"My name is Button Mash. I'm eight years old, and I like video games!"
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.
The series provides examples of:
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Button's Mom. Word of God places her age at somewhere between 30 and 40, whilst her oldest son (Button's brother) is about 17.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Guess who...
- 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 Night but 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
- Brain Freeze: Button gets a crippling one near-instantly after challenging Sweetie Belle to a milkshake drinking contest. He immediately forgets about this when he finds some money on the floor.
Button: AAAAAH AAAAAH AAAAHAAAHAAAOWWWW (later) IT HURTS! IT HURTS! IT HURTS! Oh hey, a bit!
- Butt Monkey: Button. In the first episode, the only scene that doesn't have something even mildly bad happening to him is "The 'Stache".
- Check Please: Neon Lights does this at the end of "Bar Buddies", finishing off his drink after Button falls off his stool.
- Cheerful Child: Button.
- Con Lang: Humgonian, an in-universe constructed language that both Button and his mother understand.
Button's Mom: I was young once, too, you know! Oh, and by the way...thry tee blyn. [You're grounded.]
- Deadpan Snarker: In Don't Mine At Nightnote , Button ends up getting some of these moments because of either bad luck, Sweetie Belle, or both.
I turn a sec, you're getting shot / then you jump through a portal; well, why not?!
When I think it can't get worse / an Ender herd shows up, of course!
- Deep-Immersion Gaming: Don't Mine At Night.
- Determinator: In the Hearts and Hooves "Deleted Scene", Button apparently spent six hours playing his arcade game and was willing to do it again.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- 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.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Neon Lights and Button, in "Bar Buddies."
- Drunk on Milk: The "Bar Buddies" short has Button getting drunk on apple juice. Neon Lights even lampshades it.
- Epic Fail: Button's toy train randomly catching on fire.
- 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".
- Gag Dub: Button's voice actor did a bit of this in a stream, quite a few of those clips were compiled here. Warning: They're NSFW.
- 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."
- Just One More Level: There's one instance of Button staying up all night playing a game, becoming partially delirious in the morning.
- Keet: Button.
- The Klutz: Button, to the point where he accidentally sets a toy train on fire and even he doesn't know how it happened.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Neon Lights in the "Bar Buddies" video goes "FFFFFFFFFFFFF" before he says "Fudge" instead of something else.
- Motherly Side Plait: Button's mom wears her mane like this.
- Motor Mouth: Button.
- My Name Is Not Durwood: "Bar Buddies" has Button repeatedly refer to Neon Lights as "Nylon Tights".
- Nice Hat: Button's propeller beanie, which is constantly spinning.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the "deleted scene" from Hearts and Hooves Day, Sweetie sings about Button, inadvertently distracting him and causing him to lose against the final boss.
- No Name Given: Button's mom, dad, and brother.
- Pac Man Fever: Even the handheld uses 8-bit chiptunes. Possibly justified by the MLP universe's own Schizo Tech.
- Say My Name: The "deleted scene" from Hearts and Hooves Day has Button scream "Sweetie Belleeeeeeeeeeee!" after her singing about him distracts him, causing him to die.
- Ship Tease: Some between Button and Sweetie Belle:
- Button has a toy statue of Spyro the dragon.
- Button's Toy Train randomly catching on fire is likely a reference to Homer Simpson's cereal going ablaze for no reason.
- The video game Button is playing before his mother brings him Pong gets halfway through saying "C-C-COMBO BREAKERRRR" before he pauses it. The pause sound effect is also from the Super Mario series.
- The controller he's using is an NES controller.
- The old video game system Button's mom gives him plays Pong.
- The arcade game Button was playing on in "Hearts and Hooves Day Deleted Scene" contains sound effects from Sonic the Hedgehog
- Button's "Joy Boy" handheld game system is an obvious reference to Nintendo's Game Boy devices.
- Silent Snarker: Sweetie Belle's face truly says everything she thinks about her "date".
- Button's mother also has these moments, such as her reaction when he trips over his Joy Boy.
- Spoof Aesop: Don't Mine at Night. Always Save the Girl (even if your relationship is more like Buttons and Mindy than anything.)
- Symbol Swearing: After Button's mother grounds him, he swears in Humgonian, and the English translation provided just gives us some random symbols.
- Twitchy Eye: It's easy to miss, but after his mother reveals that she also knows Humgonian (and grounds him in said language), Button's left eye begins twitching.
- What Are Records?: Button is confused by a Pong machine from his dad's childhood
- Word Salad: Happens with Button after he stays up all night playing a game.
Mother: ...Have you been up all night?
Button: No, it's okay. The cat's got it with the salad.
Button: I already put— I— uh— the— wh— the French toast.