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2013-03-19 01:52:37 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)

They include a LOT of references to other television shows that people around the right age to be the parents of their main demographic would get. Is it really their fault you don't understand inside jokes?


Of course not.  But I didn't see many in the first few episodes, and I think I'm not completely out of touch with current entertainment...   Were they there from the start (including first couple of episodes)?  Lots of shows don't hit their stride for a while - did I not watch enough of it?
 
2013-03-19 01:58:19 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Jim from Saint Paul: Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)

I look at it like this: I have an 8 year old, 6 year old and a 21 month old. I have alot of time to be stuck watching their shows (at least in the background). I also am a big believer in watching the shows your kids are watching first (or at least WITH them). So I will proactively try to find things I like about these shows so I can put up with them.

The show is nice. It's not sickeningly sweet or anything. It teaches kids to be nice and to help their friends. That's it. There are a few funny lines, there are a few pop culture references (there's a full on big lebowski, bowling alley and all, reference) and the meme's on the internet are HILARIOUS.

Seriously, they use each other as gatling guns if needed.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 500x277]

/using your friends as semi-automatic weapons is magic.


Could be worse.
i527.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-19 02:04:09 PM  
As an Omahan, I didn't know this was the case. Excuse me, I need to go buy some gasoline and matches.
 
2013-03-19 02:15:17 PM  

Skwrl: The My Little Pony Killer: Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)

They include a LOT of references to other television shows that people around the right age to be the parents of their main demographic would get. Is it really their fault you don't understand inside jokes?

Of course not.  But I didn't see many in the first few episodes, and I think I'm not completely out of touch with current entertainment...   Were they there from the start (including first couple of episodes)?  Lots of shows don't hit their stride for a while - did I not watch enough of it?


Maybe it just means you see the show for what it is.
"Hurr, they referenced Big Lebowski, that means me and men all over the country should band together and dress up like ponies."
 
2013-03-19 02:35:06 PM  

browntimmy: Skwrl: The My Little Pony Killer: Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)

They include a LOT of references to other television shows that people around the right age to be the parents of their main demographic would get. Is it really their fault you don't understand inside jokes?

Of course not.  But I didn't see many in the first few episodes, and I think I'm not completely out of touch with current entertainment...   Were they there from the start (including first couple of episodes)?  Lots of shows don't hit their stride for a while - did I not watch enough of it?

Maybe it just means you see the show for what it is.
"Hurr, they referenced Big Lebowski, that means me and men all over the country should band together and dress up like ponies."


Yep. that's it. You figured it out.

[/thread]
 
2013-03-19 02:37:46 PM  

Skwrl: Of course not.  But I didn't see many in the first few episodes, and I think I'm not completely out of touch with current entertainment...   Were they there from the start (including first couple of episodes)?  Lots of shows don't hit their stride for a while - did I not watch enough of it?


It's largely acknowledged that the first two episodes sucked and that the early parts of the first season were a bit rough. Every fan has their own "Oh, I get it!" episode. For me, it was an episode dealing with Rarity (the pony with the elaborate mane) in her role as a professional dress designer. I had just never seen a show so thoroughly subvert the ditzy stereotype that usually gets stuck on the more feminine characters. To see such a character be serious and hard working was a breath of fresh air. From that point on, I was able to see that there were layers to the show.

I find that a lot of the humor reminds me of the old Loony Tune days of animation: accessible to kids, but not stupid or condescending and genuinely funny. Likewise, I'm really entertained by the musical bits and just the overall characterization and animation. There's a reason that pony memes are everywhere: they're extremely expressive characters with a very clear aesthetic.

That said, it really isn't for everyone. It seems that you really did give it a try. I'd encourage you to at least check out the Discord episodes (because it's basically Q comes to Equestria), but I think we can put you down in the tried it and didn't like it bin, and that's perfectly cool.
 
2013-03-19 02:38:15 PM  
Lot of haters in this thread.

/Lover of most quality animation.
//Sadly, "Brony" is the only recognized term when "Adventure Timer," "Archerer," and "Regular Show Watching Stoner" haven't caught on.
///Has a My Little Pony t-shirt, Regular show sunglasses, and Adventure Time headphones. Guess which of the three result in a whole drawn-out conversation.
 
