The librarian told me there was a documentary about adult fans who love to watch My Little Pony. She said they call themselves Bronies. So of course, I had to request it from the library system to see for myself. Meanwhile, I found a bunch of My Little Ponies on clearance at Walgreen's for 75 cents a piece, and used them as a bribe to get Reid to take his antibiotics when he had his ear infection, so we began to amass a collection.
Soon, the documentary arrived, and Paul and I watched it. The main question posed in the film is why does a show geared towards little girls appeal to adult males, and why does society have an issue with that? The people who loved My Little Ponies, loved them because of the messages - the ponies are searching for the elements of harmony and the emphasis throughout the show is on friendship. Plus, some of the episodes are downright funny!
One of the families they tailed in the documentary was a teenager who was scared to tell his conservative father that he loved the show. When he finally did, the dad was less than thrilled, and didn't want his son to go to Bronycon (the conference for adult fans of My Little Pony). My reaction to this was pretty much - hey, he seems like a good kid, and at least he's watching a wholesome show and not playing violent video games all day or out on the streets getting into trouble. In the end, the kid did get to go to Bronycon, and his dad met other (more supportive) fathers of teen fans there, and sort of said he might watch the show once when he got home to see what it was all about.
Who knew My Little Pony had such a following? As for the boys - when they turned 5, they requested a My Little Pony cake. I was tired, from working the two jobs all week. I almost went store bought this year. But finally, I grunted it out and did my best.
In the end, I used this Pinterest sugar cookie recipe, because I have made it before and it is HUGE (sheet cake sized) and quite yummy.
I dyed the sugar cookie pink. And then mixed up an extra batch of buttercream to do all the rainbow and edges.
What do you think, readers? Can you see the appeal of My Little Ponies?