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Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony -- Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony is a feature length documentary film that explores the cultural phenomenon of Bronies: a group of mostly young adult men who are dedicated fans of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. 

One would be hard-pressed to find a cultural sensation as unique and as unexpected as Bronies. Why are these guys attracted to a cartoon intended for little girls? And why are they willing to brave society’s ridicule for their love of the show?

The documentary discovers that the essential story elements of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic -- Honesty, Kindness, Laughter, Generosity, Loyalty and Magic – have a universality that extends beyond age and gender and that Bronies are pushing the boundaries of what society deems appropriate in their quest for a kinder, gentler future. 

The film chronicles Bronies from around the world, each with their unique story, as they make their way to My Little Pony conventions in Germany, England and, the biggest of all, BronyCon in the USA.

The revelations in the film are, indeed, unexpected and give hope to the notion that these Bronies might be on to something quite wonderful.

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Nat Segaloff (writer)
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Profiling the cross-demographic fanaticism for the ostensibly girl-orientated television series, "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" (2010). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Well put together, but what was the point? See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

John de Lancie ... 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)

Tara Strong ... Herself / Tara Strong Pony / Twilight Sparkle
Jeffrey Wells ... Himself
Daniel Richards ... Himself
Kim Richards ... Herself
Benjamin Meyer ... Himself
Nadine Neumann ... Herself
Pieterjan Ruysch ... Himself / Laserpon3
Erik Rubino ... Himself (as Erik)
Christopher ... Himself
Yael Landau ... Herself
Purple Tinker ... Herself
Michael Scharf ... Himself
Tristan Chow ... Himself
Hayden Swan ... Himself
Michael Swan ... Himself
Amy Keating Rogers ... Herself
Michael Rice ... Himself
Patrick Edwards ... Himself
Charles de Charleroy Jr. ... Himself
Marsha H. Redden ... Herself

Peter New ... Himself

Lee Tockar ... Himself
Laura Slik ... Herself
David Slik ... Himself

Cathy Weseluck ... Herself
Shaun Scotellaro ... Himself / Sethisto
John Joseco ... Himself
Geoffrey Hellstrand ... Himself
Donald Rhoades ... Himself / Dusty
Michelle Arroyo ... Herself
Grayson Arroyo-Smiley ... Herself
Zachary Lobertini ... Himself / Mic the Microphone (as Mic the Microphone)
Jason Orsatti ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiley Theiring ... Herself

Ashleigh Ball ... Applejack / Rainbow Dash (archive sound) (uncredited)
Kira Buckland ... Herself (uncredited)
Nicholas Ha ... Himself (uncredited)

Andrea Libman ... Fluttershy (archive sound) (uncredited)
Meghan McCarthy ... Herself (uncredited)

Steve Warky Nunez ... Himself (uncredited)

Nicole Oliver ... Princess Celestia (archive sound) (uncredited)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Rarity (archive sound) (uncredited)

Directed by
Laurent Malaquais 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nat Segaloff  writer

Produced by
Remco Breeker .... associate producer
Andrew Brockert .... consulting producer
Michael Brockhoff .... executive producer
Angie Brown .... producer
Michael Cappetta .... field producer
Louis Caruso .... associate producer
Tristan Chow .... producer
Charles de Charleroy Jr. .... producer
John de Lancie .... executive producer
Henry Falkner .... associate producer
Lauren Faust .... executive producer
S.R. Foxley .... producer
Kennedy Gray .... associate producer
Geoffrey Hellstrand .... producer
Nick Hermanson .... associate producer
Stephanie Hubbard .... story producer
Dan Leighton .... associate producer
Ronny Linder .... associate producer
Janet Luckenbach .... associate producer
Michael Mitchell .... associate producer
Jason Orsatti .... co-producer
Michael Payne .... associate producer
Morgan Peterson .... producer
Daniel Rasmussen .... associate producer
David Silk .... producer
Laura Silk .... producer
Tim Star .... co-producer
Tara Strong .... executive producer
Purple Tinker .... associate producer
Steve Vinovich .... field producer
Henning Wackernagel .... producer
Maggie Zeltner .... field producer
 
Original Music by
David O 
 
Cinematography by
Laurent Malaquais 
 
Film Editing by
Jay Miracle 
 
Makeup Department
Elissa Prager .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nick Petrie .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Robert Albrecht .... sound recordist
Andy Balla .... sound recordist
Steve Booth .... sound recordist
Jesse Flaitz .... sound recordist
Matthew Fletcher .... sound recordist
Curtis Fritsch IV .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Goedde .... sound recordist
Derek Morse .... sound recordist
Idan Shamash .... sound recordist
Anthony Thompson Jr. .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ido Berlad .... camera operator
Evan Fairbanks .... camera operator
Matthew Fairbanks .... grip
Joe Foley .... camera operator
Kevin Kane .... still photographer
Alex Khachatryan .... camera operator
Scott Mcleod .... camera operator
Wayne Reese .... tech manager
Steve Rice .... camera operator
Jeremy Schneider .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Richard Sirois .... animator
Gianfranco Sorrentino .... animator
Matt Sullivan .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Bauer .... assistant editor
Cary Daniels .... additional editing
Nicholas Ha .... additional editing
Stephanie Hubbard .... additional editing
Carlos Moreno .... assistant editor
Lindsey Myers .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kitty Bancroft .... guitar
Gabriel C. Brown .... composer: additional music
Priscilla Flauticorn .... flute
Alphonso Higgenbottom .... bass
Nathaniel Kunkel .... engineer
Nancy Newman .... bassoon & bass clarinet
David O .... conductor
David O .... keyboards
Chip A. Reed .... clarinet
Mr. Whiteman .... drums & percussion
 
