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My Little Pony: Rainbow Roadtrip Discussion Thread Marimo!!SpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830567

This thread is meant for discussing impressions on the special My Little Pony: Rainbow Roadtrip during and after it airs.

Be mindful of saying spoilers before they show up on TV.

EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830568

Oh, man. I better get caught up on the thread before I post my thoughts. Give me a while to read through all the replies.

AnonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830569

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The special aired in the US a few hours ago, so I'm pretty clear in regards to spoilers. I'll block a few directly related to the plot itself, just to be polite those elsewhere who didn't get this yet.

In general, I was very sad to see the opening and closing credits do a barrel roll into the worst of the 1980's MLP production values. This wasn't Daniel Ingram's work. Thankfully the balance of the special was more like a very long episode with good writing and symphonic background material.

Each of the Mane 6 got a very balanced opportunity to speak during the special. Sadly for Spike, he was relegated to grading school papers for Twilight at home, thus missing the road trip.

I'll omit my thoughts on the story itself other than to say it wasn't as disappointing as some claimed, the author having worked on two of the worst episodes I can recall. I sat through the whole movie without rage quitting. That says a lot right there.

7/10 for the crap intro and closing theme music.
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EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830570

I like this Petunia character so far

EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830571

All these characters are great

Mint horseCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830572

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Please tell me I wasn’t the only who nearly cried while watching this?

I’m notoriously bad with ratings, usually giving episodes well below 5/10, but this is quite the exception. 10/10, comfy viewing.

EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830573

This is an infomercial for color blindness.

EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830574

The Christmas one was 11/10, and it was better, but this is still a 10/10. Very good special.

Mint horseCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830575

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>mfw while watching this episode

I don’t know, this episode was just so wholesome. No controversy, no big adventure with lots of action, all of the characters got on so well with each other and acted like their old selves, etc, just comfy viewing in general.

Yeah nothing really happened, and you I can understand why you’d call that boring. But for me this was more like cuddling up on the couch with a cute mare and some hot chocolate in winter. Yeah nothing happened, but nothing needed to happen, I was just happy to be snuggling with some cute poner.

Again I usually shit all over episodes, abs never shut up about how much I hate them, or how out of character everyone was, etc. But this was just comfy, it didn’t try to impress me or shake things up like every other episode, and because of that it did.

Just comfy pone, and who could argue with that? I.E. This episode was pic related for me.
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AnonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830576

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I was hit by the subplot over how the mayor of the town scammed the Mane 6 into coming to their town

It reminded me so much of Las Pegasus Unicon in every possible way. A total scam. Ah, such memories this show has created over the years

For those who don't remember this, here's a refresher. https://encyclopediadramatica.rs/Las_Pegasus_Unicon

Overall, it was a good story, killed by the opening and closing credits and the visible lack of credit to Lauren Faust or even the Friendship is Magic tag. Just My Little Pony. This isn't boding well for the next generation.
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OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830578

Damn, color me impressed. This was some quality shit, I have next to nothing to complain about. Like sure there are animation problems and the ending song was... ugh... but overall the story and conflict, it all worked rather fantastically. It wasn't jaw droppingly brilliant, but it's extremely rare to have a generally pleasant time watching MLP nowadays.

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That was a decent special. A simple plot, more fitting for the youngest audience.

Unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830584

>>36830574
>>36830572
>>36830578
>>36830579
eh, gotta disagree a bit.

I'm not saying its BAD; I think its decent. I just don't think its that level of goodness. its more a 7/10 or so, slightly above average, but not GREAT. The plot's premise feels a bit too similiar to sound of silence, but without the kirin charm. it feels less like a "special" plot and more like what a normal 30 minute episode type plot (and on that note, THIS is the kind of stuff the map should have been sending them too, small issues around equestria like this).


The good notes are many, even if I think its only decent however; They make sure to give all of the group focus, its nice having someone ELSE as a central catalyst to the start of the plot besides twilight, All the characterization feels good and proper, and there's lots of nice little jokes (the rainbow bass bit was pretty nice).
Nice ending, and overall its refreshing to have a special like this where there's no real "Low" point, the mane six never fall prey to any stupid actions or miscommunications that impede their path to fix the problem (like twilight being left by the other 5 in the movie when she's kidnapped) outside of them calling the mayor out, giving it a nice optimistic feel.

I just feel it lacks a real "Umph" to make it hit higher than a 7/10 or 7.5/10 is all.
I will say, I loved kerfluffle's peg leg design though, and Tabitha was INCREDIBLE in this one.

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>>36830584
It's rare that we agree.

I thought the special was good but certainly not over 7.5/10.

AustroSpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830589

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A bit drawn out when you could clearly tell where hey were going, but very nicely done.
That's my pony.

Unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830590

>>36830589
I think it would have worked well to have been condensed down into a 30 minute episode due to that reason.

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830591

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Movie graphics. Gigantic eyeballs. Big pointy ears. Tiny little round snout. Chubby chubby cheeks. Sooo--eee! Pig pig pig pig pig pig.

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830593

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Rainbow Brite moves to North Dakota and grows hooves.

Samonuh!3GqYIJ3ObsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830594

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Not enough Rainbow Dash. Only 9/10.

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830595

This special left me with the same vegetarian-lunchmeat taste in my mouth that the movie did. But the movie had some neat animation, two nifty new villains, some good songs, and one really great song by Lukas Graham over the closing credits (Lukas Graham - Off To See The World [Official Audio]). This had none of those redeeming qualities.

AnonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830598

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Nice to hear somewhat-accurate Minnesotan accents from several ponies in that town, even though NOBODY really says "dontcha know" unless self-deprecating.

It's all in the Rs and vowels.
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Bollox!60EJwbmzEsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830602

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I wonder why they are done in movie style.

Unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830605

>>36830594
hah, actually kind of funny there; For all her being called as the special guest, she really didn't have much point or importance to the special, in comparison to the others.

its like they basically just said "hey, lets leaf through the phonebook for rainbow named ponies and call them!" for the mayor's plan.

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830607

>>36830605
Just like her episode with Quibble Pants this season, it's like the show just has nothing left for her to actually do.

AnonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830640

>>36830602
Dang you still here

!gEapIYWEa2Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830643

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>>36830605

She didn't have any less special importance than the others either. Rainbow Dash helped these two regain hope in their dreams. The main 6 all played a passive supporting role, because they needed the ponies to rely on each other, not their heroes.

Besides, do you know any other rainbow themed ponies they could have called upon? It's not any more ridiculous than "Once upon a Zepplin."

>>36830598

It's funny cause I sometimes catch myself saying dontcha know and I've never been anywhere near Minnesota. People find my accent... really confusing at times. I also say fugeddaboddit, and y'all (but not yous).

Bollox!60EJwbmzEsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830644

>>36830640

yah bruh

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830680

I don't think this special if getting enough credit. It's some of the best writing, pacing, conflict, and character we've had in quite a few years. And that song End of the Rainbow, I can't remember the last time a song hit me that hard. It gets more and more poignant the more I listen to it!
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!gEapIYWEa2Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830705

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>>36830680

That song, Pear Butter's song, and the riddle of the sphinx are the only things in the show that ever made me cry.

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>>36830705
>and the riddle of the sphinx

What was cry worthy there?

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830712

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Funny how this reminds me of when Apple Bloom excelled at crafting and fixing up things. Think the animators remember that too?

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>>36830712
She was good at that in exactly one episode. And it seems they had other plans for her and the CMC.


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