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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)
... 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)
... 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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$43,465, 23 January 2013
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The music playing behind Professor pony's poetic lessons is the patter song 'My Eyes Are Fully Open' from the operetta 'Ruddigore' by Gilbert and Sullivan. See more »

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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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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.
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Features Red Eye w/Tom Shillue (2007) See more »

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Smile Song
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Music by Daniel Ingram
Lyrics by Amy Keating Rogers
Performed by Shannon Chan-Kent
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Positive, Uplifting, Informative
23 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

First, I am brony and I think this film did a very good job of showing how the "brony phenomenon" is a positive thing. And that is important in a world where people with spout off their opinions with knowing hardly anything about the subject they are talking about.

The documentary highlights importance of friendship, fellowship, and all the good things the show instills in the brony community. It is a positive and uplifting film that demonstrates how the show and its fans have helped people be more comfortable with themselves and others.

There is definitely more to the bronies than is presented here, but I think it is a great introduction for people seeking to learn more about the community. You can only fit so much into a 90 minute film.

I highly recommend showing this to non-bronies. For bronies it may be preaching to the choir, but it helped remind me of the best qualities of the fans.


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