A BRONY TALE: 20% COOLER – Available Digitally on July 15, 2014

A BRONY TALE is a new Morgan Spurlock documentary that will be available on iTunes, Cable on Demand and other digital venues as of July 15th, 2014.  Spurlock, an executive producer on the project, supports Hodgee Films’ extensive look into the world of Bronies, adult (mostly male) fans of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC.  This is an interesting look into another side of the children’s show and, while it may not appear to children generally, it is certainly a suitable movie for families to watch together.

A BRONY TALE

A BRONY TALE is a documentary film, starring Ashleigh Ball (voice of Rainbow Dash and Applejack), which may seem a bit odd, but it makes sense to follow Ashleigh on her journey to BronyCon, from the invitation, her reaction, her decision process, anticipation/trepidation about the event, and, finally (spoiler-alert), her appearance at BronyCon.  We learn about her personally, too, from her introduction to voice-over work to her singing career (with her band, Hey Ocean, whose music was used throughout the film).  Woven in and around her storyline are interviews with various types of Bronies (high school, college, military, etc.), revealing to the viewers that there is not one type of Brony.  Yes, most are adult males, but there were some females, too, and even a Brony family interview was included.  A husband-and-wife psychology team give their insights in periodic segments, as well.

A BRONY TALE seems to be an agenda-free look at the Bronies.  The story isn’t skewed one way or another, except in the individual interviews (including “man on the street” reactions to the idea of the Brony concept).  I don’t watch MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and was pleasantly surprised to learn that it includes references for adult viewers (Star Wars, Brady Bunch, even Benny Hill).  I think all children’s television should be designed for families to watch together (I don’t like the trend of making all adults bumbling fools and idiots in teen and tween programs), so I was glad to hear about that aspect of the television show, as well as the general tone and tenor of the television program (conflict resolution, overcoming goals, forgiveness, friendship, etc.).  I was also surprised to learn that all of the Ponies are female.

A BRONY TALE

Brent Hodge, director of A BRONY TALE, introduces the film. Photo by Marcus Jolly

 

I really appreciated the way A BRONY TALE was put together.  The insertion of clips from the television show matched the aspect of the documentary and the cross-section of the Brony community will certainly be an eye-opener for some viewers.  The music (Hey Ocean) was also well-matched to the scenes of the movie (and I’ll be looking for their songs for my own playlists).  Overall, as a family film, it can be used to help children understand that finding something in common is the first step towards friendship.  The Bronies have found each other and celebrate each other and their love for MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC.

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About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.