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The Documentary About Bronies is Here

A pleasant surprise arrived in my mailbox yesterday: a copy of the new documentary Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony directed by Laurent Malaquais. The project raised $322,000 on Kickstarter last year, making it the second-most funded documentary in the crowdfunding site’s history.

The title tells you everything you need to know about the film, which surveys the unexpected fandom that has formed around the animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Screen time is allotted to a wide range of individuals who identify with the fandom, including Bronies who serve in the U.S. military and Bronies who live abroad in countries like The Netherlands, Germany and Israel. Friendship is Magic creator Lauren Faust, and voice actors John de Lancie and Tara Strong participate in the documentary; they are credited as executive producers along with Michael Brockhoff.

I haven’t had a chance to watch the whole thing yet, but considering my association with the fandom, I’m looking forward to learning more about it. If you want to see the film for yourself, various DVD/Blu-ray/digital download options are offered at

  • Natalie Belton

    So Amid, are you a Brony then?

  • There’s animation in that documentary :}

  • Max C.

    I see they leaked it early.

  • Terradactile

    A good show was released, it had some fans, one of them made a meme on 4chan which spread like wildfire which caused people to be curious why these colorful horses are being posted all over the internet and added to the fanbase when they saw the show.

    Don’t know why we needed a documentary on that.

    Oh yeah, because MLP is the greatest show around and deserves everything. Yep.

  • Personally, I can’t think of a worse way to waste $322,000.

  • Daniel

    I’ve noticed people using the term Brony just to refer to themselves as a fan of the show… Wasn’t the term originally meant for grown men who were fans of the show? Why are teenagers and grown women calling themselves bronies too….?

    • afndimrdandi

      Many woman feel that using the term “Brony” to only to refer to male fans denies that participation in the MLP:FiM community, even thorough the word is derived from the word “brother”. They feel it’s basically sexist to use “Brony” in a non-unisex manner whether thats right or wrong. And as for young men, teens, their close enough, if not the same efficiently, despite being different legally.

      • bigbadballoon

        Good god! Everyone knows it’s already geared towards females. Brony is for MALES. Brother(male) + Pony = Brony. People need to give the sexist BS a rest.

        Non-unisex??? Get a clue. These women need to get a life!(and obviously so do I if I’m commenting on a Brony thread).

    • Women fans are referred to as “pegasisters”.
      I prefer using the term “brony” for all genders, as it doesn’t sound as stupid.

      • Funkybat

        While “pegasisters” sounds more contrived than “brony” I have to say I feel like it’s confusing to lump girls in with the “brony” crowd. “Brony” clearly means guys, particularly late teen/adult guys, in order to mark them as a distinct group from the intended audience. There should be gender-specific terms for the sake of clarify, unless one just wants to call oneself an MLP Fan and be done with it.

  • The animation from the documentary. The best part of it, if you ask me.. :}

    • jmahon

      the last thing in the world I need is hearing John De Lancie singing about My Little Pony porn. But uh… given that… yeah, surprising how well those parts were done, considering they must have been all reproduced rigs by fans.

  • I think the show is cute and funny.
    But the fanbase….goddamn, it’s creepy!

  • Emily Brundige

    Looks fascinating. I can’t wait to see it! I’m not a brony myself, but go BRONIES!!!

  • Shazbot

    That Princess Twilight episode was badly written, to say the least. It did NOT explain convincingly exactly WHY Twilight was tapped to wear wings and a crown. And I wish the writers would stay away from poetry, whether it be for Zecora’s speech or for magic spells; frankly, they suck at it. Zecora’s forced, clumsy rhymes often make me cringe, and the spell that Twilight wrote (the one which supposedly earned her a promotion) made no freaking sense at all. Plus, characters such as Rarity, who used to have “layers”, as Shrek would put it, have been reduced to flat run-of-the-mill caricatures. She’s just a stuck-up prissypants now. Come back to MLP, Lauren! The show and the fans miss you!

    • ILDC

      I’d rather give Wander Over Yonder a chance this summer before asking her to sail a sinking ship.

      • jmahon

        I have high hopes for that show. It’s going to fill the spot Foster’s Home and Samurai Jack left. It looks adorable, and I can’t wait to hear more news about it.

  • Me too (and I didn’t care for MLP the first time over back in the 80’s). I can see the value in it for children, but nothing else.

  • I’d get a copy of the documentary if I wasn’t broke.

  • I’ve only just become a visitor here in the last year or so, so to realize now that that that scathing essay on MLP:FiM back in the beginning was Amid is kind of a mind-blower.

    Naturally, as I’m a big fan of cartoons in general (and a very sentimental sort) there was no way I was immune to the pull of this show. It’s one of my favorites to depute in the last decade.

  • Peter

    The show is adorable.
    But I never felt as enamored by the characters or the world as these people. I find the phenomenon mystifying yet somewhat intriguing, and I’ll probably watch the documentary just to have some light shed on whatever questions and prejudice is left in me.

    Thanks for the heads up.