Web Video: The Brony Chronicles
Men are held to a high standard, and to see them enjoying something so feminine and childish is quite bizarre and is even sounds a bit threatening to some people. But just like other parts of geek culture, appearances can be deceiving. The rabbit hole goes deeper than you think, and we're gonna explore every inch of it. From the origins to the community to the social science, and through dozens of interviews with My Little Pony fans, no detail will be spared as we explore the series of events that have lead up to the Brony fandom that exists today. A group of fans who had inadvertently challenged established social norms. This is their journey. This is their story.The Brony Chronicles
SaberSpark, excerpt from the introduction of Part 1.
is a three part documentary created by Stephen Carver and Josh Tyson (better known by their respective internet names, SaberSpark and PaleoSteno, best known as the hosts of the Everfree Network show, Brony Breakdown
The origins for this documentary began with an earlier one Carver made back in December 2011 called Ballad of the Brony
. A presentation for his Social Deviancy class, it was intended to show how the Bronies was a deviant subculture. It caught the attention of Tyson, who had just put out his own video around the same time called (*deep breath
*) Why My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is so good and why you should give it a chancenote
. While browsing that channel, he found Carver's proposal for Brony Breakdown. Tyson messaged him about a collaboration and the two struck it off right away, becoming close friends shortly thereafter.
So every week since, the two has hosted Brony Breakdown, eventually becoming a part of Everfree Network in May 2012. During that March, though, the two discussed working on a project that essentially combined both videos. The project grew as they kept discussing it, eventually turning into a documentary. Thus, The Brony Chronicles was born.
On their Kickstarter page, the duo raised over $9,000 for the project. Things were looking good. Then came John de Lancie's project
. Though at first discouraged, they decided to retool their project so that it stood out from the crowd.
This documentary differs from Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
in that it focuses more on the history of the fandom and the franchise as a whole and features more perspectives via interviews with notable Bronies at both Summer Bronycon 2012 and Everfree Northwest. In short, it strives to do what Caver's video did, showcase the Brony fandom as a positively deviant group, rather than bathe them in radient sunshine as the Brony documentary did.
The documentary, as stated earlier, is split up into three parts:
- Part 1: Origins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2EOfhvvURY
- Discusses the history of the My Little Pony franchise as a whole, with emphasis of the strengths and flaws of each generation and how they have shaped the modern perception on the franchise, as well as that of Friendship is Magic. It then gives way to the history of the Brony community, their bout with 4chan, and how various fans found the show.
- Part 2: Community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4rbTg1i7rs
- Discusses the vast amount of content the fandom has created, touching on every facet.
- Part 3: Sociology: TBA
- Discusses the sociological impact Bronies have and a variety of other topics related to it.
Part 1 was premiered during Equestria LA and was scheduled to be released in May 2013, but was pushed into June to ensure that its quality was at its peak. Several rendering bugs later, Part 1 was released to the public on June 13th, 2013. Part 2 was released October 18, 2014.