My Little Pony on The Pop Culture Lens

In the fourteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher and I are joined by Aaron Kashtan of Miami University in Ohio (https://ogresfeathers.wordpress.com) to discuss the gendered and transmedia nature of the long-surviving and recently rejuvenated franchise, My Little Pony. Our discussion focuses on the distinctions between the earlier manifestations of this franchise and…

The Fetishistic Turn in My Little Pony

This blog post originally appeared at Clearance Bin Review almost a year ago, in consideration for the then upcoming release of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movie Equestria Girls.  Given my research on that topic, I decided to bring it here as well, under the umbrella that is the fractured fandom project. Almost…

When Audiences Collide: The Fractured Fandom of My Little Pony

This post comes from a presentation I will be giving at the Popular Culture Association conference in Chicago on April 18th, 2014.  This presentation comes from the beginning of the research I am doing with the help of my research assistant, Elizabeth Robinson.  It is also an expanded version of the presentation I gave at…

Equestria Girls Sequel: Rainbow Rocks

The first was apparently a big enough hit (in home video sales at least) for the hit animated series that a follow-up is coming this fall. My Little Pony‘s Equestria Girls are returning in a sequel called “Rainbow Rocks.”  The trailer went out online a couple days ago, and Hasbro released it on their MLP:FIM Facebook…

Equestria Girls: A Reaction to the Film

After a summer spent learning about, reading about, and writing about it, I finally tonight sat down and watched My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Equestria Girls.  Given that I will be presenting on the topic of fractured fandom surrounding this movie’s marketing and release, I wanted to form my own opinion on the movie….

Equestria Girls: Displeasure Among Bronies

It was quite a busy day yesterday on the My Little Pony Facebook page.  Hasbro announced the release date for the Equestria Girls movie (on DVD this Tuesday!  which makes it the widest release!) as well as the toy line associated with the spin-off. As I have been tracking since the beginning of the marketing for the spin-off (starting…

Equestria Girls: Audience Reviews

The audience reviews — can’t seem to find any critics’ reviews, so there is no rating on Rotten Tomatoes — are coming in from people who saw one of the limited showings of My Little Ponies: Friend is Magic Equestria Girls this past Sunday.  And, well, the reviews are decided mixed, as the film seemed to really…

Equestria Girls: Opening Soon!

J I was doing a search for a CBR article I am writing on the upcoming My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movie, Equestria Girls, when I found it will be showing here in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre for three special events.  So, fellow Chicago natives, who wants to join me and crowd out the…

Equestria Girls: Targeting Furries?

This will definitely be receiving more academic treatment from me, as I do some side projects on the issues of gender and reception surrounding My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  This new movie turns the ponies into quasi-humans (they retain their pony colors but in human form).  Hasbro says they are trying to target teenage…