Here’s another plush unauthorized My Little Pony project! These turn up from time to time. Sorry for not keeping you up to date on all of them, but most of them just aren’t hilarious.
This one’s about what you would expect. Someone wants some money to make a bunch of plushes featuring characters from Hasbro’s telvision show “My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic”
So why am I featuring this one? Well this caught my eye. It has a potential to be hilarious.
From the FAQ
No. That’s completely wrong. Copyright also covers “Derivative Works”, which is why you can’t publish your own Harry Potter books, even if you don’t copy a single word from J.K.Rowling. Worse than that, in 1978 the courts ruled (Walt Disney v. The ‘Air Pirates) that characters themselves are copyrighted, and using them in another work is copyright infringement.
So to recap, you’re creating a derivitive work of MLP:FiM, for which they can nail you, also you’re copying several characters, for which they can also nail you.
She goes on for a few paragraphs about how she “may” be violating Hasbro’s trademarks, and then finally ends on this :
Wanna place a friendly wager on that? Judging from recent other MLP plushies projects, I give you about a 50% odds of lasting long enough to collect the money.
If you don’t have your finger on the pulse of the Brony community as I do, (That is, the community of adult male My Little Pony fans.) you might not realize that there’s currently much angst in that community.
The toy company that produces the show has doubled their action-figure product line by creating a movie (in select theaters now!) that redesigns all the characters as humans.
The Bronies don’t like this one bit. Their favorite show about magical talking ponies has now been redesigned as a show for little girls!
Luckily, some of them have come up with a redesign of their own. :
I love how coy they are with the names. It’s not “Equestria”, it’s “Questria” which is a totally new thing that is completely legally distinct.
Also, instead of “Princess Celestia”, the ruler is “Sirelestia”, which I can only assume means the developers have decided that the ponies should be ruled by a man.
Twibright Spankle? Really? Are you seriously not kidding about that name?
Not just a game, a “Simulator”
This game is a “Princess Simulator” which is apparently a real genre among Japanese game developers and developers who wish they were Japanese.
According to the video, this game is about guiding Princess … *sigh* … Princess Spankle “through the trials of her formative years to become the next ruler of her kingdom.” You can “interact with her as her mentor and guide … in hopes of forming a well rounded lady and a perfect princess.”
Follow the Money
So if they don’t raise $60,000 they’re going to keep your money, and use it to pay themselves for the hard work involved in asking you for your money.
This man needed $600 to make an animated movie that “fleshed out the backstory of certain villians in the MLP universe.”
That’s right, he wanted to make a prequel movie to the My Little Pony show.
I don’t even know what to make fun of here!
Should I mock him for …
…thinking Hasbro Studios would let him make an MLP movie with their copyright?
…believing he could make a movie with a $600 animation budget?
…writing his script based on a table-top RPG he played with his friends. (Every night for a year!)
…his profile pic? (see below)
Oh well, let’s just look at the rewards.
Here, “OC” stands for “Original Character”. So for $100 you could have had a pony you designed (probably based on yourself) inserted into the movie as a side-kick to the heros! (Is $100 out of your price range? For $50 you could have had your character speak “an entire conversation” with the heros, or for $10 your character could have appeared in the background!)
Nothing says “Professional!” like adding random characters to your movie because somebody gave you a hundred bucks.