First came the toys, then the TV series, and now My Little Pony is a brightly coloured movie for little ones.
Aimed at fans of the franchise (if you don’t like cute horsies, you’re in the wrong movie), the story begins with the ponies of Equestria preparing for their first Friendship Festival. Festivities come to an abrupt end, however, when storm creatures invade the skies under the command of broken-horned unicorn Tempest Shadow (Blunt). Only Princess Twilight Sparkle and her five friends manage to flee, and it is up to them to save the day and stop the Storm King (Schreiber), who has an evil plan that involves freezing the remaining pony princesses for their magic.
Packed with rainbows, bubbles, and sparkles plus added girl power, this is a glossy animated adventure that stays true to the original series and features some cool life lessons and messages about being kind, and celebrating friendship, loyalty and responsibility. It’s got humour, too, but there are also a few scares and surprisingly dark moments that may disturb very young fans (see Parents’ Notes).
While this is aimed at young fans of the TV series and toys, parents should note that very little children (under 5) may find the creatures that attack Equestria frightening.
There are times throughout the film when the ponies are in danger, or lonely, which will upset sensitive children.
There are some quite intense moments, so if you have a child under 5 you may want to prepare them for the Storm King etc by viewing the trailer first.
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