Monday, February 25, 2013

Derpy Hooves (or Ditzy Doo)

Hello again! Today on Gate to Bronydom, we are going to talk about a very importent character in the Brony fanbase. That character is...

Derpy Hooves (or Ditzy Doo) !
(Vector by TheDarkestDayDream)

Derpy Whooves on the show is nothing more than a background character, but in the Brony fandom she is a mascot! She was first spotted in the first episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Ever since fans spotted her, her popularity exploded!

Ever since then, Bronies have been drawing fanart of her, writing fanfics of her adventures, given her a family and most of all a personality. Of course the creators of the show noticed this activity. So in response, the creators put her in each episode (Up to most of season 3. Their is a reason why.), but not in blatantly obvious places . It was kinda like playing "Where's Waldo?" except with a grey Pegasus.
The creators also dropped hints about Derpy in the show and in the products they sell. For one, her job is delivering mail to other ponies and the other is that her favorite food is muffins.

Why all this attention to one Pegasus with silly eyes and a streak of clumsiness? Like for the many reasons people like to watch My Little Pony: FiM, their are many reasons why people like Derpy. For me, I felt like I could relate to her. We both have a disorder of some kind (Derpy with her eyes. Me with my Asbergers) and we are both clumsy. Also her crossed eyed expressions are adorable!

Things were looking great for the grey mailmare. That was...until the episode "The Last Roundup" aired...
Oh my goodness the internet exploded when Derpy talked! Actually, it exploded twice, because Rainbow Dash referred to Derpy by name! This was a momentous event to Bronies everywhere! The creators of the show actually cared about the Bronies! This was like a love letter to us!

Now of course, parents and other bronies had a problem with Derpy talking on the show. They said that Derpy's voice made her sound like she had special needs. They also said that Rainbow Dash was speaking way to harsh to Derpy, being "special needs" and all. Their was a giant flame ware between Bronies who like the original scene better (I'm in that camp) and Bronies (along with parents) who thought the scene was immorally wrong. So the creators went back and redid the scene...
This action only put oil to the flame war. So the creators decided to just put the redone scene on the itunes store, and just use the original scene for the DVD and future episodes (As in repeats). Derpy has not been seen much for the rest of season 2 and  most of season 3. She reappears in the season 3 finale though!

So why exactly am I talking about Derpy, when I could be talking about something else? Well, for one I'm a fan of Derpy, and two their is actually a day completely dedicated to her on March 1st called Derpy Day 2013: Operation Indiscriminate Friendship. On this day, you eat muffins, write someone a letter, and take a picture of yourself cross-eyed. Well I'm going to take it a step further! I'm going to be giving all my friends at college muffins (and maybe my teacher if their are any left.)! I'm going to make this the best start to the longest month of the year!

Thanks for reading! Have a very Derpy Day!
    (Painted by shinodage)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Where to Start...

(All content shown on this post is owned and made by Hasbro. I do not own these episodes, nor do I take part in their creation. I'm just spreading the word. I'm not being paid to do this.)

Hello folks! This post is to all my viewers who don't watch the regularly and have not seen any episodes yet. With 3 seasons worth of episodes you're probably wondering, "Where do I even start?". Well, you could always start with the first episode (which is a two parter)... 

Season 1, Episode 1

Season 1, Episode 2

I think they are great first episodes. These episode also introduce a change in the My Little Pony series as a whole. Gone are the days of shallow, flat characters. Now their are rounded characters with flaws and goals. Actual conflict and evil characters that could potentially harm the characters on the show (It's kinda hard to live without sunlight. Think about it.). An art style that does not make you roll your eyes in doubt. It's great!

If you don't want to sit through 44 minutes of this show, you could try watching a single parter episode. In seasons 1 and 2, you can watch the episodes out of order and not care about the continuity, but once you get into the show, watching them in order is highly satisfying.

If I was going to show a person who was new to the show an episode, I would show him an episode called "Dragonshy"...

I find this to be a great starter episode because it involves all the mane cast, a good conflict and resolution, and has a good number of funny and awesome bits in the episode. It also proves that the characters are not flat as people think they are. Lastly, it does all this in 22 minutes, where the pilot does this in 44 minutes. 

I hope these episodes I picked out change you mind about the series and makes you wanna watch them more. If it didn't, oh well, I tried. No ones forcing you to like it. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

What is a Brony Exactly?

A Brony is a fan of My Little Pony. Anyone you know can potentially be or already is a Brony. They can be any age or race. It's really no different than being a fan of anything else really. Well, except for, y'know, the media's focus on us. Also because of all the fan material we make all the time. Bronies have have made more fan material than any other fan group, combined.
  What do Bronies create exactly? Well, for one, they make absolutely gorgeous and varying fanart.
(Created by Equestria-Prevails)

(Created by ~cmaggot)

(Created by Mousu)

Bronies also create wonderful original music and remixes of existing songs on the show.
(Created by MandoPony and AcousticBrony)

(Created by Eurobeat Brony)

Bronies have also been writing a plethora of fanfics. Some fanfics I have read actual change my view on the character or the world of My Little Pony itself. Of course their are the, less than safe for work stories. We're not perfect. Along with stories, Bronies create blogs, like me! Some blogs are like mine, or are character blogs. My personal favorite is "Ask Hotblooded Pinkie Pie". It's Pinkie Pie, if she was combined with every badass character in existence, and it is AWESOME.
    In the end, we're just like any other human being, we just like a show that "men" don't normally watch. Tune in next week for more posts!