflict between the characters in the episode and is it me or does Rockhoof remind anyone of King Fergus from 'Brave'?

CONS:

  • The story-not saying that it was bad or anything like that at all, but the first half of the episode mostly relied on repetitive humor of Rockhoof smashing things around the school with his shovel as well as failing miserably with every new job he was given whether it be mail courier or spa masseuse-even General Seaspray's Hippogriff navy-and...while it started off humorous at first, it got old really quickly and it reminded me a lot of the yaks with how they will smash anything in general-it even went in a rather dark direction that I honestly wasn't expecting the episode to go in with Rockhoof asking to be turned to stone like Discord from long ago

Overall...even though 'A Rockhoof And A Hard Place' wasn't quite what I expected it to be and while I was able to see where the story was heading before it reached the ending, it was still an alright viewing experience especially with getting to see the Pillars Of Old Equestria again and I'm gonna give it a rating of a 7.5 out of 10

Saturday, August 18, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: The Washouts | #MLPSeason8

Season 8, Episode 20: The Washouts
Written By Nick Confalone

Ever since the very beginning of 'Friendship Is Magic', the energetic and tomboyish Scootaloo has idolized Rainbow Dash like the sister that she never had from creating an official fan club to writing a full report and getting to meet her parents...and over the years, Scootaloo has formed quite the sisterly bond with her idol even if they are not directly related to each other, but that could all change because it seems that Scootaloo may have found her new number one idols...let's find out with our next episode in Season 8, this is 'The Washouts'!

When Scootaloo becomes enamored with The Washouts-a touring group of stunt ponies, Rainbow Dash is concerned for her safety and worries that Scootaloo's days as her number one fan are over.

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I'll be honest...the last time that we had an episode where Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo shared the spotlight together-that being Season 7's 'Parental Glideance', it ended up becoming one of my top five favorite episodes of the season with how Scootaloo's family situation was an awesome parallel to how Rainbow Dash felt about her parents and I was excited to see if the show staff were going to expand upon the events and character development from that episode later on in this season. Sure enough, we got our wish to see more bonding between Scootaloo and her idol...but did it result in another heartwarming and awesome episode?

PROS:
  • The return of the 'Official Rainbow Dash Fan Club'-it may have only appeared briefly back in the prologue of Season 2's "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", but it is great to see elements from past episodes play a part in future episodes especially when it helps to strengthen the bond between two characters that we have known and loved since the beginning and especially when the idol returns the favor to her number one fan of starting her own fan club
  • The introduction of The Washouts-it is always great to see more and more new characters introduced to the world of Equestria even if they only appear every once in a while and The Washouts made for a very interesting new addition to challenge Rainbow Dash in order to get Scootaloo back as her number one fan due to being cadets that were kicked out of the Wonderbolt Academy especially when it reflects on and shows how fads come and go like how space adventures were suddenly all the rage once the astronauts went up and how cowboys and Westerns were a thing of the past
  • The animation-with the introduction of a troupe of traveling stunt ponies, you know that the team at DHX had to go big and loud with the animation and sure enough they truly captured the experience of attending a stunt troupe show from jumping through flaming hoops to being shot out of cannons to the many dangerous obstacle courses that would give both Wipeout and MXC a run for their money...look out, Evel Knievel!
  • The highly anticipated return of Lightning Dust-it has been five seasons since we last saw our reckless Wonderbolt wannabe and fans have cried out for years to see her make a comeback...sure enough, Lightning Dust finally returned to the spotlight and she is just as if not more reckless than she ever was from when we last saw her due to her lifelong rivalry of Rainbow Dash and the Wonderbolts especially when Lightning Dust sends Scootaloo-a KID who cannot fly to save herself need I remind you-careening down a hill with huge rockets on her scooter toward a fucking fire even after she pretty obviously didn't want to do it!

CONS:
  • The moral-as great as the story to this episode was, the moral (at least from Rainbow Dash's end) was terrible since Rainbow Dash was being shamed for trying to keep Scootaloo away from somepony that would inevitably get her killed and it turns out that her fears were totally justified given what Lightning Dust does later on and thus it looks like the episode is trying to frame both Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo for doing wrong...uh, Rainbow Dash: YOU DID NOTHING WRONG!!!


Overall...even though the moral is total bull-crap, it didn't wash away everything else of what was great about 'The Washouts' from the beautiful and epic animation to the highly anticipated return of a fan-favorite character and I'm gonna give it a rating of an 8 out of 10.


