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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).

Director:

Laurent Malaquais

Writer:

Nat Segaloff
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John de Lancie ... Himself / Professor Pony / Discord
Alex Tibcken Alex Tibcken ... Himself
Tim Star Tim Star ... Himself (as Starlight Ironhoof)
Lauren Faust ... Herself
Lyle Gilpatrick Lyle Gilpatrick ... Himself
Jeanne Gilpatrick Jeanne Gilpatrick ... Herself
Tom Gilpatrick Tom Gilpatrick ... Himself
Yoav Landau Yoav Landau ... Himself / The Living Tombstone (as The Living Tombstone)
S.R. Foxley S.R. Foxley ... Himself (as SR Foxley)
Tara Strong ... Herself / Tara Strong Pony / Twilight Sparkle
Jeffrey Wells Jeffrey Wells ... Himself
Daniel Richards Daniel Richards ... Himself
Kim Richards Kim Richards ... Herself
Benjamin Meyer Benjamin Meyer ... Himself
Nadine Neumann Nadine Neumann ... Herself
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Storyline

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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TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

BronyCon: The Documentary See more »

Filming Locations:

Secaucus, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,465, 23 January 2013
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Big Focus Television See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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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Cathy Weseluck: It's a show that has actually created a community. I think it's a visceral thing that's happening here, I think it's connected to the heart, and I think the show is a show of excellence.
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Take My Hand
Written by Guy Erez and Tara Strong
Performed by Tara Strong
Produced by Guy Erez
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Not bad, but not great either.
20 January 2013 | by eturk-135-690080See all my reviews

So I just downloaded the digital copy of this for $12.99 and I'm assuming the reason you're reading this right now is probably because you're wondering if this documentary is worth it. In my opinion, it is if you are a brony yourself.

Outsiders will not find anything here that will interest them, or keep them hooked for 90 minutes. This was definitely a love letter to the bronies, from the bronies. This doesn't mean that it's a bad movie, but you should know that going into it. Now unto what did and didn't work for me.

My biggest issue was with pacing. The movie seemed to jump from one thing to the other with almost no transition at points. I would sit there wondering to myself "did they really need to include that clip?", but this is only a big problem in the first half hour or so. It's when the movie actually makes it to the conventions that I began to really enjoy it.

There were a couple other problems, but that was the one that really stuck out for me. Now unto the good. One great thing that the filmmakers did that I really enjoyed, were the portions at Bronycon. These sections of the movie did a good job at showing off exactly what it is that we do as a fandom. I found myself smiling at a couple things said in interviews that only a brony would understand. I was not in attendance at this particular convention, but this movie made me want to be there. It looked like a fun time. The other conventions weren't handled as well as Bronycon, but I still enjoyed them.

Anyways, buy this if you're a brony. Be free to skip right over this is you aren't


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