My Pride by Maddi Patton (2020)

Do you like sapient, talking lions? How about fantasy worlds with magic, lore, mystery, and plot twists? And how about gay lovers toppling the patriarchy? Well, look no further than My Pride!

My Pride is an animated web series funded by the Canadian Independent Production Fund and directed by Maddi Patton. Patton is known on YouTube as tribbleofdoom (“Tribbs”) and is well-known for her previous work on animating Into the Wild and creating the original series Cow of the Wild. Now, Tribbs is back from college, equipped with professional funding and an outstanding crew, and ready to kill off half her characters!

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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts by Dreamworks (2020)

So I started watching Kipo last week. Since then, I’ve binged the two seasons that are currently out, rewatched both seasons, and exhausted my supply of meme, review, and speculation YouTube videos about the show.

In all honesty, this is less of a review and more of me gushing about the parts that made me love the show. Unfortunately, this show has so many spoilers over the course of even a few episodes that it would be impossible to give this review without them. So if you have not watched both seasons already, read at your own risk!

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Why Are People Ashamed to Watch Kids’ Shows?

I hear lots of complaints about bronies.

For those of you who don’t know, a “brony” is a male who enjoys the hit show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, currently in its 6th season on Discovery Family. For a 4-minute introductory video on the topic (in the form of song, of course), see this YouTube AMV: Let’s Go and Meet the Bronies (Note: AMV stands for “Animated Music Video”).

Despite the amazing, original songs (personal favorite: “Don’t Mine at Night”), shorts, animations, and artwork that bronies have contributed to the online community, they get a bad reputation. Why? Two reasons:

1. Rule 34, which we shall not go into

2. There’s “something wrong with a grown man watching a show meant for little girls.” <— THIS is the statement we will be debunking today. … More Why Are People Ashamed to Watch Kids’ Shows?