My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas

Movie review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Hasbro toys await Santa; preschoolers only.
  • G
  • 2005
  • 66 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

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

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas, 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRarityfan October 1, 2018

One of the best of G3

I'm no big watcher and collector of old Gens of MLP, but this is one of my favorites. This is before G3.5 the Action 52 of MLP was going to spook the whol... Continue reading
Parent of a 3 and 3-year-old Written byjt7ou November 21, 2010

entertaining for my 3 year old

my 3 year old loves it, but it is purely entertainment for her.
Kid, 12 years old June 25, 2020

It's good

Anyone can watch childrens shows no matter how old they are, preschoolers only is really rude to say. This movie is kind of predictable but it's still good...
Kid, 12 years old December 14, 2019

Shut Up CSM

This movie is for everybody. Shut up it's not just for preschoolers.

What's the story?

In MY LITTLE PONY: A VERY MINTY CHRISTMAS, eeryone 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?

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 My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas, 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why kids wanted to watch My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas. 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?

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