Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lauren Faust Returns With A Few Of Her (Super) Best Friends

The new DC Nation animated block on Cartoon Network saw the launch of a new batch of shorts by Lauren Faust who recently breathed new life into Hasbro's My Little Pony Franchise!  The series entitled Super Best Friends Forever features the adventures and friendship of Supergirl, Wondergirl, and Batgirl!  The first short is only about a minute long and can be viewed below.

There's really not much of a story to consider here as the whole story is built around one gag (conning Wonder Girl into 'borrowing' her sister's invisible jet), so let's talk a little bit about the characters.  First, the painfully obvious.  None of them resemble their comic book counterparts.  Canon is more or less thrown to the wind, but hey, it worked for Teen Titans, right?


This is first and foremost a Lauren Faust creation.  It's here for comedy first, not the super heroic exploits the comics are known for and you know what?  I'm okay with that.  If you tried to fit an action story into a 60 second short, you'd really have nothing more than punching and posturing.  This new comedic take works and it works well in its’ format.

Batgirl seems a bit spastic for my tastes, not at all like her normally serious self, but then I have to consider the energy Tara Strong is putting into her vocalizations and it just makes everything click.  The fact that her facial expressions are pure gold in every frame doesn't hurt matters either.

Next we look at Supergirl.  I really like her design.  She's not a stick like Batgirl or Wondergirl.  She has a broader build that's indicative of the kind of power her solar-charged Kryptonian muscles are packing.  She also has a deeper voice than the others that I really, really like.  Waaaaaay too often female voice characterizations are limited to a very few archtypes.  It's nice to hear a deep (even a bit raspy at times) yet still appealing voice coming from a female lead.  Of all the characters in this group, she seems to be the one that goes against type the most.

Finally we come to Wondergirl.  I like her.  I like the fact that she looks Greek and sounds exotic, but her personality is a little flat compared to Batgirl's exuberance and Supergirl's mischievous streak and apparent temper.  She is a bit stick-like compared to Supergirl, but she's tall and has a certain power to her movements.  Of all the characters I think she'll need the most development (or what little development one can hope to get from one minute shorts).

All in all, Ms. Faust seems to be living up to her hype.  The short was fun and entertaining and I look forward to more of the same.  For those interested, I found an interview with Lauren on youtube conducted by the kind folks at Media Geek Zone.  Enjoy!


  1. Well, Teen Titans has one valid excuse - There was NO WAY the comic Starfire was getting past the censor board!

    If you haven't done so, may I suggest that you look up a series called "Gotham Girls". Then check out a particular episode of Batman The Animated Series called "Girls' Night Out". Your view of this.... "new entity" of the lady heroines might be altered.

    1. I'll be sure and do that. I don't think I've ever read Gotham Girls or seen that episode of Btas. Thanks for the info though.