PONIES The Anthology is a series of compilation videos composed of brief AMVs (or, as they are known in the fandom, PMVs) of the cartoon series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The first one, released in 2011 and running 24 minutes, relied on profane audio clips and songs (examples include the Insane Clown Posse's "Miracles", Ludacris' "Move Bitch", the "You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?" scene from Happy Gilmore, and Christian Bale's infamous on-set rant) as well as the occasional absurd joke and extended homage. It has since been followed by two longer sequels: II (2012, 82 minutes) and III (2013, 74 minutes). The humor of II and III is derived from large doses of absurdism and Literal Mindedness, as well as many Visual Puns, Homages, and showing off fancy editing and flawless lip syncing.Basically? Think AMV Hell, but with the titular equinoids instead of anime.IV is only 6 minutes long and contains no PMVs whatsoever, instead consisting only of a few completely original Parody Commercials about Bronycon 2014 and a The Elder Scrolls themed opening that gets more and more ridiculous. It ends with a note from the creators, explaining that the stress of doing the project led them to stop production. The very end of the video hints that they will put out a fifth installment in 2015.Watch Ihere.note It was taken down for a few days, but is back up. For now. Watch IIhere. III is here. IV (such as it is) can be found here.The PONIES The Anthology series provide examples of:
Anthology II has 2 clips featuring a Conspicuous CG Princess Celestia.
Anthology III has a clip from the intro to Dragon's Mare, done in Don Bluth's style, and even including a ROM check sequence.
Three skits have been made using General Zoi's Pony Creator: The Futurama joke in Anthology II showing a pony dying from boneitis, and two bits in Anthology III where deliberately terrible OCs of the contributors partake in parodying The O.C..
Several bits from Anthology III were made in Source Filmmaker.
At the end of the bit showing Crackle singing Andrea Bocelli's "Time to Say Goodbye" in III, the duck who was shown singing "Figaro's Aira" from The Barber of Seville in II pops out of his mouth. The duck also shows up later during the second set of closing credits.
Camera Abuse: In Anthology II, when "Rarity Wrecks the Camera":
Rarity: Of all the worst things that could happen, this is the worst. Possible. *Crash* Twilight: Are you all right?!
In Anthology III, Fluttershy's Koyaanisqatsi stare from the first is continued by showing her crashing into and breaking the camera.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Somehow, they pulled it on themselves. In Anthology II, which was more censored than Anthology, the word "shitty" got through in "You're a Wizard, Twilight". This was primarily due to the fact that it was pronounced in the English manner, which sounds more like "shy-ty".
Curses also got through a few times in the Inferno Spike sequence in III. Interestingly, though, whenever III uses them in spoken dialogue, they're bleeped.
If you had been paying attention to Pinkie's tail 20 screens ago you would have seen this coming. Oh well. Thank you for playing Pony Quest I. We are very sorry that you are not smart enough to beat our game. Now go read a book or something.
Anthology II recreates several television Title Sequences with MLP characters, including Monknote ("Twilight"), The Walking Deadnote ("The Trotting Dead") and Archer.note (with Applejack in the title role)
The last clip before the end credits of Anthology II is a ten-minute-long, almost shot-for-shot ponified remake of some of the most iconic scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, in loving detail. It's also available as a standalone video.
The first part of the credits to Anthology II mimics the credits of How to Train Your Dragon, using similar effects and Jonsí's "Sticks and Stones".
Lighter and Softer: Where the first Anthology had a content warning and a separate clean version, the second and third were specifically designed to stay PG-13.
They even bleeped a few instances of curse words. Rather strange considering, although there are no uncensored swears in dialogue, a bit in Anthology III spoofing Inferno Cop that contains Shining Armor saying in subtitles "Who the hell do you think I am? I am the motherfucking law you piece of shit!".
Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The third anthology features a scene where Alicorn Twilight bumps into Canterlot Castle. The top then falls off and lands on Ponyville.
The majority of IV is some original commercials about Bronycon, first one for the convention itself, parodying a typical stock scam ad, then a Dada Ad for Bronypalooza, and finally "Joey Costa's Panel Emporium", a Severely Specialized Store that sells panels for the convention.
Reaction Shot: The Cutie Mark Crusaders and Angel Bunny during the "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals" bit in Ponies the Anthology; Pound and Pumpkin Cake at the end of the segment spoofing The Room in Ponies the Anthology II.
Contributor Dr. Dinosaur has been confirmed to hate Rarity. As a result, he put this bit in III showing her falling from a great height and splattering on the ground while this obscure YouTube song that goes "Unicorns are falling from the sky, they won't survive, I'll let them die." plays.