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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Dancing in the Clouds is third-generation My Little Pony and looks a bit different than newer versions of the series. This short movie is geared toward young preschoolers and has no iffy language or content. It was originally released on VHS along with a Star Catcher doll and later was rereleased as part of a DVD/book set. The My Little Pony series itself also has multiple generations of shows with related marketing tie-ins and merchandise.
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What's the story?
In MY LITTLE PONY: DANCING IN THE CLOUDS, Twinkle Twirl (Chiara Zanni) needs to choreograph an extra-special dance for the Friendship Ball, but she can't come up with any ideas. Her friend Sky Wishes (Saffron Henderson) makes a wish that Twinkle Twirl will come up with a great idea, which makes a kite appear. Following their mantra to "Catch a kite, and you catch a wish," they follow the kite on a roller coaster, which inspires Twinkle Twirl to make a dance that will make their friends feel like they're dancing in the clouds. But, even though Twinkle Twirl is able to make a dance, her dancers are having trouble with the steps, prompting Sky Wishes to make another, even greater wish, which sends her on an adventure with the magical Pegasus pony, Star Catcher (Lenore Zann).
Is it any good?
Although there's not much to this short pony tale, it's clean and sweet, which will appeal to both kids and parents. (Parents may be a bit put-off by the excessive giggling and saccharine quality of the characters, though.) Parents also will love the positive messages. Friendship is strongly emphasized in the film, with the characters going out of their way to help each other and be supportive.
Although fans of the newer My Little Pony series may be a bit confused by the different animation and style of this generation, My Little Pony: Dancing in the Clouds a nice, simple introduction to the series for younger fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about friendship. How do you think Sky Wishes is a good friend to Twinkle Twirl in My Little Pony: Dancing in the Clouds? What makes a good friend?
Twinkle Twirl is inspired by roller coasters to choreograph her dance. How does the dance look like a roller coaster? What other things might influence a dance?
How is this version of My Little Pony different from the other versions of the series?
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