A Brony Tale

Synopsis: Vancouver-based voice artist Ashleigh Ball has been the voice of numerous characters in classic cartoons such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Cinderella and more. When Ashleigh was hired to voice Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash for Hasbro's fourth series to use the My Little Pony name - My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - she had no idea she would become an Internet phenomenon and major celebrity to a worldwide fan-base of grownups. Bronies are united by their belief in the show's philosophy. This documentary gives an inside view of the Pony fan-world, and an intimate look at the courage it takes to just be yourself...even when that means liking a little girls' cartoon.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Brent Hodge
Production: Abramorama Entertainment
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min



When I walk up,

there's this big, fat,

bald muscular guy.

I walk in, and he goes,

"What do you want?"

I said, "I want to make

an appointment to get a tattoo."

He says, "What do you want

a tattoo of?"

And I said, "This,"

and he goes, "What is that?

A puppy? A kitten?"

And, like, one guy in the back

goes, "It's a pony,"

and I said, "I want that guy

to do my tattoo."


All right then, there,

here we go, now.


Welcome to Apple Acres.

Come on down

and meet the family!

You got Apple Cobbler,

Apple Bumpkin, Apple Turnover,

Apple Pie, little Jazz,

Cousin Braeburn,

Big Mac, Apple Bloom,

and this here is Granny Smith!


Don't worry, Twilight,

I happen to be

the fastest Pegasus in the sky!

The fastest Pegasus in the sky!

The fastest Pegasus

in the sky!

It's because I'm awesome.


I've been doing voice work

For about six years now,

I guess.

I graduated from the Canadian

College of Performing Arts,

and basically got picked up

by an agent

at this showcase that we did,

and told me

that he thought I would be good

at voice-over work,

so I went in

and did a reading with him.

He was confident that my voice

capabilities were there,

So he started just sending me

out to these auditions,

and it was pretty nerve-wracking

at first.

I went into a room

where all these people

knew each other,

And I was this outsider.

I didn't really know

how to, you know,

manoeuvre around the microphone.

I mean,

I'd had singing experience,

So that was good,

but yeah, I just kind of

got thrown into it,

and the first voice-over role


a character

called Slim Pig.

And he's just this paper-thin

pig that would, like,

go around the barn

and get into adventures.

He was, like, a cut-out pig,

but all the other animals

were regular... 3D.

I don't know, it was strange.

I kind of got hired to do

this little boy voice.

So Slim Pig

kind of just sounded like this,

"Hey, Little Chicken,

do you want to go

on an adventure today?"

And he was just, like,

this little dude.

Because I was

a role already on the show,

I got to play Little Chick.

This kind of

sounded like this...

"Adventure! Oh! Adventure!"

I got to play the cow.

She kind of had this,

like, weird voice.


"Slim Pig!

Puh-please help me!

My head is stuck in a fence!

Please help me moo-ve it!"

Coconut Fred

Fruit Salad Island!

One of my favourite roles,

actually, that I ever got

was this Warner Brothers cartoon

called Coconut Fred's

Fruit Salad Island,

and it was

the sexually confused tomato.

He didn't know if he was

a fruit or a vegetable,

so he was very sensitive,

and he performed poetry a lot.

"What am I?

A fruit or a veggie?

Either one

could give me a wedgie."

I went into the audition

for the new Care Bears series,

and they were looking

for this new Care Bear

Called Oopsy Bear,

who was this little boy.

I guess they got

a bunch of men to read for him,

and that wasn't working out,

so they got me in there,

and I just kind of based him

on Chris Farley,

like, you know, that kind of,

like, clumsy guy he plays

all the time?

He'll, like, fall...

"Aw, I'm re-really sorry.

I didn't mean to mess up

the thunderbolt coaster.


I got to play...

Boris Bootie.

He was on this show

called Ricky Sprocket.

It was about a show biz kid,

and Boris Bootie

was just an ordinary guy

who really liked

breakfast cereal.

And then, so I think

I got kind of pigeonholed

To play little boys all the time

'cause that was, like,

my goto voice,

Was the little boy voice.

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Brent Hodge

Brent Hodge (born July 9, 1985) is a Canadian-New Zealander documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known for his documentaries I Am Chris Farley, A Brony Tale and The Pistol Shrimps. He has been nominated for six Leo Awards for his documentary movies Winning America, What Happens Next? and A Brony Tale, winning one for A Brony Tale in 2015. He was nominated for two Shorty Awards under the "director" category in 2014 and 2015 for his work on The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions and A Brony Tale. Hodge also won a Canadian Screen Award in 2014 for directing The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions with Grant Lawrence.The documentary The Pistol Shrimps (2016), follows a LA-based female basketball team, the Pistol Shrimps — including actress Aubrey Plaza and founder Maria Blasucci (Drunk History) — who come together for weekly matches filled with trash-talking, hard-fouling, wisecracking action. The documentary was co-produced with Warrior Poets and Morgan Spurlock as executive producer. The documentary won a Founders Award at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival in July 2016. The film is distributed by NBC's subscription streaming service, Seeso and available online. Hodge directed I Am Chris Farley in 2015 with Derik Murray of Network Entertainment. The documentary is based on the life of comedian actor Chris Farley and features interviews with numerous actors, comedians and others who worked with Farley during his career. The film was long listed for an Academy Award.In 2014, Hodge released his critically acclaimed documentary A Brony Tale. It delves into the world of the teenage and adult fans of the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (called "bronies") through the eyes of musician and voice actress Ashleigh Ball on her trip to the 2012 BronyCon.He has also done corporate work for Time magazine, CBC Music, Tourism Alberta, and National Film Board of Canada (for the movie Hue: A Matter of Colour), as well as technology startups Uber, Hootsuite and Steve Russell's analytics startup Prism Skylabs. Hodgee Films partnered with Morgan Spurlock in 2014 when Spurlock picked up the documentary A Brony Tale for theatrical distribution, under his "Morgan Spurlock Presents" label, a partnership between Warrior Poets, Virgil Films and Abramorama. A Brony Tale was the first film released under this label. The company worked with Spurlock again on the web series Consider the Source, also partnering with Disney's Maker Studios. more…

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