2013-03-19 02:40:52 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: browntimmy: Skwrl: The My Little Pony Killer: Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)

They include a LOT of references to other television shows that people around the right age to be the parents of their main demographic would get. Is it really their fault you don't understand inside jokes?

Of course not.  But I didn't see many in the first few episodes, and I think I'm not completely out of touch with current entertainment...   Were they there from the start (including first couple of episodes)?  Lots of shows don't hit their stride for a while - did I not watch enough of it?

Maybe it just means you see the show for what it is.
"Hurr, they referenced Big Lebowski, that means me and men all over the country should band together and dress up like ponies."

Yep. that's it. You figured it out.

[/thread]


Actually, my real theory is it's like the hair metal bands of the '80s. They figured the edgy attention-getting thing to do was a complete 180 of what male rock stars were supposed to be, so they dressed up like chicks with makeup and hairspray and the works. This is kind of like that, except with chubby geeks.
 
2013-03-19 02:41:34 PM  

Bloody William: Lot of haters in this thread.


They "really hate" ponies.
 
2013-03-19 02:42:27 PM  

browntimmy: Actually, my real theory is it's like the hair metal bands of the '80s. They figured the edgy attention-getting thing to do was a complete 180 of what male rock stars were supposed to be, so they dressed up like chicks with makeup and hairspray and the works. This is kind of like that, except with chubby geeks.


...says someone who never heard of the 70's and glam. Jesus Christ, read a book.
 
2013-03-19 02:45:55 PM  

Bloody William: browntimmy: Actually, my real theory is it's like the hair metal bands of the '80s. They figured the edgy attention-getting thing to do was a complete 180 of what male rock stars were supposed to be, so they dressed up like chicks with makeup and hairspray and the works. This is kind of like that, except with chubby geeks.

...says someone who never heard of the 70's and glam. Jesus Christ, read a book.


Doesn't really address my point since glam rock was pretty much the same thing I described. What book did you have in mind?
 
2013-03-19 02:47:30 PM  

browntimmy: Bloody William: browntimmy: Actually, my real theory is it's like the hair metal bands of the '80s. They figured the edgy attention-getting thing to do was a complete 180 of what male rock stars were supposed to be, so they dressed up like chicks with makeup and hairspray and the works. This is kind of like that, except with chubby geeks.

...says someone who never heard of the 70's and glam. Jesus Christ, read a book.

Doesn't really address my point since glam rock was pretty much the same thing I described. What book did you have in mind?


The indefinite book referenced whenever anyone says something stupid.

And it does address your point because it kind of shows that trends change and not everything is some psychosexual snap-back attempt to be edgy. Even if hair metal was gayer than eight guys blowing njine guys.
 
2013-03-19 02:48:40 PM  
it's also possible that Adventure Time and Regular Show are not television shows aimed at 8 year old girls?
 
2013-03-19 02:54:05 PM  

Jackson Herring: it's also possible that Adventure Time and Regular Show are not television shows aimed at 8 year old girls?


Maybe. Though before My Little Pony, I took shiat just for watching cartoons at all. So in a strange way, brony-hating has made more of my hobbies more socially acceptable.

And I still don't understand how Regular Show is a main Cartoon Network show and not on Adult Swim, besides the fact that Adult Swim is anathema to any sort of quality at this point.

/I like any good animation.
 
2013-03-19 02:55:43 PM  
Dunno if it makes me a brony or not, but I LOVE watching MLP with my 4yo daughter.

/FOREVER!!!
 
2013-03-19 02:59:17 PM  

Bloody William: browntimmy: Bloody William: browntimmy: Actually, my real theory is it's like the hair metal bands of the '80s. They figured the edgy attention-getting thing to do was a complete 180 of what male rock stars were supposed to be, so they dressed up like chicks with makeup and hairspray and the works. This is kind of like that, except with chubby geeks.

...says someone who never heard of the 70's and glam. Jesus Christ, read a book.

Doesn't really address my point since glam rock was pretty much the same thing I described. What book did you have in mind?

The indefinite book referenced whenever anyone says something stupid.

And it does address your point because it kind of shows that trends change and not everything is some psychosexual snap-back attempt to be edgy. Even if hair metal was gayer than eight guys blowing njine guys.


Wait, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you that guy who's also into furries? Are you sure there's no psychosexual issues there?
 
