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My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, feel-good tale explores silliness and growing up.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 46 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow offers positive messages about playfulness and curiosity but balances these messages with the importance of knowing when it's time to be serious and take responsibility. There also are themes of teamwork, sticking together, and trying to understand where another person is coming from.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are simplistically nice but work to do the right thing, be kind, accept others, and help in any way they can. They are appreciated for their differences and accepted for their flaws.

Violence & Scariness

Very minor, brief peril when Rarity dives off a cliff chasing a butterfly and lands in a river below, unharmed. Later, a few ponies try to save her but tumble into the water, too.

Sexy Stuff

Though this My Little Pony feature comes from the original lineup of toys and dolls, the franchise still exists today with extensive merchandise, shows, books, and other accessories widely available (and heavily marketed) for purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow is third-generation My Little Pony (pre-Friendship is Magic and -Equestria Girls) and tells the story of a young Rarity learning how to make her first rainbow on her way to becoming a princess. Kids used to watching the more recent incarnations may be confused by this earlier version, though its target is more preschooler than the newer tween. Additionally, the My Little Pony series has a strong marketing tie-in with multiple generations of shows, toys, books, and accessories that are widely available. There is very minor, brief peril when Rarity dives off a cliff chasing a butterfly and lands in a river below, unharmed. Later, a few ponies try to save her but tumble into the water, too.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 year old Written byailbhed June 27, 2016

A sweet and gentle bit of fluff

I watched this on a rainy Monday afternoon with my son, who is almost 4, and we enjoyed it very much. Because it's a few years old, the animation is slower... Continue reading
Adult Written byRarityfan October 1, 2018

Run out to see this

Will with guarantee satisfy the G3 fans. Not much excitement but good animation and songs. Part of endless row of MLP toys.
Kid, 12 years old August 24, 2014

Runaway Rainbow review

First of all, I would like to thank you, Common Sense Media, for taking in my request. You guys are awesome! My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow is one of my fa... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bythecoolestcriti... January 29, 2019

Love this movie

I watch this movie every night! Even though it gave me nightmares as a kid and haunted me for all of eternity, I'm glad I overcame that fear because now m... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MY LITTLE PONY: THE RUNAWAY RAINBOW, Rarity (Cathy Weseluck) is a very young pony who's about to learn how to make her first rainbow of the season. But she's too busy frolicking and having fun with the magic wand to learn anything and accidentally transports herself far outside of Unicornia to Breezie Blossom, where she makes new friends and has lots of fun. But, with the help of friends new and old, Rarity must learn when to go roller skating and chase butterflies and when to get her act together.

Is it any good?

This installment features the usual familiar, sweet messages and cutesy friendships. My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow gives fans a chance to see a young Rarity (and earlier version of the pony) transform into a princess. Some fans of the more recent version could be confused by this, as the animation is a little dated and the pony less coiffed and tweened-out.

Fans of the show will enjoy seeing Rarity take her first princess steps, and parents can appreciate a conflict-free, lower-peril incarnation of the same, with positive messages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about curiosity. What does being curious mean? Is it good or bad? Has it ever gotten you into trouble? What happened?

  • How does Rarity learn to make her first rainbow in My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow? What does she have to do?

  • Do you know how rainbows are really made? If not, what do you think causes them?

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