Ah right it's who made the show, got you. I mean you can understand Faust conjures up slightly more dramatic
imagery than a young lady.
The animation of the '86 movie is actually pretty stunning (asides from some of the mess ups), have you seen the anniversary edition? (I think it also got a bluray release) Where they went back and cleaned up the original prints? It makes a world of difference, the level of detail and the "pop" of the colours are unlike anything I'd seen in traditional western animation at the time (and arguably since as fapp all gets animated over here any more due to Korea), I'd argue that it's on par with a lot of the high end 80s/90s animues (The Legend of Galactic Heroes for example). If you've not let me know and I'll rip you a copy home slice.
As for the more dubious side of the MLP fandom, well what do you think I'm amused by? Easy target I know, but some of the... materials they've produced are well, I'd be crying if I wasn't laughing (though that's my default position towards the human race really). But yeah, another interesting subculture to study and place in relation to everything else. There is however I will say at least a degree of self awareness to them which isn't always seen in other examples of this kind of aberrant behaviour, at least in my experience.
Oh the woes of being interested in everything and god bless the internet.