2013-03-19 03:14:16 PM  

FlashHarry: cgraves67: I live in Illinois and I find it to be far worse to drive through. The 65 mph speed limit only rubs salt in the wound.

driving through southern illinois is like a death sentence. and, yes, the speed limit is the worst part. HOWEVER, i did drive through it once after a fresh snow, and it was beautiful. weird, huh.


I used to drive from SE Ohio to Lincoln, NE every three weeks for work. Take I-70 to I-74 to I-80.  Where I am it is beautiful (Appalachia).  Once you get past Columbus it gets flat and kind of boring.

Indiana isn't too bad because I would drive across the short part of it, so it only took 4 hours and that was broken up in the middle by Indianapolis.

Then we would drive north through Illinois, up to Davenport, IA.  Good lord that sucked. The 65 mph, combined with it being so....bland.  One time I remember it was foggy out (the snow was melting and it had that low hanging white fog) and it was just so boring.  Only Arkansas is worse to drive through.

Iowa was a little bit better.  I think it might have been the constant up/down of the road (nice rolling hills) but holy hell, they need to stop telling me how far away flippin' Des Moines is. I swear there is a sign for Des Moines every mile (234 miles....233 miles...232 miles) and it just makes it that much longer.

Nebraska....well I didn't go too far into it (work was in Lincoln) except when we went out to Rocky Mountain National park that one time.  I don't remember that much about it (I do remember Colorado being brown and desolate until you got to Denver).

/It is now 70 mph on I-80 through Ohio
//They are trying to pass a low to make it 70 the entire state.
 
2013-03-19 03:19:48 PM  

Some 'Splainin' To Do: It's largely acknowledged that the first two episodes sucked and that the early parts of the first season were a bit rough. Every fan has their own "Oh, I get it!" episode. For me, it was an episode dealing with Rarity (the pony with the elaborate mane) in her role as a professional dress designer. I had just never seen a show so thoroughly subvert the ditzy stereotype that usually gets stuck on the more feminine characters. To see such a character be serious and hard working was a breath of fresh air. From that point on, I was able to see that there were layers to the show.


That's actually the one episode I've seen. It was cute. I particularly enjoyed the riff on Sondheim's Putting It Together. And I admit I did LOL at the "20% cooler" line. I thought it was something I can enjoy watching with my niece, but not something that I'd sit down and watch all  by my lonesome. However, I always visit these threads for the pics and the haters. I can't decide which amuses me more.

/ever notice how it is the haters who always bring up pedophilia
//they're taking a wide stance on the matter, methinks
 
2013-03-19 03:20:27 PM  

Edward Rooney Dean of Students: Dunno if it makes me a brony or not, but I LOVE watching MLP with my 4yo daughter.

/FOREVER!!!


It doesn't.

Wathcing by yourself and then going to message boards to disect the episode would though.
 
2013-03-19 03:20:51 PM  

Bloody William: Lot of haters in this thread.

/Lover of most quality animation.
//Sadly, "Brony" is the only recognized term when "Adventure Timer," "Archerer," and "Regular Show Watching Stoner" haven't caught on.
///Has a My Little Pony t-shirt, Regular show sunglasses, and Adventure Time headphones. Guess which of the three result in a whole drawn-out conversation.


Maybe it's because all those terms are bad and you should feel bad?

Besides, everyone knows that Archer fans are called "Dutchies".

/what?
 
2013-03-19 03:22:41 PM  

aevorea: *opens 'states_Ill_never_visit.docx"

*types in 'Nebraska'*

*saves and exits*


A word document for that? It's a file that contains a maximum of 50 words. I think .txt should suffice
 
2013-03-19 03:26:35 PM  
Thankfully my 3 yo daughter loves Adventure Time more than life itself and THAT my farkfriends, is a fantastic cartoon no matter your age or gender.
 
2013-03-19 03:28:08 PM  

CraicBaby: Is this a bad time to mention that we're having another Omaha Fark Party this summer?


Can we shun the My Little Pony fanatics?
 
2013-03-19 03:35:31 PM  

The English Major: CraicBaby: Is this a bad time to mention that we're having another Omaha Fark Party this summer?

Can we shun the My Little Pony fanatics?


I would love to see the Pony supporters come with signs and videotape like it was a real protest or something.

