The Mane 6 vs. The Gang of Five · 6:51pm
To clarify, the Mane 6 are the main characters of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, with Twilight as the central character, and the Gang of Five consist of the main characters from The Land Before Time series, Littlefoot being the central character. Both terms are actually fanon, but they describe the character groups well enough. So, I bet you're wondering what this blog is on. Well, as you probably know already, I despise the episode "A Canterlot Wedding" and I describe the episode as a huge letdown on the subject of friendship, so perhaps it's only fair that I compare the friendships of the Mane 6 and the Gang of Five to see which one holds out better. I know some of you may tend to think that the Mane 6 should take the gold, but let's be belligerently honest here. The series MLP:FiM has the word "Friendship" in it, meaning that we likely tend to think the show is supposed to be about friendship. Sadly, this is only what makes it suck even more when friendships don't hold out as expected. This is especially true in "A Canterlot Wedding" based on my point of view. I'm well aware that every friendship has its problems, but in a show that has "friendship" in its title? You think that with two seasons, the Mane 6 would be less likely to cause problems amongst themselves. In a series that doesn't have "friendship" in its title, we can expect pretty much anything to come out of it. With that said, let's compare and see which friendship group is more superior.
The two things I like to compare the most for this include the MLP:FiM episode "A Canterlot Wedding" and the movie The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses. From what I've gathered, by comparing these, I can instantly determine which friendship group holds out as the better one. So let's take a look at the friendship-breaking parts.
A Canterlot Wedding
1. Twilight surmises that her brother's wedding is a setup and that "Cadance" is scheming to harm her brother based on witnessing bad behavior. Her friends dismiss her as simply being jealous and choose to favor two total strangers over her. This makes no sense for two reasons. First, why would Twilight be jealous of her brother getting married at all? Is it because she doesn't even have a coltfriend? Is it because she's worried that he'll be less involved with her life than ever before? In fact, none of these reasons even make sense because "A Canterlot Wedding" is literally the first time Shining Armor has been mentioned. So having him blow his own sister off by disowning her and throwing her out of his wedding is like revealing his true colors and showing us possibly the kind of character he really is. A detestable jerk who cares nothing of his family and puts his own fiance ahead of everything else, including his own well-being. Oh, and stop with the excuse "He was brainwashed", because it's NOT AN EXCUSE. Worst brother in the history of brothers.
2. Twilight's friends showed little to no concern about her not being present in the wedding and seemed perfectly content without her, including Celestia. This is one of the few times I give Celestia the verbal bashing she deserves, the other real time being "Twilight's Kingdom", but other times, she's perfectly fine. If some of you think otherwise and that Tyrantlesia is headcanon, I say headcanon because you would like to think that and enforce it on others, then I'm very concerned for you. And to be belligerently honest, I want to know what you've been smoking. Because Tyrantlestia is not canon and never was. The only reason I despise Celestia more than any other character is because she's every definition of the word nice and it sucks big balls to have her make dreadful mistakes in "A Canterlot Wedding" and "Twilight's Kingdom". 'Nuff said.
3. When the truth is revealed and Queen Chrysalis is finally set packing due to sheer, dumb luck (c'mon, admit it, that was the real reason because the Mane 6 failed in their duties and deserved to), we add insult to injury. That is to say nothing is shown that hints that Twilight's friends were truly sorry or remorseful for their actions, especially having put two total strangers ahead of her. I get that some stuff is not meant to be shown on screen, possibly for time reasons, but not having at least one scene that consists of Twilight's friends and Shining Armor make amends to Twilight? That's just a bullet in the back and also the nail in the coffin that makes "A Canterlot Wedding" go down as one of the worst episodes in the series, if not in all of 2D cartoon history. Why? Nothing is resolved.
4. This may not have to do with friendship matters, but I just have to get this off my chest. Why in her right mind did Princess Celestia think she could go through with a royal wedding despite that threat that was made against Canterlot? And could she not have told the Mane 6 that too? Isn't that like trying to have a wedding in Boston while the city was in lock-down that one time after the marathon bombing? I mean, really. Think about it.
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses
1. Cera pridefully thinks she should be the first dinosaur in the Great Valley to taste these tree-sweets at the right time because she claimed to have seen the tree first. But it was Littlefoot who technically saw the tree first and likely because of this, the other friends laugh at her ridicule. Cera takes this out by sneering at Littlefoot that he's too short to reach the tree. This understandably puts Littlefoot into a depression, so he attempts to reach one of the tree-sweets from a cliff, but in sheer irony, he misses and falls, somehow emptying the tree of the sweets. You might ask where the logic is, but that's not important. The tree-sweets are then gobbled up by a pack of Mussaurus and Littlefoot tells a half-lie, or rather half of the whole story, mainly because he's worried about all the trouble he could be in... because of what Cera said. Eventually, Littlefoot tells the whole story and three of his friends, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike, decide to dismiss him. Cera is not shown to do so and it's possible that she felt guilty for putting Littlefoot down in the first place and it might have irked him to try and reach the tree.
2. After dissing Littlefoot, the one thing happens with Ducky, Petrie, and Spike that we never see on screen in "A Canterlot Wedding" that had even the smallest chance of saving the episode.
Regret. The one thing that I consider the saving grace of the Gang of Five. Littlefoot's three friends regretted their actions. In fact, Cera even suggests that they should find Littlefoot and apologize to him. If anything, this shows that Cera, who's normally wild and tough and in the fourth movie wasn't exactly in favor of Littlefoot's new friend not warming up to her and the others, never held anything against Littlefoot for his misfortune. Not once. Ever. Now, did any of the Mane 6 regret their actions against Twilight? No. Did any of them question Shining Armor disowning her? No. Did they ever make amends in the end? No. Not unless I somehow missed it, which I'm pretty sure I didn't. Anything off screen doesn't count because what happened was that bad. Not even the kind Fluttershy stuck her neck up for Twilight. And that's saying a lot. They felt something so right doing the wrong thing.
I may not know much, but it's reasons like these alone that make it pretty clear which group of friends is superior, but just hear me out. Because Ducky, Petrie, and Spike regretted being mean to Littlefoot, it's like they're saying that no matter what happens, they'll always be friends. In the third movie, as bad as it might have been and I'm aware of that despite that I saw it loads of times as a kid, Cera says, "Littlefoot is my friend! He'll always be my friend!" That line sticks out in my memory because it comes from the character Cera, who used to start out bigoted and as much of a jerk as her father until she changed her ways. Looking back on that line, it has more meaning than I remember. As for the Mane 6, maybe there are a few points where they might have said to each other that no matter what happens, they'll always be friends. If by that, they mean no matter what happens, unless one of us is a jealous nag over a wedding and accuses the bride of being evil, then yeah, apart from that, we'll always be friends. So, guess who's taking the friendship crown in my book? The Gang of Five from The Land Before Time wins and will always be the superior group of friends.