My Little Pony: A New Generation

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Sweet tale of acceptance has some mildly scary scenes.
  • PG
  • 2021
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 14 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Education about other people, places, and cultures can diminish misunderstandings and avoid unwarranted confrontations.

Positive Messages

Stand up for what you believe in. Do your part in welcoming others with open arms. Don't rely on stereotypes or hearsay to judge or cut yourself off from those you don't know. Choose friendship over fear and distrust. The defense industry claims "to be scared is to be prepared," but Sunny counters, "fear is not your friend." The different pony populations needlessly move from defense to offense without any proof they're under threat.

Positive Role Models

Sunny wholeheartedly believes her dad's lifelong lessons that unicorns, pegasi, and earth ponies can all get along. This runs contrary to what the rest of the earth pony population believes, which marginalizes Sunny in her own community. They believe these other populations have magical powers and evil intentions to hurt earth ponies. Sunny shows compassion for others and courage in standing up for what she believes in. Phyllis runs a factory to produce unnecessary defense technology, and when her son Sprout becomes sheriff, the power goes to his head and he behaves belligerently. Sheriff Hitch, on the other hand, is able to pivot when faced with the reality that unicorns and pegasi aren't out to hurt him.

Diverse Representations

The underlying message is not to judge or stereotype others based on appearances, physical or cultural differences, or hearsay. Sunny, Izzy, and Zipp represent a young generation open to relating with "others." A line about choosing openness and friendship rather than "building your wall." The cast behind the characters' voices is diverse.

Violence & Scariness

Animated violence that could frighten very young kids includes ponies nearly falling off cliffs or out of second-story buildings, a military-style robot attacking defenseless ponies, and characters being chased or pursued in various scenes. Earth ponies believe unicorns can "zap" them with their "horn lasers" and "fry'" their brains. Two characters are imprisoned in a (not very scary) dungeon. The main character's dad has passed away after an introductory scene. A power-hungry sheriff leads an angry, unthinking mob.

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Butt," "stupid," "lazy," "brute."

Consumerism

The film builds on the My Little Pony brand from Hasbro and could inspire interest in other products and merchandise. A city skyline boasts ads for brands that mimic real brands like CBS, McDonalds, T-Mobile, and Nike.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: A New Generation has very positive messages about accepting others and rejecting stereotypes and intolerance. There's a bit of animated violence/peril that could frighten very young kids, including ponies nearly falling off cliffs or out of second-story buildings, a military-style robot attacking defenseless ponies, and characters being chased, pursued, or imprisoned. Earth ponies believe that unicorns can "zap" them with their "horn lasers" and "fry" their brains, and all the different pony communities are suspicious and fearful of each other. A group of fillies demonstrates compassion and courage in going against mainstream thinking to show that judging others without first-hand knowledge or experience is a mistake; openness and friendship are better than fear and distrust. In that sense, the film conveys that education about other people, places, and cultures can diminish misunderstandings and avoid unwarranted confrontations. Language is limited to childish taunts like "stupid" and "brute," and the word "butt" is used in both song and dialogue. The film is built around the Hasbro brand and may inspire interest in further My Little Pony merchandising and products.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfreyabrisk September 24, 2021

Wonderful characters with an entertaining plot and great messages for kids

My Little Pony: A New Generation is definitely one of the best modern kids' films out there, especially for young girls. Most family movies are more on the... Continue reading
Adult Written byHolly R. September 27, 2021

Better than what I was expecting

It’s a good movie BUT it still feels like it retreads a major plot point from the previous G4 My Little Pony series. I’m also not a fan of CGI design choices as... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLets review this September 25, 2021

Not much different from the show

This film wasn’t bad. I enjoyed it, but some things annoyed me. I felt this whole film was reusing the plot line from the show without giving any explanation on... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 25, 2021

Ponytastic

It was a super sweet tale about friendship. Totally AWESOME!!!! :) great message too.

What's the story?

In MY LITTLE PONY: A NEW GENERATION, earth ponies, unicorns, and pegasi live in fear of each other. But one earth pony has been raised differently: Sunny (voiced by Vanessa Hudgens) believes the different species can be trusted, and she wants to build bridges so they can all be friends again. When a friendly young unicorn, Izzy (Kimiko Glenn), turns up in Maretime Bay, Sunny helps her escape. Going against her community, including childhood-friends-turned-local-law-enforcement Hitch (James Marsden) and Sprout (Ken Jeong), Sunny sets out with Izzy to contact the pegasus community. There, they befriend princesses Zipp (Liza Koshy) and Pipp (Sofia Carson) and start to unravel the story behind the distancing of the various pony communities.

Is it any good?

You could easily dig for a political message in this film, but if all young viewers take away is the positivity of the sweet characters, tone, and messages, that's plenty. When My Little Pony: A New Generation's characters sing about welcoming others rather than "building your wall," a marching mob following their leader "brainlessly," or how a sheriff's badge creates an "unhealthy power dynamic," it's hard not to find parallels with the human world. But the film never gets too heavy or tries to make us forget we're in Equestria, with visually-rich and magical settings, candy-colored ponies, cute bunnies and other wild creatures, and language like "everypony," "somepony," and "thank hoofness." The star-studded voice cast brings these ponies to galloping life. Musical numbers vary between sweet, pop, and hilarious, with Ken Jeong's angry mob number standing out as particularly memorable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the tale of My Little Pony: A New Generation builds on previous My Little Pony movies and plots. What's different in Equestria? What's the same?

  • Does this film have any lessons for humans? What would you say those are? 

  • Sunny goes against the grain in the earth pony community to insist that unicorns and pegasi can be their friends rather than their enemies. Have you ever felt you needed to stand up to what others said? How did you feel?

  • How does the group of young ponies, unicorns, and pegasi demonstrate compassion and courage in their quest? Why are these important character strengths? How does their attitude compare, for example, with Sprout's or Phyllis's? Who is proven right?

  • How does Maretime Bay differ from the bustling city where the pegasi live and the gloomy forest of the unicorns? What do the settings say about the ponies that live there?

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