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"Applejack's 'Day' Off" & "Flutter Brutter" · 2:16pm Jun 5th, 2016

Applejack's "Day" Off: "Cut inefficiency out of your business by bringing in an outsider to give all your employees Lean Six Sigma training audit your processes and identify areas for improvement."

Flutter Brutter: "Get a job, you lazy bum (also, you'll never get good at anything if you don't stick with it, and also don't let fear of failure stop you from trying, but seriously, stop mooching off your parents and GET A JOB)."

So, is this still a show for kids?

Or did our TV signals somehow get switched with some alternate universe? And if so, what are the other TV shows like in that universe?

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I believe that universe's version of Game of Thrones is a high fantasy romp that airs on Saturday mornings.

So, is this still a show for kids?

It is a show for children of all ages. :derpyderp2:

3999915
Meanwhile, on that universe's version of Sesame Street:

"Do we have a cause of death for John Doe?"

"Yes! He was shot, one, two, three, four, five, six, SEVEN times! Seven gunshots to the chest! Ehehehehe..."

3999935 I think there's a bit of variation, even ignoring the extremes of blatantly kid-oriented shows and blatantly adult-oriented shows.

There are stories primarily aimed at children, but where the showrunners also make an effort to appeal to the parents who will doubtlessly be forced to watch with their children. Most of FIM falls into this category: the writers put in enough clever writing and cultural references to appeal to adults—but when "appeals to preteen girls" and "appeals to adult males" come into conflict, the writers and/or Hasbro executives will side with the little girls (see: alicorn Twilight).

There are stories that are meant to appeal equally to children and to adults. For example, The Incredibles falls into this category.

And there are what I'd call cartoons for adults disguised as cartoons for children: there's nothing blatantly inappropriate for the kids to watch, but the subject matter is something that's going to resonate a lot more with adults. Dan Vs. (NEVER FORGET) was the best example of this. The creators actually originally intended for it to air somewhere like Adult Swim, but they got picked up by The Hub instead. So they toned the content down enough for it to air on a family channel... but it was still fundamentally a show about a misanthrope responding to adult problems (jury duty, the Department of Motor Vehicles, obsolete computers) with over-the-top violence.

I feel that the two most recent FIM episodes suddenly switched to that third category, where most of the show had been in the first category. It's not bad, per se, but it's strange.

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Agreed on all points and examples.

Do clarify: you say "adults" to refer to age only, disregarding maturity, yes?

Hasbro seems to have an extensive resume of successfully addressing the age 20-60 children.

but when "appeals to preteen girls" and "appeals to adult males" come into conflict, the writers and/or Hasbro executives will side with the little girls (see: alicorn Twilight).

This is my favorite part of your comment.

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Do clarify: you say "adults" to refer to age only, disregarding maturity, yes?

Yeah, pretty much.

3999915

Oh. Kinda like this?

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More Transformers. Ned Stark does die, but the Old Gods resurrect him as Starkimus Prime through the power of the Matrix of Wolfiness.

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