An examination of the culture behind the MLPFiM fandom

ZephyrStar, Macchinainterna, Dr. Dinosaur, SilkAMV, ReggieSmalls, MeleeChampion, . . . Inthesto. (2011, May 5). Ponies the anthology [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tjb14VoWjg

Warning: explicit content.

Summary:

This fanwork consists mostly of video from MLPFiM being played with audio from other sources, as many fan videos do. Each scene lasts for a few seconds to a couple minutes, and rarely does a given scene have anything to do with any other scene, making use of a rapid-fire style of comedy.

Analysis:

This video is one of the best examples of a quality fanwork: the audio and video are well-synched, there is custom animation involved (for instance, the entire first scene, a parody of the music video for Kanye West’s “Power”), and the humor generally works. However, it is also one of the best examples of a fan video which everyone involved would rather the younger fans not see, as there are a handful of songs used with explicit lyrics, ranging from Reggie Watts’ “Fuck Shit Stack” to Gilda Radner’s “Let’s Talk Dirty to the Animals.” (The latter is used well; the former frankly just seems gratuitous to me, even if the original song is itself a satire.) Hasbro’s decision to let media such as this continue to exist must have been a difficult one.

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Comments on: "ZephyrStar et al. – PONIES the Anthology" (1)

  1. […] or movies. One of the largest single examples of this type of video is “PONIES the Anthology” (ZephyrStar, Macchinainterna, Dr. Dinosaur, SilkAMV, ReggieSmalls, MeleeChampion, . . . Inthesto, 201…). It is an episode-length set of short scenes done in the above style, and due to its quality (good […]

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