Yep, easily one of the most adorable scenes from Rescue at Midnight Castle. Mostly 'cos a lot of that special was actually pretty dark. Children from the new millenium seem to dismiss 80s cartoons out-of-hand as being too fluffy and "cutesy" and not dark enough; they be trippin' though, 80s cartoons were dark and proud of it! ^__^
(/Was a huge ponyfan along with his sister back in the 80s. The first MLP show we ever saw on telly was Escape from Catrina, as far as I remember. Might've seen Rescue at Midnight Castle, but I was only about 2 or 3 at the time, it's hard to remember/)
Yeah, you might not like the design style of the new ponies very much, but I think you'll love the smooth animation, the stories, and the characterisation of the new ponies. Also they are (I feel) mostly based on G1 ponies in personality and looks.
Pinke Pie = G1 Surprise in personality. But with so much PINK. (like G3 Pinkie Pie was, if you ever saw her). Also is an earth pony.
Rainbow Dash = G1 Firefly in personality. But with the design of G3 Rainbow Dash (who was a girly fashion-girl), tomboy'd up.
Rarity = Looks like Glory, (with Sparkler's cutie mark) admittedly, but acts more like...well, like G3 Rainbow Dash. Quite posh-spoken and fashion-conscious.
Applejack. Looks like G1 Applejack obviously, but a very hard-working and fairly serious pony. Not the "who's a silly pony"-Applejack of G1.
Fluttershy. Looks like G1 Posey but is a pegasus pony, and works with animals more than flowers. And is much shyer. :3
Twilight Sparkle. Does not look like G1 Twilight, she's purple instead. Likened somewhat to Wind Whistler in terms of both being booksmart, but Twilight's personality is less....stiff than Wind Whistler's was. Also Twilight doesn't tend to use quite as much fancy language as Wind Whistler always did. I'd liken her much more to G1's North Star, or MLP Tales Bright Eyes.