MLP: What does that mean?
MLP stands for My Little Pony, which is an entertainment franchise. The franchise was developed in the 1980’s by Hasbro Inc., which is an American multinational toy and board game company. Together, Bonie Zacherie, Charles Muenchinger and Steve D’Aguanno helped develop a line of plastic pony toys for the franchise. The plastic pony toys were colorful and included a distinctive symbol on one or even both sides of their flanks, which are also known as “cutie marks.” Although the toys have been created since the early 1980’s, the design of the toys have been restyled at least four times.
Soon after the creation of these toys, a television show was established. The first television series was produced by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions and was targeted towards young girls. The first television series was released in 1986, which consisted of two segments, one of which was called My Little Pony n’ Friends. The premise of this series revolved around the little ponies that lived in the magical Ponyland. The little ponies lived peacefully with song and cheer, yet would occasionally have to survive against witches, trolls, goblins, and other evil creatures.
The second television series, called My Little Pony Tales, was produced by Sunbow Productions and Graz Entertainment in 1992 and had a total of 26 episodes. This series focused on seven young female ponies living in Ponyland. Unlike the first series, this one did not include humans, rather it solely focused on the ponies who live like humans. The ponies attended school, roller skated, appeared in talent contests, and even had romantic interests in the male ponies.
The third television series, called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, was produced by Hasbro Studios for scripts and DHX Media Studio for animation. The series premiered in 2010 and finished with four seasons in 2014. A fifth season is said to be in the works for 2015. Beginning with a simple idea, the show has demonstrated much success, and has been broadcasted internationally in over twenty languages.