A Brony Tale (2014)

a brony tale

A Brony Tale (documentary) highlights and explains the brony phenomenon around My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The children’s animated series is produced in Vancouver and is based on Hasbro’s iconic My Little Pony line. The show has a strong male adult fan base which the Canadian-American documentary, A Brony Tale, explores by capturing first-hand experiences and reactions. The film follows Ashleigh Ball, Canadian voice actor and lead singer of the indie-band Hey Ocean!, to BronyCon 2012. She voices several characters on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

The documentary is mesmerizing as it gives onlookers an account of the phenomenon and scratches the surface of what it all means. Director Brent Hodge does well to document and complement Ashleigh Ball’s voice over career and the brony phenomenon seamlessly. The film contrasts with pop culture and mainstream entertainment as it opens the door to conversation about stereotypes, sexuality, gender roles. A Brony Tale is a great look at fandom in our modern society.

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