The holidays this year have been hectic, but I got to spend some quality time with my family. To my delight, my little sister’s favorite way of passing the time was to watch My Little Pony: Rainbow Rocks. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy MLP:FiM as much as the next Pegasister, but the films are known to be disastrous for a reason. Regardless, I had hope for the movie already knowing the prequel shorts Hasbro released on YouTube were pretty good.
For better or worse, this movie does try to have more of a plot than the first film. There aren’t as many tropes, but the overall story is a hot mess. They poke fun at the hokey magic during the first movie, while ignoring the message that friendship is important in this film. There was essentially nothing added to this universe outside of the small scene that happens during the end credits.
Long ago, all the way back to last January, Lady Saika wrote a post about Homophobia and Slash Fanfiction. At one point she discussed why people have a difficulty imagining some of their favorite characters as a sexuality other than straight. She wrote:
Part of this is rooted in persistent and terrible stereotypes. If, when you think ‘gay’, you think ‘faaaabulous’, you’d never imagine Dean Winchester getting into a relationship with a guy. If when you think bi, you think ‘slut’, you never would imagine someone like Durarara‘s Mikado as bi. If you think ‘butch’ when you hear ‘lesbian’, you’d never in a million years think of, say, Luna Lovegood as a lesbian.
The same is true in the reverse. If a woman doesn’t want to get married, is into sports, is a warrior, is basically not stereotypically feminine, then automatically people assume that woman is a lesbian. Now don’t get me wrong, these characters could very well be lesbians, bisexuals, pansexuals, asexuals, straight, or whatever; my problem is assuming someone is homosexual based on gender stereotypes.
But we can call her The Bunnimator. I love My Little Pony, and it’s nice to see other people who love it just as much. Unfortunately, outside my one fanfiction and the occasional fanart, I personally don’t direct too much of my free time into creating things based on other people’s works. Well, one time I did make a Pickman out of plaster, but that’s beside the point. Regardless, I’m always impressed when people can spend so much time and effort on something they love so much. And while The Bunnimator does have other projects in the works, like this one, which prevents me from looking at broccoli the same way ever again, she does a lot of My Little Pony fanart and crossover art.
Now, I believe most of her work is computer-oriented, which is personally something I’m no good at, so I find that I have a lot of respect for people into graphic design. Especially if their works don’t suck. She does have a few pics that I have some trouble figuring out what medium she used. What I do know is that visually I like her art, and I think she’s a very talented person. Furthermore, she’s done some very nice interpretations of the MLP:FIM characters as human. And I know it’s been done before, but The Bunnimator’s use of colors and style makes her more than memorable.
I hope The Bunnimator keeps up the good work. I know I would hire her if I had the money. Especially for her steam pony works.