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Confound These Remixes!

One of my favorite things about “Friendship is Magic” is how many fun creations have arisen from some talented and creative fans.  While these are generally funnier if you’ve seen the show I think you’ll get a kick out of some of them even if you’ve only got a passing knowledge of the characters.  So here, for this Saturday’s pony post, I’ve collected some of my favorite “Friendship is Magic” fan creations.

Eurobeat Remixes

“Friendship is Magic” features songs every once in a while.  While a few of them have been full-blown, musical-style numbers, most are just Pinkie Pie breaking into twenty-second snippets of song for no apparent reason other than that she’s Pinkie Pie.  A guy who goes by the name of Eurobeat Brony, however, has taken nearly all of the songs on the show and turned them into amazingly good, full-length (3-4 minutes) Eurobeat tunes.  This is one of those things that you definitely don’t need to like the show to enjoy, you just need to like a good Eurobeat and you’ll have a blast (thanks to Tek for pointing out that Eurobeat and techno are not the same thing).   I’ll embed my personal favorite and provide links to the rest:

“Cutie Mark Crusaders Theme (BlankFlank Mix)”

“Winter Wrap-Up (EuroSpring Mix)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0ZyTzgoLGA
“Art of the Dress (EuroFashion Mix)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MunCk4b6ofM
“Evil Enchantress (EuroSpell Mix)”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atnSTtiWU5E
“Cupcakes (Extended)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39ofvrQJj2I
“Fluttershy’s Lullaby (Stay Up Late Mix)”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa6_ZMBFUpQ
“Giggle at the Ghostly (ParaParasprite Mix)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SY9t81sVsE&feature=related
“You Gotta Share (Spaghetti Western Remix)”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FGmgVu9Nz0
“So Many Wonders  (EuroSky Mix)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnTPsNAutKY&feature=feedu

8-Bit Remixes:

The musical fun doesn’t stop yet.  For retro-lovers, there are also 8-bit versions for a few of these songs.  These are only as long as the source material from the show, and they’re more fun if you’ve heard the original song, but they’re still pretty darned good.  Again, the embedded one is my personal favorite and the rest are just links.

“Art of the Dress”

“Winter Wrap-Up”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPLsQJJUTmE&feature=related
“Giggle at the Ghostly”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA_nxysSA5c&feature=related
“Evil Enchantress”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAoZVGicsvw
“Cutie Mark Crusaders Theme”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNDwH2xQ-w
“Hush Now, Quiet Now”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07zf7n2dHaw
“Cupcakes”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9G0g3GfHQY

Trailer Mashups:

The idea is simple: take the sound from a well-known and totally non-pony-related trailer and sync it up with video clips from episodes of “Friendship is Magic”.  These people took that simple idea and made it fantastic with their wizard-like editing skills and fun sense of humor.  Watch Fluttershy scream “This.  Is.  SPARTA!”, or see Twilight play the part of Colonel Jim Raynor… and Gandalf (in two different trailers, of course).  It’s all here, and it’s all too spectacular not to like.  Go on, try.  See, I told you.  I’m going to embed all of these because they’re just that good.  We’ll start with the undisputed champion… EDIT: Ponycraft 2 used to occupy this spot, but seriously – Pinkie Pie as The Joker, Appleboom as Alfred, and Rainbow Dash as Batman?  You can’t top that.

The Dark Knight = The Rainbow Knight

Starcraft 2 = Ponycraft 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim = The Elder Scrolls VI: Equestria

Mass Effect 2 = Pony Effect 2

300 = 300 Ponies

The Lord of the Rings = The Lord of the Ponies (EDIT: New and improved edition featuring Spike as Frodo.)

Also, anyone who’s ever played The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion deserves to see this:

Funny Pictures:

Lastly, there are some great image mashups of “Friendship is Magic” characters and things from real life (like movie and video game posters, car logos, and even a certain game show).  Most of them are clever, many of them are pun-tastic, and all of them are good for a laugh (or at least a chuckle).

Whoever came up with this is a pun master. This gets me every time.

Everybodys favorite background character (after Derpy, of course). With an hourglass for a cutie mark, who else could he be but that time-traveling Brit?

Move over, Will Smith. Theres a new post-apocalyptic hero in town. Lets hope the zombies are vulnerable to cake and/or being poked with party hats. Also, when you see the release date...

Nuff said...

This one is devoid of puns, but I had to include it because Portal is my favorite game ever, and the sequel is coming out in less than a month. I wonder if Pinkie Pie realizes that the cake is a lie...

Just in case that other Portal picture wasnt good enough, theres this one, too. Now youre thinking with ponies...

Assassins Creed x Ponies. Ah, the irony. I tip my hat to the artist on this one - nicely done (their deviantArt profile is in the bottom right corner of the picture).

