My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Movie review by
Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Movie Poster Image
Friendship tale has positive messages; some sinister parts.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 75 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

While this movie doesn't teach any specific skills or subjects, kids can learn about friendship, teamwork, forgiveness, and redemption.

Positive Messages

Messages about good winning over evil and how healthy behavior, friendship, and positivity can prevail in the face of darkness. Also positive takeaways about teamwork, friendship, communication, and forgiveness, plus strong messages about the negative impacts of bullying.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Equestria Girls have their flaws (Rainbow Dash is selfish with a huge ego, Rarity is shallow and obsessed with clothes, Pinkie has no self-confidence, etc.), but through teamwork and communication they're able to move beyond their issues. And though Sunset Shimmer was the villain in the first Equestria Girls movie, she completely redeems herself by the end of this one and ends up saving the day. The strong and positive Princess Twilight Sparkle could be considered the glue for the group, even though she struggles with her own self-doubt.

Violence & Scariness

While none of the characters' behavior is explicitly violent, some of the bullying gets slightly physical, including a few shoves. One of The Rainbooms gets harassed during a performance by a classmate and is forced to crash into her bandmate. 

Sexy Stuff

A crush between two characters -- Flash and Princess Sparkle -- but other than one awkward embrace, nothing romantic is shown.

Language
Consumerism

Like all movies and TV shows in the My Little Pony franchise, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is tied to the popular Hasbro toy line, which includes toys, apparel, DVDs, games, books, and accessories. There's a hint of another sequel toward the end of the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is the sequel to 2013's My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and follows the same group of ponies-turned-teenagers at Canterlot High School as they compete against their classmates in a battle of the bands and face off against a witchy trio called The Dazzlings. Though the movie is kid-friendly overall, there are a few sinister moments that could scare very young children, such as when The Dazzlings cast a dark and spooky spell over the entire school and turn into red-eyed, winged dragon creatures toward the end. And while the takeaway messages are overwhelmingly positive -- including valuable lessons about friendship, forgiveness, communication, teamwork, and redemption -- the characters do engage in a lot of mean, bullying behavior before the story reaches its resolution. And, of course, there's all of the tie-in merchandising associated with everything My Little Pony.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTitchrivet October 7, 2014

Pretty good, awesome music, interesting plot line

I'm not a HUGE fan of Equestria Girls, but I like it well enough to enjoy it while watching it again. Rainbow Rocks is epic compared to the EG movie. There... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written byhbs78910 October 26, 2014

Not the ponies we love

My family loves the MLP Friendship is Magic series, but the Equestria Girls are NOT the ponies we have grown to love. Why go this direction with these character... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byHainesama123 October 9, 2014

Kawaii Desu!

The movie so adorable and teaches the meaning of friendship, like the previous movie and the tv show. The outfits are skimpy but come on! this isn't toddle... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 9, 2015

A surprisingly entertaining movie that has positive messages

When I first saw this movie I thought it was going to be boring however it was fun.And plus there is some scary scenes but your six year old kids might have saw... Continue reading

What's the story?

All is well at Cantalot High in MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS: RAINBOW ROCKS. Rainbow Dash, Applejack (both voiced by Ashleigh Ball), Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy (both voiced by Andrea Libman), and Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain) have forgiven the reformed Sunset Shimmer (Rebecca Shoichet) for her villainous ways -- and, like the rest of the students, the girls are getting ready for the school's upcoming musical showcase ("Mane Event"). They're excited to perform with their band, The Rainbooms. But when a trio of mysterious new students, The Dazzlings, shows up and turns the friendly showcase into a full-fledged competition, friends start to turn on each other, bickering and bullying and pulling out mean tricks. It soon becomes clear that The Dazzlings have cast a sinister spell on the student body using black magic, which feeds off the negative energy that's generated by the mean-spirited students in the competition. The Equestria Girls call on Princess Twilight (Tara Strong) to return to their world and use her "friendship magic" to break the spell -- but once Twilight sees what she's up against, she knows she can't do it on her own. Will the Equestria Girls band together and triumph over The Dazzlings' black magic before it consumes the entire school -- and even destroys their own friendships? 

Is it any good?

Fans of My Little Pony will love the magical Equestria Girls and will enjoy watching them work together to prevail over the villainous, witchy Dazzlings. Kids new to all things Pony will be drawn to the colorful characters, the catchy music, the sweet and enduring friendships, and the fun the girls have together, whether they're taking selfies at a sleepover, working on a new song at band practice, or strategizing about how to break The Dazzlings' evil spell.

But Rainbow Rocks isn't all eye candy and squeaky-clean fun. The Dazzlings' ability to draw power from the  students' negativity, creating strife simply by tapping into the dark side of competition, may resonate with older kids who've witnessed -- or taken part in -- group bullying or seen a healthy competition go sour. But the strong friendships between the Equestria Girls -- and the tools of communication, forgiveness, and collaboration they use to work through conflicts and challenges -- provide examples of positive behavior and resolution for kids of all ages to follow, and they're ultimately where the value in this My Little Pony tale lies.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the value of friendship and loyalty. What makes the friendship between the Equestria Girls special? 

  • Why do you think Sunset Shimmer changed her ways in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks? Can you think of a time you've forgiven a friend or sibling for something they've done? What does it mean to really forgive someone? 

  • Have you ever been bullied or know someone who has? How did it make you feel? What are some ways you can stand up to bullying? 

  • The Dazzlings become powerful and are able to cast their spell by soaking up the bad behavior and negative energy of the students at Canterlot High. What do you think it means to "feed" off the energy of someone else? Can you think of a time you've been affected by someone else's attitude or behavior? 

  • 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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