Published on October 20th, 2017 | by voxx0
My Little Pony: The Movie
Out: 20 October
Length: 99 minutes
Director: Jayson Thiesson
Cast: Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Tara Strong, Michael Peña, Zoe Saldana
Plot: A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 embark on a journey beyond Equestria to save their home from destruction.
If last year’s ‘Trolls’ was enough to suggest an attempt at merchandising sales, with its colourful poster featuring a silver title covered in glitter, then the poster for ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ should get the real attention from a keen audience… covered in sparkly lights, a glittery title and a bunch of ponies with wide open peepers to finish. With that there is a bunch of famous voices here, including Emily Blunt as Tempest Shadow, a unicorn with a broken horn who threatens to take over the world of Equestria. There’s Michael Peña as her eccentric sidekick and ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s’ own Tara Strong as Twilight Sparkle, the Princess of Friendship.
We get off to a cutesy start in the town of Ponyville, where everyone is preparing for a celebration until the introduction of a dark force threatens to destroy their world. The Mane-6 must now go on an extraordinary journey to save Ponyville. Along the way they meet new friends, from a smooth-talking cat (Taye Diggs) to a bunch of pirates, to reach their mission goal in finding ultimate power. From here the film suffers from repetitive jokes and a predictable storyline, which just barely exercises enough material to fill its 90-minute runtime.
Oddly, this isn’t the first time the four-legged denizens of Ponyland have sung and danced themselves on the big screen, flashing their assorted colour-emblazoned magical powers. In 1986, ahead of the TV series’ debut, the inaugural ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’, featuring the sly-toned voice of Danny DeVito was released. The box-office however was not as keen as the young, mostly female audience making, just shy of $6 million.
The involvement of the 2-D animation style should offer little promise to the animation genre, though here it fails to resonate the polished feel of a well-drawn animation. With a showcase of blues and reds for the ponies’ powers, it’s visually plain. Sadly, this is more than we can say for the characters – though they do come with the zesty sass of The Powerpuff Girls by screenwriters Meghan McCarthy, Rita Hsiao and Michael Vogel, but they are boring, often annoyingly squeaky and ultimately they do nothing for the story. Yet, ,My Little Pony: The Movie, isn’t actually all bad. There are a couple of gags, namely Peña’s Grubber is a particular standout with his witty one-liners. And tacked on at the end is a song by Australian international superstar Sia. But here the result is about as cloyingly plastic as the equine toys.
VERDICT: The transfer from the small screen onto the big screen isn’t terrible but it really has no compelling value other than to advertise for more sales; to this, we say neigh.