"My name is Button Mash. I'm eight years old, and I like video games!"
Button's Adventures is a fan-animated series based off of a background character from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It focuses on the exploits of eight-year-old Button Mash and his family and friends, delivered in four minute episodes as a collection of various skits.The animator is JanAnimations, who has already gained renown in the fandom for his "Ask the Crusaders" Tumblr, the music video for "Picture Perfect Pony", and the "Let's Go and Meet the Bronies" animated segments for the documentary film Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony, but this is his first foray into a full-fledged episodic format and he has yet to disappoint. The animation is of the same quality as the original, while the humor is even more pertinent to its intended audience.One episode has been released so far, with more planned for the future. The pilot also sets up the framework for "Don't Mine At Night", a parody (of a parody) of Katy Parry's "Last Friday Night", with Button and Sweetie Belle playing Minecraft together.Unfortunately, JanAnimations has received a cease and desist from Hasbro effectively ending the series... in pony form. Both Jan himself and Button's voice actor have expressed interest in retooling future episodes to include original designs so as not to run afoul of any more lawyers. However, negotiations with Hasbro's legal department are ongoing (Jan himself says that the "situation is still evolving"), and many of the works of JanAnimations have been permitted to be reposted on Youtube, including Don't Mine at Night. Thus, there may yet be some hope for the future of the series.Additionally, the JanAnimations panel at Galacon 2014 brought several interesting facts to light. For one thing, Hasbro was not notified about the C&D (apparently their autonomous lawyer firm shut down Button's Adventures out of hand due to its similarity to the actual show). And for another, though nothing is set in stone, a deal is being worked out between Hasbro and Jan that will "make both us and them happy". This could mean that Jan might get a limited license to continue the series.
Age-Appropriate Angst: While not much goes right for Button Mash, most of the things he gets upset about are things an eight-year-old boy would be concerned with, i.e. getting an ice cream headache, losing a contest on a juice box, and having to go to school instead of play video games.
He also goes into Rage Quit in Don't Mine At Nightbut then subverts it as he goes back in for Sweetie Belle. Aww.
Ascended Extra: Button Mash was originally a nameless background pony that appeared playing an arcade-style game. Fans were so taken with him that this series was created.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Button is highly impulsive and forgetful of his belongings, but can also be held captivated by his gaming for long periods of time.
Button (during his ice cream headache): Aaaaahhh! Aaaahhh! Oh, hey, a bit!
Badass Mustache: Button's father has a fake handlebar mustache, and Button can't resist trying it on although he's evidently not supposed to. Button even adopts the moniker of "The 'Stache!"
Badly Battered Babysitter: Button takes this role in "Don't Mine At Night", taking all of the hits in order to protect Sweetie Belle, who is actually the cause of some of his deaths.
Big "NO!": Button lets one out after Sweetie's verse in the ""deleted scene" distracts him, causing him to lose the game he was playing
Why exactly does the father keep a fake mustache in his bedroom cupboard? And why is the mother so inclined to not let Button go near it?
Don't Mine At Night. Button's just watching Sweetie Belle's progress from a monitor, but the game environment shows him as a ghost, making it look like he's watching her from the afterlife. He does die in the game several times, but still.
Doting Parent: Button's mom. Her cutie mark is even a heart with a baby bottle.
Establishing Character Moment: The Teaser gives one for both Button and his mother, though his mother arguably gets a second one by bringing him an old video game system, showing that she too has (or, at least, had) a thing for video games.
Face Hoof: Button's mom, after he becomes "The 'Stache".
Button: Mom, have you seen my Joy Boy? 'Cause I wanna put it in your butt!
Black Comedy Rape: Some of them involve Button getting molested by his dad, as well as forcing his mom to give him a blowjob.
Gamer Chick: Button's mother apparently was this in her youth, since she has an old gaming machine with a game that resembles Pong and can understand the Con Lang that Button speaks. She's evidently where Button gets his love of video games from.
The Ghost: Button's father has yet to make an appearance. When a drawing of his family is shown, the dad's face is obscured. According to Word of God, the most likely explanation for his absence is that he's too busy "working."