Top 12 Most Valuable Sofia The First Lessons

Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. So, Sofia The First turns 6 years old today. That’s a pretty big deal. One of the many things that attracted me to the show, besides it characters, were its lessons. Many episode either made an overdone lesson feel fresh and new, or tackled something new and bold very well. And this is my tribute for the anniversary, my 12 favorite lessons from the series. Why 12 you may ask? I was originally going to do 6 to represent the anniversary, but since the show ran for 4 seasons, it would’ve been awkward to do 1 lesson from 2 seasons, and 2 lessons from 2 seasons. I chose 12 since it’s a multiple of both 4 and 6, and it’s still a reasonable amount for me. Even then, there were a lot of choices to choose from. Here are a few rules I have.

1. I will not include the movies. I often gush about how bold the show’s movies are, but I figured I would purposefully talk about only regular episodes to show how impactful the lessons can be even without super high stakes.

2. How much I like the episode will not be a factor as to why an episode is on the list. For example, there are plenty of “great” and “amazing” episodes that may not make the list, while there could be “good” episodes that do make the list.
3. The episode’s lesson I will talk about will either be one that personally affected me, or affected someone that I personally know.

4. I will briefly talk about certain elements on why the episode works, and how it applies to me or someone I know.
5. The entries will be in airing order, not how impactful they are to me or someone I know.
With that out of the way, let’s begin.
Season 1:

1. Just One Of The Princes
Writer: Craig Gerber
Date: January 11, 2013
Our first entry is the first episode after the pilot movie. Let me give the basic rundown. Sofia is amazed by the flying derby team, and wants to try out. However, since she’s a girl, she’s just told to just sit on the sidelines. She then decides to try out for the tryout race anyway, but has difficulty staying on, and with Hugo’s criticism. This episode is a typical girl empowerment episode, yet does so in a tasteful manner. The pilot movie helped establish how Sofia isn’t all about the archetypal princess given how she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, so to speak, showcasing her adventurous streak well. Both Amber and James are in top form. James initially has his sexist ideas, but drops them when Hugo insults Sofia, and he stands up for her, showing that he’s always there for his siblings no matter what. Amber is a little more persistent, but the talk she has later on about how she doesn’t want Sofia work is very heartfelt, and also works when you consider how the movie’s climax has her whack Wormwood with a broom. Hugo may be archetypically sexist, though the episode makes him a great antagonist by showing how he’s simply fueled by a desire to win no matter what. Sofia is then shown practicing day and night, and manages to score a victory.

Much of what happened here actually happened with my grandmother in elementary school. She wanted to try out for the track team, but was told that girls aren’t allowed. She then practiced with her father, who was once on the team, and while she didn’t win tryouts, she still made the team due to metabolism and determination, even beating out some of the school’s most accomplished runners. This episode holds a special place in my heart since it reminds me of how my grandmother overcame some of the prejudices of her time.

2. The Little Witch

Writer: Erica Rothschild

Date: May 31, 2013
My next entry is “The Little Witch”. This episode has Sofia and Ruby helping Jade prepare for her birthday when they’re pranked by a young witch named Lucinda. When Sofia goes to confront her, Lucinda then reveals that she only acts like this due to her parents, and wants to change. Of the show’s three bullying episodes (the others being Substitute Cedric and The Fliegel Has Landed), I feel this is the strongest due to its more two sided nature (The Fliegel Has Landed also makes the conflict two sided, but with slightly less subtlety, while Substitute Cedric showcases more of victim retaliation, albeit really well). It shows how you should make up for any bad you’ve done, while also showing that you should be willing to give a second chance. Lucinda is shown to simply not get how other kids are supposed to act, and her willingly saving a falling Sofia shows how she’s not all bad. I do like how the rest of the episode shows her actively trying to change. The two sided nature comes from Jade. “The Big Sleepover” showcased how she tends to be more emotionally sensitive, hence why her being more set out on getting back at Lucinda works in the story. Jade also apologizing to her also works since she never took the time to get to know her, especially since she sprung her trap AFTER Lucinda changed. The ending then works since both of them acknowledge the wrong they did.

This actually reminds me of an event that happened back in fifth grade. There was a big kid named Curtis who was picking on us, me and my friend Jenny especially. We tried telling on him to the principal, but he always put on an innocent act. We had enough, and planned a big prank on him. What we didn’t know was that his behavior was a coping mechanism due to having moved just recently. We all got punished and were asked to do community service, where we eventually bonded and became friends. I thank the episode for reminding me how events like this can shape us for the better when we know how to act.

3. Tea For Too Many
Writer: Doug Cooney
Date: September 27, 2013
My last season 1 choice is “Tea For Too Many”. Let’s talk about it. This episode has Sofia being put in charge of the Royal Prep tea party, and Amber wants to help her out to make a good first impression. However, Amber’s ideas to make everything “bigger and better” overwhelms Sofia. The episode goes for a simple yet powerful moral on how you should respect each other’s choices and not go too far in trying to push what you believe. It works well when applied to Sofia and Amber. The former is known for doing what she can to impress others while the latter is often known for going too far with good intentions. It’s like in “The Big Sleepover”, with Amber having similarly good intentions, but acts rather vain about it. Anyway, when things go awry, and the fancy party is ruined, Sofia puts together elements of both to throw a party everyone likes.

This reminds me of when my aunt and uncle were putting together my cousin Adam’s 13th birthday. My aunt wanted to hire some clowns and use a bounce house while my uncle wanted a DJ and some disco lights. Eventually, a compromise was reached and there were dancing disco clowns and a dj clown. Yeah, it was really weird, but really enjoyable, and I thank the episode for helping me remind of a time where good can still come about in unexpected places.

Season 2:

1. Mom’s The Word

Writer: Michael G. Stern
Date: April 25, 2014

My first entry for season 2 is the Mother’s Day episode. Let’s talk about it. This episode has Sofia feeling like a third wheel when Miranda also invites Amber and James to a Mother’s Day tradition that used to be just for them. She then asks Lucinda to help her separate them so that just the two of them can spend time together, but things go awry when Lucinda’s mother Marla wants her to follow in her evil footsteps. So yeah, we have two perspectives on motherhood, with one teaching kids how there’s still plenty of love to share (Sofia) and the other is about being able to understand how your child wants to be their own person (Lucinda). While they don’t heavily state it, we do get a strong motivation for Sofia’s behavior, in that her mother was pretty much the one person she had in her life that was always there for her, hence why you feel sympathy even when she acts rashly. As for Lucinda, she is in top form, with her character being more willing to do good, yet she still struggles to please others, just like her first appearance. I really like the ending, where Miranda tells Sofia that she will always love her unconditionally, while Marla, while a bit reluctant, actually comes to support Lucinda being more of a good witch.

The main plot involving Sofia actually has a similarity to a conflict with my mother and grandfather on her side, albeit with darker repercussions, and I have permission to talk about it. Around 15 years ago, they got into an argument on whether to tear down a historical site in the Philippines where his army achieved a victory, with my mother for it so they can build a new school and relocate it, and my grandfather against it since it’s an important piece of history. They argued, and didn’t speak for three months. Eventually, they went to patch things up and said they were both rather stubborn. She then managed to integrate the two by building a shrine in the new school dedicated to it. However, he passed away a few years before it was finished, but was happy they could at least have closure here before passing on. This episode helps reminds me to appreciate my parents more.

2. Scrambled Pets
Writer: Erica Rothschild

Date: October 17, 2014
The next episode is definitely an interesting one. It follows Sofia, Amber, James, and Vivian as they bring their pets to school despite it being against school policy. They have some trouble with the potions, and get loose, and have to be rounded up before the teachers find out. Of course, they do find out, and have to clean up their mess anyway. The episode essentially goes for a moral about peer pressure, and how everyone is susceptible to it and that you shouldn’t fall for it. Using Sofia, Amber, James, and Vivian for this works pretty well. Both Sofia and Vivian are more hesitant to go along with this idea given their level headed nature yet still wanting to impress, while Amber and James tend to go more towards impulse and desire. It helps that their behavior is called out each time.

This actually reminds me of a scenario back in 8th grade. Jenny, Curtis, and I wanted to sneak into a movie theater to watch a movie on opening day during a school day even though the time it happened was during a test. Although Curtis became genuinely good at this point, he was still prone to bad behavior, hence we were more easily influenced to follow him despite our better judgment. We were caught when they saw our faked doctors’ notes, and we got detention for a week. We never did a stunt like that again.

3. Sidekick Clio

Writer: Erica Rothschild

Date: July 22, 2015
My last season 2 choice is with “Sidekick Clio”. This episode has Clio wanting to join the school play due to her passion for theater, but is hesitant to do so when she thinks Hildegard won’t approve. Things become more complicated when she returns from her trip, and says she can’t do so. This episode’s moral is essentially about how being a good friend is about being able to be there for others, while also saying to stand up for yourself, even if they don’t approve. Using Hildegard and Clio for this works. As shown with “The Princess Stays In The Picture”, the former acts rather snobby and dismissive and snobby since she doesn’t want to feel stepped on and left out, hence why you can understand her reason for acting this way and being rather hard on her. Clio is still obviously the more sympathetic. Even though this is her first focus episode, she’s had plenty of noteworthy scenes like in “Two To Tangu” and “Tea For Too Many” that show how she’s a little different from Hildegard in wanting to express herself more. It’s like an abusive relationship, yet you can see why they act this way. The ending is what sells it, where Clio stands up to her, and does the school play, and Hildegard sees for herself, and is actually proud of her. It’s really quite uplifting.

A similar situation happened with Carla, a cousin on my father’s side, and her friend Sapphire. Though they were best friends with similar interests in fashion and music, Sapphire was often controlling of Carla. It wasn’t without reason though. Carla was known for being rather socially awkward and prone to following the crowd, while Sapphire was more controlling due to trying to cope with her father’s death. Carla eventually told her off when she wanted to take part in a talent show but was told no, and eventually, the two made up and became like sisters, most notably in how they shared an apartment in college and are more open with each other. This episode helps remind me of how lucky I am that my friends treat me well.

