My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas

 
Hasbro toys await Santa; preschoolers only.
  • Review Date: October 20, 2008
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 66 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Minty doesn't exercise the best judgment. She breaks the all-important Christmas candy cane and embarks on a dangerous trip to the North Pole by herself. Pony friends show how caring is more important than gifts for Christmas.

Violence & scariness

Minty is blown around in a hot air balloon and is afraid. She almost falls when the balloon deflates before she's rescued.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Based on the popular Hasbro toys. The latest version (2008) even comes with a small Minty figurine in a Santa hat.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD, first released in 2005 and released for the 2008 holiday season with a free Minty pony figure, is like other entertainment based on the Hasbro toys: meant for the littlest viewers only. Young My Little Pony fans may find the scene in which Minty is blown around uncontrolled in a hot air balloon and almost falls before she's rescued a little bit scary. Although there's a nice message about caring for friends being more important than Santa's visit at Christmas, that probably won't stop kids from asking Santa for My Little Ponies after seeing this DVD.

What's the story?

Everyone in Ponyville is preparing for Christmas with lots of decorating and celebrating. On Christmas Eve, all the ponies gather to put the Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane -- a glowing symbol to help Santa find Ponyville -- on the top of the biggest tree. When the revelers disperse, Minty the (very clumsy) Pony decides it's not quite straight and adjusts it ... until it falls and breaks. She tries to tell the other ponies, but everyone's too busy to listen. So Minty tries to find a way to save Christmas all by herself.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The three-star rating reflects the movie's appeal to preschoolers -- and the catchy song "That's What I Love About Christmas." That tune starts and ends the DVD, so parents will know when to come and go while they do their Christmas prep. What you'll find in between is a very predictable story with characters that only young kids, especially girls, could love: pastel-colored prancing ponies with silly voices (Rainbow Dash calls everyone "Dahhhling," for instance).

If your requirements for preschool entertainment include an educational component, you won't find it here. Just a few nice messages and one pony with bad judgment -- why would she think she could replace everyone's presents with socks? There's even a song, "Nothing Says Christmas Like a Pair of Socks." Uh ... not quite.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why kids wanted to watch this DVD. Is it because of the My Little Pony toys? Would you have liked the story if it didn't feature pony characters? Families can also discuss Minty's decisions. Do you think she should have tried to "fix" the special candy cane when no one else was around? Have you ever broken something that wasn't yours? What did you do about it? Do you think Minty should have gone off by herself to find Santa? How did Santa end up finding the Ponies?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 2005
DVD release date:October 21, 2008
Cast:Janyse Jaud, Kathleen Barr, Tabitha St. Germain
Director:Victor Dal Chele
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Holidays
Run time:66 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 12 years old February 23, 2014
age 6+
 

Wonderful!!

I love Minty and all you other people will too. The plot is gentle and caring, for a clumsy little minty-green pony only wants to save Christmas after breaking the Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane. If you haven't watched it, it's a great family Christmas movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 3 and 3 year old Written byjt7ou November 21, 2010
age 3+
 

entertaining for my 3 year old

my 3 year old loves it, but it is purely entertainment for her.
Teen, 15 years old Written byHainesama123 September 24, 2014
age 2+
 

G3 sucks

I heard of this when I was a young girl and wanted to watch it since I was a fan of G3 ponies a very long time ago. But now, in the anime era, this is not a good movie and should be for people that are fans of G3 and previous generations. For people that are a fan of G4, like I am, stick to the show and it's movies.

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