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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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Laurent Malaquais

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Nat Segaloff
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John de Lancie ... Self / Professor Pony / Discord
Alex Tibcken Alex Tibcken ... Self
Tim Star Tim Star ... Self (as Starlight Ironhoof)
Lauren Faust ... Self
Lyle Gilpatrick Lyle Gilpatrick ... Self
Jeanne Gilpatrick Jeanne Gilpatrick ... Self
Tom Gilpatrick Tom Gilpatrick ... Self
Yoav Landau Yoav Landau ... Self / The Living Tombstone (as The Living Tombstone)
S.R. Foxley S.R. Foxley ... Self (as SR Foxley)
Tara Strong ... Self / Tara Strong Pony / Twilight Sparkle
Jeffrey Wells Jeffrey Wells ... Self
Daniel Richards Daniel Richards ... Self
Kim Richards Kim Richards ... Self
Benjamin Meyer Benjamin Meyer ... Self
Nadine Neumann Nadine Neumann ... Self
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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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In the third animated segment, when the John de Lancie pony walks past different works of art, one of the pictures is of Tom the Rock, a "character" from the show. The text underneath says "Ceci, N'est pas un diamant", which means "This is not a diamond." In the 2-part episode "The Return of Harmony", Discord (John de Lancie's character) makes Rarity think that a rock is a diamond, and in her daze, she names it Tom. 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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References The Powerpuff Girls (1998) See more »

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Surprisingly Homophobic for a Movie About Guys Who Like Sparkly Ponies
23 January 2014 | by PaulSquallSee all my reviews

My biggest disappointment is that this film isn't at all funny.

It's primary reason for existing seems to be to proselytize the virtues of the cartoon and justify the reasons grown men are fascinated by it. If you aren't a brony, you aren't going to find much in this film, because it doesn't have a sense of humor about itself.

There is room in the market for a film like this, and because it was for a group of fans that seem a bit obsessive, it will probably make a profit. I can't really say it shouldn't have been made, simply that it does not speak to a broader audience.

The one thing that I did take away from the documentary was that even simple stories, if made with quality, can find an audience. People that have trouble relating to one another and develop real world friendships find a lot to love about a show that explains why friendship is magical. At least that's what I saw as the plot of this film.

Okay, now why the summary headline. . . I found this movie a bit disturbing for one main reason. Every My Little Pony obsessed man in this film felt they needed to tell us "I'm not gay." Like that makes their passion socially acceptable. They might as well be saying, "Sure, I like pink unicorns, but it's not like I like men! THAT would make me weird a pariah!" It's a rather homophobic view, in my opinion, and totally undermines the movie's supposed message of acceptance.

So it's not entertaining, particularly educational, or social conscious, but if you obsessively collect everything with a pony on it, you'll probably like it.


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