Season 3:

3. Cedric Be Good
Writers: Laurie Israel & Rachel Ruderman
Date: September 18, 2015
Our first entry for season 3 is “Cedric Be Good”. Let me sum it up. Cedric concocts another scheme to try and get Sofia’s amulet, this time successfully swapping her amulet with a fake one. However, he does not get any of the good powers it normally gets, and tries to do good in order to unlock them. Much of the episode says on how you should do good things because it’s the right thing to do. Using Cedric for this particular moral works well. He’s always been a complicated character, with one episode having him doing anything to take the amulet, and the other showing more of his inferiority complex. This episode explores that aspect well by showing that all he wants is respect. It also helps that, even in his worst days, he never tries seriously hurting Sofia, hence the added weight to the conflict, and why him giving back the amulet at the end worked.

I remembered going through a conflict like this in 8th grade with my rival Tom. He and I were both on the same intellectual and physical level, and often took part in challenges to prove who’s better. This culminated in a Thanksgiving food drive, where we were trying to outdo each other in who could collect more food. It eventually went too far, and the display went down. We both felt bad about what happened, and tried to make amends by going out of town to help collect more food, and we ended up with more than double the original amount. We also buried our rivalry here. This episode helps remind me on thinking more about others when doing good.

2. Lord Of The Rink
Writers: Laurie Israel & Rachel Ruderman
Date: December 4, 2015
This episode makes a great companion piece to “Just One Of The Princes”. Let’s talk about it. This episode has Hugo wanting to join the ice dancing team that Sofia is on. However, his father wants him to join the ice hockey team, and he does it in secret. While JOOTP is about how you can overcome gender barriers with enough persistence and practice, this episode is about how you can do what your heart desires even when others say no, and you can’t be ashamed of it. It works well with Hugo, who made a heel-face turn in “The Flying Crown”, and thus is more open. While still rough around the edges, he’s still shown as actually wanting to please others while still being true to his more sensitive, yet assertive self. He makes a great foil to the more independent and open minded Sofia. In the end, he manages to take part in the ice skating, and not only helps the girls out, and impresses his father and many of the other boys.

A similar situation happened with Curtis’ cousin Fred. He wanted to take part in his school’s cheerleading team, but was afraid of being ridiculed by his friends on the basketball team given his physical metabolism. He eventually showed that he had the skills to be part of the team, and was allowed to take part in the team. This episode helps remind me on how I can still pursue what I like even if it’s not what’s conventionally well known.

3. One For The Books
Writer: Erica Rothschild

Date: March 31, 2017

My last entry for the season is, fittingly enough, the last episode of the season, as well as Erica Rothschild’s last episode. This episode takes place on the first day of school, with Sofia’s class being put in a more advanced class. Desmond is having a hard time trying to adjust to the new subjects being taught, and tries to prove he can do things himself. The episode is obviously going for a moral on how it’s not bad to ask for help, and oh boy does it resonate with me. Desmond has always been someone who prides himself on intelligence, yet his fatal flaw lies in how he can’t unlock his true potential due to not wanting to disappoint others. It’s actually quite sympathetic. There’s also a sense of wonderment to be found, which helps ease things out. He then naturally asks for help, helped by how Professor P is actually really reasonable, if a bit quirky and unconventional.

This reminds me quite a bit of my first year in high school, where I was struggling to get by and get to all my commitments in time. Through some help from my parents and counselor, I was able to get myself on track and graduate with high honors. This episode helps remind me how I’m not perfect, but I shouldn’t be upset by that.

Season 4:

1. Pirated Away
Writer: Tom Rogers
Date: October 20, 2017

Well, if Tom Rogers’ work on Elena Of Avalor proved anything, it’s that he’s not afraid to take things in bold directions. Let’s examine this episode. It involves Sofia and Amber wanting to see a special meteor shower on their own, but Miranda says no unless she comes along with them. They then run into Captain Quiver and his pirates who won’t let them go unless they help them find a treasure. However, Amber is very intent on wanting to see the meteor shower. Season 4 marked the point where older audiences were given greater consideration in the wide appeal, and this episode showcases it well with its theme on independence, and how it’s good to give others independence, while it’s also good to acknowledge that you can’t do everything. Both Amber and Miranda are in top form here. While Amber is rather impulsive in her behavior, a point can be argued in that she simply wants to be able to be taken more seriously. It works since she has a take charge attitude. Miranda is also in top form, given how she’s known for being protective of her children without being too smothering. I really like their conversation on the iceberg, where they both confess their fault in the situation, and when rescued, they both help the pirates to navigate the sea.

One notable instance of this happening in my life is at the end of my last year in high school. I was invited to a pool party that had alcohol and I was underage, and I promised my parents that I wouldn’t drink any. I didn’t drink any. They were still skeptical given some of my misbehavior I mentioned before, and were sneaking around to make sure I was fine. When I eventually saw them, we argued. However, a burglar came and knocked them out temporarily, and we managed to save them, while they managed to stop the burglar from going on with his heists. We eventually agreed that we would take baby steps in how far and where I can go when dealing with social events on my own. This episode helped us appreciate each other more.

2. The Birthday Wish

Writer: Matt Hoverman

Date: January 5, 2018

Well, considering this episode aired a week after my birthday, and is also the 100th episode (depending on who you ask), I felt putting it on the list was appropriate. Let’s see why. This episode has Sofia’s birthday being a disaster when everything gets ruined (her dress, the cake, Crackle accidentally lighting the decorations on fire, etcetera), and wishes to start her birthday over again. Tizzy then grants her wish to start her birthday over again, but Sofia keeps reliving the same day over and over again due to how things keep getting bad, making her increasingly frustrated. This episode has an obvious, yet meaningful moral on how things won’t always go as planned, but it’s about how you learn from it and make the best of a bad situation. Using Sofia for this moral works given how, though she’s known for being adaptable and quick on her feet, she’s also known for not being able to handle any situations that involve too much bad happening pretty much at once. What really sells it is that she went through this 37 times. Jeez! Anyway, she then manages to change the pattern on her dress, while also brushing off Rex accidentally trashing the party, thus breaking the time loop.

This reminds me of what happened on my 18th birthday, where I was finally recognized as an adult. We planned the party for a bit, but a combination of traffic and sick friends and some food mishap really put a damper on things. However, I was able to have a happy birthday since I at least had my family on my side. I thank this episode for helping to remind me how I should be grateful for what I have, even in bad situations.

3. The Elf Situation

Writer: Craig CarLisle

Date: May 18, 2018
My last choice is both the penultimate episode of the season, as well as the penultimate episode of the series. Let’s talk about it. With Roland and Miranda out for the day honoring the staff and their coach broken down, and Baileywick sick, Sofia, Amber, and James have the castle for themselves. This proves to be a challenge when Elfabelle and Arielf, the respective leaders of the river and tree elves. However, their petty immaturity against each other makes things difficult. This episode is not subtle in its moral on not forgetting your inner child when growing up, and that it’s simply about knowing to act on it, and it’s still done tastefully. What really helps sell it starts from the beginning. Early in the episode, Sofia cleans out her closet, and finds some old toys she hasn’t played with in a while, magical jump rope and floating blocks. She then tried to play with Amber and James, but they’re too focused on their futures, and she convinced them to have some play time before they go off. This ties into the conflict later. Amber tries to stick to the list her father made to keep them happy, but she misses on the time where they actually had fun playing with the utensils with magic, and they go back to hating each other. What makes the conflict work is that everyone is spot on. Sofia, being altruistic and child like, knows how we all have the childlike feeling that never goes away, but also knows when to act on it, as does James. Amber is known for wanting to stay mature and stick to what’s best. As for Elfabelle and Arielf, they’re both pretty likable since it’s pretty clear that they’re arguing simply to maintain cultural pride, but go about it childishly in the wrong way. In the climax, all three of them bring the magic utensils and the toys, which makes them happy and willing to make peace.

This reminds me of a National Honor Society induction ceremony in my junior year in high school, and I was one of them. Two of the guests were deans of the high schools in the surrounding area who wanted to form relations with the school, and attended this ceremony to see if we were worth sticking together with. They were prone to arguing on what they thought would be the best way to make connections, with one dean being more carefree and the other dean more strict, yet acted rather petty. Eventually, I worked with our dean and the soon to be inducted president to give a speech on how we’re all different yet united as one, and appealed to their inner child by reminding them of how people were more prone to getting along due to endearing naivety. This persuaded them to make up and form relations with us. I thank this episode for helping show that we all have an inner child we shouldn’t forget.
And those are my favorite lessons from the series. Happy anniversary. Have a good day.

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Potential DC Superhero Girls Writers (Lauren Faust Version

Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. The DC Superhero Girls franchise is definitely influential, whether you watch the Shea Fontana series or the Lego projects. Now we have a new DC Superhero Girls project, this time a tv series helmed by Lauren Faust. With her dedication to quality female entertainment, this property would be a good fit for her. I will pick three writers who could potentially write for the series. Let’s begin.

Katie Mattila

My first choice for the list is Katie Mattila. One of her first jobs is writing for both Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend Of Korra. For the former, she wrote episodes like Tales Of Ba Sing Se” (specifically the Zuko segment) and “The Beach”. For the latter, she’s written “Old Wounds” , “The Calling”, and collaborated on “Remembrances”. Both shows really get into the mind of their respective preteen and teenage protagonists, just like the franchise’s projects. She’s also written for Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness, which managed to blow itself out of the water whenever it tackled anything deeply spiritual or meaningful, such as “The Goosefather”, “The Break Up”, and “The Secret Admirer”. She’s recently served as a staff writer for Tangled The Series, and her episodes were pretty good, tackling diverse plots like mysteries (One Angry Princess). She’s also made a name in comedy, writing for Harvey Beaks and Home: Adventures With Tip And Oh. Despite their different tones, they do know how to craft characters with depth. She would definitely fit in nicely here.

John O’Bryan

My next choice is John O’Bryan. While he may not have as many credits as Katie, he’s still pretty noteworthy. He of course wrote for Avatar: The Last Airbender. His episodes included “The King Of Omashu” , “The Avatar State”, and “The Headband”, among many others. They are some of the standout examples of the complexity the show is capable of. He also co-wrote “The Ember Island Players”, showing that he has a gift for comedy. His next writing gig wouldn’t be for a few years until Motorcity came out on Disney XD. Among the many praises for the show are its complex teenage characters and eye popping animation and art style. His episodes included “Ride The Lightning” , “Fearless”, and “Mayhem Night”, where things managed to kick into overdrive. After that, he moved onto Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, which definitely leaned more towards comedy, but had enough action and suspense to make it a good action-comedy. Though he hasn’t done much in recent years, he had one shot episodes for Turbo FAST and Ben 10 (2016), which were fine. He’s definitely another worthy addition.

Mairghread Scott

My last choice for a potential writer is Mairghread Scott. She’s definitely a big name when it comes to action shows. She’s written for Transformers Prime, its sequel series Robots In Disguise, and Transformers Rescue Bots, all of which were praised for their bold and unique takes on the characters, especially the first and third. For DC, she wrote the Justice League Action episode “The Trouble With Truth”, which is my favorite Wonder Woman centric episode from the series, so she knows the character. She’s more closely associated with Marvel animation, serving as a writer for Ultimate Spiderman and Avengers Assemble, and a story consultant for Guardians Of The Galaxy. Though the former two are a bit divisive, she did write a few of the better episodes. With her serving as a major crew member for the latter, it helps to diversify the characters, especially the female characters. She’s also in charge of the upcoming Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors movie and shorts, which is like the Marvel version of this franchise. All in all, she’s more than qualified.

And those are my potential writers for the series. What do you think?

Why Queen Amber Makes Sense

Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. When the Sofia The First episode “A Royal Wedding”, there arose some controversy regarding how Amber is said to become the true heir to the throne due to being the firstborn (if only by a few minutes), possibly putting her above everyone else. I disagree. I think Amber being queen someday makes sense with what the show established. To show why I feel this way, we’re going to look at 6 major points: Amber’s Focus In The Movies, James And Recklessness, No One Is Above Each Other, Amber’s Behavior Post Mystic Isles, King For A Day, and Sofia, Magic, And Independence. Let’s begin.

Amber’s Focus In The Movies: Besides Sofia herself, Amber is the only character to appear in all five of the show’s movies, playing a big part in three of them. The three where she plays a big role are in “Once Upon A Princess”, “The Curse Of Princess Ivy”, and “The Mystic Isles”. The first movie focuses on her relationship with Sofia, and how she has to grow out of her jealousy of her when everyone, even her father and brother, are very welcoming to her, in tandem with Sofia learning to reach out to her family in times of need. “The Curse Of Princess Ivy” focuses on her learning to put others’ needs before her own when her desire to feel special. Even with her memory erased at the end, she took the lessons to heart. “The Mystic Isles” approaches this again, but with a different approach, this time about her wanting to make a name for herself for others. This highlights the core root of Amber’s character in that she wants to feel special. She’s known for being rather underhanded and stubborn, but is also shown to suffer from an inferiority complex, overlooking her own skills in creativity and her big heart. Why do we have this heavy focus on Amber? It’s because she has the most in common with Sofia. Like Sofia, she’s known for being ambitious, being able to think on her feet, suffers from an inferiority complex, and is a good person. They contrast each other in that Sofia is known for being openhearted and generally levelheaded, while Amber is known for being more headstrong and upfront in what she thinks is right. Their dynamic is really quite interesting.

James And Recklessness: James is known for reckless and occasionally insensitive behavior. That’s a given. Here are some examples. In “A Royal Mess”, he’s the one who accidentally breaks the stain glass window. In the subplot for “The Flying Crown”, he accidentally gets injured, and has a bit of a hard time doing some of the menial jobs. “ There’s also his behavior in “The Secret Library: Tale Of The Eternal Torch”, where he’s rather quick to come up with a solution to the problem at hand. This makes his behavior in “A Royal Wedding” more understandable given his determination to prove he’s better, even if he had to resort to sabotage. His desire to be a knight also makes sense since, while he knows being a king as well as being a knight isn’t easy, him wanting to be a knight makes sense since he can directly help people more without feeling a sense of restriction, as shown with The Silent Knight and Tale Of The Eternal Torch . In addition, though he is a well-developed character, he’s not as developed as Sofia and Amber. In fact, he only has one focus episode in season 3 (Camp Wilderwood), with the other episodes he appears making him a supporting player. This also makes his comment on Amber not being worried about her dirty dress in the wedding episode make sense since he wasn’t as involved in Sofia and hers’ adventures, and thus missed her stronger instances of character development, and has become more reckless since they’re not around as much. In short, the path James is going on makes sense.

No One Is Above Each Other: Now you might be thinking to yourself that the episode is putting Amber over James, except it’s not the case. While an argument could be made for the show putting Sofia above her siblings, the show itself still manages to make all three of them stand out with their individual strengths and weaknesses. A good example is the episode “Scrambled Pets”, where Sofia, Amber, James, and Vivian bring their pets to school. The episode shows that while Sofia has more of a moral compass compared to her siblings, she can be just as prone to bad behavior if swayed enough. A more recent example comes from “Her Royal Spy-ness”, with Amber suspecting that their mother is in danger. Though Sofia thinks otherwise, she still goes along with her when there’s supposed proof. Likewise, earlier in the episode, she sees James doing something funny, only to reveal he was just giving his vegetables to the rabbits. While he didn’t play a major role here, it shows he’s still prone to some bad behavior no matter how well intentioned or harmless. While the characters are developing steadily, they are still kids after all, who are prone to making mistakes due to not having everything figured out. The show is great when it comes to its child characters.

Amber’s Behavior Post Mystic Isles: Amber’s behavior in episodes after “The Mystic Isles” gives off both a sense of change and familiarity. In “Princess Jade”, she’s the Royal Prep student that swaps places with Jade. She doesn’t exactly do well in the classes. It’s not for thinking she’s above this or anything like that. It’s that she thinks she’s not good enough to handle more rustic, simpler tasks due to being so used to having a lot of things handed to her. This behavior is reminiscent of episodes like “Two To Tangu” and “Buttercup Amber”, where she’s similarly in a jam, but in those episodes, she’s more upfront on her disdain/uncomfortableness with the situations, while here, she’s more contemplative and confused. In “Pirated Away”, while she is upfront about how Miranda got them into trouble with the pirates, it’s also made clear that it’s out of a desire to be independent to see a special meteor shower, and not for any sort of vanity project. Her apologizing at the end thus feels genuine as they, along with Sofia, work together to help the pirates out. Though “The Birthday Wish” focuses on Sofia, her behavior is also interesting. While she clearly didn’t like how Sofia’s dress was ruined, she showed more concern for her cake, which is seen as a significant symbol for a birthday, thus showing how she’s more concerned for the overall picture than the small details. It’s because of this that her behavior in “A Royal Wedding”, where she’s much more selfless, works. Let’s rewind a bit to “Tea For Too Many”, where she tried to make Sofia’s tea party bigger and fancier so as to make it more interesting. While she is genuinely trying to help her, she still has the aura of vanity surrounding her. How about an episode like “A Tale Of Two Teams”, where, after straightening herself out, she’s shown to be able to lead the team efficiently, and were it not for Jade making a last minute goal due to better eyesight, her team would’ve won. She’s also shown to be rather emphatic towards Sofia for her plight on not being Roland’s real daughter in “Dads And Daughters Day”. This makes her behavior in “A Royal Wedding”, “The Royal School Fair”, and “The Elf Situation” work. She maintains the desire to please others from the tea episode, but without the vanity, in the wedding episode and the elf episode. She maintains the desire to be there for others but unintentionally causing problems from the aforementioned two episodes, but is less skewed and just more stubborn and confused, as shown with the fair and elf episodes. She retains the leadership skills shown in the two teams episode, but with a greater inclination to help others, in the elf episode. Sofia’s behavior is definitely rubbing off on her.

King For A Day: The episode “King For A Day” has enough material for me to give it its own segment. James thinks he can be a good king, and is made king for a day while Roland and Miranda go out phoenix watching. Amber thinks that James will mess up, and tries to sabotage the trip to make sure they come back to see his mess. Amber definitely goes a bit too far with her behavior, but I am able to excuse it since she does genuinely compliment James for being a good king in the end. This episode revealed quite a bit, or at least confirmed some interesting things. Amber is established to be able to get inside people’s heads and understand how they feel and what makes them tick, and use it to her advantage, whether for good reasons or not. The pilot movie showcased this when she doesn’t have good intentions, while “Two Princesses And A Baby” and future episodes like “A Tale Of Two Teams” and “Sidekick Clio”, to name a few. The episode also goes to showcase how, while James can be a good ruler, it’s not the right job for him, at least at the moment. He thinks he can goof off and have fun and that problems can be solved almost instantly, not thinking of the greater consequences. While he does come up with a genuinely good solution to stop the giant crying baby (cookies and milk), it’s also a rather unorthodox solution, thus showing that he’s meant for something where he can be more hands on in helping without feeling restricted. It may not have been intentional, but this episode laid the groundwork for the characters a good four years in advance.

