As posted about yesterday, John de Lancie was a guest of honor at the Dallas ComicCon along side Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, and of course a slew of other guests at the con which included names such as Stan Lee. During his panel he gave a speech about My Little Pony and this community, and I feel that his words ring very true to what the core of this fanbase is about. The video can be found after the page break, but I have also transcribed his speech into text form for ya.
For those of you who don’t know it and I think its really important that you should. I ended up doing a cartoon show called My Little Pony. Didn’t know anything about it. Looked at the material, it was really good, went out there, knocked off a couple of them. Completely forgot about it. And then all of a sudden about four month ago I was inundated. People would go My Little Pony and I’d go….what!? DISCORD! What? I turned to my wife and asked what are they talking about? Well she said you did a My Little Pony thing. It was my first step into a world that I’ve become quite fascinated with.
The reason I’ve become fascinated with it, is this. It’s not My Little Pony, its Friendship is Magic and it purports interestingly enough a better future. It has a fanbase which are the ages of my sons. Very interesting. And as I go further into it, I’m beginning to go, you know I feel that I’m at the beginning of a really important fanbase made up of people who are interested in music, who are interested in art, who are interested in doing good and being good and doing good, in a world which seems to at least, I don’t know about you people but as far as I’m concerned this world has gone crazy in the terms of how mean we’ve all gotten.
I’m delighted and I feel like I’m at the beginning…when I came into Star Trek along with Patrick, the Star Trek fanbase had already been established. Well I feel like I’m at the beginning of a new fanbase, and I want to invite you who are Trek Fans to embrace Friendship is Magic fans, because I’ve discovered that we all have a lot in common.
– John de Lancie