I’m grinning, reading a new article in Wired - and the backlash in the comment stream below – regarding “Bronies,” young men who enjoy the “reimagined” cartoon show My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic. It’s frankly hilarious to see the upset stirred up in the comments, because it reminds me of the criticism an earlier generation of computer “geeks” and “nerds” got in the 1980s. E.g. it’s the death of American civilization, it’s the death of manhood as we know it, blah blah blah.
There’s also a throwaway reference to girls who got “sideeyed” for watching the Transformers cartoon during the same period (and you just know thousands of girls weren’t just “watching with their brother”, but mesmerized by Peter Cullen and company).
I had a friend who happily collected My Little Pony in her teens – when she wasn’t reading science fiction novels, listening to punk music, or playing computer games. But she wasn’t the target audience – nor did the latest incarnation expect popularity among older men in their late teens, 20s and 30s. But the passion these fans have for the new show is really infectious. Clearly both they and the creators of the show have a healthy sense of humor, judging by the many fan videos springing up online. Come on, who wouldn’t rather watch multicolored ponies stalking Nazis, rather than Brad Pitt?
Apparently, good storytelling and quality animation have everything to do with the show’s popularity – Lauren Faust, an animator, writer and producer is given much of the credit. I’ll be keeping my eye out for her from now on.
Great news – beloved, Oscar-winning actress Margaret O’Brien will be interviewed live on Shokus Radio today at 4:00 PM PST (that’s 6:00 PM for those of us in Central Time, and 7:00 for those of us on the East Coast).
This return visit is really special, since she doesn’t generally give a lot of interviews these days… if you didn’t hear her first interview, back in February, check it out here as a free MP3 download (scroll down to Program 215).