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 ( 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 andContinue reading “My Little Pony on The Pop Culture Lens”

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 atContinue reading “When Audiences Collide: The Fractured Fandom of My Little Pony”

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 FacebookContinue reading “Equestria Girls Sequel: Rainbow Rocks”

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.Continue reading “Equestria Girls: A Reaction to the Film”

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 reallyContinue reading “Equestria Girls: Audience Reviews”