Web Video / Ponies The Anthology
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
is derived from large doses of absurdism and Literal Mindedness
, as well as many Visual Puns
, and instances of fancy editing and flawless lip syncing.
Basically? Think AMV Hell
, but with technicolor ponies 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 an opening based on The Elder Scrolls
that gets more and more ridiculous as it goes on. It ends with a note from the creators that says the stress of doing the project led them to stop production. The very end of the video hints at the release of a fifth installment, which was released in 2015 and runs 65 minutes. At Bronycon 2016, the team premiered a few clips of footage from an upcoming sixth entry in the series, which premiered in 2017 and runs 65 minutes.
They can be found as follows:
The PONIES The Anthology series contains the following tropes:
- Abhorrent Admirer: The brony from the "A Heart for Sweetie Belle" segment of Anthology V.
- Adventure Game: Pony Quest I
- Affectionate Parody: Contains parodies of among other things Kanye West's "Power", a segment from AMV Hell 5, the Epic Sax Guy, and the Beavis and Butthead intro. And that's just Anthology I!
- Also Sprach Zarathustra: Used in the 2001: A Space Odyssey parody, naturally.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "The Rainbow Connection" is rated PG-13 for "Crude Humor, Language, And A Rob Schneider Reference".
- Art Shift: A few shorts are done in the style of the work they're parodying, such as "Not Your Buddy Guy!", having Gilda and the ponies as South Park Canadians.
- The two stills "Friendship is GAR!" told of the beginning and end of the commercial break. These were done in the style of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
- The "Worker and Parasite" segment parodies (and is named after) another Art Shift sequence from The Simpsons.
- 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 III, V, and VI were made in Source Filmmaker.
- The ponified versions of The Dead Alewives' "Dungeons and Dragons" sketch and the Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt credits are done in a somewhat chibi style.
- A couple segments from Anthology V are done in the style of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff.
- Another segment in Anthology V features the Equestria Girls in the style of Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
- Black Comedy: The "Unicorns are falling from the sky" segment in Anthology III.
- Bowdlerization: Along with the uncut version, the original Ponies: The Anthology has a "con friendly" version that doesn't include the segments that feature cursing.
- Call-Back: In Anthology, Fluttershy is shown staring at the viewer in black and white, to Koyaanisqatsi. In Anthology III, she still is...and crashes into the camera.
- 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 Aria" 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. In V, the duck appears again, this time singing Guillotine instead of the usual opera.
- 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.
- Dancing Theme: Pinkie Pie dances to the Fast Food Song.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The trope namer gets directly referenced in Anthology III.
- Epic Fail: In Anthology III, Scootaloo tries to look cool. She promptly trips on a a log, flies up the side of a tree, and lands so hard she causes a giant nuclear explosion.
- In V, Celestia attempts to do a "Stayin' Alive" walk only to walk straight into a pole.
- Fan Vid
- Funny Background Event: During the Aqua Teen Hunger Force segment with Luna, "The Moon Rules," Lauren Faust's Alicorn avatar can be seen in a window in the background.
- 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.
- In Anthology III, at the very end of the bit with Twilight and Spike reenacting the "I am Kim Possible" vine, the Lipstick-Faced Demon randomly appears in Twilight's open door. Doubles as a Call-Back, seeing how an earlier bit involved it randomly appearing and scaring Spike, and triples as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
- 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.
- Have a Nice Death: Parodied with the Pony Quest clip.
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.
- Homage: All over the place, but most notably the first Anthology opens with a shot-for-shot (sort of) remake of the music video of Kanye West's "Power". Other examples include:
- In the Style of...: Anthology I's end theme and Anthology II's game screen rework the songs "Winter Wrap Up" and "Smile, Smile, Smile" in 8-bit style.
- The end of Anthology II used, in addition to Jonsí's "Sticks and Stones", an orchestral version of "Smile, Smile, Smile".
- Leeroy Jenkins: "Twilight Jenkins."
- 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.
- Mind Screw: Dog Spike's face shrinking accompanied by the Final Fantasy Adventure mini-boss music.
- Mondegreen: One segment in Anthology V depicts the Cutie Mark Crusaders as having "Farts Strong as Horses".
- Mood Whiplash: Going directly from a creepy montage using the Are You Afraid of the Dark? theme to Pinkie laughing like Woody Woodpecker.
- Noodle Implements: The credits of Anthology II feature such responsibilities as Hip-Hop Specialist, Executive Mad Scientist, Speech Therapist, and Executive Inspector of D'awww.
