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So as an outsider I want answers Curious_explorerCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 42146484

Sorry for my english its not original language for me.
So I was wondering several things about this fandom that people always told me and showed evindece, about them being "Creepy old men","Pedophiles with mental problems" or simply cringy people. But as all things I must question myself and others to get a true veridict so here some questions I want an answer,(Plz do not reply with NSFW and also bear in mind I havent seen the show ,the most I got from mlp "media" was 4chan videos about the matter and Pienimations and that Im just a curious person that want to know about something they dont understand instead of a hater).


Questions
- Is the fandom still alive? I mean there have been several years since the original realease and there isnt much new content with the exception of that new series.

- Why this cartoon ?, there is so many that gained a following but without the devotion or following this one got.

- Arent ponies furries?, I say this because to my knowledge ponies and horses are animals and inclusevely if you make the argument some animals in the series arent real , there are still many non-real species consider "furry" such as sergals and protogens.

- Is the fandom as bad at it seems?, I ask this because inclusevely if I know that fandoms always have that toxic or "cringy" side , the mlp (at least in the eyes of an outsider) has more than a normal fandom and inclusevely has some individuals do horrendus things and also the fact that in the "threat simulator" videos ,(note: I havent entered into the actual 4chan page because if Im honest Im scared of what Im gonna find), people act like degenerates ,considering things like asking to cum on plushes or accepting NSFW of child characters, so I just wanna know if this is less than one-fourth of th fandom or are bronies in general.

- Is it really for grow-ups and young teens,(before you start complaining dont worry I read the tumblr post of hotedgydemon), I say this because the few clips I seen (that isnt much so I will be probably wrong and I´ll probably get another feel if I see several episodes but just in case), I dont get the enjoyment of seen a cartoon like Regular Show, OK ko lets be heros, Gumball , Star vs the forces of evil,etc. And rather comes like a kindergarten cartoon for me.

- Whats whit all the varieties?. Ive seen several varieties of the show that isnt produced by Hasbro , making me doubt what are ripoff , different takes of the story and fan-fiction.

I hope I can understand it ,sorry if I sound aggresive I just want to know about an iteresting topic I dont know about.

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Don't worry, NSFW stuff is not allowed on /oat/.

As for your questions:
- Is the fandom still alive? Probably, but not so much here. The majority of this site are people who used to be really into the fandom but since the show has ended most of us have moved on, we just stay here because we formed friendships and we still like to talk to each other. The only discussion about the show itself happens on /pony/ but most people from /oat/ and /ef/ don't really go there much that I know of.

- Why this cartoon ? To be honest, it's because it was actually really well made. The animation was good, the dialog was good, the characters had depth. Overall it was a very quality show with an overall good message. Most people will claim it was for the memes, but I've been here since basically the beginning and I can tell you that a majority of the fandom actually genuinely liked the show. Mostly it was the fact that despite being a children's show it wasn't dumbed down. The dialog was clever and enjoyable and the characters weren't just vapid stereotypes. There was a lot of heart here during it's peak.

- Arent ponies furries? No. Furries are a completely different genre, though there is some overlap since ponies are technically animals. But overall no. Being part of the fandom didn't automatically make people furries. There were some furries in the fandom, obviously, but it wasn't a requirement and they weren't even the majority. People just genuinely enjoyed the show for what it was.

- Is the fandom as bad at it seems? On the whole no. There are obviously outliers and people that took things to an extreme, or got really cringy. You're going to get that in every fandom though, really. Overall though, the fandom wasn't like that. They were just people who really appreciated the effort and quality the show had, and were really able to relate to the characters due to them being well written.

- Is it really for grow-ups and young teens? Technically no. The show's core demographic was meant to be kids. The thing is that Lauren Faust, the person who was in charge of making the new show, wanted to make a show that didn't treat it's audience like idiots. She wanted to have characters that had real personalities and dealt with things in a somewhat mature (for a kid's show) manner, and they pulled it off surprisingly well. Obviously there are a lot of cheesy stereotypical kids show elements in the show itself, but that is primarily because Hasbro was still trying to sell toys at the end of the day, so they had to work with what corporate gave them. What they did with it was impressive though.
I'll share my personal experience when I first watched it. I found out about it on /co/ on 4chan. At first I thought it was a meme as well, so I decided to watch the first episode. When it was over I was sitting there thinking to myself, "Wait, this was actually enjoyable. I liked this. Was I supposed to like this? Did I miss something?" and I was very confused. I soon realized though that it wasn't really just a meme. The following came about simply because it was just a very well made show. The animation was very fluid and well done, the dialog wasn't cringy or childish, the characters had depth. Obviously it wasn't some masterpiece of the ages, but for what it was, it was pretty good.