"I'm gonna love and tolerate the shiat out of you" signs everywhere. Could be awesome.
 
2013-03-19 03:52:53 PM  

browntimmy: Wait, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you that guy who's also into furries? Are you sure there's no psychosexual issues there?


Yes, but those are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS!

Christ, can't a nerd have some layers?
 
2013-03-19 03:52:58 PM  
Wouldn't being male be a predisposition for being a BROny in the first place? I mean it has "bro" right in it. Right there. See it?

/Someone mistook me for a brony once. They realized their mistake when I cocked my eyebrow and said "Say what now?".
//CSB
 
2013-03-19 04:08:02 PM  

Welfare Peanut Butter: FlashHarry: point of order: aren't bronies male by definition?

/finds the whole thing rather silly
//lives in omaha
///contrary to popular belief, there is a lot to do here. true, most of it involves drinking, but still...

According to my Brony friend, the actual origin of the word comes from the fact that the male fandom "originated" on 4chan's /b/. /b/ + pony = brony. Everyone else just assumed it was a portmanteau of "bro" and "pony", so that's what it evolved into.

I.....I'm sort of ashamed that I know this.


I'm pretty certain I've heard Tara Strong call the girls something like unipals or something like that different from the term "Bronie"

/Tara is awesome I could give two craps about the show
 
2013-03-19 04:11:40 PM  

gunga galunga: Some 'Splainin' To Do: It's largely acknowledged that the first two episodes sucked and that the early parts of the first season were a bit rough. Every fan has their own "Oh, I get it!" episode. For me, it was an episode dealing with Rarity (the pony with the elaborate mane) in her role as a professional dress designer. I had just never seen a show so thoroughly subvert the ditzy stereotype that usually gets stuck on the more feminine characters. To see such a character be serious and hard working was a breath of fresh air. From that point on, I was able to see that there were layers to the show.

That's actually the one episode I've seen. It was cute. I particularly enjoyed the riff on Sondheim's Putting It Together. And I admit I did LOL at the "20% cooler" line. I thought it was something I can enjoy watching with my niece, but not something that I'd sit down and watch all  by my lonesome.


Fair enough. For what it's worth, that's not the episode that I'd point to in an effort to get people into the show. It's just the episode that got me into it. A part of it, I think, is that I could really relate to her frustrations in dealing with unreasonable client demands. If you've ever dealt with vague but insistent client requests, that 20% cooler line is straight up satire.

However, I always visit these threads for the pics and the haters. I can't decide which amuses me more.

/ever notice how it is the haters who always bring up pedophilia
//they're taking a wide stance on the matter, methinks


The haters really don't bother me. I think that 99% of them are just trolls who think that they're found an easy target but who usually underestimate how much experience Bronies have with trolls. The whole thing got started on the cesspools of 4Chan, for gods sake. Watching your run of the mill Fark troll acting like he's pushing our buttons with these kinds of lame remarks is actually kind of cute, in a way. It's like watching a particularly anti-social kid trying out training wheels. You kind of hope that the little asshole will get better at it, you know?

I do feel kind of bad for the 1% who really are serious about it, though. It seems like they're stuck in a joyless and cynical place that makes it impossible for them to even understand other people's happiness. I sincerely hope that they manage to overcome those goblins in their souls one of these days. In the meanwhile, I can't help but to feel a bit of pity for them and to hope that they get better.
 
2013-03-19 04:13:17 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: The English Major: CraicBaby: Is this a bad time to mention that we're having another Omaha Fark Party this summer?

Can we shun the My Little Pony fanatics?

I would love to see the Pony supporters come with signs and videotape like it was a real protest or something.

"I'm gonna love and tolerate the shiat out of you" signs everywhere. Could be awesome.


Quit giving them ideas.
 
2013-03-19 04:13:48 PM  

therecksays: I'm pretty certain I've heard Tara Strong call the girls something like unipals or something like that different from the term "Bronie"


Pegasister is the most commonly distinct term used for them, but most adult female fans are comfortable with just calling themselves bronies, too. There's no reason to take the "bro" part of the neologism too literally.
 
2013-03-19 04:14:50 PM  

The English Major: Jim from Saint Paul: The English Major: CraicBaby: Is this a bad time to mention that we're having another Omaha Fark Party this summer?

Can we shun the My Little Pony fanatics?

