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My Little Pony is an entertainment franchise developed by Hasbro which is marketed primarily to girls. It started as a line of plastic pony toys developed by Bonnie Zacherle, Charles Muenchinger and Steve D'Aguanno which have been produced since 1983. The ponies feature colorful bodies, manes and a unique symbol on one or both sides of their flanks. These are referred to in the two most recent generations as "cutie marks." My Little Pony was revamped at least four times with new and more modern looks to appeal to a new market.

Following the original My Pretty Pony toy, introduced in 1981, My Little Pony was launched in 1983 and the line became popular during the 1980s. The original toy line ran from 1983 to 1995 (1992 in the US), and inspired animated specials, an animated feature length film, and four animated television series.

History

"My Little Pony" was created in 1982 by American illustrator and designer Bonnie Zacherle. Working with sculptor Charles Muenchinger and manger Steve D'Aguanno, Zacherle submitted a design patent in August 1981 for an ornamental design for a toy animal. The patent was granted in August 1983, when she began working for Hasbro.

Generations

The My Little Pony "generations" refer to toy lines, as classified by collectors. Their accompanying animated features fall into these generations by date.

Media adaptations

Generation One

Main articles: Rescue at Midnight Castle, Escape from Catrina, My Little Pony: The Movie, and My Little Pony (TV series) (1984-1987)

My Little Pony Tales (1992)

My Little Pony Tales, premiered on July 3, 1992 on Disney Channel, was set in a different environment. This series anthropomorphised the ponies further than the original series; the ponies lived in a town, went to school, ran businesses, went on vacation and exchanged currency for goods.

Generation Two

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Gardens (1998)

My Little Pony: Friendship Gardens is an Educational Life Simulation game developed by Artech Digital Entertainment and published by Hasbro Interactive. It is the first My Little Pony to be released on the PC and the only game to coincide with Generation 2. It was released in 1998.

Generation Three

  • Early Releases

A Charming Birthday (2003) - A direct-to-VHS release, it was not sold on its own but packaged with some of the early G3s.

Dancing in the Clouds (2004) - This was a VHS included with the first Pegasus pony of the G3 line, Star Catcher.

Friends Are Never Far Away (2005) - A DVD that packaged with a new Pegasus Pony, Hidden Treasure.

My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas (October 25, 2005) - The first video sold by itself, available in both VHS and DVD. It included Dancing in the Clouds as a bonus episode. Re-released in October 2008 with a bonus Ponyville Minty figurine.

My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade (February 7, 2006) - Featured the debut of the redesigned Spike the Dragon, originally featured in G1. This makes Spike the only character to appear in both the G1 and G3 cartoons. It also included Breezies, small, fairy-like ponies. It was available on VHS and DVD, and included A Charming Birthday as a bonus episode.

My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow (September 12, 2006) - Featured the new G3 unicorn, Rarity. Only released on DVD (promotional copies are available on VHS), it included "Friends Are Never Far Away" as a bonus episode.

My Little Pony: A Very Pony Place (February 6, 2007) - Three New Pony Tales including "Come Back, Lily Lightly", "Two For the Sky" and "Positively Pink". Each story features Lily Lightly, Storybelle and Puzzlemint.

  • Core 7

My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Special Day (2008) - Packaged in a set of the same name, with Pinkie Pie in an outfit resembling the one worn in the episode.

My Little Pony: Meet the Ponies (2008) - A DVD containing several mini-episodes featuring the core seven ponies which were first available online. Packaged with the first wave of the core-seven pony toys.

My Little Pony: Starsong and the Magic Dance Shoes (2008) - Packaged in a set of the same name, with Starsong in an outfit resembling the one worn in the episode.

My Little Pony: Rainbow Dash's Special Day (2009) - Packaged in a set of the same name, with Rainbow Dash in an outfit resembling the one worn in the episode.

  • G3.5

My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure (October 13, 2009) - Released by Shout! Factory and Hasbro, this DVD includes a feature-length movie, sing-a-longs and other bonus material.

Generation Four

  • My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (2010-2014, 2015)

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an animated television series produced by Hasbro Studios and DHX Media/Vancouver (formerly Studio B). It was premiered on October 10, 2010 on The Hub, an American television channel partly owned by Hasbro. This incarnation was created by Lauren Faust, who was a fan of the property in her youth but eventually grew dissatisfied with its poor writing that she felt pandered to sexist stereotypes.[5] Thus Faust endeavored to design her own version of the property to address those concerns and created a series acclaimed for its sophisticated writing and nuanced characters. As a result of these qualities, Friendship Is Magic has not only proven a major success in its intended demographics, but also unexpectedly gained significant followings in peripheral ones, such as teen and adult males. The show has also attracted media coverage for its fanbase, which has spawned numerous adult-themed parodies, mashups, and images, mostly outside its main target audience, especially seen on YouTube and DeviantArt. And for the last episode The Doomsday in Equestria Parts 1-3 on June 7, 2014 for the last of twilight sparkle, and the hub company tell them about my little pony they desired to make some room for any cartoon shows and it moves on to 8 Months for one episode finale "when you wish when scootaloo comes to this", includes the main five and spike and my little pony moves on to the next season next month but it has been cancelled so it move on to the next generation, don't worry you'll see my little pony friendship is magic again, so that's 91 Episodes complete the goal and that's all.

  • My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day (2011)

Main article: My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day is a puzzle/storybook game developed by Ruckus Media, published by Hasbro, and released for iOS devices on Apple's App Store. It is based on Friendship is Magic.

  • My Little Pony mobile game (2012)

Main article: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (video game) My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a mobile video game based on the animated television show of the same name, developed by Gameloft for iOS and Android devices. The game was released on November 8, 2012.

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comic (2012-2015)

Main article: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (comic book) My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a comic series based on the animated television show of the same name. The first issue was published in November 2012 by IDW Publishing, under license from Hasbro who own the My Little Pony franchise, and has proven a highly successful venture with a larger circulation than most competing titles. The series is written by Katie Cook and illustrated by Andy Price. It has ended on 2nd April 2015 for the final comic cause my little pony friendship is magic tv series was been cancelled.

  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013)

Main article: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls My Little Pony: Equestria Girls is an animated theatrical film produced by Hasbro Studios. It had a limited premiere on June 16, 2013 at over 200 movie theaters across the United States. The film's plot has one of the main pony characters pursuing a thief through an interdimensional portal and finds herself as a humanized version of herself in a contemporary Western human society populated by humanoid analogies of her friends and acquaintances. A home media release is set for later in 2013, followed by The Hub television premiere sometime in the Fall of 2013.

Generation Five

  • My Little Pony: Megan and Friends (2015-present)

My Little Pony: Megan and Friends was recreates from the orignal my little pony from 1986, 1998, 2003, and 2010 and it premieres on 14th April 2015 in CGI US on the Hub and the UK on Five Milkshake Morning shows the little ponies how to learn about it and play and also many more with humans, ponies and creatures.

  • My Little Pony: Megan and Friends in Adventure Islands (2015)

Releases on Nintendo 3DS for finding the treasure in all over the island and scarch for something for hide an sleek.

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