You may think you are hard core – but are you hard core enough to harness the magic of friendship?! While rocking a tail, rainbow stripes and sparkles?
If you haven’t seen “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” you might not realize quite how much raw passion can be sparked by glittery horses.
Some of the fans are little girls, the stereotypical audience for such things, but many are adults and many are male – including self-called “Bronies.” Crowds of them can be seen in Baltimore during their summer convention sporting rainbow headdresses and tails, much to the bewilderment of the locals.
I myself was a huge fan of the original My Little Pony back in the years after the initial debut of the toys in 1982. My sister and I loved to play with our box of ponies in their pastel plastic glory, including the best one with neon yellow hair and the worst which was blue (it implied being a boy, which we were staunchly against.)
Fast forward to 2010, when a new iteration premiered while I was in a haze of sleep deprivation from having my own babies. The ponies in “Friendship is Magic” evolved to have even bigger anime-esque eyes and the ability to shoot off sassy one-liners, but they still wear their sappy emotions on their sleeves (or, flanks).
So why do we now have an adult fascination with a fantasy world based on equine adventures? Why spend so much time watching ponies learn lessons about how to run their little kingdom together? Why celebrate using the “power of friendship” to save the day?
Really, perhaps the question ought to be, why do we wonder at any of that? Why is it so weird to want diversity and friendship? If Bronies were into video games and spent all their time on virtually blowing people up, nary an eye would be batted. When people over 12 pore over shows with gore and murder, no one questions their sanity.
Sadly, although we pay lip service to wanting a society of peaceful coexistence, such a place is not where we choose to spend our free time. We’d seemingly rather engage in vicarious crime than explore the intricacies of how to relate to each other.
And so, I say, bring on Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the “Mane 6” in Equestria! Let’s all get a magical glowing necklace to symbolize the elements of harmony. Find your own cutie mark and sprout wings. Friendship IS magic, damn it, so let’s start acting like it.
Plus, there is some actual geek cred to be had here. “Weird Al” Yankovic, William Shatner, and Felicia Day have all voiced characters, and John De Lancie plays a character satisfyingly similar to his role of Q on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Fortunately, there is plenty of the show to watch. There are eight seasons out now, along with a number of specials. Some of those include the rather bizarre “Equestria Girls,” featuring human-pony hybrid versions of the ponies interacting in a high school (whatever floats your boat, right?)
The final season of the show started airing on Discovery Family on April 6, 2019. However, for those of us who have cut the cord, there are plenty of opportunities to check in on all the glittery action.
Watching MLP: Friendship Is Magic Online
In general, Netflix will let you watch the first 8 seasons of My Little Pony. You can see all eight seasons streaming in addition to the specials featuring the Equestria Girls. Netflix costs between $8.99-$15.99/month. (It does not have the 2017 movie.)
However, if you want to catch the ninth and final season of My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic you will need access to the Discovery Family Channel through your streaming provider. There are currently only two options
Philo offers Discovery Family in its $20/month plan.
(It is not currently offered on Sling, DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, Prime Video or Amazon Prime Channels.)
Some of the episodes have been posted unofficially on YouTube and can be found there.
Buying the Series
You can also buy the show, spending a set amount per episode or per season. Amazon and Itunes offer it for $2.99 per episode or $19.99 per season. Google Play and YouTube cost the same for HD but offers you the option of SD for $1.99 per episode or $14.99 per season.
Watching the movie
If you specifically want to watch the 2017 My Little Pony movie, you can stream it with Amazon Prime Video or Hulu. You can also buy it for $9.99 on Itunes or Google Play or on Vudu for $9.99 SD or $12.99 HD. The specials area available to purchase on Vudu as well.
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