WATCHPONIES: Watchmen/My Little Pony mashup

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RELATED: Did you know that "My Little Pony" has older, male fans that refer to themselves as "bronies"?

Each day, out-of-work computer programmer Luke Allen self-medicates by watching animated ponies have magical adventures. The 32-year-old, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, loves his daily fix of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, and he's not alone. He's part of a growing group of "bronies" ("bro ponies") -- men who are fans of a TV show largely intended for a much younger audience.

"First we can't believe this show is so good, then we can't believe we've become fans for life, then we can't believe we're walking down the pink aisle at Toys R Us or asking for the girl's toy in our Happy Meal," Allen said in an e-mail to "Then we can't believe our friends haven't seen it yet, then we can't believe they're becoming bronies too."

Now you do.
(Wired News)


  1. The mashup is great fun.

    The “bronies” phenomenon … I don’t want to read that this is somehow related to water fluoridation. I really don’t.

  2. I clicked on that “bronies” link…and that is exactly what I expect 50% or more of the people on 4chan to look like.

    If I could do a costanza right now I would.

  3. If we were referring to the original 80’s show, then that would be quite an eye opener. But I see the show’s been rebooted by the creator of the Powerpuff Girls.

    About 13 years ago I had a bro that was into Powerpuff Girls. After seeing about 5 minutes of that, I approved. It was a fun cartoon and I’d have frequently watched it myself if I had the right channel. If the new ponies are anything like that, I can totally understand why these guys would watch it.

    Buying the merchandise is pretty funny though – it’s VERY girly and clearly isn’t tailored to a male audience!

    1. PPG had some great episodes.

      “Meet the Beat-alls” is classic.

      As was the episode where the girls assume super heroine identities. Buttercup assuming the persona of Mange (a SPAWN-esque character) was funny as hell.

      MLP-FiM is really far, far better than it has any right to be. I am amazed at how much I enjoy it and how sophisticated some of the injokes can get.

      In “Suited for Success”, we see a very important fashion designer.

      Based on Karl Lagerfeld. Shades, white mane, high collar, even a close up of a folding fan cutie mark on his flank.

      The target audience will not know who Lagerfeld is. Odds are, neither will mom or dad.

      To quote an anonymous Warner Bros animator from some years ago (either regarding Animaniacs or Tiny Toon Adventures), “Sometimes, we do things for ourselves.”

  4. Powerpuff Girls is a really, really good show. The creators also did Dexter’s Laboratory, and I think one of them did Samurai Jack. The theme is, they are all, all excellent. If they are doing a Ponies show, well, I expect it to be good as well, as astounding as that seems.

    When I was little a guy friend of mine collected My LIttle Ponies, and yes, I did get one or two myself. I guess I was a Broney way back then. *shudder*

  5. That mashup was pretty funny, and it speaks to the level of dedication of at least that one fan.

    I watched the show awhile back just to see what all the online fuss was about. For what it is, the cartoon is decent. I didn’t wake up later in the toy aisle at Target with a plastic pony clutched in my fist, so I guess I’m still brony negative. But I understand why the show is appealing.

    The way I see it, if some guy my age wants to watch a girls’ cartoon, then that’s his business. Ultimately, it’s just as dorky as being a fanboy for World of Warcraft, anime or fursuits. And, like those other things, “My Little Pony” is just as harmless. As with any fandom, it all boils down to escapism. I can think of a lot worse things to waste time and money on.

  6. Intended for a much younger audience? Next you’ll be telling me Spongebob Squarepants isn’t aimed at adults.

  7. FWIW, aside from Lauren Faust’s designs, the show is directed by a pair of 30-something dudes.

  8. There’s also the fact that a couple of the episodes feature parodies of – well, technically they’re not exactly parodies; they’re serious songs that use the same melodies as – Stephen Sondheim showtunes.

    The really crazy thing – the thing that a friend of mine, who doesn’t watch the show, said that he loved about it nonetheless – is that it has essentially turned several of the worst places on the Internet (4chan, I’m looking at you) into hotbeds of unironic adulation for a rainbow-colored show about ponies. Who would have expected it?

    And, of course, a couple of other noteworthy points: Hasbro has taken notice of this fandom, explicitly shouting out to older fans by parodying a song whose original version is in no way age-appropriate for the show’s younger target audience (Katy Perry’s sex-drenched “California Gurls”) in its latest promo spot – and dropping a couple of fandom-coined terms during it. Rather than trying to ignore the nontraditional fandom and make it something more meant only for little girls, as they might have done in the past, the company seems to be embracing it. (Of course, when you think about it, it makes sense – if they can sell stuff to older fans as well as little girls, why wouldn’t they want to make more money?)

    And as the article linked above notes, the widespread adoption of the show by older male fans has proven so noteworthy in and of itself, attracting so much attention across the Internet, that it’s not uncommon to see female viewers speaking up and protesting, “Hey, girls like My Little Pony too!” And that’s something I never thought I would hear anybody actually have to say.

    Hopefully the show’s creative staff will be able to keep the quality level high, and ward off executive meddling as much is possible, even after the departure of Lauren Faust. We’ll just have to wait and see what the second season brings.

    1. the ponies got so out of hand on 4chan that they were limited to a single thread on /co/ (the comics and cartoons board) and posting MLP anywhere else was grounds for a ban.

      it is now simply frowned upon to post them elsewhere on 4chan

      1. Even funnier: the 4chan crowd was first interested in checking out the show by a Cartoon Brew post all about how much it was going to suck. So they watched to see how bad it was going to be…and the rest was history. In the words of Admiral Ackbar, “It’s a trap!” :)

    2. It makes good sense. Unlike little girls us Bronies have money to spend and we do not need our parents permission to do so.

