My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Ponies turn into teens in cute but highly commercial 'toon.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 72 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 36 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

These movies are more about entertaining than educating viewers, but there are positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and believing in yourself.

Positive Messages

The movie's themes include overcoming self doubt, rising to the occasion of being a good leader, defending your friends, and working with others who can help you meet your goals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Twilight and her friends are all loyal and overcome any petty issues they have with each other to work together and save Equestria. The Ponyville ponies are all kind and generous, but they also speak their minds and tell each other when they're upset or disappointed.

Violence & Scariness

Sunset Shimmer is mean to Twilight Sparkle and eventually steals her crown and tries to wield its power in a menacing way. She turns into a demonic winged creature and summons an army to invade Equestria until Twilight Sparkle stops her.

Sexy Stuff

In her human form, Twilight Sparkle has a crush on Flash, who asks her to the Fall Formal.

Language
Consumerism

All of the My Little Pony movies (and the TV show on the Hasbro-owned The Hub) have a tie-in to the popular Hasbro toy line. Not only are there special Equestria Girl toy figurines, but there are also computer games, accessories, and apparel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Equestria Girls is the latest movie stemming from the popular Hasbro toy line and TV show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The ponies are back in vogue with everyone from toddlers to teenagers, so the movie could appeal to a wider age range than parents might expect. The content is mostly fine for even the youngest viewers, but there is a tiny bit of romance -- Twilight Sparkle has a crush on Flash -- and a bullying, power-hungry villain (Sunset Shimmer) who turns into a winged evil creature by the end of the story. Being a Pony movie, everything turns out just fine, and the Ponyville friends prove that together they can always overcome any obstacle.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byamoureuxyamora January 13, 2019

Maybe not for young kids but a little older

I believe that the Equestria Girls movies is made for slightly older viewers. It's set in Canterlot High, a high school, and teaches more complicated moral... Continue reading
Adult Written bymimijunebug December 17, 2013

Pony Power! or Teenager Power!

Great movie! But if you're under 7 watching with an adult is recommended, because of the second to last seen. I saw the world premiere and got the dvd and... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 17, 2020

Bronies and fans of MLP, I do recommend this movie ;)

My Little Pony Equestria Girls is an excellent movie to any bronies (can't forget my fellow pegasisters too!) who want to watch a good pony movie. But be... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byOdora-chan March 30, 2019

It's fine for a child to watch.

I watched this movie when it came out and I was very excited. Me and my friends had a great time watching it together back then. It was made to advertise the do... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS, newly crowned Princess Twilight Sparkle (voiced by Tara Strong) attends her first Princess Summit with her Ponyville friends in tow. Jealous of Twilight's position, the status-seeking Sunset Shimmer (Rebecca Shoichet) tries to steal the crown, but it falls through a magical mirror. After Sunset Shimmer follows the crown through the portal, Princess Celestia (Nicole Oliver) instructs Twilight to go alone on a mission to retrieve her crown. Twilight's pet dragon Spike (Cathy Weseluck) manages to sneak through with her, and when they land on the other side, the princess is human and Spike ends up a dog. In the parallel universe, Twilight, now a teen girl, encounters the human versions of all her friends at school, flirts with a boy named Flash, all while tracking down her crown before Sunset Shimmer claims it.

Is it any good?

The dimension travel conceit here -- the magic mirror as a portal to another world -- is incredibly simple, as is the animation, so even the littlest viewers will understand what's happening. It's fashionable to be enamored with the My Little Pony franchise; just walk into any middle school or a teen-friendly T-shirt store, and you'll find that the pony craze goes way beyond preschool-aged girls (heard of Bronies?). So it's no surprise that Hasbro is putting a spin on their cash cow of the pony universe to literally transform the ponies into teenagers.

Serious pony fans will get a big laugh out of seeing characters like Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash in teen form, but with their same unique personality traits in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. Pinkie Pie is particularly hilarious as the super peppy, fast-talking fall formal organizer. As for the villain Sunset Shimmer, she's a perfect "mean girl" who bullies and intimidates everyone at the school. It's sweet relief, therefore, when Twilight Sparkle inevitably defeats Sunset Shimmer's Machiavellian ploy for total control. Pony power indeed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the ponies transition into teenagers in the other world in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. Do their personalities stay the same in the alternate universe?

  • At the beginning of the story, Twilight isn't sure she "has what it takes" to be a princess. What events make her realize she can be a good leader?

  • How familiar are you with the My Little Pony characters and toys? Does seeing the movie make you want to get the associated toys? Would you have wanted to see the movie if you didn't already watch My Little Pony or have some of the ponies?

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