A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade is a short film about pony Wysteria becoming a princess. Though she enjoys being a princess and must learn to make choices and delegate tasks, she struggles to be true to herself. In the end, she finds a resolution that honors both possibilities. Although there are positives messages about friendship and loyalty here, it's a pro-princess endeavor all around.
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What's the story?
When Wysteria meets a newly awakened dragon, Spike in MY LITTLE PONY: THE PRINCESS PROMENADE, he makes her a princess, and she thinks her dreams have come true. But soon she learns being a princess is not as easy as she thought, and with it comes losing some of the things she loved about being a pony. With the help of the Breezies, and in preparation for the princess promenade, Wysteria must learn to reconcile being a princess with being herself.
Is it any good?
This won't satisfy parents of kids in a princess-free household, but for parents whose little ones can't be deterred from the dream of royalty, there is some great food for thought here. What does being a princess really mean? What are some of the important skills a princess should have, such as delegation and the ability to make hard choices? How can a princess use her powers for good and to help those she loves instead of only helping herself? There are some nice ideas in My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade about what it means to be beautiful inside and, ultimately, a pro-sharing and pro-caring message that can temper the frills.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it would really be like to be a princess. Do you think My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade makes it look fun? Why, or why not?
If you were a princess, would you still want to do work and help your friends? Why, or why not?
Do you think Wysteria did the right thing in the end by making everyone a princess? What did she learn about being a princess?
- On DVD or streaming: February 7, 2006
- Cast: Tabitha St. Germain, Britt McKillip
- Director: Victor Dal Chele
- Studio: Hasbro
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Horses and Farm Animals, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 50 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: December 18, 2019
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