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Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (2012)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 19 January 2013 (USA)
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Profiling the cross-demographic fanaticism for the ostensibly girl-orientated television series, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010).

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Himself / Professor pony / Discord
Alex Tibcken ...
Himself
Tim Star ...
Himself (as Starlight Ironhoof)
Lauren Faust ...
Herself
Lyle Gilpatrick ...
Himself
Jeanne Gilpatrick ...
Herself
Tom Gilpatrick ...
Himself
Yoav Landau ...
Himself / The Living Tombstone (as The Living Tombstone)
S.R. Foxley ...
Himself (as SR Foxley)
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Herself / Tara Strong Pony / Twilight Sparkle
Jeffrey Wells ...
Himself
Daniel Richards ...
Himself
Kim Richards ...
Herself
Benjamin Meyer ...
Himself
Nadine Neumann ...
Herself
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In 2010, producer Lauren Faust reworked the notoriously sexist My Little Pony franchise to attempt a quality TV series for both girls and their parents to enjoy, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. As it turns out, Faust succeeded beyond anyone's expectations with an acclaimed hit that also created an adult and teen male fandom no one saw coming, the Bronies. This film explores this following with a look at the franchise, the lives of particular fans around the world and the creative passions their seemingly unusual interest inspires. Although sometimes troubled by the prejudice of others, these kindred spirits enjoy a community experience both in spirit and at conventions that has a special magic all its own. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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BronyCon: The Documentary  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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John de Lancie came up with the idea of this film when he noticed that the adult fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010) was being treated with contempt in the mainstream media and wanted to respond to the sneering. See more »

Goofs

When a clip of My Little Pony Tales is shown, it is identified as "Generation 2", even though it was still technically part of Generation 1, on the late end. "G2" refers to a line of toys that had no direct media tie-in. See more »

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Lauren Faust: These Bronies are taking these lessons to heart. We need to allow men to be sensitive and to care about one another, and not call them weak for caring.
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Features My Little Pony (1984) See more »

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Sound of Flight
Written, performed by, and courtesy of Jastrian
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26 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Isn't it amazing how a group of adult men can completely take over a show meant for little girls; making it virtually impossible to search or do anything related to the show without being exposed to over-sexualized, misogynistic, sexist crap, and they get a documentary that praises them for stepping outside of their perceived gender roles? Meanwhile 45% of the gaming community is comprised of women and I get dick pics and rape threats if I try and go on xbox live."

Three stars instead of one because it's rather impressive that the documentarian could create something so smarmily self-congratulatory, yet riddled with homophobia and much less flattering to "bronies" than he'd like to think.


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