Saturday, February 01, 2014
TJS Documentary Review: Bronies
The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
Rating: Half a Pack
10 out of 20 cigarettes
Where you watch it- Netflix Streaming
The subjects of this film are pretty fascinating and hard to wrap my brain around. Mostly straight teenage boys and young adult men obsessed with "My Little Pony," a show originally targeted towards young girls.
As a documentary this lands somewhere on the low budget end. There have been many films in the last 15 years that follow the same formula- examining the obsessed fan subculture of Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. This film is in the same vein. However, kudos for throwing some solid elements into the mix- interviews with My Little Pony's creator and impressive animated transitions.
I think I got a loose grasp on what the appeal was for these boys. These are not boys from my generation. It's even a little much for me- a pretty gay guy- to see straight men behave like this. Bronies grew up in a 9/11, School and Movie Theater shooting, in your face, in your neighborhood violent world. After meeting the Bronies, it makes sense to me (a little more) why these boys are putting their focus on a cuddly, cute TV show that focuses on cotton candy love and friendship.