Friday, August 17, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: Road To Friendship | #MLPSeason8

Season 8, Episode 19: Road To Friendship
Written By Josh Haber

Ever since Starlight Glimmer first became friends with Trixie back in Season 6's "No Second Prances", they have been the best of friends and have performed many magical shows across Equestria with Starlight acting as Trixie's great and powerful assistant to her performances...but are the best of friends truly meant to travel together all of the time?  Looks like it's time for a road trip...let's pack our bags and hit the road to check out the next episode of Season 8, this is 'Road To Friendship'!

When Trixie is invited to bring her magic show to the far off land of Saddle Arabia, she can think of nopony better to bring along than her great and powerful assistant Starlight Glimmer...but not all friends are meant to travel together.


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I'll be honest with you guys...ever since Starlight and Trixie first met and became friends back in Season 6, their episodes have been hit-or-miss in my opinion: I loved 'No Second Prances' for how the two of them were able to find common ground between them in order to become friends, I really didn't like 'All Bottled Up' due to Trixie being portrayed as an oblivious asshole and 'To Change A Changeling' while not perfect was still an alright episode...so I honestly really didn't know what to expect from this episode other than me hoping for a much better portrayal of Trixie from last season...but is it time for Josh Haber to hit the road or did he have some 'tricks up his sleeve' with this episode?


PROS:

  • The chemistry between Starlight Glimmer and Trixie-even after two seasons, the chemistry between Starlight and Trixie through their stage performances and everything that they have been through together from reforming the Changelings to rescue missions really shows that these two were made to be best friends because they do have conversations talking about their problems and they do try to help each other out with their problems when things don't go as planned for their road trip to Saddle Arabia...honestly, Twilight Sparkle and Princess Cadence couldn't have said it better themselves during the prologue for this episode!
  • The introduction of Hoo'Far-given how very little we have seen of Saddle Arabia in the series so far other than maybe the two delegates who appeared from time to time with Princess Celestia during the early days of the show, it is so great getting to see more and more of the kinds of ponies that live in the lands of Saddle Arabia and Hoo'Far iss honestly a great new addition to the series as well...just wish that we could finally have an episode where we actually go to Saddle Arabia!
  • The song 'We're Friendship Bound'-not only is this the very first duet between Starlight Glimmer and Trixie in the entire series, but the orchestrations by Daniel Ingram for the song brought back memories of 'Road To Rhode Island' from Family Guy as well as 'Movin' Right Along' from The Muppet Movie in order to help make this song the best of Season 8 so far especially when the previous songs in the season have either been alright or just okay...and is it me or did Starlight hint at the upcoming series finale of 'Friendship Is Magic' next year?
  • The return of fan favorite locations-with this episode being a 'buddy road trip' experience, it naturally makes sense to see some familiar locations from throughout Equestria make a comeback as well and the team at DHX truly delivered in that regard from the Flame Geyser Swamp to Ghastly Gorge and even getting to see the village of Somnambula for a good chunk of the episode after last seeing it in Season 7's "Daring Done"...the team at DHX truly captured the experience of an authentic road trip!

CONS:

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Overall, 'Road To Friendship' was a smooth ride with plenty of entertaining tricks up its sleeves and no bumps at all to ruin what was such a great addition to the lineup of Season 8 so far...and considering what we were given with the last episode between Rarity and Rainbow Dash, this road trip with Starlight and Trixie was such a massive improvement and I'm proud to give it a rating of a 10 out of 10



Friday, August 10, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: The End In Friend | #MLPSeason8



Season 8, Episode 18: The End In Friend
Written By Gillian M. Berrow

Rarity and Rainbow Dash...you two have been best friends ever since the very beginning and have gone on many different adventures together spreading the magic of friendship all across Equestria, but we hardly get any episodes where the two of you share the starring role since the only episode so far where you both got a chance to shine together was in Season 5's "Rarity Investigates".  Let's see if we can change all of that with our next episode in Season 8, but a lack of common interests means that this could be 'The End In Friend'!

Rarity and Rainbow Dash begin to question why they are friends when they can't find anything they both like to do together

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As soon as I read the synopsis for this episode when it was announced, I was already dreading the day that I would eventually have to review an episode with a concept as stupid as this because I distinctly remember that Rarity and Rainbow Dash had one thing that they both like to do together from back in Season 6's "Applejack's Day Off" which was going to the Ponyville Spa with Applejack...and that day ended up coming sooner than expected when Boomerang Australia decided to be ahead of the game for broadcasting the second half of Season 8 before the American release on Discovery Family.  Did the early release save me the headache or was there true beauty found within?

