The My Little Pony movie hits cinemas nationally this November 2nd and it’s everything little MLP fans can hope for. Steering clear of the perplexing ponies-cum-teenage Equestria Girls theme, the full length feature stands firmly with the original Hasbro pony series, where four-legged, pastel coloured ponies and unicorns are cuter than ever with a good dose of rainbows, sparkles, frosted cupcakes and hugs all round.
With the arrival of the steamy hot and stormy weather here in Queensland, we traded exploring outdoors with delicious air conditioned comfort and took a sneaky peek of ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’. Here’s our kids centred My Little Pony movie review on all that we loved and loved a little less:
Original Mane 6
We’re glad that Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack and Rarity are voiced by the original cast of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon series. Not only is the beloved MLP world well established with over 100 episodes behind the series, had they been replaced Hollywood stars which many movies adapted from cartoon series do, it would’ve taken away from the main reason why so many My Little Pony fans, including the Bronies (devoted older mostly male super fans) adore the original Mane 6.
The little cameos excitedly spotted by our five year old was a nice touch where Scootaloo and Applebloom made a brief appearance, as well as Starlight Glimmer and Trixie in the opening scene.
Enjoyable story line
The introduction of new characters elevates the movie for the adult fans and grown ups that have to sit through a kid movie. Big players have joined the My Little Pony world including Liev Schreiber as the villain Storm King who invades Ponyville to capture all the pony Princesses for their powers. He grooms Emily Blunt’s character, Tempest Shadow a broken-horned unicorn, who betrays her own kind to have her horn restored.
It’s up to Twilight Sparkle and her friends to journey beyond Equestria to save their home. Along the way we are introduced to as many new friends as you can possibly squeeze in, that incidentally make great new toys to add to the existing collection.
The Mane 6 encounter untrustworthy characters in Klugetown, pirates on airships, hippogriffs (half eagle, half pony) and even merponies (mermaid like ponies), with a slew of Hollywood actors including Zoe Saldana (Captain Caleano), Uzo Aduba (Queen Novo), Kristen Chenoweth (Princess Skystar) and Sia (Songbird Serenade) who also pens and sings the movie soundtrack Rainbow.
Like a long episode of the original series
We love the familiarity of the My Little Pony world. With a few tiny exceptions, My Little Pony: The Movie is much like a extending episode of the cartoon series (1 hr 44 min). The bubblegum optimism endures with a clear messages that friendship overcomes any differences. The movie even looks and feels like the 2-D cartoons, the only noticeable differences to the ponies are their eyes, put simply by my five year old “they are more sparkly” with added depth and animation for the silver screen.
No real scary bits
My Little Pony series has never been overly dark or deep, similarly the MLP Movie scariest parts is never too frightening for the target audience of kids aged 5-8 years. If the kids can sit through Nightmare Moon’s reign in the original cartoon series, then they can handle the dastardly plot of the wicked yet partially goofy Storm King.
Lots of singing
Junior My Little Pony fans will enjoy the catchy songs which introduces a new character or scene written by My Little Pony’s primary songwriter David Ingham, who pens most of the songs in the original series. MLP fans will know him for the hits “What My Cutie Mark Is Telling Me” for the MLP series and “Welcome to the Show” for the Equestria Girls series, where my own kids have contributed significantly to the the astronomical YouTube view numbers.
There’s allot of singing! Even Emily Blunt as Tempest belts out an impressive performance of Open Up Your Eyes. Some songs seem to fall flat and drag a bit. It would have been rather epic as well as making the movie a real contender against the Disney movies, to have Sia feature a few more original songs. Unfortunately, we’ll have to settle for Rainbow, already nearing 14 million views in one month.
Kids will adore it (with just enough for adults)
Although My Little Pony: The Movie doesn’t break new grounds it serves its purpose of creating an eternally optimistic, fun-loving and endearingly sweet world of unicorns, pegasus’s and ponies. The group hug-worthy messaging delves deeper than a simple ‘good triumphs over evil’ story and reinforces self-love where friendship means accepting others differences, forgiving their mistakes, embracing individuality and kindness. Whilst it’s all conveyed in a candy coloured rainbow unicorn kind of way – it’s really not sucha bad thing after all.
Whilst many critics have panned the movie as being too cutesy and a Hasbro money making exercise, they fail to understand the adoration the little ones have for these six Little Ponies. This is not to say they would accept any old pony tripe, but they’ve delivered a feel good story, introduced lovely new friends and explored a world outside of glittery sparkly Ponyville.
As the end credits rolled in, young admirers waving their plush My Little Pony toys were up off their cinema seats dancing and cheering with delight. A sure sign it exceeded their expectations, and when asked how they rated the movie, my kids gave it a “twenty out of ten”.
We were lucky guests of Madman Entertainment, all opinions in this review our very own.
Catch this new release movie in November, My Little Pony: The Movie out in cinemas nationally in Australia, November 2nd 2017.
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