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OK, it's been a long time coming, but here is my top five and bottom five episodes of Littlest Pet Shop:

BOTTOM FIVE: 

5.  "Commercial Success":  Jasper is not the most popular character on the show since his attempts at humor bring episodes to a screeching halt. He was exceptionally horrible in this one.

4.  "Hedgehog in the Plastic Bubble":  Blythe are Russell are wildly out-of-character in this one. Everyone knows Blythe has a pimple, but mistakes it for a rare illness and descends further by acting out a book so dramatically. Russell is only in a plastic bubble for a minute and is apparently unaware that hedgehogs shed quills from time-to-time.

3.  "Two Pets for Two Pests":  It's not at all about the chinchillas becoming pets for the Biskit twins. That was well done. Everything else was wrong from making Sunil be "Spike at Your Service" incompetent and the pets being a bit selfish when the opportunity to go to Blythe's school comes up. 

2.  "Secret Cupet":  An overly reckless and shameless Sugar Sprinkles with her love song and Blythe retconned into acting foolish in front on Josh. That thankfully got corrected in "Fish Out of Water." So much was just wrong about this episode.

1.  "Terriers and Tiaras":  Sorry, I just can't get over turning Blythe into the antagonist ("Pageant Mom") over the simplest of insults and then have Zoe of all characters call her out on it. Still don't think this was good reality show to parody given who the target audience is.


TOP FIVE: 
5. "Summertime Blues":  Actually a nice way to end the first season and a good way of having Blythe pursue her dream and the pets having to deal with not having Blythe for awhile in a physical sense.

4. "Tounge Tied":  A nice way of giving Blythe a challenge with her communication skills with animals by having a Korean-speaking ferret. It also foreshadows the midseason finale. 

3. "Lotsa Luck":  We get to see Mrs. Twombly's past as an inventor of kung-fu quilting as well as great character development for Pepper in trying to impress Old Bananas.

2. "Lights, Camera, Mongoose!":  One of the first episodes that was truly entertaining from beginning to end. The song was great and Sunil really shines here. 

1. "The Secret Recipe":  It did tease that Blythe may have to reveal her secret to Youngmee, but who thought she would actually do so? We have another sentimental song and every character is in top form here. 

So that's my top and bottom five LPS episodes. I'll be at Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee this weekend and my next journal entry will be from there.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan
Hello, sorry I've been away from this for awhile, but I'll be posting this week with my List of top LPS episodes. I'll also talk about the upcoming Ponyville Ciderfest which I'm going to in 12 days.

That's all for now. More later!

StatManDan
Since their debut in November 2012, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comics have proved to be a hit. It is a frequent visitor to the top 150 comics sold per month and is IDW's biggest hit. Plus, they are the best source of new MLP material while we wait for Season Five to start. This will be a series of three lists. The first has to do with the main series which will be listed by arcs, so some will be four issues long while some others will be two in length. This will also include #23 featuring the pets in a one-off issue. List #2 is the Micro Series which was a series of ten side issues featuring a particular character. The third will be the Friends Forever series which features a pair of characters. So here we go!

MAIN SERIES:

1. Reflections Arc (17-20):
  This was a shining example of something that can be done in the comics that arguably cannot be done on the show. It also gives Celestia development that fans are craving for on the show, though we got some of it in the Season Four premier (and then not see her again until "Equestria Games"). Celestia was the main focus of this one as we see her is not flawless at all and indirectly ease Twilight's worries of following in her hoof steps. The humor didn't seem out of place at all surprisingly and provided a neat twist with the alternate Mane Six in the mirror world. Finally, Tom Baker pony FTW!

2. Return of Queen Chrysalis Arc (1-4):  This was the maiden arc for the comics and you could hardly have asked for a better start. The Queen is out for revenge and kidnaps the Cutie Mark Crusaders. It's up to the Mane Six to rescue them before a comet arrives that could make Chrysalis overpowering. It's the fourth part the really sells this arc featuring the epic battle between Twilight and Chrysalis. It was up there with the battle with the Changelings in "A Canterlot Wedding." And then "Twilight's Kingdom" came.... This was an arc that could easily have been on the show.

3. Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair (9-10):  It's Big McIntosh's arc and it's non-stop funny! Here was another character that got more development in the comics than on the show. This was the proverbial hurricane of pop culture references and hurricane of hilarity that could also qualify as an episode of the show (written by either Dave Polsky or Josh Haber). 

4.  Manehatten Mysteries (21-22):  This arc does more for Trixie's redemption than anything on the show and some great scenes from Babs. It makes up a bit for her absence in Season Four. 

5. Neigh Anything (11-12):  Here's the second two-issue arc and it's how Shining Armor met Princess Cadance. It's like an 80s movie and it's fun in its own way though the 80s motif. Also, Shining Armor and young Twilight, FTW!

6. Nightmare Arc (5-8):  This is the one where Rarity turns into Nightmare Moon and confirmation that darker forces could well have influenced Luna's transformation earlier. This also would qualify as a show episode, though this one flattened a bit as the arc wore on. 

7. Pets (23):  Who would've thought Angel would get great development in the comics. It also made Opal more of an @$$ in this one. However, the ending seems a bit random and disjointed from the rest of the episode. 

8. Friendship Ahoy! (13-14):  Ponies as pirates. It's also the first arc where Twilight has her wings. However, this arc suffers from Fluttershy's characterization and a misleading cover that saw the Mane Six battle the pirates on the ship--which doesn't happen in the story. 

9. Ponies in Book Land (15-16):  This was one I didn't car for too much. Characterization is off for more than a few characters and the A-plot and B-plot were a bit disjointed here as well.

I'll just give a list for the next two sets of lists. No brief skinny needed with a dash of between the very good ones and the OK to bad ones. 

MICRO SERIES:
1. Pinkie Pie
2. Rarity
3. Princess Luna
4. Princess Celestia
-----------------
5. Cutie Mark Crusaders
6. Twilight Sparkle
7. Rainbow Dash
8. Fluttershy
9. Applejack
10. Spike

FRIENDS FOREVER:
1. Twilight and Shining Armor
2. Pinkie Pie and Luna
3. Celestia and Spike
4. Rarity and Applejack
5. Rainbow Dash and Trixie
-------------------
6. CMC and Discord
7. Fluttershy and Zecora
8. Applejack and Pinkie Pie

BONUS LIST:
Chapter Books:
1. Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party
2. Applejack and the Honest to Goodness Switcheroo
3. Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell
4. Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity
5. Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare

Next lists will be the top and bottom 10 episodes of Littlest Pet Shop.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan
As you might know, I am a huge Tom and Jerry fan. I've watched everything from the classic shorts to a couple of episodes of the new Tom and Jerry Show which I've already stated that I didn't like. The classics (1940-1958) remain the gold standard for the franchise. Sadly, most everything since then has been derided with the exception of Tom and Jerry Kids which was a decent spinoff babies effort and Tom and Jerry Tales which got better as it wore out, but got unceremoniously axed by the CW. Yet, as good as the classics were, there were some duds among the 114 shorts in the Hanna-Barbera era. Here I present the ten worst:

10.  "The Egg and Jerry" - This is nothing more than a Cinemascopic remake of "Hatch Up Your Troubles" and it shows as the scenes are clearly inferior to the original. 

9.  "Feedin' the Kiddie" - Same thing except this is a remake of "The Little Orphan" which won an Oscar. 

8.  "Tops with Pops" - Again the same thing, except shot-for-shot of "Love that Pup".

7.  "The Vanishing Duck" - A pseudo-remake of "The Invisible Mouse," this time with Jerry and Quacker with the vanishing cream to have some fun with Tom. The execution is not there as it was in the former short.

6.  "Happy Go Ducky" - Yes, I know Quacker is supposed to be a baby duck, but he shouldn't be written that dumb. 

5.  "Tom and Cherie" - By far the worst of the Mouseketeer shorts as this is nothing but a Tuffy (aka Nibbles) torture porn as he's a messenger boy for Jerry and his girlfriend. What did Tuffy do to deserve that?

4.  "Downhearted Duckling" - Quackers sees himself as the "Ugly Duckling" and is driven to the point where he wants to be eaten by Tom. To see Quackers brooding like this until the ending is quite painful, but nothing compared to another short two years later).

t-2.  "Busy Buddies" - Yes, it's one of the two with the negligent babysitter and the baby crawling towards danger while Tom and Jerry try to rescue him. (In all likelihood the inspiration for my least favorite segment of Animaniacs in Mindy and Buttons). As if that wasn't bad enough.....

t-2.  "Tot Watchers" - They made a second one! What's more depressing about this was this was the last short of the Hanna-Barbera era. Having this at a construction site does not make this funnier given that Popeye had to chase Sweet Pea in one earlier. Speaking of depressing.....