I would love to see the Pony supporters come with signs and videotape like it was a real protest or something.

"I'm gonna love and tolerate the shiat out of you" signs everywhere. Could be awesome.

Quit giving them ideas.


Psst. We already have ideas. See you in Omaha.
 
2013-03-19 04:28:31 PM  
I know one person who loves Bronies because every thread with the word in the title gets page clicks.
 
2013-03-19 04:41:04 PM  
FTFA: " Chris Bachelder II always dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler. His ring persona, Christopher Lust, would sport tuxedo trunks and try to seduce the audience. He would be a heartthrob. But after four years of training, a knee injury forced Bachelder, 23, to walk away in 2011. He had put all his energy into wrestling, but now he needed a new passion, a new way of life. That's when he found "My Little Pony."

This guy should find the FWC Monday threads. Fair amount of crossover in there.
 
2013-03-19 04:43:33 PM  
Just like the Bush administration, this too will end one day. Stop making me feel sorry for you, there are others who deserve my pathos who didn't bring it on themselves.
 
2013-03-19 04:48:42 PM  

FlashHarry: cgraves67: I live in Illinois and I find it to be far worse to drive through. The 65 mph speed limit only rubs salt in the wound.

driving through southern illinois is like a death sentence. and, yes, the speed limit is the worst part. HOWEVER, i did drive through it once after a fresh snow, and it was beautiful. weird, huh.


My wife and I just drove through Southern Illinois on our way to St. Louis. Our car game was "hawk or trash."
 
2013-03-19 04:48:54 PM  

Phil Moskowitz: Just like the Bush administration, this too will end one day.


...and the effects will be felt for years. No, not just years,

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-19 05:00:55 PM  

Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)


If you're to watch any episode, watch "party of one" and the final episode of the first season. Best ones of the first season. Season 2 has more obvious adult in-jokes.

It's also very easily "meme-able" which is what started the whole brony phenomena in the first place.  Here's a compilation of them that's fun to watch regardless:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tjb14VoWjg
 
2013-03-19 05:11:54 PM  

Ed Grubermann: FirstNationalBastard: Jim from Saint Paul: Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)

I look at it like this: I have an 8 year old, 6 year old and a 21 month old. I have alot of time to be stuck watching their shows (at least in the background). I also am a big believer in watching the shows your kids are watching first (or at least WITH them). So I will proactively try to find things I like about these shows so I can put up with them.

The show is nice. It's not sickeningly sweet or anything. It teaches kids to be nice and to help their friends. That's it. There are a few funny lines, there are a few pop culture references (there's a full on big lebowski, bowling alley and all, reference) and the meme's on the internet are HILARIOUS.

Seriously, they use each other as gatling guns if needed.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 500x277]

/using your friends as semi-automatic weapons is magic.

Could be worse.
[i527.photobucket.com image 640x480]


WHAT THE FARK? What anime is that.
 
2013-03-19 05:19:31 PM  
shortymac: WHAT THE FARK? What anime is that.

I have no idea. I think the laser effect was added on as I've seen that GIF without it.
 
2013-03-19 05:27:28 PM  
thechive.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-19 05:50:44 PM  
i273.photobucket.com

yay, pony thread.
 
2013-03-19 06:32:10 PM  

Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)


11 might be too old for the target demographic and too young to catch the references aimed at the parents.

The first two pilot episodes are generally regarded as mediocre, it's your standard introduce-the-characters spiel. I spent most of those 44 minutes vaguely bemused but wondering WTF all the fuss was about. The third was funny in its own way, but it was the Benny Hill homage that saved it for me. That was the hook that prompted me to watch episode four, which centered around burnout and overwork, and... well, exposure to the show obviously hasn't affected me at all, has it?

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As an adult, I'd say Season 2, Episode 3, "Lesson Zero" is probably the most accessible for anyone who's ever experienced deadline pressure, and someone upthread has already mentioned Season 2, Episodes 1+2, "The Return of Harmony," featuring John "Q" DeLancie reprising his former role in cartoon form as another great starting point.

But hey, at the end of the day, it's still just a cartoon. We of the herd happen to think it's a good one, and we enjoy it even though it really wasn't designed with us in mind. Speaking of overwork and deadline pressure...

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And this is in no way a bookmark.
 
