My Little Pony and the fandoms
My four year old son has a favourite TV show — My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It’s available on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.K.
It’s a very clever show and teaches some important life lessons in a way young children can understand and take on board.
But that’s not what prompted me to write about it. What struck me was the constant tributes to fandoms that keep appearing.
The first one I noticed was Doctor Who. It was subtle at first but then in one episodes about a wedding there is a character called Dr Hooves.
He is obsessed with time travel, is British, wears a long colourful scarf and says “Allonsi”.
After a bit of searching it turns out he is a longer standing character — with him appearing in one episode wearing 3D glasses and walking with a Pony called Rose.
There are a number of fan made tributes to this pairing and Dr Who Magazine once promoted the Dr Hooves My Little Pony Toy.
Then it really hit me while he was watching a season six episode where the ponies have to defend the Crystal Empire from the oncoming winter.
The ponies of the north as a first defence against the oncoming winter.
Oncoming winter. Where have I heard that before?
I have to say it’s an impressive show. I personally get annoyed by the squeaky voices and over the top characters but for my son — it’s captivating.
I’m always impressed when a show that has its own obsessive fandom beyond its core demographic pays tribute to them and embeds characters from or themes from other shows.
It’s also a shown born out of a toy and often that just doesn’t work, but in this case clever writing has saved it and taken it beyond its promotional origins.