You might have seen it come up on KnowYourMeme or other sites, and you’ve asked yourself, “Why are pony fans thanking M.A. Larson?” Larson, one of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic scriptwriters, is the subject of numerous new animated GIFs, but why do they all seem so…sarcastic? Read on for the answer, and to learn what Larson thinks of it all. [WARNING: SEASON FINALE SPOILERS AFTER THE CUT!]
The News That Rocked Equestria
On January 29, the Hub revealed a major spoiler from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 3 finale by uploading a picture of Twilight Sparkle onto their official Facebook page. But this Twilight had wings, and a related article by Entertainment Weekly confirmed a bombshell: Twilight would become a winged alicorn princess in episode 13, “Magical Mystery Cure.”
To say that some of the fandom freaked out is an understatement. The Twittersphere exploded with worries that the episode, written by veteran show writer M.A. Larson, would strike a death-blow to Twilight’s adorkable charm by adding wings and a royal title. But not everybody was worried. As “I Believe in M.A. Larson” emblems fashioned by fanartist Pixelkitties (modeled after the Dark Knight slogan “I Believe in Harvey Dent”) started to pop up online, Round Stable forums user Wylie came up with his own way to join in on the fun.
Internet culture had already spawned the Thanks, Obama meme, in which GIFs of infomercial failures—like clueless people who can’t take a step without spilling whatever they’re holding—are framed as somehow being the fault of the President. It didn’t take much to see how these two things could be mashed up to satirize the overreactions of the “sky is falling” crowd. And so, with the creation of a Photoshop thread in the forums, things got rolling with two examples:
Princess Twilight: Not Safe for Anyone
Won’t someone think of the children?
Other Round Stable users jumped on the infomercial format, cooking up variations with the same punchline and using the absurdity of the GIFs to show just how tough a world it is with M.A. Larson in it:
To be fair, those wings add a lot of extra weight. (user Pretorius)
Who knew Twilight could log-roll? (user Another Brick in the Stall)
Horsemeat? In my burger? It’s more likely than you think. (user Killing Vector)
Balance an alicorn, you’re gonna have a bad time. (user DarkMatter)
This spaghetti is gettin’ DROPPED (user Spazz)
Shoo be doo. (user PictishBeast)
She’s already got wings; go ahead and make her into a blanket too. (user durandal)
Is it really that bad? Apparently. (user Another Brick in the Stall)
M.A. Larson checked out the happenings after getting a heads-up on Twitter, calling the GIFs “amazing” and delivering an enthusiastic thumbs-up with the verdict “There is some awfully funny stuff happening in that thread.”
Due to the sheer number of GIFs, we’ve had to split this article into multiple pages to keep people’s computers from bogging down. There’s even more where that came from on page 2!