On Sunday, Equestria Girls was officially announced and is set to have a limited release in theaters in June before a release on DVD and then a Fall bow on the Hub. Much like the announcement that Twilight was going to become an alicorn and a princess, this has become a point of contention amongst the fandom.
I have seen the trailer and I am at least curious to see how all of this plays out. Simply hating or complaining about it before even giving it a chance is not only stupid, but downright hypocritical of some Bronies to do this given the fact that they were quick to call out critics of Friendship is Magic for doing the exact same thing.
If I'm being honest, I feel portions of the fandom need a reminder about why we are all here. We gave a chance sometime between October 2010 and now to a show that whose primary target audience was young girls. We found that that show was actually entertaining to a much broader audience and that we have taken the show's themes to heart through the Elements of Harmony. We also have treated the cast and crew of the show like royalty for which they might not otherwise receive for their work on any other show or medium. We have looked up to the cast and crew and they have been eternally grateful for our support of this show.
The show has now spun off a comic book series and taken us place we honestly would not think we would go to (Hot Topic in my case).
We've had some ups and downs over the past 2.5 years, but we are still here and we will continue to be. To get all worked up over this show because of a decision that you don't agree with is just silly. There are legitimate concerns to be had with this extension of the MLP brand, but none of which has justified raising such a massive stink.
I was an early supporter of Princess Twilight and I will reserve my judgement until after I see Equestria Girls in the theater. The same cast and crew who work on the show are working on this movie. They have manage to exceed our expectations and surprise us in the past and they have every chance of doing the same with this movie. Plus, this will have no bearing on Season Four coming this Winter.
Try for a minute placing yourself in the shoes of a fan of Young Justice. That show, despite receiving critical acclaim, was cancelled after being treated like dirt by its own network which is part of the same corporate umbrella as the studio that produced it and the comics they are based on. What about fans of The Legend of Korra? They still don't know when Book 2 will start. It's been 11 months since the Book 1 finale. We are getting another season of Friendship is Magic and we know it will be sometime this Winter.
I have faith in the show's cast and crew and willing to give Equestria Girls a chance and who knows? It just might turn out to be better than most expected.
I understand the concerns regarding Equestria Girls and the concept of "humanizing" the Mane Six (which many on this website do through their fan art). Just outright dismissing this movie as some blatant attempt by Hasbro to make a quick buck and/or because it is too radical a concept for you to fathom, is nonsense and as I said before, downright hypocritical.
All I ask is that you give this movie a chance when it comes out next month. A lot of people gave the show a chance and found that they liked it (a lot). Maybe we need a reminder of what brought us here. There's still a ways to go before the start of Season Four (which is an accomplishment in itself) and we have the comics, the conventions, and a movie to hold us until then.
That's all for now. More later