Not So Super Best Friends Forever

Why hello everyone, it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated this blog.

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And well, this caught my attention, when it cropped up on my Tumblr a few days ago. What is this? Let me explain

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You see, there is/was a series of shorts developed by Lauren Faust who as most of us know is behind Friendship is Magic. She made these shorts under the series name of ‘Super Best Friends Forever’. Super Best Friends Forever featured Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl.

Notice, how all three characters are unique? They have unique faces, bodytypes and although you won’t know this from the image Wonder Girl has a distinctly Greek accent.

This had all the makings of a good take on a ‘Superheroes for Girls’ cartoon and with Lauren Faust behind it would have hopefully turned out like Friendship is Magic.

But then, this happened.

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This is not directly the work of Warner Brothers/DC, it is the work of a company named Rubies who acquired the license to make costumes based around the concept.

And well, I feel they had a lot of potential with this idea but it fell short.

On the one hand the artwork is cute and the costumes are something that I wouldn’t mind a child of mine running around in but then they are just rather generic. And don’t really capture the character they represent.

Especially Supergirl, as her costume is meant to be similar to Superman’s instead here they just went for the ‘Pink’ look, and the fact all the costumes feature skirts even though in the case of Batgirl a skirt isn’t really practical wear.

And Wondergirls’ costume? To be fair without the headband and belt I would find it hard to match that up with the Wonderwoman look.

SBBF had uniqueness, which in many cartoons aimed at girls is something that’s lacking as even though they say change up the hairstyle and the clothes a lot of the characters come out looking the same. This is one reason I praise Monster High as if you look each character they are unique, this does extend to the dolls although certain things are not as noticable.

And this isn’t even touching on the issue that Rubies version of Wondergirl has been whitewashed when in the SBBF she had noticably darker skin and a Greek accent. And the fact they all have the same bodytype when SBBF Supergirl has a noticably heavier build, why wouldn’t she, she is a female counterpart to Superman after all.

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