As if the poster wasnt great enough, someone else made a "screenshot". Why Rainbow Dash became an assassin well never know...

More post-apocalyptic action! But how does Applejack pull the trigger on that pistol?

Youd have to see the show to understand a few of the jokes here, but Applebloom looking like a hardened war-hero is still funny.

Also, this. Apparently Scootaloo is a special agent.

Team Fortress 2 just got 20 percent cooler.

Then theres this classic Legend of Zelda reference... I can almost hear the plinking money-receiving music.

Last video game related picture. Expecting someone else, Mario?

Applejack, how did you get inside the Texas state flag?

Rainbow Dash is apparently very patriotic.

Ill take "Friendship" for $100, Alex.

I hope you enjoyed the music and got a chuckle or two out of the pictures and videos, and I leave you with this because it makes me laugh:

Have a good night, everyone!

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Winter Wrap-Up

Saturday is Pony day here on The Author’s Apprentice, so what better day for the last day of winter to fall on than a Saturday?  Tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring, and to Pony fans that means today is Winter Wrap-Up.  Thankfully, the seasons in the real world change on their own, but the idea that the ponies have to literally clear out winter to make way for spring is delightfully creative.  Put that idea to the most cheerful music known to man and MLP:FiM’s signature animation and you have this video, which represents Friendship is Magic at its best: it’s cute, it’s creative, it’s well-executed, and it’s impossible not to smile while watching it.  Enjoy, and have a fantastic Winter Wrap-Up.  Tomorrow, spring is here!

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Ladies and Gentlemen

All too often our relationships fall victim to the laws of physics.  For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and that’s not always a good thing.  When someone does something uncalled for, our natural tendency is to swing right past the reasonable thing to do into the uncalled-for-zone on the other end of the spectrum.  When someone wrongs us, we don’t want to restore peace and equilibrium, we want to take over and show them how it feels.  It’s all a part of our sin nature, and it’s caused us trouble in relations with people of other races, other genders, other cultures, and other social standings to name just a few.  We talk about equality, about meeting in the middle, but usually when someone notices an injustice and tries to bring “equality” they fly right past it and end up just as far away from equality but on the other side of the line.

Add another point to the growing list of things that I appreciate about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  There are a lot of things that I could discuss from yesterday’s episode, things that I’m sure other people are already discussing in great detail elsewhere, but there’s one thing that stood out to me that most other people have skipped over completely.  The episode’s moral was very much aimed at girls, but another message ran in the background that I found very interesting – one that had everything to do with boys.

The main moral of the episode was that even those who seem weak because of their femininity are capable of handling themselves in tough situations, something that is very true and that girls need to hear.  Unfortunately, however, many of the people who want to teach girls that they aren’t helpless also want to teach them that men are rude and incompetent and that the world would essentially be better off without men in the first place.  “You don’t need a man to rescue you,” they say, “and if he tries then he’s being an outdated, chauvinistic fool.”  That’s something that no one needs to hear, and something that the writers of the episode could easily have said.  After all, Spike the dragon, one of the few recurring male cast members, played a prominent role.  He assisted Rarity with a gem-gathering expedition for her work, and when she was kidnapped he tried his best to fight off her assailants.  After the kidnapping, he pulled together the other main characters for a rescue attempt, sacrificed a gift that she had given him to gain access to the kidnappers’ lair, and led the charge to break down the door to the room where she was being kept.  Of course, Spike and the ponies arrived to discover that Rarity had already essentially freed herself, but Spike still earned an “A” for effort.

The refreshing thing about this whole sequence of events is how Spike’s rescue attempts are portrayed.  Never is his chivalry painted as foolish, and no one makes any condescending remarks about how unnecessary Spike’s efforts were or how silly he was for thinking that Rarity couldn’t handle herself.  Instead, he is presented as brave, caring, and well-intentioned, someone who is willing to go to great lengths to defend and assist a lady in need – all things that a good man should be.  Of course, since the show is aimed primarily at girls, Spike’s noble behavior isn’t directly addressed by the moral, but the attitude that the episode takes toward his gentlemanly conduct is noticeably positive.  When the episode ended, it left me with a feeling of the balance and equality that many activists idolize and few attain.  While women aren’t helpless and they can and should stand up for themselves, men are at the same time not useless and they can and should stand up for the women in their lives, and it’s nice to see a show that teaches the next generation getting that right.  Men ought to be able to show nobility, loyalty, and courtesy without fear of women taking offense, and women can and should be as feminine and ladylike as they please without being seen as weak or incapable.  Perhaps if we all stopped reacting from our pride and stubbornness and made a purposeful choice to act out of humility and kindness we could leave the extremes behind and start treating each other with the love and respect we all deserve.  The world needs more real ladies and gentlemen.  Will you be one?

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