‘My Little Pony’ is not just for girls
Now I know what you’re all thinking. Why the hell does a 20-year-old man enjoy a little girl’s show about ponies?
Well, I can tell you it isn’t out of nostalgia. I never watched the show growing up.
I’m not usually a fan of shows marketed as girly, either. My favorite show of all time is “Babylon 5,” an adult science-fiction series.
So why the hell did I marathon the entire first season in two weeks and eagerly wait for each episode of season two to air on Saturday mornings?
To put it simply, it’s not what you expect.
This is not the “My Little Pony” anyone grew up with. The ponies in this new series (titled “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”) don’t just sit around and have tea parties while talking about boys (Not that they always did in the old series.)
As I discovered, the show is less about what the individual plots of each episode were (although they are excellent) and more about the characters. The main ponies include a wide range of diverse personalities, and as the show goes on, we grow to know them more and more.
For example, the character Pinkie Pie is shown to love throwing parties and generally making everyone happy. That doesn’t sound like anything special, but in one episode, she thinks all of her friends hate her and she consequently has a mental breakdown.
While it is mainly played for laughs, it says a lot about her character, and that attention to detail is what I love so much about the series.
The head developer of the series, Lauren Faust, who has worked on such shows as “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends,” said, “cartoons for girls don’t have to be a puddle of smooshy, cutesy-wootsy, goody-two-shoeness.”
She has certainly shown all that and more, considering the show has reached a broader audience than ever expected. While originally intended for a younger female demographic, the show soon exploded in popularity with older male fans, who have adopted the name “bronies.”
What appeals to each fan varies dramatically, but for me, it all comes down to the fact that I emotionally connected with the show.
In the 24th episode of the series, Spike, a dragon, is best friends with a female pony named Twilight Sparkle. Twilight makes a new friend (who happens to be an owl), and Spike quickly feels as though he’s being replaced.
Once again, it’s played for mostly comedy, but the range of emotions Spike shows in this episode remind me of when I was in a similar situation with my own friend. It got to the point where I actually got a little misty eyed.
Yes, a grown man got emotional because of an episode of “My Little Pony.”
But that just shows how, well, magical the show is. If this article has piqued your interest, give it a shot.
If anything, go on YouTube and see what the Internet has done to it. Nothing beats seeing clips from this show set to Wu-Tang Clan songs.