Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday: My Little Pony (Rescue at Midnight Castle)
|Our original Blossom and Butterscotch My Little Ponies, from the very first year.|
It was an April morning in 1984. My little sister and I were so excited. A My Little Pony TV special was going to air that morning! My dad had a tape in the VCR, all ready to go.
My sister and I had a few pony toys of our own. We had a few from the first release in 1983. I had Butterscotch, although I had wanted Minty, too. My sister had Blossom and Cotton Candy.
|Glory and Baby Glory|
Our VCR was old. It had a remote control that was attached to a cord! You had to plug it into the VCR. And its only function was to pause out the commercials. (I can still hear the Charmkins toy jingle in my head to this day, from the one commercial we were late to pause.) But we taped our My Little Pony special. And we watched it over and over for several years. We never had the movies or other TV specials or TV shows, although our babysitter did. By the time the next group of ponies arrived, I was pretty much done with it. I preferred books (surprise!), my record player, games, my roller skates, my Cabbage Patch Kids...
And then time passed, our tape became worn and was probably taped over. I forgot all about the special, until my sister gave Big Sis both My Little Pony 25th anniversary 1983 reproduction collector's sets for Christmas. To go with the toys, she pulled Sis on her lap and YouTubed whatever My Little Pony stuff she could find.
At the time, all she could find was the Sea Ponies' song.
|Tiny Bubbles, a baby sea pony. She was actually a third year release.|
Time went on. My girls wound up with a huge collection of vintage My Little Ponies, courtesy of our childhood stash at Grandma's. My friend Katie found more ponies on eBay, along with My Little Pony: The Movie on VHS and the original soundtrack on vinyl. (And Big Sis loved to play it. It made my ears bleed. Trust me : The voices on Friendship is Magic are much, much better!) We later upgraded the movie to DVD, and found lots of vintage television series episodes on DVD, too. Then newer ponies followed. And McDonald Happy Meal ponies. And suddenly, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic happened and the ponies changed completely.
Anyway, the whole point of this post - really? she has one?, you're saying to yourself - is to share the original My Little Pony special from 1984. Some lovely folks have finally put it on YouTube. It's now referred to as "Rescue at Midnight Castle." I still like it best. You meet Megan, Spike, and the Moochick (voiced by Tony Randall!), there's a scary castle, a man-beast, a scarier guy, a midnight chariot... [EDIT: Since I wrote this post, the show has disappeared from YouTube, unless you want to watch a bunch of Bronies make fun of it. I did find this over at dailymotion.]
After the TV special aired, my dad flipped it to Showtime and recorded Poltergeist.
So My Little Pony shared a videotape with the movie that gave me nightmares for years. There's something fitting about that.