Voicing Pony Magic by Ellen Keeble
Andrea Libman doesn’t need a spell, she just needs to say the words.
The 27-year old Vancouver voice actress recently found herself trotted out to fans for her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic during Otafest at the University of Calgary.
On the show, Libman lends her voice to timid Pegasus Fluttershy and the vivacious and energetic Earth pony Pinkie Pie.
“I think it works because they are so polar opposite, it’s easier to separate them from each other,” she says, adding the characters give her the chance to be someone completely different.
“I mean if it was me, I’d be a nerdy bookwork character.”
Libman, who’s worked on series ranging from Reboot to Strawberry Shortcake, says she never imagined My Little Pony Friendship is Magic would gain a cult following.
The Flash animation is a revamp based off Hasbro Inc’s toy line, which is geared towards young girls and their mothers. While that audience is very much alive, so are the Bronies – older male fans typically ranging in age from 13 to 35.
“I think what people are relating to so much it’s OK to be yourself and no matter who you are, you can connect to other people and have friends,” says Libman.
“And friendship is one of the most important things in life and it’s accessible to everyone no matter who you are.”
Add some pop-culture references and witty dialogue to the mix and you have a show that transcends its target audience.
And as strange as it might seem, this city is no exception, says Libman.
“There’s a lot more Bronies in Calgary than there are in Vancouver,” she says, noting she gets the occasional tweet there asking her to come to the library. ”That’s a lil’ sketch,” she says with a laugh.
“But I’ve had really great experiences meeting people who are just so happy to be meeting you. It’s just so weird. People want my autograph.”
A point of pride for Libman is the crew working on the show. While the writing and production comes mostly out of LA, the main voice cast and animation house DHX Media are Canadian talent.
“The voice acting community in Vancouver is just full of kind, intelligent, awesome people – you can’t go wrong. The My Little Pony cast is no exception.
Read an extended interview with Libman online at www.calgarysun.com
[Source: Twitter: Tyler Elkink]