PROS:
  • The continuity nods to 'Sonic Rainboom' and 'Rarity Investigates'-even if they are very brief, getting to hear some examples from older episodes about the times that Rarity and Rainbow Dash showed true friendship towards each other whether it was saving Rarity's life in the Young Flyer Competition or proving Rainbow Dash's innocence was a nice little trip down memory lane for the audience depending on how long you have been watching the show for
  • The lore behind the Amulet Of Aurora-with the Amulet Of Aurora having already been mentioned before in 'A Matter Of Principals' and finally getting to hear the lore behind it like knowing that the amulet is capable of controlling tides and summoning tsunamis if it falls into the wrong hand-I mean hooves, it's no wonder why this historic artifact needed to be found right away even if it was just for a extremely bogus setup...because if not, we would have to 'call upon the sea ponies' and we all know how well that would've ended up!
  • The introduction of the Bufogren-it is always great getting to see more and more new species of creatures being introduced into the wide world of Equestria no matter where they come from or what they look like and the Bufogren is another great addition to the wide range of animal life with its frog-like appearance and traits like overly sensitive hearing and soft speaking voice, but is it me or does the Bufogren look like Binyah Binyah Poliiwog from the old Nickelodeon show 'Gullah Gullah Island'...I really hope that I'm not the only one who made that connection!

CONS:
  • The story-I can't help but feel like I've seen this particular story of whether or not best friends are really best friends in the SpongeBob Squarepants episode 'You Don't Know Sponge' where SpongeBob and Patrick went through a similar situation only to be best friends again by the end and the story from that episode of SpongeBob was quite literally copied and pasted in a step-by-step for this episode complete with all the same tropes and clichés along with an extremely bogus ending of a setup in order to get the main characters to stop arguing and become friends again...and to think that the writer for this episode wrote one of my favorite episodes of the season so far, what the heck Gillian?!
  • The characters-with a story as clichéd and recycled as this episode had, it also really took its toll on the characters as well since you are mostly just waiting for the moment where Rarity and Rainbow Dash realize their idiotic mistake in arguing over how they have nothing in common and just become friends again for a majority of the episode with a story that offers nothing new or original to make it stand out among the rest of other shows that have used this particular storyline before


Overall for an episode that had a stupid concept and while it does have some good things about it even if they are little things, 'The End In Friend' should've ended before it even started.  Even if it barely managed to escape being as bad as 'Non-Compete Clause', 'The End In Friend' still manages to get a rating of a 4 out of 10...and due to tomorrow's Australian release for Season 8 being an episode that I've already covered (Yakity-Sax), I will see you all next week for a double review of 'On The Road To Friendship' and 'The Washouts'.  Until then, stay awesome everypony!


MLEEP Reviews: Christopher Robin | #ChristopherRobin

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
Written By Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder
Composed By Geoff Zanelli and Jon Brion
Produced By Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr
Edited By Matt Chessé
Directed By Marc Forster

Ah, Winnie The Pooh...the classic stories of A.A. Milne's honey-loving bear that were later animated in 1966 by Walt Disney have resulted in Pooh becoming one of Disney's most endearing and lovable properties right up there with Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses with the shorts and subsequent feature films occasionally touching upon the theme of growing up and the importance of remembering one's childhood especially during the ending of the feature film that started it all...'The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh'.  But now that Christopher Robin has officially grown up, did the magic of the Hundred Acre Wood fade away along with his childhood?  Let's find out, this is 'Christopher Robin'!

Christopher Robin-now a family man living in London-receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher's help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends -- Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.

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One of the most memorable quotes from 'Christopher Robin' that would often be repeated is 'doing nothing can often lead to the very best kind of something', but I feel like this is a double-edged sword when it comes to the movie because the biggest problem with 'Christoper Robin' is the story since it feels like you've seen the movie once you've seen the trailer due to being your typical 'grown up reconnecting with his childhood past' plot that we have seen several times before in other movies like Steven Spielberg's 'Hook' and the 2010 live-action remake of 'Alice In Wonderland' completed with the hero being the exact same character archetype when it comes to these stories.  While Ewan McGregor is doing all that he can with the material that he is given, but the material makes Christopher Robin himself feel like such a dull and clichéd character and it really doesn't help that this is technically based on a classic children's novel from England-it may be more of a coincidence, but somehow those British books end up having their own story that is similar to this and would end up with varying results especially when it is about the main character who we usually know as a kid is all grown up and the rest of the other old characters are mostly spending their time throwing continuity nods at the audience.

But the weird thing about 'Christopher Robin' is that it takes advantage of doing nothing and I feel that it succeeds in some aspects while doing nothing to work things out as a Winnie The Pooh movie.  Part of the timeless charm of Winnie The Pooh is its simplicity like making adventures out of the little things in life through a child's imagination and it would actually leave a lot of room for many heartfelt moments for the movie in that regard...I feel that this is exactly what 'Christopher Robin' was aiming for by trying to capture the tender memories that would share the tone of both the A.A. Milne books and the Disney adaptations.  While it does nothing as a movie, it can be very touching at times especially with the bonding moments between Christopher Robin and Pooh.

