» Thanks, M.A. Larson! Fans Photoshop Reactions To Season Finale

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.”

Princess Twilight Sparkle alicorn

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:

Thanks M.A. Larson computer

Princess Twilight: Not Safe for Anyone

M.A. Larson mom computerWon’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:

Twilight Shelf

To be fair, those wings add a lot of extra weight. (user Pretorius)

M.A. Larson Twilight can

Who knew Twilight could log-roll? (user Another Brick in the Stall)

M.A. Larson Twilight hamburger

Horsemeat? In my burger? It’s more likely than you think. (user Killing Vector)

M.A. Larson Twilight tray

Balance an alicorn, you’re gonna have a bad time. (user DarkMatter)

M.A. Larson Twilight spaghetti

This spaghetti is gettin’ DROPPED (user Spazz)

M.A. Larson Twilight seapony

Shoo be doo. (user PictishBeast)

She’s already got wings; go ahead and make her into a blanket too. (user durandal)

M.A. Larson Twilight page reaction

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!

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  1. I had no idea this was going on… I mean, it’s one thing to hate this new development, but hating on M.A. Larson, just because he just so HAPPENED to have been chosen to write this episode? Come the FUCK ON, people!

    • If you’re talking about the GIFs, they’re just jokes meant to satirize the extreme reactions of a small handful of pony fans.

      But if you’re talking about the extreme reactions that inspired the GIFs, then carry on.

      • The gifs are parodies of ‘Thanks Obama’ gifs, like the ones you can find on reddit.com/r/thanksobama. The Obama gifs are usually taken from out of context infomercials on reddit.com/r/wheredidthesodago

        themoreyouknow.gif

    • Hey I’m the OP of the thread that spawned all these amazing gifs, and I can tell you it’s done with nothing but love for Larson and the cool stuff he’s done so far.

      And like Rarietty said, Larson himself gets it. I’m glad we can laugh at stuff like this, it’s part of what makes the show so great.

      • I’m glad to hear Larson’s cool with all this. I suppose you have to have a sense of humor in regards to this variant of nonsense.

  2. These gifs make me laugh, but people need to get a grip. I understand these are satire, but what is the deal with the people they are satirizing? Let’s all WATCH the episodes and then figure out if they are an abomination or not. Freaking out before we even know what the hell is going on is pointless drama creation. Maybe it’s a dream sequence. Maybe Celestia has to go to a foreign land and Twilight has to be princess for a day. It could be any number of things, but let’s find out first!

    • Basically, the fandom has a number of very loud people who are on the constant lookout for proof that the show has been RUINED FOREVER. They don’t care if the writers have shown to be capable of handling it, they don’t care if the episodes up to now have been good. All they care about is raising a ruckus and getting more people to panic with them.

  3. I have issue with two things:

    1. The inital rumor was just that: a rumor, started by a troll; the only credible thing was Derpy. The rest of that claim (Alicorn Twilight) was an educated guess based on the little tidbits of merch and promo art featuring her with wings.

    So yes, people were RIGHT, but remember that it was mostly conjecture with little actualy evidence. Please, to the fans, REMEMBER THIS next time there’s a new rumor, and don’t go immediately believing everything you hear.

    2. The Equestria girls thing: again, as above, conjecture and possibly not even that, merely lucky guesses.

    A.) The patents that were filed suggest something, but what is to say that they were referring to human dolls? Nothing. Show me the patent office’s definition of dolls, and we can determine whether or not pony figures count as dolls, and then decide.

    I say this because, again, lucky guess: until we know what the defintion of ‘doll’ is we can’t know what is in their minds, and that person who released that humans in Equestria rumor couldn’t know either. Plus, he was SPECULATING. READ IT AND SEE that he was speculating (http://k32.kn3.net/taringa/6/9/8/7/0/9/8/pcw123/F46.jpg).
    Words like ‘could’ and ‘possibly’ tend to imply this in English, you know?

    It was a lucky guess, therefore, I reiterate.

    B.) The other reason I say this is because, well, the humanised spin-off (if it IS confirmed, but we have no proper confirmation from Zammap yet) is a SPINOFF. So the guy who wrote the original post up top of this blog and said “Something worse will happen in S4 of the MAIN SERIES…” is CLEARLY a troll or highly misinformed.

    C) And all of this makes sense when you consider something very, very odd, i.e. that the new IP will be announced IN SUMMER AT COMIC-CON for a FALL release, and according to Zammap Eq. G. comes out in SPRING. I am surprised nobody has noticed this before now.

    Unless this is a separate thing, and the new IP is something else. This could mean that the movie will contain ponies… It would also be a spin off, as it would run CONCURRENTLY with S4.

    Even if (C) is wrong, which it could be, as it is only speculation, wait and see, (A) and (B) are definitely correct.

    Let these be lessons to you all: 1. MOST IMPORTANTLY, examine and dissect all the evidence skeptically to see if it’s flimsy, or if someone is/would be right due to a lucky guess, 2. therefore don’t blindly listen to the first rumors that come out based on the flimsiest of evidence, and then 3. someone being right once in the past doesn’t make them right on all counts if they’re only right due to a lucky guess or flimsy evidence (i.e. Twilicorn).

    Apply these three rules of thumb not just to pony rumors but with ALL THINGS in life.

    THINK FOR YOURSELVES, THINK CRITICALLY, THINK LONG, THINK HARD, THINK OF TOUGH QUESTIONS TO ASK. because if you don’t do that and instead go off on a rumor and run around like headless Scoo- chickens, then you DESERVE to get in a state because you didn’t bother to think.

    Please, bronies, do so.

    Peace.

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