- Whats whit all the varieties? Well, the show had a huge following, and with that you're going to get a lot of fan works. That's just the nature of the way fandoms work overall. Also when the show was in it's prime people started to fear that it would just suddenly get canceled, as is the nature of these types of kids shows, so there was a big push for fan-made content to try to keep the show alive in the event it was canceled. It no longer runs now, and a good chunk of the fandom has moved on, but there's still a lot of people that still are into it.

Overall though this site is more a relic of when the show was in it's prime. We're not super active in the fandom anymore as a whole. If you want any discussion about the show at all you more or less need to stick to /pony/ because you're not going to find any discussion of it here in /oat/ or /ef/. In fact we have discussed rebranding the site to remove the affiliation with the show since we barely do anything related to it anymore, but that's not something we've fully made a decision on yet.

Overall though, the rumors about the fandom being full of pedos and furries was highly exaggerated by those who didn't really 'get' the appeal. There were a few weirdos here and there, obviously because that's just the nature of fandoms, but the majority of the people that got involved in it did it purely because they genuinely just liked the show and the characters.
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Curious_explorerCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42146490

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Thanks Toybox(Professional Slut), you ve clear me several questions. I just wanted to know several things about a rabbit hole of the internet that has been nearly forever and now that Im in vacation why dont hunt the rabbit.So thank you very much. Sorry for image

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> Is the fandom still alive?
I would wish it was and some will say it is.
But it's been a while since I really saw anything noteworthy coming out of it and many of the old pillars have long since moved on from ponies.
I was kind of surprised in common places discussing fandoms of all sorts, how bronies/MLP barely ever makes an appearance anymore

> Why this cartoon ?

It came out at a time where cartoons in general were losing track, I suppose. It was cute and funny and is a source of the stuff that makes you happy.

>Arent ponies furries?

People argue about the details for a lot. technically, yes. But I don't see a brony be more of a furry, than, say a fan of Ducktales.
Lots of people might be a fan of MLP, while not endorsing furry media as a whole.

Ah, this topic is a nosedive to a decade ago.

> Is the fandom as bad at it seems?

I hate this kind of thought. I hear this about so many fandoms. rick and Morty / Undertale / Harry potter / Steven Universe.
And people will illustrate that by pointing out all the cringy and hateful stuff that comes out of a fandom.
But where there's bad, there's still a lot of good and a lot of people who get creative or just hang around to discuss and enjoy the media together.
I feel that for every bad thing, there's probably far more fans making things as a home for you. So I don't think any fandom is really bad.

> Is it really for grow-ups and young teens

I think at some points we can waste time and ask ourselves "What is a grown person doing enjoying childish things."
But there's many things people enjoy. In cartoons and in video games and in books.
And I think it's a colossal waste of time and fun to throw it away at gate keeping the age.
At 54, you should still be allowed to enjoy a new Yoshi game and why shouldn't you catch an episode of Peppa Pig, while you're at it?

> Whats whit all the varieties?

Popular stuff, I suppose.

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>>42146490
No problem. There's never any harm in being curious about something.

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>>42146491
Thanks PeePee you add some details ,which Im glad to hear, and gave another perspective thank you very much. As alwyas sorry for image.

AnonymousCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42146497

>Rebranding ponychan
To what even?

FunnyShaun!Comedy3cswCountry code: ponies-rbd.png, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1  42146498

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Hope you're ready for answers that are succinct.

>Is the fandom still alive?

I believe it is, obviously it's not as active as it once was but that's the general life cycle of fandoms, it's certainly not dying.

>Why this cartoon ?

I think it's because it caught a lot of people off guard, they went in expecting a standard children cartoon with tacked on life lessons but got actual characters they can related to.

>Arent ponies furries?

Nope, there are furries that like them and people draw them anthro style but the ponies themselves aren't furry.

>Is the fandom as bad at it seems?

No, we have our bad parts same as any other media that gets a following, certainly not better or worse in that regard. Though since the fandom is about a show about friendship I suppose some people have certain expectations.

>Is it really for grow-ups and young teens?

While sometimes I forget, at the end of the day it is for a younger audience but the beauty of it is that the older fans can enjoy it as well.

>Whats whit all the varieties?

As with any other media, people enjoy it and want to put their own spin on it.

AnonymousCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42146501

Hi Curious_explorer.

You pose very good questions. I'll take a turn with my perspective as a fan of MLP:FIM.

>Is the fandom still alive?

Yes. You just need to know where to look for it on line. No one here posts about the Equestria Daily web site very much. This is the most active of the online communities and is a good bellweather of the fandom and those who are active in it.

Conventions have begun to close down but fans of the show still produce massive amounts of fan animation, artwork and music, enough to keep Equestria Online flooded every day of the week with new content as well as news about current and future official Hasbro news on the horizon.

>Why this cartoon?

>Is is really for grown-ups and young teens?
When Lauren Faust wrote the bible for her vision of MLP:FIM, she took inspiration, shared with her husband Craig McCraken, that cartoons do not need to be micromanaged to one age group. They both take from the belief that a cartoon can appeal across all age groups with little extra work. This was true for Walt Disney and Jay Ward, both experts on making such projects.

