The 33 Coolest Videos from PONIES: The Anthology

By Sherilyn Connelly in Cartoons, Daily Lists, Nerdery, TV
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

Released on December 7, 2013, some 10 months after the end of the lackluster third season, a certain malaise has settled in. Part of the problem, I suspect, is that since Anthology II there'd only been 13 new 22-minute episodes and a 72-minute movie nobody liked, so there wasn't as much fresh source material to work with. As a result, there are a lot more video games this time around - the "A" in Anthology III is the Half-Life logo - as well as more original 3-D animation of ponies, the creators frequently inserting themselves into the videos and generally getting meta about their relationship with the show, and did I mention that they didn't like My Little Pony: Equestria Girls? Yeah, they really didn't.

Flawed though it may be, there are still moments of brilliance sprinkled throughout. (I'm specifically referring to Anthology III, but I think that statement holds true for Equestria Girls as well.)

24. Dragon's Mare.
Creator: Myst AnimatorX.

Of the many video games in Anthology III, I'm pretty sure this is the only one I've played.

25. Musk Rarity.
Creator: LimeyLassen.

I honestly don't have the first clue what's going on here, but I approve.

26. Koyaanisqatsi.
Creator: SilkAMV.

Best running gag ever. (Watch out for the screen, Fluttershy!)

27. Pi.
Creator: SilkAMV.

Twilight has reconsidered her stance on the value of pi, via the Hard 'n Phirm song.

28. Ring.
Creator: LimeyLassen.

Another of the "Why did it take this long?" variety, I'm glad it did take this long, because this parody of the video from the original Japanese Ringu gets it just right - thanks in no small part to it indeed being from the original film, not the American remake. And much like 2012: A Pony Odyssey, it works because it's faithful to the tone of its source material. It's even a little creepy!

29. Ferris Bueller Museum.
Creator: Jhaller.

I spent some time staring Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte at the Art Institute of Chicago a couple years ago, and after I while I saw Pinkie Pie, too.

30. Pinkie Kaufman.
Creator: Unknown.

Sadly, Pinkie was voted off the show via a call-in poll a few seasons later.


(What the heck I'm talking about.)

31. Toy Story.
Creator: Unknown.

As I may have hinted, the majority of the fans did not care for My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. (I'll skip the "recap.")

32. Mayor Smoke Crack.
Creator: SilkAMV.

On November 5, 2013, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied being addicted to crack cocaine, and that if he ever had smoked it, it probably would have been in one of his drunken stupors. On December 7, Ponyville Mayor Mare made the same shocking admission.

33. Apple Jack Torrance.
Creator: SilkAMV.

The one theory missing from Room 237: Applejack has always been the caretaker.

Previously by Sherilyn Connelly:

6 Reasons You Should Watch Bullet in the Face

The 5 Coolest Things About the Navajo Translation of Star Wars

The Nineteen Coolest Illustrations from Star Trek Fanzines

The 9 Coolest Sci-Fi Read-Along Records from the 70s and 80s

15 Awesomely Nerdy Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries You Can Watch for Free Right Now

The Eight Funniest Recurring Themes in the Original Star Wars Trading Cards

The Six Coolest Things In Starlog #001: The Voyage in Retro-Nerdery Begins

Ten Amazingly Strange Celebrity Hotlines of the 1980s

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