My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Sweet story has happy messages but a bit of conflict, too.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 120 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 20 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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.


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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDelanab1984 August 17, 2019

Not appropriate and scary

This is just.. terrible. Parent please do not let your children watch this apparently there were creepy things called, “Changlings” and they may scare young kid... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 4-year-old Written byRebecca Spark April 24, 2019

Most of Friendship is Magic is good, but this is way too sexy and scary

KISSING! My son kissed my daughter in the mouth after this movie. I grounded him for the rest of the day and got rid of this. Plus, my kids were horrified when... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 19, 2021

Good, but has some scenes that small children may dislike.

I watched this when I was young myself, and I loved it! Some angry parents are saying that their children got scared of queen chrysalis, and that there was too... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMxddie_Broppy43 February 12, 2021

Great message

The message for this movie is an amazing one. Its all about friendship, and how you should listen to your friend's opinions. Crysilist may be scary to kid... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about overcoming challenges. In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding, 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?

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