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 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.
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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?
- On DVD or streaming: August 7, 2007
- Cast: Kathleen Barr, Maryke Hendrikse, Cathy Weseluck
- Director: John Grusd
- Studio: Hasbro
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Friendship, Horses and Farm Animals, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 46 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: December 18, 2019
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