As promised, the trailer.
So, on the one hand, after initial reports that Equestria Girls was not going to be made by the regular pony team, it looks like we’ve got Meghan McCarthy writing, David Thiessen directing, and Daniel Ingram doing music. So that’s promising, as far as it goes.
But… first off, it’s set in high school. Part of the appeal of Friendship Is Magic for me is that it depicts its characters as people, doing people things like having jobs and making friends and so forth. Putting them in high school means the movie will probably be about high school things like cliques and endless social climbing and complicated, backstabby games that make Versailles look like a friendly game of checkers.
And Twilight has an apparent love interest. That’s dangerous. There’s a long tradition of female characters becoming defined entirely by their romantic relationships, and it exerts a powerful gravity that can be difficult to escape.
And then there’s the apparent plots: Twilight is a fish out of water who doesn’t understand how humans do things. Yay. That’s not a story I’ve seen ad nauseam. Oh, but we have another stunningly original plot: there’s a mean girl who is inexplicably the top of the social ladder despite everyone hating her because of how mean she is. Woo.
Oh, and I sincerely hope the song for the trailer wasn’t an example of the kind of music the actual movie will have, because it was kind of awful.
I mean, I get it. The implied viewer for this trailer is clearly not me, it’s the sort of five-year-old girl who sees a trailer for The Smurfs 2 and thinks, “That looks good! I want to see that!” It’s entirely possible there’s a lot of things in the movie to appeal to me, and they just didn’t put them in the trailer because the trailer’s not for me. And certainly the movie implied by this trailer is nowhere near as bad as the movie implied by the aforementioned little blue annoyances.
But so far, this isn’t particularly promising. Cautious pessimism continues.