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My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding

Sweet story has happy messages but a bit of conflict, too.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 120 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

This movie aims to entertain more than to educate, but there are plenty of positive messages about relationships and determination.

Positive messages

The story's themes include trusting your instincts and persevering in the face of doubt, both of which are recapped at the movie's end. Good and evil aren't always distinguishable in the early stages of the story, but there's a rosy ending and some lessons learned for the protagonists.

Positive role models

Twilight Sparkle and her friends share sweet relationships that are strengthened by each pony's uniqueness. She also enjoys a mutual affection with her big brother, who's been a role model all her life. Despite all of these connections, though, Twilight learns that there are times in life when you're forced to rely on your own convictions and abilities, and she finds a new sense of self-reliance in doing so.

Violence & scariness

The ponies face off with a nefarious herd of changelings, with some punching and kicking from both sides and an exchange of flying bolts of light that knock down their enemies. But no one appears to be seriously injured. A main character is imprisoned for a short time.

Sexy stuff

A couple of kisses between the betrothed pair.

Not applicable

The movie is based on characters from a popular toy line from Hasbro. Replicas of all of the characters, plus special edition wedding-themed ones, are available at stores, and their images grace an array of clothing, books, games, and accessories as well.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding is inspired by a well-known product line from Hasbro, so if your kids aren't already aware of the toys, games, and accessories bearing the brand, they most likely will be after watching. But if this kind of commercialism isn't a concern for your family, this movie is a fine pick: It incorporates valuable social messages into a well scripted, relatable story that has wide-range appeal. The concept of good and evil is central to the story, as are sinister plots and the possibility of being impersonated by someone. That, combined with a physical clash between the two sides -- marked by some hitting, kicking, and an exchange of colored bolts fired at each other -- warrants some thoughtful previewing if your younger kids are sensitive to this kind of content.

What's the story?

Wedding bells are set to chime in the enchanted land of Canterlot as Princess Celestia's (voiced by Nicole Oliver) niece, Cadence (Britt McKillip), prepares to marry Shining Armor (Andrew Francis) in MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ROYAL PONY WEDDING. But the news doesn't sit well with Shining Armor's little sister, Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong), who fears the union will change her relationship with her favorite brother. Twilight and her Ponyville friends travel to Canterlot to help out with planning the big event, but her resentment turns to concern when she alone notices Cadence's uncharacteristically selfish and cruel behavior toward everyone, including her fiancé. When her friends disregard her worries, Twilight sets out to discover the truth behind Cadence's strange behavior. In addition to the feature story, this DVD also includes three extra episodes from the TV series.

Is it any good?


Even if your kids aren't up to speed on the characters and their relationships, they'll easily settle in to the magical land of Equestria and come to love its colorful, jovial residents. Royal Pony Wedding is the culmination of two seasons of the popular TV series My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. It's tempting to presume the movie is just for the very young, based on its recognizable Hasbro-inspired characters, but in fact there's a lot of humor and some more mature themes that are designed to entertain older kids and, to some degree, even adults.

As with the TV series, this story pulls double-duty as entertainment and an illustrator of life lessons that have value for kids of all ages, this time centering on perseverance and self-reliance in the face of adversity. Twilight's experiences teach her a lot about respecting others' needs and accepting change, and she becomes a better sister and friend because of it. There are some tense moments during a face-off between the Canterlot clan and an army of imposters, so take some precaution in sharing it with very young kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about overcoming challenges. Twilight has to face doubt from her friends as she works to prove her convictions. What gives her the strength to keep going? Is it hard to fight for something when you're the only one who believes in it?

  • Kids: Have you ever been jealous of the time a friend spends with someone else? How did it make you feel? What are some ways you can work through a situation like that?

  • Are you familiar with the My Little Pony characters? Do you have any of the toys? How does seeing the characters on TV influence your desire for the toys, clothes, and other items with their faces on them?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:August 7, 2012
Cast:Andrew Francis, Britt McKillip, Tara Strong
Directors:James Wootton, Jayson Thiessen
Studio:Shout! Factory
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Horses and farm animals, Music and sing-along
Run time:120 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 10 years old August 20, 2012

Good! Go watch it!

Great Movie! I was a little creeped out when imposter Candece reveled her true form. Although, this is a heart warming story that all MLP fans need to watch. WATCH IT NOW!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old August 7, 2012


I may be almost a teen, but I love Friendship is Magic, and Royal Wedding was easily the best of the three two-parters in the series. First of all, the music. BBBFF will tug the heartstrings of girls who admire their brothers. This Day Aria reminds me of a scene in The Little Mermaid and is sung by a villain and a main character at the same time (but by one voice actress). Love is in Bloom gives an excellent closure to Season 2 and is all about love between two people. The two episodes are very well-written, and introduce multiple new characters but don't get too confusing. While super-sweet, Royal Wedding doesn't get overly sappy or cloying. There is some minor violence and scariness, but it's fine for kids 5 and up. The 'mane' 6 characters in the series (though Twilight Sparkle is the main protagonist in Royal Wedding) are fantastic role models as well. Overall this is a superb TV movie that will entertain, educate, and excite kids (maybe even the older kids and boys)!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old May 2, 2014


Great video but the evil people look like ZOMBIES!!!!! They are black with huge fangs and have holes all through them. Theres kissing and love too but oh well. The main evil pony throws insults at everypony and then starts using her dark magic to make her groom ACT like a zombie. He starts following her commands and is practically hypnotized.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex