MLP G5 Discussion and Speculation Thread

Latecomer

Thinking about it, it's probably easier to spotlight 5 in a movie than 6. Remember how underserved some of the Manes were in the last one?
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Here's one with Zipp. Izzy and Zipp's faces are the only I'd considered "normal". Sunny and Pipp's faces needs to be burned in hell.
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That movie also had the problem that they tried to shove characters and locations for a whole movie trilogy into a single movie.
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Predict what Sunny and Hitch's relationship will be. Siblings or childhood friends?
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It hadn't quite occured to me until now, but there won't be any 'elements of harmony' in play in this Gen. I actually hope that they don't try to fit them into 'categories' like that again, to help make this stand out on its own.
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@TheFinite
I would wonder if there is some remnant of mythical power or something at play. I mean Holo Twilight is technically still kicking at the end of the show along with the Young Six's stupid clubhouse. (Unless the comics have done something)

I is small enough of an element that they may just ignore it but if the show does share even moderately strong continuity I could see that being used in some form.

Speaking of that. Wouldn't it be interesting if Holo Twilight returns at some point and that is how they have TS reappear while still not her to interfere with the plot as a powerful alicorn? Like a force ghost almost?
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@TheFinite
I thought I might have heard something about the new crew recovering the Elements of Harmony in the movie (the "jewel heist" mentioned in one press release might be related to that), but that might have been related to an early version of the script.
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@DoctorWTF
That makes a lot of sense, and the Elements of Harmony were destroyed in the beginning of season 9 so it’s possible the people on the G5 movie didn’t get the memo.
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Welp, I guess we now have official confirmation of all G5's main protagonists along with high res screenshots for each of them. I had been desperately asking for that since as early as 2019, so I guess I got what I wanted :/

Talk about a disappointing reveal though… It might be time for me to get off the MLP ride and seek out another franchise instead. I really wish I could be excited for G5, but I guess that's not an option anymore…
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I think distracting yourself with another franchise or two is a good idea, so that the wait for G5 feels shorter and you’re less likely to feel disappointed. Especially if it’s a currently running franchise so you have new stuff to look forward to that isn’t all the way in September.
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@Latecomer
Thinking about it, it's probably easier to spotlight 5 in a movie than 6. Remember how underserved some of the Manes were in the last one?

I think that's just an inherent problem with trying to make a FiM movie. So much of the "bread and butter" of screenwriting just doesn't work when you have seven main characters that can't undergo any kind of change over the course of a movie. Five is an objectively better number, but the more important thing is that these characters are built from the ground up to be used in a movie.

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That movie also had the problem that they tried to shove characters and locations for a whole movie trilogy into a single movie.

Not really. The original Star Wars had Leia's Ship, The Tatooine Wastes, Mos Eisley, The Millennium Falcon, the interior of The Death Star, and the vicinity of The Rebel Base. The Pony Movie had Canterlot, Kludgetown, The Pirate Ship, Mount Aris, and Seaquestria.

If we start with R2D2 and C-3PO, then a total of five characters join the party throughout the course of the film. There's also a similar amount of named villains. Star Wars is two hours long, and The Pony Movie is an hour and forty minutes. I would say The Pony Movie is about as dense as Star Wars in terms of characters and locations. The Pony Movie just feels a bit more cluttered in terms of characters because we follow seven leads from start to finish.
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Something that regarded G5 that just came into my mind is bugging me.

How far into the future within the universe of MLP does G5 take place after G4?
DoctorWTF

@DerpyFast
Except that this particular movie is supposed to kick off the series. As such, it's not bound by any pre-existing continuity — there's nothing stopping them from having a normal amount of character growth with the A-list ponies.

@Background Pony #C3A9
That has yet to be officially revealed. Though the recently released screenshot of Pipp with a smart phone pretty well confirms that it's far enough in the future that none of the major G4 characters could be expected to still be alive (apart from Discord and maybe the alicorns).
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Something one of my friends pointed out, but it seems like the mane cast is getting smaller each generation.

G3 had 7 ponies as the main/core characters

G4 had the Mane 6

And now G5 has the Mane 5.

I swear G6 is gnna just be 4 mane characters X)
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@DoctorWTF
Except that this particular movie is supposed to kick off the series. As such, it's not bound by any pre-existing continuity — there's nothing stopping them from having a normal amount of character growth with the A-list ponies.

That's my point.
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I think the G5 movie will handle its 5 main characters just fine because we are meeting these characters along the way. In the 2017 movie, FiM had us “meeting” and following all of the Mane 6 from the beginning to the end, with even more groups of characters to meet on top of that. It felt clunky and people who were new to the series were confused.

Meanwhile it looks like G5 will have us meet Sunny and Izzy (and maybe Hitch) in Act 1, and then Zipp and Pipp in Act 2. Less clutter and more time for each character to shine. I doubt every Mare-oon 5 pony will get equal screentime but since we don’t meet them all at the same time I doubt we’ll get another “Fluttershy has only about a minute worth of lines to herself” movie.
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