My Little Pony: Friends Are Never Far Away

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Sweet pony tale teaches the importance of friendship.
  • G
  • 2005
  • 21 minutes

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Friends help you see the world in a new way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sky Wishes and Star Catcher encourage the others to believe in the other ponies and make friends.

Violence & Scariness

The ponies almost fall out of a hot air balloon but are saved.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Numerous My Little Pony products are available for sale.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Friends Are Never Far Away is from the third generation of My Little Pony shows and looks a bit different from newer versions of the series. This short and sweet movie is geared toward young preschoolers. There is one scene of peril wherein a few ponies almost crash in a hot air balloon, but they're quickly saved by the Pegasus ponies. The My Little Pony series has multiple generations of shows with related marketing tie-ins and merchandise, which may be of concern to some parents.

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What's the story?

In MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDS ARE NEVER FAR AWAY, Sky Wishes (Saffron Henderson) wants her friends in Ponyville to finally meet Star Catcher (Lenore Zann), her magical Pegasus pony friend from Butterfly Island. But Sky Wishes soon finds out that Pegasus ponies are very shy and reluctant to leave their island. Along with her friends, Sky Wishes decides to throw a fun party full of glitter, sundaes, and a fun friendship dance. But will the two friends be able to get everyone together and show them the value of making new friends?

Is it any good?

Although parents may have trouble getting through this syrupy sweet tale, they'll appreciate the lack of iffy content and the nice message about the importance of making friends. My Little Pony: Friends Are Never Far Away is an especially appropriate story for kids who've struggled with shyness -- they'll be encouraged by watching the Pegasus ponies discover making new friends isn't really that scary after all.

Fans of the newer My Little Pony series may be a bit confused by the different animation and style here, but it's a gentle, simple introduction to the series for younger fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. Why is it important to make new friends?

  • The Pegasus ponies are very shy in My Little Pony: Friends Are Never Far Away. What are some ways to overcome shyness?

  • How is this version of My Little Pony different from other versions of the series?

Movie details

For kids who love animals

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