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Dec 112012

I know what you’re thinking – My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is not science fiction, and it’s not comic books.  It is, however, a very popular fantasy, and it lends itself well to crossover mashups of all kinds.  Sometimes the mashups get pretty interesting, like the Doctor Who / MLP crossover Doctor Hooves, which started as a fannish prank and eventually got licensed by IDW who now publishes Doctor Hooves comic books.

One of the great things about the MLP show is the music.  This isn’t just a bit of doggerel rattled off in an hour by bored studio musicians.  This is stuff written for the show because it supports the plot lines.  Not every MLP episode has this, but many do, and when they do it’s some solid performance, with the people voicing the characters doing the singing.  Yes, they really are that talented.

Now here’s the cool part – the MLP fans (the male fans of the show call themselves “Bronies” – the female fans call themselves “Pegasisters”) are apparently just as talented as the people making the actual show itself.  Want proof?  Here is a fannish spoof of a very popular musical number from the MLP show, originally entitled “At The Gala”.  This version, though, is called “At The Convention”, and was made for a MLP convention called Canterlot Gardens.

The singing is nearly perfect (a little wobbly in the middle by one of the soloists), and the lyrics are very very clever – and the whole thing is done to the original sequence from the show.  Even the non-MLP fans among the Krypton Radio staff love this, because it really nails the whole convention-going ideogram, and we very much identify with everything they present in the song.

And yes, before you ask, it’s on the Krypton Radio playlist.


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Nov 202012

Majesty meets saccharine pop in this unusual mashup of The Lord of the Rings and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic .

Part of what Krypton Radio does is show off some of the amazing things that fans create for one another.  If you’re a Brony (or even if you’re not) there’s something compelling about a mash-up of two well crafted fantasy works when it’s done with skill and respect for both.  Today’s offering is Lord of the Rings – Reenacted By Ponies from The Jacobsmovies web site. The characterizations pay homage both to the ponies, and to the iconic characters from the Tolkien books.

Jacob Kitts uses his skill at animation to tell stories visually, mostly as parodies or mashups of things like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lego – his interests are far ranging, and his skills cover a lot of territory.  In his films he uses Flash, live action, 3d animation, compositing – the entire gamut of modern production tools.  He started out with the basics, and worked his way forward, one step at a time.

While it’s presented as satire, it’s also very inspiring.  And, frankly, the video is just plain fun to watch.


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May 062012
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

A Krypton Radio Special Review by Producer, PK

Krypton Radio looks at new music additions and finds a surprise in the Brony fandom

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

We’ve heard about the Brony culture before, but for the first time Krypton Radio takes an in-depth look at what we never knew about the show, the music, and the fans.

We’re always looking for new and interesting music that fits in the genres we cater to, primarily Superhero, Comic Book, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, and Gaming. But lately we’ve been getting suggestions for music based on a different fandom that was a little surprising. Some of the KR staffers had been bringing up songs from an animated children’s show called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic which debuted in 2010, and admittedly an initial reaction to what looks like a little girls cartoon was that of skepticism. Although we’re hard pressed to turn down a good song, so when checking out some of the fan made music, it peaked our interest enough to look at the actual show music as well.

I agree, when someone comes to you and says I got some great music from a show featuring brightly colored talking ponies named Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie; it’s a little hard to take seriously at first. But we gave it a chance, and yes not all of the music seems appropriate for the bulk of our audience (although we’re digging the Discord EuroChoas Mix like crazy). Though during our searches on YouTube and related fan sites, we’ve come to develop an appreciation for a fanbase that has many parallels to that of mainstream Science Fiction and Fantasy. Whose fanbase’s have also suffered from ridicule and misunderstandings among some media and the public. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP:FiM) while primarily aimed at young girls in the 7-10 year-old range, has drawn some attention and criticism for attracting many male adult fans, commonly known as Bronies.

Despite its origins and current target audience, the show has displayed that time and time again that it has interesting and engaging characters,  humor that even adults can enjoy, and stories that help teach people of all ages important life lessons. From a musical standpoint, which is what attracted us initially, the show’s music is expertly crafted by composers Daniel Ingram and William Anderson. Rivaling and even surpassing some big-budget movie music productions for similar children’s content, with Broadway inspired musical segments of such joyful quality you can’t help but smile. The fan created music has truly blown us away on professionalism, with animated shorts, music videos, and original compositions that look as though they were from a major Hollywood studio.

During our search we came across a documentary on MLP:FiM by a YouTube user called Saberspark,which he created for a school project on the subject of deviant cultures. Saberspark does an excellent job of exploring aspects of the show’s history, characters, and fan culture. Although despite a slightly sarcasm laden fanboy defending his turf approach, the video covers important details to bring non-fans up to speed on why the show has become wildly popular and how it’s impacted pop-culture and people’s lives.

The video was published in December of 2011 and has been updated as of March 2012.

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