Clearance Bin Review

CarrieLynn Reinhard (@MediaOracle on Twitter) of Clearance Bin Review (“We play the games that were left behind. Watch the movies others missed. Listen to the albums most don’t listen to.”) has written a wide-ranging and very positive review of the history of My Little Pony, our beloved Friendship is Magic, and this fandom, and even touched on in some ways related shows like The Powerpuff Girls. Additionally, she interviewed some of us at Bronies for Good for the article.

The theme song is rocking. The animation is very modern, showing the anime influence as well as the spirit of Cartoon Network shows from the ’00s. The stories, while framed as lessons about friendship, are strongly written and character-driven narratives. Each character is unique, well-acted, and immensely funny. The humor ranges from slapstick to jokes to, at times, post-modern gags, such as a chase scene referencing the British classic Benny Hill. … Or the appearance of the fellas from The Big Lebowski in a blink and you’ll miss it scene.

Well, if you don’t already know which chase scene she’s referring to, you’ll have to read the article.

What was interesting is that when I asked the members of Bronies for Good how they see bronies and their critics, the issue of gender and gender appropriateness never really came up.


For the male fans of the show, the fans do not focus on the characteristics that critics see when they identify it as a “girlie cartoon”. Or if they do see these characteristics, they do not identify them as being “girlie” but as being something everyone should attend to, learn, live by. The fact that a group of such fans have come together to form a network to encourage social awareness and activism is evidence that the fans are seeing human universals in the themes of the series.

And some of us embrace the “girly” as a way to subvert societal clichés of gender-identity—as long as “girly” is not used “synonymous[ly] with ‘bad’ or ‘stupid,’ ” but instead as Lauren Faust chooses to understand the term.

And that is, after all, the message of the show: friendship is magic, and you are always stronger when you are with your friends. Being a brony isn’t just about watching and liking the show, then. In a sense, it’s also about embodying these ideals, from being a part of Bronies for Good to just being a friend to others in the brony community.

And that also goes for pony fans. Read the full article here.

  • The article does get to the heart of the matter. I hadn’t seen that G1 opening in years, and I’m not about to mock my handful of friends who have been pony fans since G1, but the contrast between yesterday and today is startling.