PONIES The Anthology is a twenty-minute long compilation video composed of brief AMVs (or, as they are known in the fandom, PMVs) of the cartoon series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Often, the video's humor is derived from the use of profane songs or audio segments (examples include the Insane Clown Posse's "Miracles", Ludacris's "Move Bitch", the "You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?" scene from Happy Gilmore, and Christian Bale's infamous on-set rant) over clips from the perfectly clean and family-friendly show, although much comedy is also derived from the use of absurdism and Literal Mindedness.Basically? Think AMV Hell, but with the titular equinoids instead of anime.Watch it here. The nearly one and a half hour sequel Anthology II can be found here, and their third installment is here.PONIES The Anthology provides examples of:
Anthology II has 2 clips featuring a CGI 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.
In the segment immediately before that, Rainbow Dash singing Jon Lajoie's "Very Super Famous", a baby carriage in the background rolls offscreen and explodes.
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".
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.
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".
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.