My Little Pony: The Movie opens in theaters across the nation today, October 6th!
The film is an animated My Little Pony adventure that will bring back all nostalgic feels for the beloved franchise that has captured our hearts since the early ’80s. With it’s all-star voice cast (including Kristin Chenoweth, Emily Blunt, Liev Schreiber) the ponies who live in the magical land of Equestria have set out on a journey after their home is threatened.
A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.
I had the opportunity to attend the New York City movie premiere for My Little Pony: The Movie with my daughter, the avid pony fan! Truth be told, while I loved me some My Little Ponies back in the day, I haven’t kept up with the show/movies in years. So, I wasn’t sure how I would be as interested in it as my daughter and other hardcore Pony fans in attendance.
Surprisingly, it was really good. I enjoyed the story line and found myself emotionally involved and at times on the edge of my seat, cheering on the ponies! It does get a little dark in a few spots, which may scare very young ones, but for the most part the movie was entertaining and had a great take away for kids and adults alike. That take away being “Friendship” and the importance of sticking together, working together and being there for one another to overcome the toughest obstacles. Isn’t that pretty much the pony motto, after all?
While I didn’t pick up on any “PIXAR-esque” adult themes and/or jokes, the movie also didn’t revert to juvinile humor and was able to keep the attention of the entire audience. And the characters, I couldn’t get enough of the characters: Grubber, Storm King, Capper, Pincess Twightlight Sparkle, Applejack and may more new and old. While the story mainly focuses on the adventures of a smaller groups of ponies, you get to know Ponies young and old. And while not giving away too much, you will learn the back story of Tempest and totally feel remorse for her.
The animation in the film was spot on giving viewers a nostalgic feel interlinked with modern day technology, making the movie look beautiful on the big screen! Overall, I was impressed with the way this movie was executed and it will not disappoint fans. It is rated PG due to some of the darker, more violent scenes but unless your child scares very easily I do not believe you will have a problem. I highly recommend seeing this film, fans young and old will love it!