  9. BB’s belated discovery of bronydom is amusing to watch.

    For anyone still wondering, it really is a good show. The fandom is quite interesting as well (the Wired article is better than most, but still lacking.) They’re fiercely nice. “I’m going to Love and Tolerate the shit out you!” is a common response to trolls.

    This MeFi thread is a good collection of links for the curious.

  10. I’m not so much a fan of MLP…

    …as I am of the bronies.

    Keep the sick twisted peace love & friendship memes coming, folks!

  11. Never heard of it before, but what the hell. I’m ripping 26 episodes of it off of YouTube and Handbraking them to my phone for some time I have nothing better to do. Hope it lives up to the hype :)

    1. Apparently it’s not noteworthy until other Internet news sources decide it’s noteworthy. (I submitted the “Equestria Girls” music video as soon as it came out, with a note about how the show was attracting this older fandom, but it wasn’t approved.)

  12. The show may be good, but that mashup was legendary. It is so good that it’s almost belittling to call it a mashup. I mean, damn.

  13. One has to remember that the same boys that were watching batman the animated series, animaniacs, and freakazoid in the 90s are now making the cartoons we watch today. Also keep in mind that many of us parents are watching these WITH our kids and not in some solitary basement.

    Having said that, there have been plenty of good cartoons that satisfy both kids and adults if you’re willing to give them a try. For example, ignoring the movie, Avatar the last airbender was an excellent series. Adventure Time is a good one that’s running currently.

    I haven’t had a chance to check this one out yet, but if it’s made by the same people that made powerpuff girls, then it’s probably decent.

    I mean, how many cartoons spoof the Big Lebowski?

  14. haha bronies are everywhere. I’m a 17 year old headbanger who listens to megadeth, judas priest, ozzy, stuff like that. and Im a bronie!

  15. As someone who works in the dubbing business, this among the best, if not THE best lip-synching I have ever seen in a fan made video. It’s really tough to take one set of visuals and put new voices to it, but to get two sets of original material to work together so seamlessly. Man. Hat off to the guy/gal who made it.

  16. Friendship is Magic people appear to be the strangest people on the internet at the moment. Though I’m forced to admit, this pony video is one of the best Still Alive mashups ever.

  17. The Watchponies video is good, but by far my favorite MLP fan video so far is this one, done to a mashup song by Robin Skouteris.

    These videos are all over YouTube. Fan-made pictures are all over the art sites. There’s an entire movement of pony-themed political posters, which I believe started on a DeviantArt site. And I shouldn’t even mention what has happened to the porn sites. These ponies are everywhere. It’s like the internet has gone insane in a bright and happy way.

  18. AAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA! Bronies! HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH ahahahAHHAHAHA! Sorry. I used to love My Little Ponies when I was a little girl. Although thoroughly amused, I’m glad to see that others enjoy it. Hehehe…

  19. I’m not going to log in to admit it, but anonymously, I’ll say I do thoroughly enjoy Lauren Faust’s take on MLP. I’ll even try to briefly say why.

    I’m old (which, nowadays, means not in my 20’s). I’ve lived a hard life. No higher education; all blue-collar, hard-ass work. Yada yada – I know it’s a common situation for a lot of people. But my point is, no matter how crap-ass my life might seem now and again, there are a few little things that shoot right through it all like sunshine on a rainy day. Rays of sunshine are as common as your eyes are willing to see them (or your skin is able to feel them). And for me, one of those nice little warm rays of light is this cartoon.

    It isn’t life-changing, it isn’t anything otherwise astounding. But I have to admit that it’s really nice to just sit back, hit the Play button and watch the pony girls go through their relatively mundane adventures together in their magical, guilt-free, mostly pain-free world.

    1. If it helps, I’ve run afoul of BB’s login system before when I thought I was Anon. It can be tricky sometimes.

  20. Oddly enough I didn’t find out about the new MLP series from my seven year old daughter. Instead my first exposure was through a bronie desktop image on my 15 year old son’s laptop.

  21. From one of the manliest songs in the Internet (Now with Ponies!):
    [Mulan] – I’ll make a man out of you

  22. invader zim
    powerpuff girls
    dextor’s lab
    samurai jack

    …these were all pretty awesome and we watched them with our kids. That in mind will try the ponies as improbable as they seem.

    I was always a big fan of original bugs bunny, daffy duck, road runner and tom and jerry, but Wow something weird happened in the US during the 70s and 80s, something,… horrible. The main image that comes to mind is badly animated(and rigidly upright) Tom and Jerry shaking hands and GI Joe commercials masquerading as a show.

  23. If found this really stupid and ridiculous until I remembered the month I was hooked with helping my little one start and organize her Littlest Pet Shop.

  24. What I love about the series is just how anticlimactic it is — the Tolkeinesque story arc is dealt with in the first two episodes! And then the rest of the season the ponies deal with more mundane issues like getting the harvest in and whether they will get invited to a ball. I’m still unsure if that was due to corporate meddling on the grounds that apocalyptic fate-of-the-world story lines were presumed inappropriate for the target audience or whether it’s an intentional elaborate satire on the whole “story arc” phenomenon.

  25. I recall the day this cancer first became manifest upon /b/ so many, many months ago.

    At first I was enraged at this malignancy which began contaminating and diluting my CP & gore. Then, I realized it was the greatest troll-meme ever. Their persistent love & acceptance no-matter..their refusal to rise to an insult…their paramount bromance and friendliness.

    I believe the bronie movement is fascinating in that it is possibly the first meme which trolled via love.

    Dumbledore, are you listening?

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