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Discovery Family adds more Hasbro animation


The U.S. cable channel Discovery Family is about to get an injection of new animated Hasbro shows. The former Discovery Communications and Hasbro co-venture is adding new episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as well as the latest entries in legacy series, like Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own and Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy.

Starting this Saturday, March 24th at 11AM, fans can check out two back-to-back episodes of the 26-episode eighth season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:

This season, viewers will witness major milestones featuring the introduction of Starlight Glimmer’s parents and Princess Celestia’s big acting debut. Additionally, the Mane 6’s Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are accompanied by six new creatures including Ocellus the Changeling, Silverstream the Hippogriff/Seapony, Smolder the Dragon, Gallus the Griffin, Yona the Yak and Sandbar the Pony, joining them on epic adventures throughout new and familiar lands such as Mount Aris, Everfree Forest, Las Pegasus and more. Fan-favorite characters Maud Pie, Spike, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Queen Chrysalis and Discord return with exciting storylines and a whole lot of magic!

If you’re not caught up with the world of Equestria, Discovery Family is currently running a week long “Pony Palooza” event showcasing favourite episodes, new shorts and behind-the-scenes featurettes on the latest episodes.

The ponies are the longest running show on the channel, with the series originally debuting alongside The Hub back on October 10, 2010.

LITTLEST PET SHOP: A WORLD OF OUR OWN follows the many adventures of six cool and very different friends: Roxie, a lovable, supremely optimistic Boston Terrier; Jade, a Bombay short-hair with tons of catitude; Trip, a sweet-spirited hamster macho goofball; Quincy, an anxiety-prone, risk-averse fainting pygmy goat; Edie, a parakeet whose personality is a reflection of the 14-year-old drama-queen girl she lives with, and Bev, a cheerful, positive and supportive box turtle with a proclivity for self-improvement – she wants to be the best Bev she can be!

The new Littlest Pet Shop will premiere on Discovery Family on April 14th at 12PM. The show features 52 eleven minute episodes.

The earlier series featuring Blythe aired on The Hub/Hub Network/Discovery Family between 2012 and 2016.

A group of young Bots fresh from Cybertron have the honor of being the first-ever class to enroll in Earth’s Rescue Bot Training Academy and learn how to become Earth heroes through hands-on experience.

Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy will air sometime this fall on Discovery Family. Like Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own, the series will contain 52 eleven minute episodes.

Also like the tiny critters, the show was preceeded by the earlier Rescue Bots series, which aired on The Hub/Hub Network/Discovery Family between 2012 and 2016.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic continues to be a production shared between Hasbro Studios and DHX Vancouver (formerly known as Studio B). The two new series are from Hasbro’s Boulder Media animation studio in Ireland.

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