Sofia, Magic, And Independence: My last point involves Sofia, most notably her inclination to magic and her independence. The show is obviously setting up a path where Sofia becomes a full time protector as well becoming a sorceress, which makes sense when you know what to look for. Let’s rewind to “Cedric’s Apprentice” from season 1. She goes to Cedric for help in order to pass a special test involving turning ordinary objects to gemstones. In addition to setting up Cedric’s relationship with Sofia and how he’s not a bad person, this episode also sets up Sofia setting up sorcery as a possible career choice for her. It’s either the focus of, or at least a component of, many episodes, even with her amulet taken out of account. They include, but are not limited to: Baileywhoops (with Sofia’s intrigue in the pin Boswell gave Baileywick upon seeing the truth), The Floating Palace (fascination with Oona’s comb), Substitute Cedric (due to Cedric teaching magic class), New Genie On The Block (her interest in the magic lamp in the package), Gone With The Wand (inviting Cedric and Callista to see Merlin), Hexley Hall (for her enhanced abilities now that she can keep the amulet), Through The Looking Back Glass (a time traveling mirror, and the school lesson she asks Cedric to teach her that forms the climax), and more. Her independence is also worth noting. Ever since Aunt Tilly handed over the task of following the orders of The Secret Library in both the titular episode and its predecessor “Minding The Manor”, Sofia is shown to go off on adventures by herself (or only one or two specific people) much more frequently. Some examples include “New Genie On The Block” (with Roland), “Stormy Lani” (with her parents and Lani), “The Bamboo Kite” (with only Jun and the royal advisor), Beauty Is The Beast (Princess Charlotte), “Cauldronation Day” (with Lucinda, Indigo, and Violet), “A Royal Dragon” (Crackle), and Too Cute To Spook (Callista, Indigo, Violet, and Lucinda”. That’s not even getting into the Secret Library and Mystic Isles episodes, which are either by herself (Tale Of The Noble Knight, The Princess And The Protector) or with someone she knows (James in Tale Of The Eternal Torch and Amber in The Mystic Isles). Sofia is clearly taking after Aunt Tilly in that regard. In “A Royal Wedding”, Tilly revealed that while she’s meant to be the rightful heir to the throne due to being the firstborn, she gave the position to Roland since she wanted to be an adventurer. Let’s make it clear. Tilly may be an adventurer instead of queen, but she’s still recognized as royalty due to being born into it. Tilly’s influence is definitely rubbing off on Sofia. If Sofia becomes a full time protector and/or sorceress, she will still be royalty. Plus, we at least see she still holds her family in high regard, like when thinking about them in “Royal Lani”, “The Mystic Isles: A Very Mystic Wassalia”, and other episodes. As such, her becoming a full time protector and/or sorceress, along with James being a knight, makes sense, since they can still be royalty while helping people more directly. With Amber, she can accept the responsibilities that come with being queen while still living with the restrictions, and still help out others even if less directly.

And that’s why Amber being queen works here. What do you think?

Lego Flash Movie Review

Lego DC Comics Superheroes: The Flash

Writers: Jim Krieg & Jeremy Adams

Producer: Brandon Vietti

Director: Ethan Spaulding

Casting And Voice Direction By Lisa Schaffer

Dates:

February 13, 2018 (Digital)

March 13, 2018 (DVD)

Synopsis: “The Flash loses his powers.”

I’m surprised that the Flash has never gotten a movie despite his popularity. Fortunately, we get one in the form of “Lego DC Comics Superheroes: The Flash”. Let’s start. The movie starts out business as usual, where the Justice League tries to stop the Joker from unleashing laughing gas all over the city, while Flash tries to get to the crime scene in time.

After stopping Captain Boomerang and Captain Cold, he returns into Reverse Flash, who keeps messing with his mind in a time loop. When Flash attempts to catch up to him, his connection to the speed force is broken, and his powers are gone. Not only that, he gets kicked out of the Justice League for non-stop pranking on them, and everyone in the city hates him while they love Reverse Flash for stopping crime quickly. Now Flash has to get his powers back with help from Dr. Fate and Zatanna, and stop Reverse Flash from tainting his image.

The main crux of the movie lies in the dueling personalities between Flash and Reverse Flash, and ties well into the theming about true heroism.

Flash, being the hero here, is naturally in top form. The beginning shows him selflessly going out of his way to help people, thorough we also see more of his flaws when he gets to the battle, and even before then. He’s shown as flighty, impulsive, and a bit of an egoist considering how he relishes in the fame. What keeps him likable though is that, none of it is intentional. Okay, what I mean is that Flash is so used to doing things fast that he often acts before thinks, but it works since it’s clearly shown that it’s a coping mechanism due to how the world moves slower around him. It also helps that he’s not an idiot so much as he’s mentally immature, but still friendly.

Reverse Flash is essentially his opposite. He maintains many of the same negative traits that Flash has, but with none of the positive traits, and all his negativity amped up. He came from the future to dethrone Flash as the world’s most beloved hero since he’s always in his shadow. That’s not too bad, but the fact that he had to go one step further to outshine the League, and gloat about his victories makes him a truly enjoyable piece of nasty work.

Atom also has a nice arc in this movie. He’s one of the League’s new members, and is not confident in his own abilities. He finds out Flash is innocent, but Reverse Flash’s shock cuffs short out while he’s shrunk. He then tries to do what he can to get to the league and prove to them his innocence. His arc works since he’s shown to be explicitly smart and adaptable, but just simply suffers from seeing his own self worth.

Why do I bring this up? All three arcs tie into the ultimate message of the movie: “Slow down. Make a plan. Be aware of your surroundings.”. This bites Reverse Flash in the butt since he only followed the second part of the quote, not the first. Flash succeeds when he correctly goes through the maze to get his powers back and take down Reverse Flash in the final battle with planning, while Atom wins by applying the three principles to his escape.

Add in a sense of wonder and excitement, along with action and humor, you get a great movie.

Here is the cast for the movie.

James Arnold Taylor as The Flash / Barry Allen

Dwight Schultz as Reverse-Flash

Eric Bauza as The Atom, B’dg, Jimmy Olsen

Kevin Michael Richardson as Doctor Fate, Captain Cold

Kate Micucci as Zatanna

Troy Baker as Batman

Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Boomerang, Aquaman, Ace The Bathound, Krypto The Superdog

Grey DeLisle Griffin as Wonder Woman, Lois Lane

Tom Kenny as Plastic Man, Penguin

Phil LaMarr as Firestorm

Vanessa Marshall as Poison Ivy

Nolan North as Superman, Killer Croc

Khary Payton as Cyborg

Jason Spisak as Joker

Audrey Wasilewski as Mayor Wimsley

Reviewing First 4 Muppet Babies (2018) Segments

Hello there. This is SofiaBlythe2014. Muppet Babies is definitely an iconic show, with its mix of quirkiness and heartwarming moments told through the lens of the over imaginative baby versions of the Muppets. Now we have a new Muppet Babies show for Disney Junior, straight from the mind of Kids Next Door creator Tom Warburton. This show focuses on Kermit, Piggy, Animal, Gonzo, Fozzie, Miss Nanny, and a new character named Summer Penguin. Let’s see how it is.

1. Sir Kermit The Brave

Writer: Robyn Brown

Director: Guy Moore

Date: March 23, 2018

Synopsis: “The Muppet Babies must save Miss Nanny from a dragon.”

Our first episode of the series is one that’s definitely quite the heartwarmer. In this episode, Nanny is missing her green sweater, and looks for it in the art closet. When they hear a growling sound, they think it’s a dragon, and go inside to investigate. However, Kermit is hesitant to go on the adventure since he’s afraid of the dark. Let’s get this out of the way. This episode is plain fun. It’s 11 minutes of adrenaline pumping fun due to its sense of adventure. What helps make this episode stronger is its message on not letting fear get to you. Kermit has a fear of the dark, and doesn’t want his friends to find out. In essence, he’s putting up a façade, which works in this scenario considering that he’s the group’s leader, and wants to set an example for the others. That’s actually sympathetic. In the climax, it’s discovered that the noise is coming from a dragon named Dot, who was crying since she’s afraid of the dark. He then gets her to help him rescue his friends from a dark castle. This helps get across a nice moral on how you can overcome your fears with help from your friends. It’s been done before, but it works here. I call myself impressed.

2. Animal Fly Airplane

Writer: Eric Shaw

Director: Guy Moore

Date: March 23, 2018

Synopsis: “The Muppet Babies fly to France.”

Get your plane tickets ready. We’re in for quite a flight. In this episode, when Nanny offers to make the babies croissants, they decide to go on a trip to Paris for some fun before snack time. However, Animal accidentally knocks out Kermit in his excitement, and they don’t have anyone to fly the plane. He volunteers to do so, but the others don’t want him to do so. The episode goes for a simple idea on knowing how to embrace your wild side, and does so pretty well through the eyes of Animal. It’s established early on that he is prone to making messes and acting pretty crazy, hence why everyone else understandably doesn’t want him to fly the plane. On the flip side, you can also understand why Animal is wild given that it helps him act fearlessly when facing any obstacle in his way. This is best shown in the climax, where he’s able to effortlessly fly the plane through a storm, which impresses everyone. In the end, it seems like he’s about to act too wildly again, but shows restraint. It’s a nice message on how good it is to be wild since it can help you tackle challenges fearlessly so as long as you know how to control it. It’s pretty nice.

3. Hatastrophe

Writer: Laura Sreenby

Director: Guy Moore

Date: March 23, 2018

Synopsis: “Fozzie’s hat flies loose.”

Some episodes are great even when not being subtle with its message, and this is proof. This episode has Kermit playing with Fozzie’s propeller hat, only for it to accidentally fly into Statler and Waldorf’s yard. Since they won’t allow him to get it back, he then tries to get it out with help from the others, but he wants to keep Fozzie in the dark about losing the hat. This makes Fozzie feeling like no one wants to play with him. Yeah, it’s obvious that the episode is going for a moral on honesty, but I do like how they set it up. For one thing, it does make sense for someone like Kermit to lie to his friends given that he’s the type of guy who doesn’t like letting others down, especially Fozzie, who’s one of the more sensitive characters in the group. There’s actually a nice bit of comedy here, not just from Fozzie, but the sheer absurdity in trying to get the hat back. This culminates in the ending, where Fozzie unintentionally makes them laugh, and this pleases them enough to give them the hat, but not until after Kermit apologizes and tells Nanny what happened. In essence, the moral is about being honest so as to not let lies snowball out of control and making others sad. I’d say this deserves a star.

4. Fly South

Writer: Robyn Brown

Director: Guy Moore

Date: March 23, 2018

Synopsis: “Gonzo wants to fly south.”

Well, for a Gonzo focused episode, I guess we would dive into the absurd. Let’s jump into this. This episode has Nanny saying that the chickens will be going away for awhile. This has Gonzo thinking that it means they’re flying south since he heard her talk about how birds fly south in winter. He then tries to find a way to fly so that he can go with them, and eventually just tries to bring the south to them. I guess I should spoil the ending, since it is a little obvious. It turns out that Nanny was just going to take the chickens to the vet, and they would be back in one hour. This does not undermine the rest of the episode. It’s actually an interesting look into Gonzo’s character. He’s shown to be the type of guy who is a loyal friend to the chicks, but due to his general weirdness, he often expresses that love in rather unusual ways. What helps his case is that, while not stupid, he’s not exactly the most intelligent, and thus would go for the extreme measures. Another good moment is near the end, where the others relate to him on how it’s not good to be away from people you love, but the bond is there when you manage to stay connected. In essence, it still manages to give a nice moral on how it’s best to let go, but also know how to maintain the bond you have with others. This episode is a success.

