Bronies are a wildly popular Worldwide phenomenon but until your brawny, 5ft 11′, bearded, teenage offspring sports ears, wings and pastel t-shirts featuring rainbows and pale-hued ponies , it’s hard to imagine.
BRONY : The Movie was released last month and is narrated by Ashleigh Ball, a cutesy Canadian actor who provides the voice of characters Applejack and Rainbow Dash. She’s a women going through the same journey of discovery as I did, as the Brony phenomenon unfolds.
Many years ago, as I was giving birth to the spare, the midwife proclaimed “It’s a girl,….oh no it’s not, it’s a boy.” I kid you not. However, I distinctly remember being disappointed at the thought of a girl child. I’m a practical gal at heart and the mountain of boy clothes and boy accessories, which would have gone to waste, was the first thing that came to mind. I digress slightly but my point is that from that moment, I anticipated a life of testosterone fuelled activities; unhealthy obsessions with all things vehicle related, building train tracks for hours, getting dirty playing rugby and watching WWE wrestling but I didn’t anticipate Ponyville.
As a parent of adolescent boys, a household where my strapping, bearded teenager engages with My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic to explore the different faces of friendship, adventure sharing and helping out residents of Ponyville, while dressed in an electric blue, eared hoody, just wasn’t on my radar but it certainly is now and I rather like it.
“As long as My Little Pony exists, like yeah, there will be Bronies”. Ashleigh Ball the voice of Applejack and Rainbow Dash.