If you're only watching the movie for the purpose of seeing your favorite characters from the Hundred Acre Wood again like Pooh or Tigger, then you will be satisfied.  While some would argue that a majority of the characters don't play that big of a role in the movie other than Pooh himself, it actually succeeds more in terms of adapting decades-old Disney characters into modern day live-action than any other live-action remake that Disney has made so far or will ever make to date due to each one feeling exactly like they came straight out of the Disney cartoons along with a great voiceover cast that truly helps to shine their unique personalities especially when you manage to bring in the man who has voiced both Pooh and Tigger for the last thirty years himself-veteran voice actor Jim Cummings; however not all of the characters get the same amount of screentime like Rabbit or the mother-son duo of Kanga and Roo who appear for only a few scenes while the fan favorites like Piglet and Eeyore are more prominent throughout the movie.  While the new CG-animation may make the characters look weird at first, it soon gets easy to get used to because this was literally the only to bring these characters into live-action.

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Overall while it doesn't have the charm or wit that 'The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh' or the 2011 'Winnie The Pooh' film have due to suffering from a clichéd story and recycled characters, it succeeds in delivering the heart of the Winnie The Pooh franchise thanks to the comeback from the beloved characters and tender moments that help to give the movie charm in its simplicity making it an easy-going film for people looking for something humble and I have to give 'Christopher Robin' a rating of a 8 out of 10 because 'it's always a sunny day when Christopher Robin comes to play'...

Saturday, August 4, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: Friendship University | #MLPSeason8



Season 8, Episode 17: Friendship University
Written By Chris "Doc" Wyatt and Kevin Burke

Back in the Season 7 finale "Shadow Play", we were finally introduced to the one and only Star Swirl The Bearded who by the guidance of Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer saw the error of his ways in the magic of friendship from long ago when he and the Pillars Of Old Equestria turned their backs on the pony who brought them all together...and it seems that he may still have a lot to learn about the magic of friendship because he has just enrolled into our next episode of Season 8, this is 'Friendship University'!

When Twilight Sparkle discovers that there is another School of Friendship, she and Rarity go to investigate and are shocked to discover that Twilight's idol and Pillar of Old Equestria Star Swirl the Bearded is enrolled at the school

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Right away when this episode was announced, my excitement levels were through the roof because of getting to see the Pillars Of Old Equestria again after over half a season and getting to see how they were going to share the wisdom of their experiences with the next generation of Equestria by starting off with the one pillar whom everypony was excited to finally see at the end of last season...Star Swirl The Bearded, but will he or the show staff be the ones who still need to learn about the magic of friendship?


PROS:
  • The return of Star Swirl The Bearded-of all the Pillars Of Old Equestria, Star Swirl The Bearded is the one who I was most excited to see again after his official debut into the series in the Season 7 finale after being mentioned and brought up numerous times throughout the series ever since Season 2...not only is it great to see him wanting to learn more about the magic of friendship after the events that unfurled with Stygian, but the show staff actually managed to get Chris Britton back to supply the voice and he does a marvelous job in his performance as the longtime magical idol to Twilight Sparkle
  • The return of Las Pegasus-I honestly didn't think that we would be returning to Las Pegasus so soon in this season after the events of 'Grannies Gone Wild'-one of my favorite episodes of the season so far, but this trip gave us plenty of new visual delights to admire especially when it came to the design of Friendship University where some familiar faces are waiting to greet our heroes...speaking of which, next positive
  • The return of the Flim Flam Brothers-when it comes to the Flim Flam Brothers, it has been two whole seasons since we last saw our favorite pair of salesponies and it is great to see that they haven't lost their touch for tricking and scamming ponies into buying their products especially with their song 'Friendship U' and how they copied the guidelines from Twilight's School Of Friendship in order to create Friendship University...isn't that what actual colleges do?
  • The return of Chancellor Neighsay-I knew that the Season 8 premiere was not going to be the last time we saw the head of the EEA himself, but getting to once again see how prejudiced he is against Twilight's inclusion of non-pony creatures at her school while commending the Flim Flam Brothers for keeping their school a pony-only environment really shows how menacing he has become as a character and a villain who I'm pretty sure that we will see yet again at some point before the season is over...and it is so great to see that the show staff got Maurice LaMarche back to supply the voice for Neighsay once again, but I still say that Chancellor Neighsay and Cozy Glow are related somehow-they're up to something, I can feel it!

CONS:
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Overall, the Flim Flam Brothers may have lost another sale again...but 'Friendship University' is another winning episode in Season 8's line-up with plenty of surprises and entertainment to make it quite an enjoyable experience...so glad that my excitement paid off in the end and I'm proud to give 'Friendship University' a rating of a 10 out of 10.