Film: Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
is a documentary film produced by Michael Brockhoff, and starring, among others, John de Lancie
, Lauren Faust
and Tara Strong
about the adult fans
of the animated show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
The work originally began as a mid-2012 Kickstarter crowd-sourced project to create a documentary around the Summer 2012 BronyCon convention held in the New York area. At the time, the work was to be titled BronyCon: The Documentary
and had enlisted de Lancie as executive producer along with Brockhoff. De Lancie had come onto the fandom as a result of voicing the character Discord for both parts
of the episode "The Return of Harmony". The character of Discord was purposely written by Faust (and M.A. Larson) as a homage to de Lancie's character of Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation
; initially writing his role off as a one time thing, he was surprised by the sudden influx of appreciation mail from the brony fandom, and would later compare this
to the way the initial Star Trek
fandom grew, and desired to explore it more.
The Kickstarter completed with more than four times the original funding requested. This allowed for an expansion of the project, including:
- Bringing aboard Faust (the creative forerunner of the series) and Strong (voice actress for the main character, Twilight Sparkle) as additional executive producers.
- Allowing the filmmakers to travel to European conventions (Galacon and BUCK), and to travel to include stories from individual bronies.
To reflect these changes, the film name was changed to Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
The film was released to the Kickstarter backers on January 19, 2013, with digital and print versions following soon after. The producers plan to release the film to streaming sites like Netflix and iTunes, and are looking to show the film at various film festivals during 2013.
The documentary itself comprises a mix of footage from the various conventions and individual bronies, interviews with de Lancie, Faust, Strong and others involved in the creative development of the show, and original animations done in the style of Friendship is Magic
, outlining the growth and activities of the fandom.
Digital version can be purchased here
, or complete four disc blu-ray/DVD combo with extended interviews here
, the vanilla edition blu-ray/dvd combo here
, or just the extended interviews here.
It's also now available for streaming on Netflix.
This film provides examples of: