>There's a whole subclass of people nowadays who get offended by design at every single casting call, saying diversity isn't being enforced.
This thing in US produced stuff is really slipping out of control today. I think my sensibility is different becouse I'm Italian, but I don't see how some cosmetical choises could bring some good if these have no impact in the story. When I was kid I remember that a lot of American stuff dealt better with the issue, with more sensibility than I see nowday from them.
>Thirdly, and related, you can consciously omit things to make people think about situations.
Talking animals are neutral, disconnected from human questions; instead they depends from traditions from fairytales, legends and popular culture; but is true that you can be more selective about what theme bringing up without unforeseen effect. But also another thing.
A reason why FiM got a high male following even if is a "girl show", paradoxically, is not only becouse Lauren wanted to do a good cartoon as main cause, there is also the characters "aren't human". The characters are female teenagers, but we don't see young women, but horses. And we can't distinguish their age clearly: they are teenagers, around 20 old, or older?
That helped, becouse the impression FiM gave was not to watch a story for girls, but a general fantasy and sit-com, with a female cast "as coincidence". There is a stigma around western female-aimed products that pushes us males far from then, born for good and bad reason: if FiM was with an human cast instead, or better, if was Equestria Girls from start, I'm not sure how many males would had developed a strong interest toward it.
>As for MLP, I don't know, as I haven't kept up with the Season yet. It'll end when it ends, and so far there have only been three episodes I cannot stand to watch, which is pretty good for a show that's passed the three-digit mark.
I see there is disappointing around for how the things are managed today, and reasons could be good or bad.
For what concern me, I find it missed the opportunity to do something of particular into talking animals genre. The world lacked of the complexity of Filly, and the relationships aren't deep as showed between Melowy characters, and with that I mean, not just joke around the drama-queen Rarity or Dash that escalate the problem in the effort to avoid it. The girls in Melowy shares a lot of things, and have learned to share, even if they have many differences. You see them spend a lot of time togheter, sometimes taking part of same activities, other times having really need of their friends to face a problem. Many plots involves that the girls stick togheter, in a way or another. FiM still have some episodes that I like, but their relationship is less refined, maybe they are all focus on the main problem of a single characters instead to spend time to show the characters to really share something togheter, for example Rarity and Fluttershy at the SPA in "Green isn't your color".
But I'm not sure how much is the fault of the writer here, Hasbro did a lot of questionable decisions over the course of time, that even a good willed writer would had gave up at a certain point.
I think is time that another story rises up and do what is not happened yet, for talking animals.