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An Outsider's View of My Little Pony

One 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 10).

On 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 smoke...

...There's ponies?

That'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.

After 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 laptop.

This guy.

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.

The 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.

All 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.

I 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.

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