Yeah, I am a bit slow to react to these news but I usually like to take my time in forming my opinions and conclusions. So here is my two nickels worth:
As far as the animation goes I liked the movements and the dynamic feel it has that is pretty much thanks to knowhow of DHX. There all is good and dandy.
Story I have only the faintest of clues from the trailer, but it seems passable too, definitely can see the genius of Meghan at work regardless of the inane high school setting. Great writers can make good stuff to any settings, and that's Meghan for sure. I trust in her ability to produce a quality product.
But then comes the area of the Equestria Girls where my own know how of art steps in that I have to hit the breaks and stop to ask "what the Buck were they thinking?" because it was pretty bad.
Regardless of the animation effort and the attempts to stay in model for the ponies human counterparts the figures of these characters are more and more disturbing to me.
The characters are pencil thin, with more bulk in their weird knee high boots than in their entire midsection, then all is decorated with clichétastic bobble head and eye shape that leaves much to be desired for.
The main appeal to ponies visual style was that they are adorably pudgy and stubby, all kinds of cute that just makes you D'aww your heart out. So why did the human versions of them look like runaways from a toothpick box?
There are millions of ways to make characters cute, a prime example of that were the short candy racers from Wreck it Ralph, none of them looked like they are suffering from eating disorder (in a world composed of candy, go figure) and moved in adorable and dynamic way regardless.
Why did we have to get these seen-a-million-times stick figures instead? Why is that anyone's idea of making appealing characters and role models for kids? Why can't this stupid idealization of skeletal figure be over with already?
I know there likely are million bad answers to those hypothetical questions but in the end, things are what they are and as much as MLP was inspiring thanks to Faust, the current head of the production either lacks spine to push back with, or sense to make good choices, either way I can't help but to feel a bit disappointed in DHX in that aspect.
Good people anyhow, care a a lot for the fans, are all around lovely and participating bunch, but I think only Lauren had the fortitude of character to at least try to push back, because she is a visionary woman of passion.
I love all the crew behind MLP, for being the good sports they are and I know I can't ask or expect them to really put up a fight in things that they likely didn't even think about in very high detail. Work in production is fast paced and many ideas do not have the time they deserve to mature.
Anyway, that was my two cents about EG. I will see it when possible for me here in Finland, and I am sure I will enjoy it, but it takes a bit of constant upkeep of forgiveness as those stick figures try to take as little space from the background as they can.
Cheers all who arse over to read this, and remember to smile or else Pinkie will get you.