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PONY.MOV directs to a series of fan-made videos of the popular animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic created by artist Max Gilardi, aka HotDiggedyDemon. Each video focuses on one of the characters of the MLP:FiM series, although with drastically different, grotesque personalities than in the canon episodes. Various phrases and scenes from the episodes have also gained their own popularity on the web.
The first video in the series, “APPLE.MOV”, was uploaded to YouTube on October 11th, 2011. It featured the character Applejack from the MLP:FiM series being obsessed with apples. The video was also featured on Equestria Daily the same day. As of February 20, 2013, APPLE.MOV has over seven million views.
HotDiggedyDemon (Max Gilardi)
HotDiggedyDemon (Max Gilardi) is a flash cartoon animator known on both Youtube and Newgrounds. Before the My Little Pony Parodies, he has created various other popular series such as Jerry and Wacky Game Jokes 4 Kids, amongst other seperate flash animations, although these have not reached the popularity of the MLP:FiM parodies.
As a follow up to the original APPLE.MOV, other flash animations have also been created, centering on other characters of the main cast of MLP:FiM; on February 20, 2013, Gilardi released SWAG.MOV, the final entry in the series. Although APPLE.MOV would remain mostly unrelated to the other five, the later videos focused on Twilight Sparkle’s quest to find the Elements of Harmony to defeat Discord and, after SHED.MOV, resurrect Rainbow Dash.
Also, there have been numerous of fandubs, remix’s, and clips made from the viewers of these videos. They may not be as recognized as much as the originals, but they continue to grow in amount (See ‘Recent Videos’). In addition, a group was created on February 8th, 2012 on DeviantArt dedicated to the fan art of the series.
Various quotes and phrases used in the series have also gained their own popularity, resulting in usage in various image macros and other fanworks. These phrases include:
- “Fuck you, I can eat all these apples.”
- “Huhuhuhuhu, Swag.”
- “I am your god now! Bring me your virgins!”
- “Stay out of my shed.”
- “My daddy makes me put glass in my vagina.”
- “How about you resurrect my penis…with sex.”
- “CRUSH, KILL, DESTROY, SWAG.”
- “…Yeah far out, dude…”
- “Welcome to Ponyville, faggot.”
Jappleack is the name given to the parodised Applejack in the the first flash animation of the series. Japplejack is known for being rude, constantly using swears, and being extremely addicted to apples. Hotdiggedydemon also made a Japplejack Ask Me Anything style Tumblr blog, which also often features just art. Jappleack also has her own Facebook fan pages.
The voice actor for Applejack from the original MLP:FiM series, Ashleigh Ball, was requested to say “Fuck You, I Can Eat All These Apples”, one of Jappleacks phrases from APPLE.MOV, during BronyCon on January 7th, 2012. However, due to the profanity present in the quote, it was replaced with “Forget You, I Can Eat All These Apples”. Hotdiggedydemon also made a response video to this using Jappleack.
On April 1st, 2012, HotDiggedyDemon posted a fourth video, “SPIKE.MOV,” as a joke for April Fools Day. It consists almost entirely of Spike playing with a Tech Deck toy skateboard.
Interview: Ashleigh Ball
During an interview by Everfree Radio with voice actress Ashleigh Ball (Rainbow Dash / Applejack), she mentions the PONY.MOV series: “… I was pretty blown away… A lot of it’s pretty gory…”.
After fans at Bronycon began chanting “CRUSH. KILL. DESTORY. SWAG” in reference to MAGIC.MOV during a concert, Gilardi posted an animation in reaction, with the character R-DASH 5000, the original speaker of the quote, ironically refers to those chanting saying, "What a bunch of freaks.
In addition to the PONY.MOV series, Gilardi’s characters also appeared in two brief animated panels. The first, posted to YouTube on August 20, 2012, was created for the Everfree Northwest and Trotcon conventions while the second, posted to YouTube on October 2, 2012, was created for the Pon3 and Canterlot Gardens conventions. The video game Rainbow Dash plays in the first panel, “Wolf Puncher 2,” was later turned into a Flash game and hosted on wolfpuncher.com on October 10, 2012.
Gilardi also hosted a panel at Equestria LA in November of 2012, which was interrupted by Egoraptor, who provided the voice for Pinkie Pie and Rarity in the PONY.MOV series.