Director: Laurent Malaquais
Stars: John de Lancie, Alex Tibcken, Tim Star, Tara Strong
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.
This is one of the most odd documentaries that I have watched. I had heard of the Bronies community before, but I did not know that much about them. When I was younger in the 80's, the cartoon and toy line of My Little Pony came out. Just several years ago the cartoon came back out and reborn for a whole other generation to watch. You just have mostly males in their early 20's and teenage guys watching this show. The craziest part of all of it is that they are collecting all of the merchandise from the show. These guys and girls are really into the show.
The show itself creates a positive attitude toward one another showing that being friendly with a positive attitude will make you life better. It is great that this community works on living this way and work on creating this positive atmosphere around them. It is just really interesting to see people dress up like their favorite characters from the show. These outcast in their area get to meet other like them at the Con for Bronies.
I think this could be the next step before you get into being a Furry. I am not saying that this is a definite, but I bet there are several that have started to turn this obsession into something sexual. I know it does not start out that way, but you know that some have converted it to something sexual. You see teenage boy "come out" to their parents about this obsession and the cartoon. The teenage boy may even show their parents themselves all dressed up in their costumes after telling them that they are a Brony. I bet their Dad's heart hurt. Now they just have to wait for they son's next coming out, because you know it is going to happen. Several of those guys were a little sweet.
This is an interesting documentary. If you do not of Bronies or you have never heard of the term before, then you need to watch this documentary. It is an eye opening look at just another group or fade. However you want to see it. Enjoy.
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (2012) Trailer