Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rescue At Midnight Castle

This evening I had Ben sit and watch Rescue at Midnight Castle/Escape From Midnight Castle with me. I adore the pilot episode and as a child rented it from the movie store so many times! It is really nice to see how Friendship is Magic is intentionally keeping some of the old elements. Interestingly enough Ben said his favorite parts of the show where when ponies were falling. I never noticed it before, but it does happen quite a bit.

The special seems to go so quickly now though. It seems like when I was younger the battle between the rainbows lasted forever and I was always a little worried for the rainbow of light. Now it just flies by so quickly.

I don't really try to think of Applejack in the pilot as Applejack in FIM. They seem like two very different ponies to me. But often I think that a pony in FIM reminds me of a pony (or ponies) from the original series.

Twilight Sparkle = Twilight + Windwhistler
Twilight Sparkle is the only unicorn I can think of in FIM that has winked in and out, the original Twilight's signature move in the pilot. While Twilight Sparkle doesn't use quite the same extensive vocabulary as Windwhistler  they seem similar in personality and are the knowledgeable ponies.

Rainbow Dash = Firefly
I have seen a lot of people compare RD to Gusty, but gusty was impatient and grumpy. I think of RD as more high octane and living on the edge.  I can totally imagine RD trying to do the infamous double inside out loop.

Rarity= Heart Throb
I feel like this is more of a stretch than others, but Heart Throb was always thinking of romance and rarity does have the scene where she wants to meet the royal pony. I feel like Heart Throb tended to wear more ponywear than the other ponies, like Rarity does in FIM.

Pinkie Pie = Surprise + Fizzy
Pinkie Pie is probably my least favorite pony on FIM (hey, with 6 characters someone is going to end up on the bottom...) but I feel like my biggest problems with Pinkie Pie are 1. Her name doesn't seem very ponyish. I'm hoping this will be resolved in the upcoming episode where we learn how the ponies got their cutie marks. 2. The extreme over the topness. I feel like Surprise and Fizzy both acted in the same roles at Pinkie but were generally less obnoxious and had cooler names. If they really wanted to keep pink I don't see why they didn't go with Cotton Candy! It would fit the sweets aspect better and give you the idea of a sugar rush! Plus her hair kind of looks like cotton candy!

All I can say is I'd love to see a new interpretation of Return of Tambelon!


  1. I still watch my Escape From Midnight Castle. I'm amazed it still works! I haven't seen any of the new MLP cartoons. I didn't even realize they had moved on to G4... It's kind of cool how they're bringing back some of the G1 ponies, though.

  2. You should look them up if you have a chance. They are flash style so for the first few minutes I didn't like it because the animation was sooo different from my beloved Rescue, but you can tell the creator loved G1 and is bringing a lot of the feeling from g1 into the new show. The ponies might have sew bodies and colors, but the are the same old ponies. Even the first episodes deal with a villain and eternal night :)