That's the question posed in "My Little Pony: Equestria Girls," a new film based on the ongoing The Hub Network series -- both of which are produced by Hasbro Studios. At a mid-June meet-and-greet in Los Angeles, the series stars and creative team described the challenges of placing the characters in a new dimension.
Did "Equestria Girls" give you a chance to explore anything you've been dying to try for the last couple of television seasons? Now that they are girls and they are in high school.
Writer Meghan McCarthy: That's a good question. Definitely, there are some types of things that we don't do on the show that we explore a little bit in this movie. We'll see -- if things happen to go forward -- that we might explore different aspects of relationships that in the pony world don't quite work the same as they do when you set it in a high school setting.
You take the girl who is growing up with "Pony" who is going to have these similar, real-world experiences. With the show, we have these themes that are very relatable, but they are not the same experiences that fans who are starting high school or junior high might have.
Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle's new nemesis, comes across as a mean girl, but there is some disagreement about how mean she truly is. She also has been described as being fairly dark. How does she fit into the "My Little Pony" universe?
Rebecca Shoichet, voice of Sunset Shimmer: She's a character that struggles with making relationships, and she develops habits that are not good. And she learns to like them. She also sees when Sparkle comes in how important it is to make friends
What was different about the music choices when scoring "Equestria Girls"?
Composer Will Anderson: Sometimes, the characters and performances for me are so strong and defined for me musically that when I was doing the movie, we were just there. I had a conversation with [director Jayson Thiessen]: "Do we want to reinvent? Do we need new themes?" He said, "No, no, it's still the same world." The characters are so strong.
The scores remained orchestral, which is what we usually do, with elements of thrash rock once in a while. We go punk-totally sometimes.
Composer Daniel Ingram: The songs would sound out of place in the regular TV show. What happens in "Equestria" is a very distinctive style of song, a whole new approach: much more urban, much more modern-sounding. That will be quite a shift between those two worlds.
The songs were very different; electric guitar is almost never heard in the series. There's a lot of drums, guitars, contemporary beats, very rich pop vocal textures -- something we generally don't do in the show. So it's a new direction.
How does Spike fit into this new world?
Cathy Weseluck, voice of Spike: He's a dog. That was fun for me to discover because we don't know what we are going to get, clearly, when we get the script. We get the script, we find out the new adventure and how our character is going to develop in the scenarios they get into.
Spike, as a character, his whole thing is nobility. He wants to be Twilight's assistant: very, very noble and always wants to help. He still plays that role, and he's still with her, and he's being the same in another scenario, but it's fun seeing him as a dog.
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