To be perfectly blunt, when I heard adult men were watching this show, I immediately suspected it was a sexual identity thing.
But having seen it, I no longer believe that’s the case.
I think it’s a suspended adolescence thing.
That is, what I saw in the 22 minutes I spent watching My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was a cartoon intended for children… but not necessarily little girls.
In all honesty, I didn’t see anything in this show that was inherently feminine.
Yes, the six main characters are female, but they’re not gender specific stereotypes.
They’re gender-neutral stereotypes.
One’s kind of a brain – self righteous and responsible. Another is wild and rebellious. One is kind of ditzy. Another is rural and industrious. One has ADHD, I think… Whatever. The point is, these are all traits that could just as easily be applied to boys.
And as far as the plot is concerned, these girls don’t spend their time doing stereo-typically girly things. They don’t sit around braiding each other’s tails or shopping for horseshoes. In fact, two are rather tomboyish.
What they do is explore the different aspects, and limitations, of what it means to be a friend .
It’s not exactly what I’d call sophisticated, but there’s enough to it to keep things interesting, entertaining, and even educational.
That’s a lot more than I can say for SpongeBob SquarePants, which is far less coherent.
In the episode I watched, one pony offered to make the other ponies dresses. They took her up on it. But then they were super critical of the designs and made her redo them over and over until they were abominations. Then they all embarrassed themselves at a fashion show where the Tim Gunn of the pony world shamed the shit out of them.
Moral of the story: Don’t be a dick. Or… Wait for it… Don’t look a gift-horse in the mouth.
Also, “Sometimes when you try to please everyone you end up pleasing no one – including yourself.”
…That’s what the dress-making pony learned.
And it may have been a harsh lesson, but it’s one she learned in style.
There was not one, but two catchy musical numbers in this show…
I’m gonna be straight with you: I love cartoons.
I grew up watching them and I’ve continued watching them well into my adulthood.
Looney Toons, Animaniacs, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Venture Bros., Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Home Movies, The Critic… I watch them all. (Not anime though. Not my thing.)
And the art behind MLP holds up as well, if not better, than any other cartoon I’ve ever seen.
It has its own distinct style that’s bright and colorful, and it uses a lot of creative imagery.
The pony world is literally full of magic, and the artists take advantage of that freedom with whimsicality and theatrics. The scenes sweep across the screen with flourishes, sparkles and vapor trails. And they’re interspersed with crisp transitional images.
Basically this is exactly the kind of show I would recommend watching while high.
That’s what I did. And I don’t regret it. The animation and music were definitely stimulating and the plot line was easy to follow. It was like taking a magic carpet ride through Candyland or a Mario Party or something.
It’s about ponies that happen to be girls… So what? Should girls not watch Breaking Bad because it features a bunch of men killing each other? Hell no! Everyone should watch Breaking Bad.
Does that mean it’s deserving of cosplay?
No, I probably wouldn’t go that far.
But if society can accept a grown man dressed up as Darth Vader or Batman, then we can certainly accept a guy who just wants to get his Rainbow Dash on.
Of course, I will say that I haven’t watched any more than the one episode, and I don’t plan on revisiting Equestria anytime soon.
But that’s not because it’s a bad show. It’s not because it’s a kid’s show. And it’s definitely not because it’s girl’s show.
It’s because I don’t have any more weed.