PONIES: THE ANTHOLOGY II
Released on July 1, 2012, two months and change after the second season ended, this installment is 82 minutes long. I first saw it while doing the Pony Pokey at the Everfree Northwest convention in August 2012, and in fact that was when I became aware of the Anthology series at all. There are a lot more video game references than in the first, but nowhere near as many as in the third. Indeed, PONIES: The Anthology II gets the balance just right.
Rainbow Dash takes on a tour of a sprawling 8-bit Equestria, set to the chiptune sounds of Anamanaguchi's "Blackout City." Keep an eye out for Pinkie Pie as Raoul Duke in Las Pegasus.
SilkAMV kills it once again.
9. Fallin' in Love.
Takes one of the most basic forms of a fan mashup video - a pop song relating to the action onscreen - and gets all Run Lola Run with it. I love the purity of this concept, and there'll be an even better one later in.
10. Pinkie's Bass Cannon.
I'd never heard of Flux Pavilion, and was only vaguely aware of what dubstep was at the time, but when I first saw this at Everfree, I wanted to shout from the back of the crowded room, "Oh my god, please play that one again!"
Speaking of musical trends that I was oblivious to in the dog days of 2012, one of the visuals at the dance on Saturday, August 18 at Everfree was a Pony version of the "Gangnam Style" video; the original came out on July 15, the pony version on August 10, and both had stayed completely off my radar until that night.
11. Pony Spheres, Parts I - III.
More spherical goodness from SilkAMV...
12. Pinkie "Pop Pop" Pie.
Oh, is there anything funnier than creatures that should not be singing at all belting out an aria? Lots of things, actually, but this one is terrific, especially because the duck is clearly putting his heart into it by the end. It's the little details that make all the difference.
14. Twilight Psychology Major.
Damn, but Rainbow Dash as Jeff Winger and Twilight Sparkle as Britta Perry just makes so much sense.
Hard to believe it took this long to happen.
Another pitch-perfect recreation, this time of the opening credits to Archer. Here's a side-by-side comparison.
17. Ponies React - The Mane Six react to Generation 1.
A parody of the Teens React series, Pinkie Pie actually nails how I felt when I recently tried to sit down and watch the 1984 My Little Pony movie. (The eternal optimists at Shout! Factory keep sending me the DVDs of the pre-Friendship is Magic show, in hopes that I'll write about them. Yeeeeeeeah, I dunno.)
18. Sweetie Troll.
Similar in concept to "Fallin' in Love," but shorter and much funnier - and while the dialog between Big Mac and Cheerilee at the end is taken straight from the episode, it couldn't be a better punchline.
19. The Trotting Dead.
Spike's concern about zombies from "Bridle Gossip" leads into a terrific recreation of the opening credits of the first season of The Walking Dead. (Does anyone else feel like the revamped credits for the last couple seasons got a little too J-Horror?)
20. Fluttershy is the Disco Spider.
More Community love from Silk.
21. Pi is Exactly 3!
I can totally see Twilight Sparkle pulling a Frink like this. Granted, she'd be the only one who'd understand it, but still.
22. Spike's Rant.
This one's a pretty deep cut: the audio is an Easter Egg from a DVD of the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, in which the main character points out everything that doesn't make sense about the ending. It turns out to be quite a lot. I was unfamiliar with Neon Genesis Evangelion when I first saw this, but I've been covering the feature films since then, and they could all use a similar rant at the end, too.
23. 2012: A Pony Odyssey.
Creator: PartyGrunt and Myst AnimatorX.
The longest Anthology segment by a country mile, and the one that feels like it was made just for me. It necessarily eliminates the middle 90% of the movie, but that's okay - especially because it's 10 minutes long without almost no dialog to speak of other than HAL, and thus is faithful to the tone of the original film. There was a lot of fidgeting in the room when I originally saw it at Everfree, but I was blissed out.
Remember how I mentioned I'm collecting ads from Jerry Lewis Cinemas? From the Washington, PA Observer-Reporter from April 22, 1972, this is one of my favorites. For obvious reasons.