5 Years of Friendship is Magic [A PMV Retrospective]

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Today (October 10th 2015) marks the 5th anniversary of the premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the fourth generation of the My Little Pony franchise. Spearheaded by Lauren Faust, this latest incarnation drew in many fans, including some that were, at the time, unexpected. You have heard this story plenty of times now, but what came after defined the show’s legacy. Some of these unexpected fans, dubbed “bronies”, created their own fan works to show off to the world, including music, art, and video. The video portion of the fandom was headed by a certain type of creation: the PMV, or Pony Music Video.

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Living the Harmony (United State of Pony 2013) by Melon Harmony

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As a long-time collector of fine mashups, one of the most exciting parts of my year is the annual release of DJ Earworm’s “United State of Pop” compilation, which combines Billboard’s Top 25 songs of the year into one awesome musical experience. And as a brony, that excitement is doubled (heck, even tripled to quintupled) when Melon Harmony creates a PMV to go along with it. Much like her previous editions in the United State of Pony series (FIND THEM ALL HERE), this video is a compilation of all the best moments of the previous season; in this case it’s Season 4. Yep, we’re still not tired of talking about it, and after you see this video, you won’t be either. So, it’s kind of a double whammy in that sense; best music of 2013, best season of MLP. Check it out below, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Also, check out this fine editor’s other awesome work at her channel.

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Look Back by AgrolChannel

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You know, I’ve always liked those cake topper-style pony figures, with the pointy legs and the candy eyes from the S2 Finale; they looked delicious. And they always seem to pop up in fan animations just like this one. I guess people really like using them (or they must be easy to work with. I don’t know, I’m not an animator.) Anyway, as we’re once again in a break between seasons, we have an influx of retrospectives to check out in our downtime. What’s really special about this one is that it is quite literally a walk down Memory Lane, with a little piece of iconic imagery representing every episode in the entire series. The music is calming but still a little peppy, and I had a lot of fun picking out every episode as they went by. Lot of good memories attached to those episodes, not gonna lie. And I also thought it was really clever how Twilight, as she’s walking through Season 4, picks up some little items from the ground which, we as the viewers are now duly familiar with. It’s a nice touch. This is a very fun little video that I hope you will all enjoy through the ongoing break, to help you relive your good memories of the show, as we continue on the way to Season 5!

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