|A Brony Documentary
||[Jan. 28th, 2013|06:59 am]
Since my last entry seems to have been rather popular, I thought I would follow up with this documentary, or attempted documentary, on the My Little Pony phenomenon.
I say attempted because you can tell this guy seriously rushed his research on the older generations of MLP. You can tell he just can’t wait to get past it. He goes into double speed speech, he leaves tons of things out of his descriptions of the older plots, he admits he only watched one episode of the first TV series and didn’t watch the movie at all.
So I’ll tell you in advance the really important thing he missed that every Brony worth his salt should care about. It’s something I’ve mentioned in the journal before – the hidden background plot of My Little Pony which is too mature a concept for a little kid’s show, but is none the less there and provides a context that potentially links all the generations of MLP into a single timeline.
Only the most serious and observant of MLP fans would have noticed that there is a drastic change in the pony population every time Megan goes home and comes back. If one insists on viewing this series in a serious context, this can only mean that Megan lives in a different dimension where time moves at a much slower rate of speed. The time differential is so great, in fact, that if Megan is away for any length of time, the entire generation of ponies she met on her last visit will have died and a new generation will have taken over.
In the course of the G-1 era, the ponies advance from living in a castle to living in a big house. This is another clue that the pony civilization advances over these huge jumps in time.
Beyond the G-1 era, Megan is seen no more. This can only mean that so much time has passed in Megan’s dimension that she has either grown too big to ride a Pegasus pony across the dimensional barrier, or she died.
Actually, if you read between the lines, there’s a lot of potential grief in this series that we are never given to see directly. But there’s probably a ton of fan fiction out there about it, besides the stuff I was inspired to write.
Anyway, hundreds, possibly thousands of years pass between the 4 G’s of the franchise. In that time pony society goes through a lot of changes. G2 is possibly pony society evolved to the point where they now live in big modern cities. By G4, they may even have colonized another planet, or quite possibly another continent, being as they have a native population to deal with now.
I've also not heard anyone glom onto the mystery of just how long ponies live. But if 1000 years is not a fraction of a pony's life span, ponies have to have time travel, because both Celestia and Luna are known to be over 1000 years old.
And we also know that Spike slept in a cave for 1000 years and ages in dragon years. So is he a descendant of the original Spike, or is Spike the original Spike who is still a baby, possibly after making multiple time journeys? He does seem to progress into a subsequent stage of childhood in every G he appears in.
Yes, the Brony who misses all this is missing a lot. But it’s not lost on the ponies themselves, as they are still naming their children after their honored ancestors from G1.
This is one of the things I always admired about MLP. It was a show that could be deep, even though it had no right to be. It can be as deep as Doctor Who, but has to accomplish its deep concepts entirely through innuendo. It’s a show where you have to pay serious attention to what the characters don’t say.
Ok, that’s what I gathered from a serious study of the show. Now let’s have a look at what a Brony sees as he researches the series purely out of a sense of obligation.
How old are ponies? To start out: http://ponyville-trot.dreamwidth.org/14132.html
And then you get to season two where Granny Smith tells of how she was there when the Apple family founded Ponyville, making her hundreds of years old.
On October 8th 2011 I wrote: Apart from one event a thousand years ago and one castle in ruins, Equestria is an ageless land without a history. The only monuments are of the Princess and Mare Liberty, the only artwork depicts the stars and skies. The buildings are fresh, the famous ponies are alive and young, and only the bison remember their ancestry past three generations. The ponies are hundreds of years old and Princess Celestia culls the population and wipes their memories every 30 years or so. Princess Luna rebelled and got sent to the moon. Her co-conspirators and closest friends were turned into stars and spaced. It took them a thousand years free their Princess, but Luna is powerless to restore them. Every night she watches the night sky where her friends twinkle in the icy blackness, marching in their airless prison from one horizon to the other.
Limited time travel is canonical in FiM, and you'd imagine that there's a lot more than that buried in the Star Swirl the Bearded Wing. Twilight was initially surprised that it was possible, though, so perhaps it's "lost knowledge" of a sort. Given that G4 Ponyville is a more industralised and "modern" society than G1's world, that doesn't seem too unlikely.
I quite liked "Ballad of the Brony", which was one of the first non-fictional things I watched after starting to look around the FiM fandom. It's no more a comprehensive study of the whole franchise than the more recent John de Lancie one, and I don't agree with everything the guy says, but I think it's a partial success and I'd rather have that than nothing.
Edited at 2013-01-28 04:05 pm (UTC)