This is how she was able to make a show that would appeal to almost any audience.

>Aren't ponies furries?

That's more an issue that needs to focus on individuals rather than a group. While there are those who are 'furries' that see MLP as a show that caters to their interests, one could also make the same claim of many Walt Disney TV shows. It isn't that the show promotes such behavior. It's more that some fans lose emotional control and invest too much of their own views and project them onto the shows. Take the Sonic The Hedgehog fandom as an example.

>What's with all the varieties?


My Little Pony as a toy line has been around nearly a half century with four distinct animated series based on the toy line across those decades.

Hasbro has lost legal control over some aspects of the first three generations of their TV shows, thus the creation of a new fourth generation that has much greater legal control over character names as well as the new world Lauren Faust created for Hasbro. Pony Life is a spin off of Generation 4 and is a place holder until they can animate the Fifth Generation of the show, using much of the intellectual property Ms. Faust created.

I hope this helps.

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I lyke pone.

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>>42146484
>Is the fandom still alive?
Meh. People still enjoy the show and make art and music and stuff in homage, but it isnt what it was.
It like asking if the futurama fandom is still alive.. yes, but fair weather.

>Why this cartoon ?

The people who worked on it also worked on shows like dexters lab, the powerpuff girls and fosters home, so its early seasons had a vibe of those shows, and a good pedigree.
But, really what i think it was, was that a dedicated team of professionals took what should have been a cheap low effort toy commercial cash grab, and decided to make it the best they could. We all expected garbage, and got a pretty good show instead, and it was kind of inspirational.

>Arent ponies furries?

As much as any other anthropomorphic cartoon characters.

> Is the fandom as bad at it seems?

Everything you've heard is probably true, but not as prevalent as its made out to be. In any large fandom, there will be bad apples, but the majority of folks are just normal folks that enjoyed the meme.

> Is it really for grow-ups and young teens

Like any good piece of all ages media, it has jokes you have to be an adult to enjoy and jokes that are more for kids.
Its like the princess bride, fun for the whole family.
Like, there are jokes about school, the jokes about homework are for the kids, the jokes about the underfunded school system and taxes that pay for it are for the adults.

>Whats whit all the varieties?

No clue.
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>>42146484

Honestly this place isn't even really about the cartoon anymore. The fandom is dead for all intents and purposes. The fandom could get pretty cringe and degenerate but for the most part was and is harmless. No, ponies aren't furries, anthro shit is furry.

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>Is the fandom still alive?
Yes and no. The average person in the fandom at this point is a late 20- to mid 30 something guy who got into the show in his early 20s or late teens back in 2010-2012. Many stopped watching the show completely after only a year or two and stayed exclusively for the communities that formed around it.

Nowadays most people in the fandom don’t even talk about the show. The show is just a theme or background to the community of friends and people we made through it. Basically people grew out of MLP, but they didn’t grow out of the friends they made along the way.

There are some fanfiction and fan art communities still out there, but they’re far smaller than they used to be, and as I said, most people are only really interested in the people they got to know through the fandom, not really the fandom itself.

>Why this cartoon?

Probably because it’s so simplistic and wholesome. It’s just a nice little show about adventures and friendship with good animation and writing.

>Arent ponies furries?

No, that’s a whole different community, although many bronies are furriers, and equally so, many furries are bronies, so there is overlap.

>Is the fandom as bad at it seems?

No. Most people are just normal people that you’d find in any other community, but like every other community there are a few weirdos, but they’re largely outliers.

>Is it really for grow-ups and young teens

No, it’s for kids, but the high quality writing and good animation means it can appeal to just about anyone.

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>>42146508
>many bronies are furriers
That typo gave me chuckle lol

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>>42146508
>>42146506
>>42146498
>>42146501
>>42146502
Thank you all for answering and giving me more details of the matter I think my investigation have been complete as always sorry for image

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>>42146484
-Is the fandom alive?
It is a pile of ashes, but a spirit hovers over the ashes.

-Why this cartoon?
It is a show which, for various reasons, was picked up initially by a "shadow" fanbase; in my view, the whole business that followed (and that continues to follow) was an attempt to make sense of a very rapid mythological orientation that occurred at that time which was enabled by the audience disparity. In that way it is different than other equally well-written shows and thus has a peculiar relationship to wider geek culture.

-Aren't ponies furries?
You will have to ask an expert; there is some debate on this.

-Is the fandom as bad as it seems?
It is probably more difficult for an outsider to understand than most. But it has the range of any other community.

-Is it really for grown-ups and young teens?
Not originally, but it became co-opted and went through a kind of puberty from which it never recovered.

-What's with all the varieties?
It's the byproduct of a being micro-culture. There was a particularly marked need to "import" other media, especially at the beginning.
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>>42146536
No-no no.

I.

Lyke.

PONE.


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