A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
These movies are more about entertaining than educating viewers, but there are positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and believing in yourself.
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
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In her human form, Twilight Sparkle has a crush on Flash, who asks her to the Fall Formal.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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