Kyle J. Steenblik

My Little Pony: The Movie is Surprisingly Fun

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My Little Pony: The Movie
Directed by: Jayson Thiessen
Screenplay by: Meghan McCarthy, Rita Hsiao, Michael Vogel
Based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by Lauren Faust
Starring: Uzo Aduba, Ashleigh Ball, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Taye Diggs, Andrea Libman, Michael Peña, Zoe Saldana, Liev Schreiber, Sia, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck
Music by: Daniel Ingram
Lionsgate and Allspark Pictures present, a DHX Media production.
Running time 99 minutes
Release date October 6, 2017
Rated PG for mild action

4 stars out of 5A 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.

My Little Pony: The Movie is an incredibly sweet and surprisingly sophisticated film which children, which parents—or childless adults—can enjoy. Being a musical elevates the imaginative fun in a creative way which should leave everyone with a smile. More than anything it should illustrate how a children’s film need not be childish, or unsophisticated. Each facet of this film is delicately layered, including the musical numbers, each produced in a distinct style. Having a daughter that has gown watching the television program, and each direct to video film, I was very pleasantly suppressed with the quality of this film.

I don’t have anything bad to say about My Little Pony: The Movie, but there are elements that failed to land. While the animation is excellent, at times it is overly polished which loses some of the “hand drawn” quality much of the film’s animation possesses. It also feels that at times the menagerie of new characters are not given a fair shake on screen, they are shortchanged time to continue the parade of excellent guest stars. Often, I would begin to enjoy one particular character only to have them vanish in the next scene. The advantage to this is that the pacing rarely dropped, which means I would be surprised if any younger audience members had a chance to get bored.

Obviously, this is not a film for everyone, not everyone is going to rush to the theatre to watch musical ponies sing about friendship. However, I think that anyone that finds themselves in that theatre must be surprised how enjoyable and satisfying it is. It just might be the perfect vehicle to escape the harsh reality in which we find ourselves.

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