I must admit, when I think about reviewing films, the last film I would have expected to review is the My Little Pony Movie. I’m far from the target demographic, and it doesn’t appeal to me. Fortunately, I have a child who has fallen in love with it on Netflix. So, the best I could do was sit through it, and observe him.
My Little Pony: The Movie tells the story of a team of ponies who have been getting ready for the Friendship Festival. Unfortunately, monsters attack thanks to the angry unicorn, Tempest Shadow. This means the team lead by Twilight Sparke does a runner to save their hides. If the presence of a unicorn seems odd, don’t worry, some of the ponies are unicorns too, and if you are still confused, don’t worry, I still haven’t quite sussed this premise out either.
They go through some twists and turns, a slice of betrayal, an actual surprise or two, and eventually save the day, as would be expected by most. The story itself doesn’t exactly seem revolutionary, but it was interesting enough that it held my attention. Oh, and my 4-year-old loved it, though I don’t know if it was the plot or the style of animation that appealed to him.
Speaking of the animation, it takes a different style to the show. If you have observed it before, the show uses thick outlines around its characters that vary in size, which gives it a distinct and to be fair beautiful style. The film, on the other hand, goes for more conventional outlines, with the higher budget polished look that a lot of animated films use, and to be fair, it’s still beautifully designed.
The voice acting is solid, with some amazing actresses like Zoe Saldana and Emily Blunt taking roles. They didn’t just switch the regulars for Hollywood megastars. Roles have been reprised by Tabitha St. Germain, Cathy Weseluck, and a personal favourite, Tara Strong.
The other aspect of the movie that may click with some is its music. It’s pretty good throughout, but some of the songs started to grind on me after a while. It’s no classic like those found in Disney films, although, again, my child seemed to enjoy it. So, perspective can be important.
It is hard to write much more about a movie that is so not built for me. If your kids are fans of the franchise, I am sure the will enjoy My Little Pony: The Movie. If you find yourself seated in front of it with them, at least it is enjoyable enough.