My Little Pony was an animated feature-length film and television series that influenced the production of plastic toys as well as officially licensed apparel line with accessories. Stores offered a wide range of merchandise in different sizes and colors to satisfy the millions of fans of the popular cartoons.
The series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is focused on children particularly young girls but surprisingly the series became a smash hit among grownup men. This was actually unexpected because grownup men do not frequently watch cartoons. The legion of male fans has grown so large that they now have the nickname “Bronies”. Alan Thomas has been a Brony since 2012 and he enjoys watching the characters that include Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy and Applejack. Brony organizations are known to exist all over the United Kingdom and it doesn’t seem surprising if they are in a town near you.
According to Alan Thomas, the word Brony is made up of “bro” and “pony” and the male fans call themselves Bronies. On the other hand, girl fans are called Pegasisters; even if they also want to be called Bronies. Initially, Alan had no idea on the popularity of the show that he researched the fans to know what they are like. According to a fan forum, one famous Brony is an Oscar winning director although there are also singers and actors.
In the US, there is BronyCon where fans usually turn out in their favorite pony costumes. They are often referred to as cosplayers because they dress up as Shining Armor or Princess Luna. Alan is also interested in cosplay though still has to try wearing costumes. His girlfriend wants to dress up as Rainbow Dash.
Why do Alan and his girlfriend love the show? There is animation, voice acting, jokes and characters that make people happy. My Little Pony also provides inspiration to keep on going forward. Alan does not care what people think of him liking a girl’s show because watching it can be fulfilling. The community of ponies has taught fans the importance of support so that everything will end well.