When my 17-year-old son told me he loves My Little Pony, I thought he was kidding. Turns out, he wasn’t. In fact, there’s a whole subculture of teenage boys who love the TV show with the sugary-sweet ponies spouting messages of love and tolerance. They’re called “bronies.”
“I find the show hilarious and love being part of the Internet community,” says my son. “The show reminds me of the cartoons from the 90s, when cartoons weren’t just mindless spiel, but talked to kids as if they were adults. They didn’t water things down for them.”
Several My Little Pony fan sites have popped up over the past few years, like Equestria Daily and Ponychan. Then came the fan-made videos, like this one that riffs off the movie [amazon_link id="B001GZ6QEC" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]The Dark Knight[/amazon_link].
And this one, based on [amazon_link id="B001FB55H6" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Watchmen[/amazon_link].
But this is a pink-letter day, my friends, because there’s a brand new DVD out today from Shout! Factory called [amazon_link id="B0063FGF14" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express[/amazon_link]. They succeeded in their quest to get “friendship” in the title as much as possible.
If you — or your teenage sons or preschool daughters — haven’t yet experienced the magic of My Little Pony, currently airing on The Hub, now is the perfect time to hop on board that train.
Here’s the story: When Twilight Sparkle gets an incomplete in friendship (sad!), Princess Celestia sends her pupil to Ponyville, where she meets five special ponies who take her on exciting adventures and teach her the most powerful magic of all … the magic of friendship! Annnndddd … friendship! Just had to get that in there ONE MORE TIME.
The DVD includes five episodes, including:
- Friendship Is Magic, Part 1 (Mare In The Moon)
- Friendship Is Magic, Part 2 (Elements Of Harmony)
- Over A Barrel
- Hearth’s Warming Eve
- The Last Roundup
Here’s a few clips to get you jazzed:
The Cherry Picking Line:
Canterlot / Christmas:
And here’s some cool activity sheets!
And a groovy slideshow!
Are you (or your teenage son) a My Little Pony fan? Did you even know of this underground subculture?