1.  "Blue Cat Blues" - Who thought this was a good idea? It starts with a depressed Tom on the tracks waiting for the train and Jerry just looking on because "it's better this way." Tom has a girlfriend, but a richer rival in Butch takes her away and Tom is willing to sell himself to slavery (literally) to win her back with sadly predictable results. Of course, it ends with Jerry having a girlfriend and someone else taking her away because of contrivance and the short ends with both Tom and Jerry depressed, on the tracks, as the train whistles get louder. That's how the short ends. It is far and away the most disturbing short in the entire franchise and one that, in retrospect, should never have been shown on television (it was aired in reruns often in the 1980s on local affiliates) and dumped from the Spotlight Collection DVDs instead of "Mouse Cleaning" and "Cassanova Cat". ("His Mouse Friday" is in Volume 3.) Thankfully, Cartoon Network had not shown it as often. 

So that's my 10 Worst Classic Tom and Jerry shorts. For a bonus, here's a Bottom 3/Top 3 for the other two sets of theatrical shorts:

Gene Deitch Era (1961-1962)
Bottom 3:
3.  Down and Outing
2.  Mouse into Space
1.  Dicky Moe

Top 3: 
1.  The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit
2.  Carmen Get It!
3.  It's Greek to Me-ow!

Chuck Jones Era (1963-1967)
Bottom 3:
3.  Duel Personality
2.  Love Me, Love My Mouse
1.  The Year of the Mouse

Top 3:
1.  The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R.
2.  The Cat Above and the Mouse Below
3.  Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?

That's all for now. Next Lists will be dealing with the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic series.

StatManDan
OK, it's been a long time coming, but here is my top five and bottom five episodes of Littlest Pet Shop:

BOTTOM FIVE: 

5.  "Commercial Success":  Jasper is not the most popular character on the show since his attempts at humor bring episodes to a screeching halt. He was exceptionally horrible in this one.

4.  "Hedgehog in the Plastic Bubble":  Blythe are Russell are wildly out-of-character in this one. Everyone knows Blythe has a pimple, but mistakes it for a rare illness and descends further by acting out a book so dramatically. Russell is only in a plastic bubble for a minute and is apparently unaware that hedgehogs shed quills from time-to-time.

3.  "Two Pets for Two Pests":  It's not at all about the chinchillas becoming pets for the Biskit twins. That was well done. Everything else was wrong from making Sunil be "Spike at Your Service" incompetent and the pets being a bit selfish when the opportunity to go to Blythe's school comes up. 

2.  "Secret Cupet":  An overly reckless and shameless Sugar Sprinkles with her love song and Blythe retconned into acting foolish in front on Josh. That thankfully got corrected in "Fish Out of Water." So much was just wrong about this episode.

1.  "Terriers and Tiaras":  Sorry, I just can't get over turning Blythe into the antagonist ("Pageant Mom") over the simplest of insults and then have Zoe of all characters call her out on it. Still don't think this was good reality show to parody given who the target audience is.


TOP FIVE: 
5. "Summertime Blues":  Actually a nice way to end the first season and a good way of having Blythe pursue her dream and the pets having to deal with not having Blythe for awhile in a physical sense.

4. "Tounge Tied":  A nice way of giving Blythe a challenge with her communication skills with animals by having a Korean-speaking ferret. It also foreshadows the midseason finale. 

3. "Lotsa Luck":  We get to see Mrs. Twombly's past as an inventor of kung-fu quilting as well as great character development for Pepper in trying to impress Old Bananas.

2. "Lights, Camera, Mongoose!":  One of the first episodes that was truly entertaining from beginning to end. The song was great and Sunil really shines here. 

1. "The Secret Recipe":  It did tease that Blythe may have to reveal her secret to Youngmee, but who thought she would actually do so? We have another sentimental song and every character is in top form here. 

So that's my top and bottom five LPS episodes. I'll be at Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee this weekend and my next journal entry will be from there.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan

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