Other crew
Eliot Banks .... production assistant
Dean R. Cheley .... clearance counsel
Steve Coleman .... production assistant
Stephen Doucet .... production assistant
Stephanie Hubbard .... story producer
Ashley Hulse .... production assistant
Renee D. Johnson .... production assistant
Edwin Modlin II .... production assistant
Tenille L. Patterson .... production assistant
Nicholas Riccio .... production assistant
Roman Safiullin .... production assistant
Michael Volpe .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Danielle Amyotte .... thanks
James Beach .... thanks
Danielle Bradshaw .... thanks
Gavin Briscoe .... thank you
Briston Brown .... thank you
James Cole .... special thanks
Ryan Faust .... extra special thank you
David Howe .... special thanks
John Joseco .... extra special thank you
Amy Keating Rogers .... extra special thank you
Elizabeth Mary Lowry .... thanks
Peter New .... extra special thank you
Jesse Nickel .... special thanks (as Jesse Nickle)
Tyler Ouellette .... extra special thank you
William Purdy .... special thanks
Jani Remesaho .... special thanks
Donald Rhoades .... extra special thank you (as Dusty Rhoades)
Michael Rice .... extra special thank you
Jennifer Samson .... thanks
Mark Schoof .... special thanks
Shaun Scotellaro .... extra special thank you (as Shaun 'Sethisto' Scotellaro)
Dean Steward .... thanks
Jeremy Sullivan .... special thanks
Dan Taylor .... thanks
Purple Tinker .... extra special thank you
Lee Tockar .... extra special thank you
David Vincent .... thanks
John Douglas Warren .... special thanks
Cathy Weseluck .... extra special thank you
Rebekah Wicklund .... extra special thank you
Andy Wong .... thanks
 

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Factual errors: When a clip of "My Little Pony Tales" (1992) 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 »
Quotes:
Kira Buckland:Bronycon means to me, a place where people can go and be tolerated and accepted, it doesn't matter who you are, you can find a place in this fandom and you can be accepted and I think that's really cool, because a lot of other fandoms are restrictive.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Heart of FireSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Well put together, but what was the point?, 20 January 2014
Author: Jeremy Hammond from Brooklyn

I am not a Brony. I have never seen an episode of My Little Pony. Before seeing this documentary I was aware of the Brony phenomenon, but was relatively removed from it. I watched 'Bronies' to try and learn a bit more about the people behind the fandom, and was hoping to find an unbiased account of Brony culture, warts and all. I think overall this documentary was successful in a few ways, but was mostly overshadowed by it's failures.

It's a very self congratulatory piece of film; plenty of discussion of the community aspect, the creativity and fun of it all, the feeling of 'fitting in,' but it's all at a very cursory glance. People say they like the morals and apply them to their lives? How about a few examples? You think the writing and animation are well done? Why not go a bit more in depth? There was very little that needed to be said by this documentary, yet we're consistently fed what feels like a party line.

If you're looking for an objective documentary, this is not it. There is superficial lip-service paid to the female fans of the series, but it comes in the form of a short musical number and one documentary subject who is never on screen without her male counterpart. For a fanbase which has taken up a decidedly masculine moniker, I'd expect some discussion of how it effects women who want to be involved. Additionally, there is no discussion of the darker sides of Brony culture, like the fan- produced My Little Pony pornography known as 'Clop.' The documentary goes so far out of its way to avoid this subject, that it actually even includes a reference to 'clop' in a musical number, but immediately changes the subject.

It feels at times like the documentary was never intended to explain Bronies to outsiders at all, but rather to be a celebratory exploration of the growth of Brony culture, to be viewed and enjoyed by Bronies themselves. This would be easily explained by the creative crew, and the Kickstarter funding. There's nothing wrong with this, but why phrase it as though it were intended for outsiders? Why even add the animated sequences with the professor teaching us about MLP history?

It's not all bad, honestly. The creator of this documentary clearly knows how to pace a film. Scenes go as long as they need to, dialogue is generally moving the film along, and overall it's quite well shot. Some of the characters are quite compelling, and the creative side of Brony culture is very well represented.

I think if there was one major takeaway from this film, it's that people who like MLP are producing a lot of content for the fan community, and that creativity is a major tenet of Brony culture. The film is very successful in conveying that there is a strong community, and a lot of creative content being produced. It's major failure though, and what causes the whole thing to fall flat is that it doesn't successfully convey why the Bronies become attached to MLP to begin with.

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