I can safely call myself a fan of the show. Let’s see where it takes us.

Here is the cast for the episodes.

Matt Danner as Kermit The Frog, Waldorf

Dee Bradley Baker as Animal, American Radio Voice

Eric Bauza as Fozzie Bear, French Radio Voice, Statler

Jessica DiCicco as Summer Penguin

Ben Diskin as Gonzo

Melanie Harrison as Piggy

Jenny Slate as Miss Nanny

Rachel Bloom as Dot

My Ideas For A Sofia The First Theatrical Movie

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Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. Sofia The First is a show unlike any other. We can pretty much agree on that. I’ve heard some people think it deserves to have a theatrical movie. While I would definitely support that, I don’t think it would happen given that Disney gave up doing feature films based on cartoons after the Teacher’s Pet Movie failed at the box office despite positive reviews. There were other factors, but that’s the main one. But hey, just because it won’t happen doesn’t mean I can’t talk about how I’d like a Sofia theatrical movie to be about. Just to be clear, this isn’t a script for a Sofia movie. This article is just a compilation of ideas of how I would make one. While not necessarily in this order and there is more to it, I will talk about the basic story beats, character arcs, new characters, and all the cast and crew I would hire for the movie. I wanted this time be as close to the style of the show as possible while still trying to be more ambitious. With that said, let’s begin.

Title: Let’s start with the title. My idea for the title would be “The Mystic Isles: The End And The Beginning”, signifying that this is both the end of one adventure and the start of a brand new one. I would have the movie take place on graduation, which pretty much fits the basic idea of the movie, where you finish one chapter in your life to start a new one.

Timeline: Let me talk about the timeline of the movie, meaning when it takes place. It’s the series finale, and it takes place on graduation. I know I just said that movies can’t rely too heavily on continuity with the show or they risk losing roughly half the audience, but I want to add something to it. One thing that tv show based features don’t do is have a prologue to get the audience up to speed. The MLP Movie was going to have a minute long prologue to get audiences up to speed, but it was cut from the movie since it would’ve made it too long. That’s what I’ll do here, where I add a 4-6 minute prologue recapping some of the major events of the series. It may possibly backfire, but I think a prologue is a good idea to get general audiences familiarized with the show. Anyway, why graduation you may ask? Well, it was mentioned in “The Mystic Isles: The Great Pretender” from Merlin himself that the class is in their last semester at Royal Prep, more or less hinting that everyone is at least a preteen. Some educational systems in other countries finish grade school earlier than 8th grade. For example, the Philippines finishes grade school at 6th grade. It was eventually confirmed on Twitter that Sofia is 11. Given that preschool usually starts at age 4, going by the Philippine school system, she would finish Royal Prep at age 11. Oh, and since there’s no where else to say it, I’ll say it here. At the graduation, everyone from the village and the regular kingdoms like Wei Ling and Friezenberg will be in attendance. That means we see Ruby, Jade, Hildegard, Clio, Jin, Jun, and even minor characters like Miss Candoo and Miss Elodie, and so many more.

Story And Story Beats: Now, what would the story be? Well, it goes like this. Both Dunwiddie School and Royal Prep are preparing for a joint graduation, with everyone both excited and nervous about what’s to come. Prisma comes in with a 24 hour power boost, brainwashes the other protectors into serving her (except Chrysta, who came to Sofia’s graduation), and manages to imprison everyone there except for Sofia and her family, along with Cedric, Vivian, Desmond, Azurine, and Chrysta, because her power boost can only make her imprison people three times. Prisma’s power boost cannot directly give her all of the Wicked Nine items since acquisition of said items can only be done if the person who has it gives it willingly, so she scatters the pieces she does have to three unfamiliar places in Enchancia. Those places would be the Kingdom Of Emmanuelli (which is inspired by Italy), the Kingdom Of Kaisenberg (which is inspired by Germany), and the Village Of Sprites (which is inspired by England). In order to get Prisma to free everyone, they must get the items back and give them to her, while they formulate a plan to depower her. However, tensions within the group make things difficult. So yeah, this film will deal heavily with themes on trust and relationships, all in classic Sofia style.

New Characters: Originally, I wasn’t thinking of having any major new characters for the film given that the show already boasts an impressive cast of veteran voice actors and on screen actors, but I thought that the new characters I’d add would help make the story interesting and give the movie better promotion. Unlike with say, the MLP Movie, which had 8 celebrities since the main show is primarily recorded in Canada (with Tara Strong in Los Angeles), and voice actors are pretty much unknown to general audiences, I figured having only 4 major new characters will help out since Sofia is primarily recorded in Los Angeles, and thus can hire more notable actors. Anyway, here’s who I’m thinking of.

1. The first new character I’m thinking of is a sorceress named Queen Agnella from Emmanuelli, who’s voiced by Lacey Chabert. Queen Agnella is somewhat of a con artist, where she uses her magic to take from other kingdoms, but only to keep her kingdom in maintenance. Her people actually worship her. In order to get the first of the three remaining Wicked Nine items from her, they must put together a complex spell that will directly benefit her kingdom. This is where Clover, Chrysta, and Azurine come in, with their combined knowledge. She’s so moved by their generosity that she decides to help out in battle when her kingdom is restored. The reason I chose Lacey Chabert is because she has a good amount of on camera roles like Mean Girls and Party Of Five, yet is still a prolific voice actress with shows like The Wild Thornberrys, The Spectacular Spiderman, Transformers Rescue Bots, Doc McStuffins, and much more. Having someone of her caliber would be quite an accomplishment.

2. The second new character in thinking of is King Jona Elias, a scholar voiced by Seth MacFarlane. In contrast to the queen above, who’s a genuinely good person despite her con artist methods, King Jona Elias is much more closed off and aloof, ruling with an Iron Fist. In order to get his item of the Wicked Nine, they must decipher a special code involving constellations and the great adventurers of history. This is where Roland, Aunt Tilly, Amber, and James get their moment to shine. He’s so moved by their intelligence and teamwork that he vows to help then out after making his kingdom a better place. I chose Seth MacFarlane to play the character since he has quite the range, as shown with Family Guy and American Dad alone. He has a good foot with adult television in general due to name recognition that he can at least attract the adult viewers from those shows here.

3. The third and fourth new characters are a husband and wife duo of Lady Eliza (wife) And Lord Jacob (husband) respectively voiced by Catherine Tate and David Tennant, from the Village Of Sprites. Yes, I decided to give the sprites seen in “The Littlest Princess” their own village. They’re alchemy experts, and in order to get their items, they must put together a potion that can only be activated by singing. Cedric, Vivian, and Desmond would take the lead here, since she is musically gifted while the two he’s are respectively gifted in sorcery and knowledge of the obscure. They become so impressed by their teamwork that they give them their items. The reason I chose Catherine and David is a bit deep. They both work together on Doctor Who, which is fairly recognizable by audiences, and also on Ducktales (2017), as Magica DeSpell and Scrooge McDuck. While I’m not familiar with Catherine’s line of work, her performance as Magica is quite chilling. As for David, he also has two Disney Junior voice credits, Dread The Evil Genie in Jake And The Neverland Pirates, and Igor the Door on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Their credentials line up nicely.

While not new characters, I’m also thinking of showing a 10 year time skip of how the kingdom is run under Sofia and company, and how their friends would react. The following characters have these voice actors:

Grey DeLisle Griffin as Adult Sofia, Adult Callista

Tara Strong as Adult Amber

Matthew Mercer as Adult James

Laura Bailey as Adult Jade, Adult Hildegard

Dana Davis as Adult Ruby, Adult Clio

Janice Kawaye as Adult Jun

Eric Bauza as Adult Jin

Natalie Lander as Adult Vivian, Adult Lucinda

Roger Craig Smith as Adult Desmond

Jessica DiCicco as Adult Meg & Peg, Adult Zooey

Maulik Pancholy as Adult Zandar

Scott Menville as Adult Hugo, Adult Axel

Cree Summer as Adult Lani

Arcs For:

1. Sofia, being the star of the show, would get a lot of attention. Her arc in the movie would concern her seeing the worth in having her family around her. Let me explain. Because of the number of times in the first two seasons where she was betrayed or almost put her family in danger, she’s become increasingly independent and going off on her own for a lot of her larger scale adventures. She does still spend a good deal of time with her friends and family, is still really nice, and “Stormy Lani” shows that she thinks sunny thoughts in times of need. While she can sometimes get annoyed or frustrated, she very rarely gets angry, and only under extreme pressure. One scene in the movie would involve them getting all Nine items, only to accidentally lose them when Amber and James argue over them, all while she’s trying to come up with a plan to stop Prisma in secret. This is when she would snap at the family by letting her built up stress explode, and they in turn call her and Amber out for keeping her protector adventures a secret, something they find out at the beginning of the movie. “Elena And The Secret Of Avalor” showed that they know that the amulet is magical, but they don’t know it’s specific magical properties. Amber is currently the only one who knows as of the Mystic Isles movie. Of course, after they decide to cool things off, everyone would apologize and learn their lesson about sticking with each other no matter what, and not think that you can do everything yourself. The catalyst for Sofia’s start in making amends would by in Ivy and Miss Nettle, two villains she reformed, as well as Chrysta, who she helped see the value of relationships, in order to show how strong family and friendship bonds are, as well as Clover, who would stay with her.

2. My next character arc would be for Roland, Amber, and James. There’s two theories going around. One is that Roland’s wish from the episode “When You Wish Upon A Well” was that he got to rule Enchancia instead of Aunt Tilly, who wanted to be a free spirited adventurer, something that’s hinted at in “Through The Looking Back Glass”. Another is that Enchancia seems to run on male supremacy given that first born family members usually inherit the throne unless they die or willingly pass it on. Either way, it’s said that he felt guilty and married Miranda not just because he loved her, but also in order to straighten out his own life and that of the kids. That’s the theory anyway. It will be revealed in the beginning that for families with more than two kids, he must choose a successor to rule the kingdom when his time is up on the day of graduation, which crushes his kids spirits, and also builds up Sofia’s stress level. His arc in the movie is about him learning to see the contributions his kids make, and make all of them a counsel of rulers. Amber and James would take part in this arc by trying to be seen as good rulers through their contributions.

