After making a mention of them in last week’s “Be Accepting” blog post, I got curious about the “Brony” sub-sect of Geekdom. I have friends who proudly claim to be “Bronies.” Personally, as the father of an almost 5 year old female Geekling, I have seen many episodes of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and while I find it to be more tolerable than, say, “Bubble Guppies,” it’s not something I fire up for when the Geekling isn’t around. So what’s got these dudes all fired up over Ponies? Well, lucky for me, a documentary was added to Netflix Instant Streaming recently, called “Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony,” so I decided to check it out, and see what I could pick up.
“Bronies” is a documentary that talks to fans of the television show “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” It follows about half a dozen fans as they talk about their love for the series, the “prejudice” they get for their love for the show, and it culminates at a few “Bronycons,” showcasing the creativity, caring, and optimism these folks have, along with some of the voice actors and people behind the show.
I’m going to be blunt: This is a cookie-cutter documentary. I know, earlier, I commented that a documentary didn’t seem to have any focus, but this one was almost too generic. “Brony” could have easily been replaced by any other Geeky moniker: “Trekkie,” “Ringer,” or “Furry.” I’m not saying it’s bad, but after having watched a few other “fandom” documentaries over the past few months, I’m just saying it’s starting to get old, seeing the same formula used over, and over, ad nauseam. I think this will be the last doc I watch for a while, since they’re all starting to look the same.
“Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony” is currently streaming on Netflix Instant Streaming, and runs approximately 90 minutes. If you’re into the show, there’s some cute animated stuff, plus interviews with Tara Strong and John DeLancie. Otherwise, it’s, sadly, a solid “meh.”