Skundi, can you ask if we can get a better version of the poster at MIPTV? It's advertising material, and I don't think is a trouble to ask if we can publish it on Funtasia Daily too.
And if really there was problems for the bad reaction of bronies, tell them that they should ignore them, and really trust their work. Why, I'm explain below.
>I think BRB seems to be trying to show that FF is more than just colourful horses. There's caves, mysterious machines in the background, a very dimly lit library, the whole poster gives off a sense of mystery and adventures, and what colourful things that are there (almost solely the Fillys themselves and the logo) are used for contrast. I can't help but to contrast with FiM, in which everything that Hasbro (the company, not any show crew people) did to promote it for the first three years, was with colours, all-pink pictures, stock photos and happiness, making zero attempt to show it as anything more than that.
>Yeah, that's what I was thinking. To be honest, if I were to only look at the advertising of the shows and have not watched either one, I would actually think the series which would hold the most content older audiences might be more interested in is Filly Funtasia, and I'm sure that's what they are going for. I think it's a good idea that they did this, especially since a lot of people discredit the show for being too dully pink, which is honestly the same thing that MLP:FiM did anyways.
You got a very good point. There I'm long, but I think is worth I explain some stuff.
A thing that I notice in this toyline is that seems don't take the genre, animal stories for kids, as a creative limit, but use it like a line guide for the style and the writing, and long before the FiM boom. Filly contains a lot of themes, mistery, dangerous places, adventures, some comical marry couples; there is a lot of attention with the family relationships (mainly becouse is how the toyline is organized, but is revelant for the narrative point) and friendships, and the fillys have a lots of different works, ability and interest. Filly are mainly "cute" becouse is a girl toy, and is good that is it, but is not just this: there is a lot of general stuff that can fit also in other kind of stories and setting. That is how are written many animated films: they catch the target audience remaining enjoyable to everybody, without loss nothing.
I don't see that varity in FiM. There are missing themes, like the Twilight/Celestia relationship never explored, who is a reflection of child/parent relationship. But in general, we know very few of what stay outside from the friendship of the Mane 6; of the main characters, we don't know neither their family (AJ is a exception, but their parents are missing). That is intentional becouse Lauren never thought to go beyond the 1st season, and she left after the second; what puzzle me if the staff like keeping the things like that, if is unable to develop correctly the characters, of if they know their limits and preferr avoid do it (or is just the inexperience of Meghan McCharty? I notice how she have trouble to manage the most fantasy-oriented episodes). But I think could be the Hasbro to blame, becouse I see Amy Keaton Roger being very good to develop Luna and Celestia in the Journal of the Two Sisters, with a large chunk of Equestria background: the ancient times are far better defined in a book than 4 years of the cartoon. They have some competent writers in the staff, and is strange they don't apply their feats as they can.
The setting is crucial for a fantasy story, becouse is in the setting where you place part of the message/argoumentations. If the setting is muddy and messy, your message become foggy.
The crystal Empire is where the story is swallow becouse you can not understand what is the meaning of the things you see. The lacking of Twilight-Celestia relationship scoop out a part of Twilight's realism as "person" becouse we don't know how Celestia really affect her development as girl. Luna is the only Princess we know her powers and her role, and we can understand her meaning in the story; Nightmare Moon is far more scary if I thinking that she can torture somebody through the dreams.
Speaking from the anthro genre standpoint, for me FiM had the opportunity to being one of the most interesting animal story, but have lost this. A lots of the stuff I say should be done in S2-S3 to cover the most critical points of the characters development, and you can't seriously expect the common viewer wait 100 episodes before tell something of really important, or seek it in things outside the cartoon (yes, I speak to you, IDW comics). Doing it now is too late, becouse is tell again some things already written. Is a waste, becouse the Mane 6 could be more complex and interesting than they are now if only were used better, and there are some (few) elements in the setting that are really good, like the semi-godlike status of the Unipegasues.
Success is not a index of quality that a story is well written; mean only that there is something that there is a element that call strong feels in the people. Is important learn what is it for anybody who write seriously, but not necessarily copy how they done it. I'm sure soon or later will come out something better of FiM.
Although I'm harsh, I'm not tired or angry with the FiM staff or the cartoon; truth is I'm very fond and I like it very much today as when I saw the first episodes long time ago. It have strong points: the main characters are interesting, with unique personalities, and the expressivity is great, all stuff I like. I think nothing will never unplug Twilight Sparkle and Rarity from my heart: I very fond of them as characters, I easy relate with them and their fears. There is a uniqueness in their character that will never leave me.
Nevertheless, is a story with many weakness, and I never denied only because I like it.
Until S2, I thought that they would start to planning the worldbuilding, but in the S3 I realized that they never will go over the track set by Lauren in her pitch bible, in styles or argouments. I think that FiM has already done what it can do for anthro genre at the end of S2. It still an excellent introduction of my narrative genre, becouse is simple and funny; but if someone want more, I can indicate other stories better done.
Another point is that the limits of FiM are only problems of the staff, not of the anthro genre: there are stories on animals that are very serious in how anthros are described.
FiM has failed to be one of the "best animal story"? Yes.
Is a story that I really like and entertain me? Yes!
The reason I trust very much Funtasia is becouse I see some elements that tell me it could not fall in the same errors done with FiM. There is a strong, detailed setting, founded on clear concepts. The artworks of the show tell me they treat more like a fantasy story: if I didn't know that belong to a cartoon on a toy, I would say is for some fantasy cartoon. We just need to see how are written the episodes. The Funtasia staff of writer have some very old authors, some from Duck's Tales and Smurfs old series back in '90, and I hope their long experience will give what this show needs.
I believe that Filly Funtasia have the chance to become that "best animal story" that FiM can't. They are very close.