3. Both Vivian and Desmond get the third arc for the movie. The former is expected to give a big speech since he’s the valedictorian, while the latter is expected to put on a performance to reflect how much the students have grown over the years. Given that the former is a perfectionist and the latter has her best performances in music, it would make sense that they could click together in this regard and work to make something of themselves to be more confident.

4. I tried to give Cedric more of an individual arc, but I feel that the show is doing such a good job with his character that I’m not sure how to expand on him more without making the movie too stuffed. Plus, Wormwood could heel face turn back to him at some point.

5. While not exactly an arc, I would put in a subplot similar to that of Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie where everyone who’s trapped will work together to escape, and help take part in the final battle.

Antagonist: Let’s talk about Prisma. We all know about her overall goal to rule the Ever Realm, but I want to take things a step further. She will have brainwashed all the protectors (except Chrysta) to work for her so she can have some extra defense. To accomplish this, she gives them cupcakes tainted with mind control serum, and has them pretend to be security at Royal Prep in order to steal any possible magical defenses against them. She will go to each location with Twitch to make sure that they do what she says, making occasional comments on how no good family is, through song, helping to flesh out her motivations, and then striking by taking both Sofia and the Wicked Nine. As for whether she will reform or not, I’d say she will, but only after the whole group defeats her, and even then, she would still get sent to prison, but with others helping her cope.

Writers: For this movie, I would hire ten writers: Craig Gerber, Erica Rothschild, Jim Reardon, Michael G. Stern, Laurie Israel & Rachel Ruderman, Jared Bush, Rita Hsiao, Nicole Dubuc, and Brian Swenlin.

For Craig, it’s obvious given that he’s the creator of the show, as well as Elena Of Avalor. Plus, he did write the Pirate Fairy movie, showing his experience in writing movies.

For Erica, she’s written some of the show’s most soulful and complex episodes like The Little Witch, Sidekick Clio, and Princess Adventure Club. She also co-wrote the Curse Of Princess Ivy movie, which really helped give Amber character development.

For Jim, he has the same ideology as Rich Moore below, having worked on adult animation like The Simpsons and Futurama before moving onto to films like Wall-E, Wreck It Ralph, and Zootopia. Having Tiny Toons on his resume also helps out.

For Michael, he took over as the story editor in season two, when the show really started growing the beard. He’s also written an independent feature called Lucky Duck, and even older skewing kids shows like Transformers Prime and Beware The Batman, albeit only two episodes each. He also helped write the Elena And The Secret Of Avalor movie that helped launch the success of the latter. He definitely knows his stuff.

For Laurie and Rachel, besides working on the show, they also wrote the Mystic Isles movie, the first to not have Craig Gerber involved. The movie still turned out well. There’s also the matter of they’re both writing partners yet can also write emotional thrillers even on their own. They’ve both worked on episodes like “The Princess Test” and “Dads And Daughters Day”, while they’ve written most of the Mystic Isles episodes separately.

Jared is an interesting guy in the world of animation. He’s known for co-creating the Disney XD show Penn Zero: Part Time Hero, and known for co-writing Zootopia and Moana. His experience in the world of television and theaters makes him a great candidate for contributing to a movie based on a tv show.

Rita has three well known projects under her belt: Toy Story 2, Mulan, and My Little Pony: The Movie. The latter is based on a tv show that also stars a princess with a purple color scheme, while the former two are critically acclaimed and commercially successful mainstream films, helped by Mulan being a Disney Princess movie, and having appeared on the show.

Nicole has a wide variety of shows in both the field of action shows and preschool shows. For the former, she’s written for Spectacular Spiderman, Young Justice, Transformers Prime, Star Wars Rebels, and more. For the latter, she’s worked on My Friends Tigger And Pooh, Dragon Tales, and some Holly Hobble movies. She co-created Transformers: Rescue Bots and was the initial story editor for Miles From Tomorrowland, both of which combine the two. She’s currently showrunner for Lego Elves: Secrets Of Elvendale on Netflix, which is an action/fantasy show, and Sofia exemplifies the latter. She’s more than qualified.

Brian may not be the first choice for a show like Sofia, but he has some serious credentials. His credentials are mostly with Disney, dating to the 1990s with shows like Darkwing Duck, Aladdin: The Series, and Hercules: The Series. He has other claims to fame like Kim Possible, Jake And The Neverland Pirates, and Miles From Tomorrowland. He’s also been a great contender in the realm of action shows such as Xiaolin Showdown and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. One of his other credentials is the Tom And Jerry: The Lost Dragon movie, one of the better received movies, and it dwells into quite a bit of fantasy and magic, something that fits Sofia perfectly.

Producers/Creative Consultants: Sonetimes when TV shows get a theatrical movie, they’ll hire someone experienced with theatrical films to help out. For example, two of the four writers for “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water” were Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, known for co-writing the Kung Fu Panda movies. The creative consultant and one of the storyboard artists for the MLP Movie is Kevin Munroe, who worked on TMNT (2007) and Ratchet And Clank (2016) as writer and director, co-writer for the latter. I was originally going to get John Lasseter to work on the movie since he worked with Craig Gerber on the Pirate Fairy, but the sexual allegations against him blew that out of the water. I will instead hire Nathan Greno, Rich Moore, and Jennifer Lee. For Nathan, one of his acclaimed works is Tangled, a Disney princess movie. He definitely knows his princess stuff given that it’s one of Disney highest grossing movies. For Rich, he initially started working in adult animated shows like Futurama and The Simpsons before moving onto to direct and co-write Disney movies such as Wreck It Ralph and Zootopia. He knows how to appeal to a wide audience. Jennifer’s claim to fame is Frozen, the first Disney movie with a woman as a director, and really understands the family values that it’s praised for.

Directors: For this movie, I would hire three directors: Nathew Chew, Larry Leichliter, and Jamie Mitchell. For Jamie, it’s obvious given that he’s the show’s supervising director, and how he worked on Disney shows like Winnie The Pooh, The Little Mermaid, and Special Agent Oso. Nathan Chew has experience with story arc driven shows like GI Joe Renegades, Transformers Rescue Bots, and Craig Gerber’s other show Elena Of Avalor. Larry Leichliter is more associated with being a timing director, but has both SpongeBob and Adventure Time as his major animation director credits, as well as Sofia.

Music: For this movie, I would have eight songs, one at the beginning, two in the end credits, one at graduation, one for Prisma, and one at each new location. The songs would be written and composed by John Javanaugh and Alan Menkin. I already mentioned John’s credits in my report card for the show, so just read that. Alan Menkin is a big deal with Disney movies, and since he worked on Sausage Party, an adult movie, working on a preschool show movie wouldn’t be out of the question.

Rating: For this movie, I would give it a G8 rating. What is the G8 rating you ask? It’s a new rating I made up to act as the medium between a G and a PG, much like how TV-Y7 is the medium between TV-Y and TV-PG. If not, then just a simple G rating will do given that a show explicitly on a network for preschoolers will usually get the lowest theatrical rating.

Voice Directors: For this movie, I would have three voice directors: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Sam Riegel, and Jamie Thomason. For Sam, it’s obvious given that he’s the show’s voice director. For Mary, it’s because she’s the voice director for Tangled: The Series, which stars a Disney princess who guest starred in Sofia, and works with Kristi Reed on the Boomerang preschool cartoon, Dorothy And The Wizard Of Oz. For Jamie, he’s more or less the go to guy for voice directing low budget features and features based on tv shows, such as Jetsons The Movie, A Goofy Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie, and most recently, the My Little Pony Movie. There’s also his numerous credits for television. All three of them have voice directed a lot of shows and movies that don’t always have the voice actors together.

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ScoobyNatural Review

Writers: Jim Krieg & Jeremy Adams

Directors: Spike Brandt (animation) & Robert Singer (live action)

Date: March 29, 2018

Synopsis: “Sam, Dean, and Castiel end up on Scooby Doo.”

The idea to have a crossover between Scooby Doo and Supernatural is rather unusual given that they have different target audiences. Then again, the former can pull off a lot of stories well, and this crossover is proof of that. Let’s see why. By the way, unlike my other Scooby reviews, there will be spoilers. Let’s begin.

This episode has Sam and Dean being given a free tv for taking down a lizard monster at a pawn shop. However, it’s an enchanted tv that transports them (and later on Castiel) into the world of Scooby Doo, specifically the original series episode “A Night Of Fright Is No Delight”. It starts out pretty much like the original episode, where the gang is invited to stay at the mansion for the night in order to get a large fortune when Scooby saves Colonel Sanders’ life. Things take a turn for the worse when Creeps and Crawls get murdered by the phantom in grizzly detail. Now everyone has to investigate what’s going.

Let me address the elephant in the room. There is swearing, blood, gruesome imagery, and double entendres (like Dean trying to flirt with Daphne, and Velma pining for Sam), pretty much what you expect from Supernatural. However, it works here due to how it’s all spread out, and the raunchy material mostly comes from the Supernatural characters. Plus, it has that natural Scooby Doo silliness to it to balance things out. Beyond that, this episode actually goes for themes on innocence and courage, and you should know how to act.

Because the characters are transported specifically into an episode of the original series, they’re not exposed to the real monsters and creatures that they would encounter in later projects. This aspect represents how the original is rather innocent and tame, with the gang understandably freaking out about how, if ghosts are real, then that would mean that the world is a really dangerous place to live. It’s not exactly something you want to tell teenagers. What helps this aspect is that they know the world isn’t sunshine and rainbows, but are just not emotionally mature to handle it. It also helps that, despite everything, they’re still good at being mystery solvers.

Within the main Supernatural characters, Dean stands out the most. He tries to go out of his way to cover up the fact that ghosts and demons and all that are real since he wants to preserve the show’s innocence. It’s actually quite noble of him to go out of his way to personally protect the gang, and it works given that, even with his Casanova methods, he is more emotionally grounded. Sam and Castiel are also spot on in how they have to balance the reality and fantasy.

