The PONIES: The Anthology trilogy is a series of feature-length compilations of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan videos, largely comprised of short, Robot Chicken-style blackout gags (complete with static bumpers), typically running anywhere from a few seconds to half a minute. The Anthology series are really the only Pony fan videos that I make a point of watching, since they're curated, meaning they're somebody's idea of the best ones out there. Here are my personal favorites of those bests, running about 32 minutes total. Or 22 minutes if you skip 2012: A Pony Odyssey, as I suspect most do.
I've tried my best to credit the creators when I could figure out who they were, but there doesn't seem to be an official list of who created what. I'll be keeping it within the scope of the Anthology series, with all due respect to the fans of Hot Diggity Demon's very popular PONY.MOV series; consider it not-forgotten.
And if you're not a fan of the show, none of this will change your mind. But those who know, know.
Released on May 25, 2011, just a few weeks after the first season ended, this initial installment is a mere 24 minutes long, more proof-of-concept than anything else. But it proves the concept quite well.
Creators: Fall_Child42 (aka Dr. Dinosaur) and ZephyStar.
This is a frame-for-frame parody of Kanye West's "Power" video, an appropriately strong start to the entire series. I've always liked this song, thanks in no small part to the fact that In the Court of the Crimson King is the only King Crimson album I find listenable.
Here they are side-by-side:
2. Pinkie Pi.
The most common kind of fan remix, audio from an outside source mixed into the footage. I think the first time I saw this kind of thing was Todd Graham's Apocalypse Pooh, which was filler on a Star Wars Holiday Special tape I traded for in the late 90s, from the same person who gave me the (Colossal) Pictures Dubden mixtape.
What especially makes this one work is that Twilight Sparkle has had Pi-style meltdowns on more than one occasion (cf. "Feeling Pinkie Keen," "Lesson Zero," and It's About Time"), and it's always funnier when it fits with the character.
3. Bozeman's Derpy.
Ah, Blinky Watts. I'm one of the three people who actually watched Mark Frost & David Lynch's On the Air during the brief period that it was...um...that it could be intercepted by commercially-available receivers from analog transmissions in the atmosphere. (If only there were a shorter way to put that!) Here's the original, for those of you who aren't Lynch completists:
SilkAMV, my favorite contributor to the first two Anthologies, takes the events of "The Stare Master" to their logical conclusion. Back in 2006, I actually saw both Koyaanisqatsi and Naqoyqatsi with the Philip Glass Ensemble performing the scores live. Also, I've already seen Visitors, the new film by Glass and Godfrey Reggio. (Oh yeah, these are the kinds of things I brag about.)
5. Pinkie Space, Parts 1 & 2.
There'll be a lot more Portal (and other games) later in the series, but this particular video - actually divided in two parts in PONIES: The Anthology - has gotten me closer to playing a modern video game than anything else ever has. I'm sure I'd enjoy it, but as heaven is my witness, between work and school and extracurricular silliness I just do not have the time to spare. I know how that sounds, and I am absolutely not being snide toward those who are able to incorporate gaming into a complete breakfast - which I'm fairly certain is the majority of Topless Robot's readership - nor am I claiming to have superior time management skills: one of the ways I burn off the free time I don't really have is to browse through the Google Newspaper Archives and collect advertisements from the Jerry Lewis Cinema franchise in the 1970s. Yeah, exactly.
6. Koyaanisqatsi Reprisal.
Fluttershy continues to put your life out of balance.