|Oh my god|
This is all a very fancy way of saying I've seen all twenty six episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Can I blame the internet on this one? I blame the internet on this one. After reading article after article about how amazing the lives of plastic Technicolor ponies were, I had to see for myself what all the hype was about.
Go under the jump to learn about my love of weird, cracked out children's cartoons and why My Little Pony fits right in.
I'm a big fan of cartoons. I love watching them, I still laugh at them, and the more demented they are, the better! I have fond memories of watching Ren & Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, Animaniacs and Ahh! Real Monsters when I was a child. I was glued to the TV whenever the hilariously wrong Beetlejuice cartoon came on. As I got older, I progressed to equally demented fare like the Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab, as well as the lovably insane Invader ZIM. Soon I was sitting in my dorm room, missing out on valuable college drinking time to watch Camp Lazlo, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Fairly Odd Parents and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
Sure, at some point I progressed to "adult" cartoons like Daria, Futurama, The Venture Bros, Frisky Dingo and Archer but they were never enough. I always came back to cartoons aimed at children. They were always weirder, somehow. The "adult" injokes always more subversive. Look at the latest offerings on Cartoon Network: Adventure Time, The Misadventures of Flapjack and Regular Show. All are aimed at children, but are way more hilarious to adult minds. Adventure Time even made a Caturday joke! They have a hipster vampire and a princess made of bubblegum who does horrific experiments on people. What's not to love?
|I seem to make this face a lot while watching cartoons.|
What I thought was going to be twenty minutes of second hand embarrassment and misplaced nostalgia (I had tons of those plastic ponies when I was little) turned into a lost weekend of learning and laughing with the ponies. The songs lodged into my head and I caught myself humming them in the shower. I was impressed by the storylines and just how many pony-related gags the writers could make (Filly-delphia! Cloudsdale! Gentlecolts!). Each character has a fleshed out background and unique personality. They were quirky (one has a toothless alligator as a pet!), gave each other the "bitch, please" look pretty often and acted strangely human.
Part of the charm of the show is the animation. It's bright, unerringly cheerful and incredibly expressive. You catch ponies rolling their eyes pretty often, as well as some hilarious facial expressions. Honestly, the entire show is so bizarrely well thought out. There is almost SCIENCE involved. Pegasus ponies can fly and walk on clouds because they're born with a helium sack. I mean, who comes up with a detail like that? Additional details (like a fashion pony who looks like Karl Lagerfeld and another who acts like Lady Gaga) just add to how deliciously wrong and funny the show is. Sure, a fair amount of the show is juvenile and stupid. There are moments when you realize it's meant for seven year olds and feel sort of bad for watching it, but those moments are few and far between.
The genius behind this show is a woman named Lauren Faust. She has a history of making cracked out cartoons. We owe the Powerpuff Girls and Foster's to her. (God bless her). She seems to have a talent for making strange and strangely relate-able characters. I still fondly remember every Powerpuff villain (including the weirdly creepy HIM) and all the wonderful imaginary friends from Foster's. Faust has outdone herself with the ponies and seems pleased by the reaction from the internet.
Mock me if you like for my amusement over this trend (and I'm sure I'll be mocking myself in about six months), but I still find My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic to be a strangely compelling and completely hilarious experience. If you don't believe me, you can follow me down the rabbit hole and check out an episode. Youtube is littered with tons of accounts showing all 26 episodes, something pony parent company Hasbro seems to have no problem with.
I warn you. Here there be ponies. You may never be the same again.
(Oh dear god in heaven, I've written a lengthy article about My Little Pony. I blame the internet. I think I need to go outside and take a walk or something...)