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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
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
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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