Now I talk about the mystery aspect, where I go into spoilers. It turns out that the phantom is a dead boy whose spirit was kept in an enchanted pocket knife by Jay, who tried to get the pawn shop at the beginning for dirt cheap prices. The boy just wanted to be with his father again. However, only the three of them know about this, and they tell the Scooby gang that it’s just Creeps and Crawls staging everything like in the original episode.

This actually brings up an interesting aspect of the courage and innocent themes. While the gang has gone into dangerous places with no regard for their own safety, they’re still not ready for real monsters yet, and they let them think it’s all just fake. When the guys get back to the real world, they bust Jay through legal means (felony tax evasion), and he gets arrested. This helps enhance the moral on knowing how to face danger. It’s about knowing your limits and how you go about tackling them. The guys preserve the innocence of the original series, restoring their courage, and manage to take down Jay without brutality, all of which help to enhance the story. This is a crossover that’s unexpected, but still great for fans of both shows.

Here is the cast.

Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester (both)

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (both)

Misha Collins as Castiel (both)

Frank Welker as Scooby Doo, Fred Jones (voice)

Grey DeLisle Griffin as Daphne Blake (voice)

Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers (voice)

Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley (voice)

Stephen Stanton as Cosgood Creeps (voice)

Eric Bauza as Cousin Slicker (voice)

Fred Tatasciore as Cuthbert Crawls, Phantasm, Colonel Sanders (voice)

Dee Bradley Baker as Phantasm (voice)

Kegan Firth as Ghost Kid (both)

Peter New as Jay (live action)

Michael Giardina as Pawn Shop Owner (live action)

Review Of 2018 Scooby/Batman Movie

Scooby Doo! & Batman: The Brave And The Bold

Writers: Paul Giacoppo & James Tucker

Producers: Michael Jelenic, James Tucker, Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan

Director: Jake Castorena

Casting And Voice Direction By Sam Riegel

Date: January 9, 2018

Synopsis: “The gang teams up with Batman to take down the Crimson Cloak.”

Scooby Doo and Batman are definitely big cash cows for Warner Brothers. Naturally, it would be normal to pair them up, even if it’s been done before. And what better way to go about this then a crossover with Batman: The Brave And The Bold, one of the best and more underrated DC cartoons. Let’s dive into this. The movie starts with Batman inviting the gang for a meeting of The Mystery Analysts Of Gotham, a mystery solving team composed of himself, Question, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, Plastic Man, and Detective Chimp. The crime they have to deal with involves the Crimson Cloak, a red nightmarish ghost who wants to take over Gotham City. Now they must all work to take down Crimson Cloak and any villains that stand in their way, but Batman seems more closed off than usual due to a dark secret. Well, let me get this out of the way. This movie is plain fun. It has a nice mix of action and comedy like both shows do, as well as dark moments. What sells the movie for me are its themes on proving your worth and not being closed off from others. Let me explain.

1. Regarding the first theme, let’s rewind back to the beginning of the movie. The gang is stopping a case involving ghost puppets, when Batman tells them to let him handle it since he has more experience. It all turns out to be a test to induct them into the MAOG team, but he then does this for real during the middle of the movie when he doesn’t want them too involved in this case for their safety and his guilt, which I’ll mention below. This of course leads to our little mystery gang to want to prove that they can be taken seriously. What makes the arc work is the subversion. You’d think they go rebellious and try to prove their worth to him, but they don’t rebel. We instead have more emphasis on how the gang works as a team. We see Fred’s leadership being put to the test, alongside Daphne’s creativity and Velma’s intelligence, all complimented by Shaggy and Scooby’s more fast paced and over the top antics, all tied together with a fierce loyalty. The movie also goes to great lengths to show that, while definitely competent, they don’t have the experience that he has, hence showing more humanity. Even Aquaman gets to take part in this arc, with wanting to be taken more seriously.

2. Batman, being co-star, also gets quite a bit of depth here. When talking with the gang at the diner, he recalls an accident that happened when he was just starting out as a hero. He was trying to stop a dangerous portal that scientist Milo Scarlett invented, only for one of the two assistants, Leo Scarlett, to get sucked in. The other assistant would go on to become the Riddler. The father, Sam Scarlett, was mad at him for what happened, and broke ties with him. He seemingly lost an innocent life while also accidentally creating one of his deadly foes. That would definitely weigh heavily for someone of his demeanor. What makes Batman’s arc in this movie work is that he maintains his intelligence and resourcefulness, but simply lets his stubbornness and emotion get to him. It also helps that he simply lets the gang help less, not let them help at all, helping to show off his kinder side, while also showing that he’s misusing it. He’s very clearly made to be a broken man, yet is also shown that he can still pull himself together, with the gang providing that youthful vibe to help him realize it.

Now we talk about potential suspects for Crimson Cloak. There are a few who stand out from the others.

1. One of the more obvious choices is the Riddler, who was the assistant that didn’t get sucked into the portal. Even with that out of the equation, there’s also the fact that he’s known for playing mind games with his opponents, often resorting to trickery to obtain whatever he wants.

2. Then we have Clayface. When Batman and the gang gets blamed for the riot at Arkham Asylum, and for stealing an important chemical, we later see news footage of “Shaggy” stealing something from the prison, this of course meaning that Clayface could’ve orchestrated the ordeal.

3. Harvey Bullock doesn’t get off scott free either. The fact he has a bulky body and the fact that he was very adamant in getting the gang arrested means that he also could’ve set them up from the start.

The selling point of the movie is the climax, where everyone (the gang, Batman, mystery team) all work together to stop the suspect from reactivating the portal, thus freeing Leo Scarlett. This helps enforce the double moral on realizing that having others help you out is never bad, and it also shows that the best way to show your worth is by taking the initiative. This is a movie that combines the best of both worlds, and I wouldn’t mind seeing more.

Here is the cast for the movie.

Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo, Fred Jones

Grey DeLisle Griffin as Daphne Blake, Black Canary

Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers

Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley

Diedrich Bader as Batman

Jeff Bennett as Joker, Prison Guard

Jeffrey Combs as The Question, Sam Scarlett

John DiMaggio as Aquaman, Mr. Freeze, Crimson Cloak

Nika Futterman as Catwoman, Waitress

Nicholas Guest as Martian Manhunter

John Michael Higgins as The Riddler

Tom Kenny as The Penguin, Plastic Man

Kevin Michael Richardson as Clayface, Detective Chimp, Male News Reporter

Sam Riegel as Milo Scarlett, Leo Scarlett

Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Female News Reporter

Fred Tatasciore as Harvey Bullock, Killer Croc, Bane, Blockbuster

When Does The My Little Pony Movie Take Place?

Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. The My Little Pony Movie has quite the interesting reputation, mostly in regards to when the movie takes place, and how some people would call out some of the movie’s supposed shortcomings as flaws due to how it doesn’t match up with the show’s timeline. There have been claims that the plot would feel better in seasons 4-5 due to Twilight’s struggles in trying to be a good princess, and yet Jim Miller mentioned on Twitter on how he heard that the movie takes place between seasons 7 and 8, meaning that they could’ve called any of their new allies for help. I would normally say just don’t think of the timeline due to how the show’s timeline is somewhat consistent (it takes 4 TV seasons for a year to pass by in universe, two Halloween episodes, three Christmas episodes, yet the characters don’t visibly age), and how the heat of the moment cause everyone to not think straight, but since I’m here to pass on ideas, I will need to expand on them. Im going to talk about how the season 7-8 timeline makes sense. I’m not going to counter all the points on consistency since that would be too much for all of us (and I may have forgotten some myself), so I’m instead going to provide counterparts for the following questions:

1. Why Not Call The Changelings?

2. Why not call the Griffins and Yaks?

3. Why not call the Dragons?

4. Why not call Discord?

5. Where are the Royal Guards?

6. Where is Flurry Heart?

7. Why not call the Pillars Of Equestria?

While not questions, I will address two more points:

8. Twilight’s Character Development For Bigger Stories

9. Status As TV Show Based Feature

Now we begin.

1. Why Not Call The Changelings?

The season 6 finale had the entire changeling race (except Chrysallis) pull a heel face turn, and establish a more positive relationship with the ponies. Whether or not Chrysallis joined them in the heel face turn, season 7 showed that the heel face turn didn’t completely change things given how there were still some changelings, mainly Thorax’s brother, who were more resistant to the new lifestyle. It sheds the reality on how just because a whole species makes amends, that doesn’t mean that all the individual members will comply, and if you can’t control the more rowdy members, you can’t exactly work together in harmony. There will always be new challenges in trying to calm down an entire species, meaning that they won’t always be readily available for any potential problem.

2. Why not call the Griffins and Yaks?

If there’s a major flaw with the Griffins, it would be stubbornness, which stems from having too much pride. As seen in the “Lost Treasure Of Griffonstone”, their civilization is in shambles, all because they were too stubborn to actually accept friendship from others. However, even ignoring that, their civilization isn’t shown to be all that advanced, meaning that they couldn’t readily defend themselves against Tempest or the Storm King’s forced. This same logic largely applies to the yaks too. They might be more willing to help, but they’re still stubborn when sticking with what they believe in, and are obviously a more low key civilization. Look at episodes like “Party Pooped” or “Not Asking For Trouble”.

3. Why not call the Dragons?

Dragons themselves would prove to be a great asset due to their strength and firepower, but they also have a sense of stubborn pride. Ember has been shown to be the only dragon to willingly help out the ponies, and even she’s rather hotheaded. On top of that, part 1 of “Shadow Play” shows Garble being reluctant to give the shield to Spike and Rainbow Dash, and acts rather smug about it. It also shows that just because you have to be fair with others doesn’t mean you have to like it, hence why they would be reluctant to help out.

4. Why not call Discord?

This is probably one of the more notable complaints. Discord is a reality warper, meaning that he could steadily wrap up the plot in little time. That’s not entirely true. Discord is also a mental trickster, playing games with others, shown both before and after his heel face turn. In “Return To Harmony”, he used all kinds of vices and hallucinations to corrupt the Mane 6 and have them go against their elements. He only used more direct methods as a last resort when dealing with Fluttershy. His post heel face turn personality is still largely the same as before, except that he’s a trickster for good. In “Princess Twilight Sparkle”, he does not directly tell Twilight how to deal with the magical thorns, instead subtly playing around with her so she can figure it out on her own.