- Offscreen Crash: Rainbow Dash's thrown horseshoe in III causes, in order: glass breaking, the Wilhelm Scream, a thudding noise, a slide whistle, That Poor Cat, a crashing sound, an old-timey car horn, more glass breaking, "My leg!", an air raid siren, and a nuclear explosion.
- Old Shame: The G1 cartoon in-universe as of Anthology II, appearing in the "Ponies React To" segment and also when Applebloom sees a video of G1 Applejack.
- Anthology III continues it with a bit where the Cutie Mark Crusaders are swimming away from the Sea Ponies.
- Overly Long Gag: The "Fallin' in Love" montage in Anthology II goes through six different reiterations until the whole cast of Monty Python and the Holy Grail tells them to get on with it.
- Parody Commercial: A few about halfway through Anthology II in a short break, all parodying various commercials both real and from other works. The third also them, some put into a break but others scattered around. Again, they all parody various real and fictional commercials.
- 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.
- Pun-Based Title: Pinkie Pi.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy: As in AMV Hell, the clips featured are around thirty seconds at the longest.
- 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.
- Real Song Theme Tune:
- Kanye West's "Power" for the first Anthology, as mentioned above.
- V uses "Moanin'," a jazz composition by Charles Mingus.
- Real Trailer, Fake Movie:
- Rummage Fail: One segment in Anthology III features Pinkie Pie accidentally grabbing Rarity's fainting couch, and Rarity subsequently grabbing Pinkie's party cannon by mistake.
- Running Gag: Characters firing their lazor. Done with Fluttershy, Pinkie (twice), Spike, and, somehow, a letter to Princess Celestia.
- Anthology II has a few:
- Princess Celestia punishing the ponies with time in the dungeon a la Adventure Time's Lemongrab.
- "U2" (See Stealth Pun below)
- Audio clips from The Rock.
- Dubstep/drum n' bass songs starring different members of the "Mane 6," complete with Screen Shake effects.
- Gummy's "Bucks Not Given" was meant to be this, however all but the first segment were cut for time.
- In addition, two segments dubbed "Rainbow WMD" in Anthology II were supposed to have several other in effect. These were cut not only for time, but quality control.
- Anthology III has a couple: one involving the "Thanks, M. A. Larson" meme; the other involving Nichijou.
- Awesome Music. There's the duck singing "Figaro's Aria" in II, Pinkie Pie playing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" on a flugelhorn in III, and Crackle the dragon singing "Time to Say Goodbye" (which calls back to the duck) also in III. The streak continues in V with Señor Huevos singing "Nessum Dorma". One series wide one seems to be extending one very short clip of a character to show him/her performing some
- Soos makes three appearances in Anthology V.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: In Fluttery Tate, using Fluttershy's Yay.
- Soundtrack Dissonance
- Speaking Simlish: What happens when you mix Rarity with Captain and Tenille's "Muskrat Love" in Anthology III.
- Stealth Pun:
- Take That!: Anthology III features a lot of jabs at the drama over "Twilicorn", including the event mentioned under Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds, AKIRA characters and Pinkie Pie being terrified of it, and M.A. Larson himself undoing it.
: Son of a bitch. They also stole my sense of wonder. [Cut to Applejack looking at the movie's logo, then towards the camera]
- And one to the C&D of My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic via a Parody Commercial for the Playstation 4. In the commercial, Applejack and Twilight play the game on an Xbox One. The console then reports it for copyright, causing the library to explode.
- 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.
- There's a non-pony one in a Freeze-Frame Bonus on the Street Fighter III parody, with Trixie's Winner screen.
A Real Fighter cheats to win
It works for investment bankers
All the time, Barry Bonds used steroids
And look how stinking rich he is
- The Stinger: Anthology I has a sort of Screamer Prank, while Anthology II has one more PMV set to The Golden Girls theme song.
- Anthology III contains two stingers. The first is the regular credits to Friendship is Magic done in the style of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, while the second involves Applejack in a picture depicting Bronycon 1921.
- Anthology V has Spike declaring that he hates everyone and congratulating the Crusaders on finishing V.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Any segment with Iron Will. From II, he is dubbed over by Dwayne The Rock Johnson, and in III, he is Macho Man Randy Savage and Mister Torque.
- Up to Eleven: The trope namer gets a reference in III.
- Visual Pun: There's a lot.