What can I tell you about ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ to truly help you learn what you are in for? It’s hard for me to articulate such a thing because I barely remember the movie that I watched just 4 days ago. I remember it was shiny, silly, and like just about a million other kids movies I’ve seen in the past, but the specifics elude me. I know I didn’t fall asleep, but I might as well have.
After reading a brief synopsis of the film, the events began seeping into my brain. So, I’ll jot them down before they leave again. The plot is basically that an evil goat looking thing called “The Storm King” wants to get all the power from the royal ponies and become, well, all powerful. So, he gets most of them with the help of a villainous pony named Tempest Shadow. However, all the main stars of the movie escape on an adventure to find the power to defeat the bad guys. For anyone who doesn’t already know much about these ponies, those main characters are known as the Mane 6 (Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity).
Along the way, they face trials, meet new enemies, and sing a lot. All stuff I would find find fun if it weren’t the sheer blandness of it all. It’s not that there isn’t always something happening or that the movie was boring. It’s just that it’s a carbon copy of so many animated movies and TV shows that it seems insane to have to pay money to sit through it. There are a million kids shows every week with this same plot and some have characters that shine. The characters here are shiny, but that’s about it.
The one thing I do have to note (and it’s a big one) is that my two year old daughter actually sat through this movie. She has not made through a single movie until this one. Now, she came in already liking the ponies, but I’m still happy about that.