His biggest flaw is overconfidence and being emotionally weak. Look at “Twilight’s Kingdom”. He was sent by Celestia to take care of Tirek, but his usual trickster methods don’t work, and he ends up being coerced to work with him. Then his magic is drained, leaving him weak in more ways than one. A similar occurrence takes place in part 2 of “To Where And Back Again”, where he was manipulated by a changeling disguised Fluttershy. Also look at an episode like “Make New Friends But Keep Discord”, where he attempted to send Tree Hugger, who was Fluttershy’s escort to the gala, to another dimension, all so he wouldn’t lose the latter as a friend. If he attempted to use his trickster methods on someone like Tempest, the Storm King, or their forces, he would’ve been captured and/or be sucked of his magic. Discord is a valuable ally, but he isn’t adept for all the toughest situations.

As for why we didn’t see him at the festival, well, he lives in a faraway dimension, meaning that he probably couldn’t get there in time. If he did get there in time, he was most likely taken down when trying to take down the army.

5. Where are the Royal Guards?

The Royal Guards are an elite group of pony soldiers trained to fend off any invaders from Equestria. Why were they not there during the invasion in trying to fend off the Storm King’s forces? Simple. While not directly stated, the Storm King’s forces are equipped with anti magic armor, and the Royal guards are composed primarily of unicorns. The Royal guards were most likely there, but were quickly defeated when their magic failed.

6. Where is Flurry Heart?

This is definitely one of the more noticeable supposed plot holes, the fact that Flurry Heart isn’t here. As for why we don’t see her, I have two theories:

A) Notice that Shining Armor was not seen at the festival. He was most likely taken down when trying to help stop the army, and probably had their parents watch her. If he wasn’t at the festival, he most likely stayed behind to protect her and watch the Crystal Empire. One way or the other, she would have to be quite emotionally sound to survive something like this.

B) Perhaps the Storm King simply thought that she wasn’t worth capturing to power up his staff. Recall that he flat out told Tempest during his power up in the climax that he was using her, a clear indicator of overconfidence and power clouding his better judgment.

7. Why not call the Pillars Of Equestria?

If the movie takes place between season 7 and season 8, then why not call upon the Pillars Of Equestria to help out? Simple. They have their own affairs to attend to in other places. Plus, even if they could be called upon to help, they wouldn’t get there in time since we don’t know how far their current locations are from the palace.

8. Twilight’s Character Development For Bigger Stories

This is something I’ve only just started for noticing for TV-Y shows in this decade. After Twilight became an alicorn princess, the show shifted quite dramatically in tone and style. One of those involved her character development. Seasons 1 through 3 focused more on her seeing the worth of friendship with others while occasionally inspiring others how to act. Season 4 pretty much reverses this, with more emphasis on inspiring others while a lot of her character development/awe inspiring moments stem from larger challenges or the effects of larger challenges, with the occasional stories on seeing the worth of friendship. There are still key challenges for her own personal development. For example, we have earlier episodes like “The Ticket Master” and “Winter Wrap Up”, which are more low key than episodes like “Over A Barrel” or “Lesson Zero”, which have either darker or more mature subject matter. And don’t get me started on the two part stories. While later seasons still have low key episodes like “No Second Prances” or “A Flurry Of Emotions”, we have episodes like “The Times They Are A Changeling” and “A Royal Problem” becoming more commonplace.

This seems to be an effect with long running shows that continually manage to grow the beard each season. As you have your characters grow in development, you would have to have the stakes continually raised to keep your characters interesting, or present them with challenges that clash with their ideals. At the same time, since this is a TV-Y rated show, the characters should still be relatable and/or models to follow for the intended target demographic, keeping their basic strengths and flaws in check, which doesn’t always turn out well when handled poorly. Plot ideas will always be recycled, but given new twists. It seems to be the unwritten rule of television.

Take Sofia The First, another high fantasy, slice of life TV-Y show that also grew the beard. Compare season 2’s “A Tale Of Two Teams” to season 4’s “The Mystic Isles: The Mare In The Mist”. They both follow the same plot on Sofia trying to choose between two sides to help her out with a goal. The key difference is that the latter gives more emphasis to Skye and Minimus’ conflict on proving worth while the former gives more emphasis on the effects of making tough choices.

9. Status As TV Show Based Feature

TV show based features are different from mainstream animated films. Beyond being produced on a lower budget than the latter, there’s also the fact that TV show based features usually focus more on one specific character and/or one specific relationship, with occasional dwelling into of other characters. This is because TV show based movies (or anything based on an established property) have to focus on entertaining the fans (composed of both the target demographic and the periphery demographic) as well as any movie going audience either unfamiliar or indifferent to the show and/or animation. It’s because of this that they can’t rely too heavily on continuity with the show or they risk losing roughly half the audience, hence why Twilight is the only one of the show’s regular characters to get significant character development even though the seven main characters still play a large role in the story. The plot itself has to be fairly straightforward and accessible so as to not alienate anyone, hence why there are almost no direct references to the show’s lore.

This is also partly why the two SpongeBob movies are both critically and commercially successful, with a third movie on the way in 2020. The show has no continuity whatsoever outside of a few basic details, hence its success in theaters. Compare that to Rugrats and Wild Thornberrys when they got theatrical movies. The first two movies of the former and the first one of the latter were all commercially successes, and at least decently well received. Sure, occasional plot threads carried into the movies, but they could still stand alone. However, then there was the crossover movie they had. It was originally meant for tv before the crew was told to rework it for theaters, hence its rushed quality, lower critical reception, and financial failure, where it seems like partly the reason was because it tried to please everyone with references so much that it made it inaccessible to a large chunk of the audience.

Well, there we are. That is how the My Little Pony Movie takes place between season 7 and season 8. What do you think?

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Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie Review

Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie

Writers: Craig Bartlett, Joseph Purdy, Justin Charlebois, Laura Sreenby

Directors: Stu Livingston & Raymie Muzquiz

Casting And Voice Direction By Craig Bartlett & Raymie Muzquiz

Date: November 24, 2017

Synopsis: “Arnold and the gang look for his parents in San Lorenzo.”

Now what can be said about Hey Arnold? It’s one of the best Nick shows to come out in the 1990s with its nice mix of down to earth warmth and fun characters. It’s screwing over in theaters leading to the show’s cancellation is definitely a sad moment to be, but we’re not here to talk about that. We’re instead going to talk about how, after 13 years, we’re finally going to get an ending to the series that answers our questions and ties up loose plot threads, while also introducing the show to a new generation of kids. This is “Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie”.

The movie begins with Arnold having another dream about his parents. We then cut to the last day of fifth grade where Mr. Simmons announces a contest for a humanitarian organization called Helpers For Humanity. The winner gets a class trip to San Lorenzo to help others in need (with Olga tagging along as a chaperone), which Arnold uses as an opportunity to find his parents.

When they get to San Lorenzo, it turns out that La Sombra orchestrated the whole scheme when in disguise as Eduardo, a friend of Arnold’s parents, in order to get to Arnold. He wants to use him to get to the Corazon treasure of the green eyed people. Now it’s an action packed adventure to make sure that the green eyed people are saved, La Sombra is defeated, and Arnold is reunited with his parents.

Well, there’s quite a lot to take in here. This movie is quite a thrill ride with all its action, emotion, and intensity. There’s also La Sombra, who was a great mix of intelligence, ruthlessness, and humor. What really sells it are for Arnold and Helga’s character arcs.

1. Starting with Arnold, he’s probably in the most tip top form he is. His character arc in the movie, while obviously shoot trying to find out what happened to his parents, is also about him realizing he shouldn’t always go things alone. When “Eduardo” told him to keep his knowledge on the green eyed people hidden from the others, he does just that. This backfires on him when La Sombra deliberately makes him look bad by saying how they were in cahoots. Even disregarding that, he’s been shown to be the type of guy who would give the shirt off his back should his loved ones be in danger. What helps his case here is the swelling of his emotions clouding his judgement. His intent is pure, but it’s blocking his common sense, hence his rash judgements. It helps that he gets plenty of moments to be a hero.

2. Now we talk about Helga. She’s still the same bossy, tsundere with a soft side, but it’s taken farther here. She loves Arnold for who he is as a person, which is someone who’s always willing to be there for others, someone that she would aspire to be deep down inside. Also consider that Arnold is already aware of her feelings for him at this point. We actually do see her taking this type of action, such as gathering her footage of him for the video contest, as well as coming up with the idea for the escape plan. What makes her arc stronger is that her more upfront and blunt side doesn’t emerge halfway through, when he seemingly rejects her, but picks herself up later on by at least attempting to see things from his view.

Though the main trio gets more focus, virtually everyone makes a contribution, particularly with Phoebe’s escape plan, which helps support the show’s theming on others being there for you. This leads to the movie’s two messages.

1. Realize the worth of having help from your friends (Arnold)

2. Step up and show selflessness when trying to show that you care (Helga)

I call this a great movie and a great way to close out the series.

Here is the cast for the movie.

Mason Vale Cotton – Arnold Shortman

Benjamin Flores Jr. – Gerald Johensson

Francesca Marie Smith – Helga Pataki

Dan Castellaneta – Grandpa Phil

Tress MacNeille – Grandma Gertrude

Anndi McAfee – Phoebe

Justin Shenkarow – Harold

Olivia Hack – Rhonda

Gavin Lewis – Eugene

Aiden Lewandowski – Sid

Jet Jurgensmeyer – Stinky

Laya Hayes – Nadine

Nicolas Cantu – Curly

Dan Butler – Mr. Simmons

Maurice LaMarche – Big Bob

Kath Soucie – Miriam

Nika Futterman – Olga

Craig Bartlett – Miles, Brainy, Abner, Monkeyman

Antoinette Stella – Stella

Carlos Alazraqui – Eduardo

Dom Irrera – Ernie

Wally Wingert – Oskar, Mr. Hyunh

Rick Corso – Dino Spumoni

Danny Cooksey – Stoop Kid

Danielle Judovits – Big Patty

Jim Belushi – Coach Wittenberg

Stephen Stanton – Pigeon Man

Lane Toran – Che

Jamil Walker Smith – Paulo

Hope Levy – Girl Queen

Alfred Molina – La Sombra