2013-03-19 06:55:48 PM  
Well, yes. Adult female fans call themselves "pegasisters".
 
2013-03-19 07:03:54 PM  

rtaylor92: Thankfully my 3 yo daughter loves Adventure Time more than life itself and THAT my farkfriends, is a fantastic cartoon no matter your age or gender.


Complete opposite. My Brony level is dangerous, but I do not "get" Adventure Time.
I suppose it's mostly the style... and I daresay it might be I'm unable to get past it. Considering my art and design background, the art can be 90% of why I watch anything to begin with. Finn's entire anatomy, especially the face, just makes me cringe.

I hear about the deeper themes behind the random wackiness, and I'm interested to learn more, but then I see the art style and actually have to endure the random wackiness. Just don't get it. i can easily see why people wouldn't like MLP, but I can't seem to figure out what part of my brain I need to turn off to enjoy AT.
 
2013-03-19 07:14:18 PM  

Ishidan: Well, yes. Adult female fans call themselves "pegasisters".


Are you serious? That's kind of cool in a dorky way.

But that's what I think it's about, dorky fun. I've gotten a couple of links from nice farkers about Bronies, and have a smart Brony student this term who explained his enjoyment, but the show doesn't speak to me.

Not that what does speak to me is any less dorky. Lovecraft and a life-long crush on Velma Dinkley sure doesn't make me hardcore.

The Cthulhu Mystery Incorporated episode was near Nirvana.
 
2013-03-19 07:15:17 PM  
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2013-03-19 07:23:33 PM  

Omahawg: mardi gras in nebraska


I'd be happy to take one of those cows' place.
 
2013-03-19 07:23:36 PM  

The number 7 and the letter Q!: Lovecraft and a life-long crush on Velma Dinkley sure doesn't make me hardcore.


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Thoughts on Mystery Incorporated if aware?
Never was a big Velma fan, but that series took every single aspect of dumpy nerd and cranked the hotness to farking 12. Whoever is responsible is a farking genius.
 
2013-03-19 07:33:49 PM  

Sergeant Grumbles: The number 7 and the letter Q!: Lovecraft and a life-long crush on Velma Dinkley sure doesn't make me hardcore.


Thoughts on Mystery Incorporated if aware?
Never was a big Velma fan, but that series took every single aspect of dumpy nerd and cranked the hotness to farking 12. Whoever is responsible is a farking genius.


I've only seen the first season (that's all Netflix has) but I enjoy it quite a bit. It's not as pure fun as the first series (but it's hard to beat that childhood nostalgia thing). It scares my three year old son, and my wife is annoyed at the continuous storyline elements, but those things don't bug me.

Velma certainly got cranked up. I already had her at a 12, so she's easily in the 20's for me.

My wife looks nothing like Velma, just in case anyone was wondering. Putting her in a tight orange sweater and doing some tackling sounds fun, though.
 
2013-03-19 07:48:26 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Jim from Saint Paul: Skwrl: So, being a kind of open minded guy, and having a daughter who is 11 (leaving the age demographic, but...), I decided to try an experiment.  I watched about 3 episodes of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (the first three, I think).  I'm a huge cartoon fan (Adult Swim, Archer, FG, Futurama, etc.), but I have to say "I don't get it."  I mean, it was a pleasant, inoffensive cartoon, but it also didn't have any hook that I could see that would draw (adult) people in.  My daughter was, in word, bored.  Can someone explain the attraction to me?  Did I miss some subtle piece of culture commentary?  Or is it just a "wow, we're edgy, we like a kid's show..." thing?  (And if so, why that particular show and not something else...)

I look at it like this: I have an 8 year old, 6 year old and a 21 month old. I have alot of time to be stuck watching their shows (at least in the background). I also am a big believer in watching the shows your kids are watching first (or at least WITH them). So I will proactively try to find things I like about these shows so I can put up with them.

The show is nice. It's not sickeningly sweet or anything. It teaches kids to be nice and to help their friends. That's it. There are a few funny lines, there are a few pop culture references (there's a full on big lebowski, bowling alley and all, reference) and the meme's on the internet are HILARIOUS.

Seriously, they use each other as gatling guns if needed.



/using your friends as semi-automatic weapons is magic.


I hope that's not a high-capacity mane. That's a big no-no!
 
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