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Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (2013/MVD Visual DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: C Extras: D Documentary: B+

What are Bronies? They are adult men who love the My Little Pony franchise. Unexpectedly and surprising, there has been a growing fan base of adults for the show, toys and recent revival. Why are grown men and woman being attracted to a show that was intended for little girls? Like with the evolution of any series, it now has a new generation of characters and watchers, and has become a world wide phenomenon, with the creators, fans, conventions and even famous voice actors they share their views on who 'Bronies' are. This is examined in Laurent Malaquais' new documentary Bronies (2013).

Why are adults willing to watch what is considered a little girl's cartoon at the risk of being ridiculed by society? The latest series is on the 'Friendship is Magic' with characters symbolizing Honesty, Kindness, Laughter, Generosity, Loyalty and Magic... somehow these adult fans can find themselves relating and enjoying this series, from teenage boys to military men they travel far and wide to share their love for these ponies. Mind you, this is happening even though the new versions have not relaunched the franchise to its peak heights of many years ago, though it is hard to say whether that is actually helping the case or not.

Respect, it takes a brave man to admit what they like and like people who like Science Fiction and Anime, they also deserve respect. Normal people would think people who like those kind of things are some kind of pedophiles, man-children, hikikomori or socially inept, but this series shows people who have a genuine love and how they came to be fans. They are actually more normal than you think and maybe closer to you than you realize. Personally I think it is mentally healthier to have an active fantasy than be a conservative bigot, and it is better to challenge age, gender and social rules in order to create a more kinder, open minded and gentler future.

The anamorphically enhanced image is not bad, but lossy Dolby Digital sound is uneven and there are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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