The lights are on
Veteran Member - Level 12
of the bigger movements sweeping GIO (and the internet as a whole) is
the growing following behind of all things, My Little Pony.
The franchise previously known for its critically acclaimed work
separating small children from their allowance money now has fans
across teh interwebz. The new television show titled My
Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
has attracted some serious attention not only from kids, but from
their parents and other adults too. A growing movement of
self-proclaimed "Bronies" has sprung up online, knitting together
people outside the target demographic of MLP (e.g. over the age of
the surface, that many adults following a kids' show (and My Little
Pony no less) is a little weird. I spend a lot of time on the
internet, and it's rare to see this kind of dedication to a cartoon
outside of Avatar: The
Last Airbender. However,
it's difficult to imagine that this many people would get worked up
about a show without good reason. As the saying goes, where there's
why I decided to take the jump and perform the unthinkable: sit
through an episode of My
Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
It promised to be fraught with danger and horrifically cheerful
colors, but I was foolish enough to try it anyway.
watching the pilot on YouTube, I can kinda see why people like the
show. The MLP cartoon comes from Lauren Faust, creator of Foster's
Home for Imaginary Friends and
The Powerpuff Girls,
two of the best cartoons of the past decade. I never watched PPG, but
I loved Foster's Home.
Seriously, I still have a couple seasons of that show saved on my
Little Pony taps that
same cutesy vibe of humor. It's a genuinely funny show that made me
laugh. As far as cartoons go MLP is up there. It's a
solid show that pretty much anyone would be justified to watch.
Lauren Faust has stated publicly before that the show is targeted at
children and their parents. MLP likes to throw in jokes and other
references that kids won't get but parents will. So no, adults who
like the show are not weird because the show is targeted at them too.
only real problem I can see with My
Little Pony is that it
will definitely be too... well, pony-ish for some people. Visually
speaking, the show looks like a gay pride parade viewed while doing
copious amounts of hallucinogenic drugs. MLP is what would happen if
a rainbow factory exploded. The show revels in its girly nature
without a gun or explosion in sight. It's a lot of cutesyness to
handle, to be honest. The pilot I saw was about the very special kind
of pony magic called friendship. Seriously, the main characters are named Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash.
in all, My Little Pony:
Friendship is Magic
isn't a bad show. It's positively genius by cartoon standards, but
the obsessively frilly style will be too much to handle for some
people. If you're thinking about watching the show, don't bother if
you can't handle the rainbow colors and cast of ponies. Personally, I
found the show to be a little too... pony for me. It's a good
cartoon, but it's not to my tastes. I wouldn't consider myself a
Brony by any stretch of the imagination.
guess I'll call it a day with MLP. A good show, but not one I'd
watch. What about you? Do you watch My
Little Pony? If not,
would you? The whole first season is on YouTube.