Rejoice, fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” who can't get enough of the fantasy world of Equestria and its equestrian inhabitants. The HUB Network proudly announced that it has ordered 26 episodes for season five, which is scheduled to air in 2015. So expect to see another season of Rainbow Dash's awesomeness; Rarity's keen fashion sense; Applejack's down to earth sensibility; Fluttershy's kindness; Pinkie Pie's randomness; and Twilight Sparkle's ability to summarize their adventures into positive messages for children.
News of the fifth season came out during the most recent volume of The HUB Network's “What's the Hubbub?” online press conference on May 6 featuring “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic's” voice actress Tara Strong (Twilight Sparkle) and co-executive producer Meghan McCarthy. Hosted by The HUB Network's VP of Programming Ted Biaselli, the three spent time answering questions from invited bloggers and press media about season four about the creative process that goes into “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” With nearly an hour of Q&A, here were a few highlights:
- When asked about how Meghan McCarthy writes about important “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” episodes such as the season four finale, she pointed out how she and the team think about the characters and what they want and what they do. Thinking this way guides the writers through the story. They may guess wrong about what the audience may want in the story since they want different things, but focusing on the emotions and the journeys of the characters is the story that has to be told. Meghan's favorite episode is the Pinkie Pie focused “Party of One” that she wrote.
- As “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” has attracted adult fans through its writing while children fans of the first season start growing up, one question was whether the series would mature with its audience or remain intended for the children audience. Meghan McCarthy responded that the characters don't age ("Like the actresses!" added Tara Strong) they'll always learn things and go on journeys. The characters may grow and develop, but the storytelling style that made them unique will remain. The show may be intended for children, but it has smart & sophisticated elements that keep all ages interested. They don't want to change the characters too much lest they will no longer be the characters they loved in the first place.
- Tara Strong says that she isn't that taxed voicing Twilight Sparkle--though she notes that lines can be a little wordy as she glared at Meghan McCarthy. Video game voice work is usually tougher for her because she's in a room for about four hours by herself having to do a various versions of similar lines or sounds. Once she has created a character, it lives in her head and she has never confused her character voices. She would want Brad Pitt to voice Twilight Sparkle's prince. Tara's favorite episodes were Meghan McCarthy's “Lesson Zero” and “A Canterlot Wedding.” And the best way to Tara Strong's heart: Something “Game of Thrones” related.
- While the writing team may be pop-culture geeks and could write over 500 pages of references, they're not allowed to read any fan-fiction. Most of the pop culture references come from the background artists who throw it in.
Unfortunately yet predictably, the only taboo subject during this volume of The HUB Network's “What's the Hubbub?” was what to expect during season five. The announcement alone was news enough. The HUB Network will sprinkle season five previews themselves throughout the rest of the year to seed interest.
With the fifth season of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” scheduled for next year and the second “Equestria Girls” animated film “My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks” coming later this year, it's safe to say that this children's show designed to sell Hasbro toys is still a hit.
What series are you hoping to see during the next volume of The HUB NEtwork's “What's the Hubbub?”