My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure

 
Girly, cutesy, winter-themed tale of friendship.
  • Review Date: October 12, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 81 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The mayor has a habit of using three synonyms in each sentence, which draws attention to vocabulary.

Positive messages

Chock full of positive messages about friendship. The ponies band together to help a friend out when she's been left out. They work together to solve a problem and face the consequences when they can't fix a problem.

Positive role models

The ponies are great role models, if narrow in the types of girls they represent (no tomboys or sports enthusiasts). Girls are proud of reading and knowing how to do things, as well as their problem-solving abilities. They are good friends to each other, but not without normal flaws. Two iffy elements -- the mayor says she's "watching my figure" when offered a cookie, and none of the ponies have brown eyes.

Violence & scariness

A few times the sky becomes briefly stormy, with thunder and lightening, which might alarm some kids.

Consumerism

One might consider this an extended commercial for My Little Pony toys and merchandise. DVD comes with coupon for 10 percent off Hasbro toys.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this exceedingly cute cartoon contains brief storm scenes, which might upset very sensitive viewers. Also, one pony friend makes a bad choice that ends up getting her friend in trouble. The two ponies are upset with each other for a while, which might be slightly disturbing to very young kids, but they make up in the end. Friends accidentally leave another friend out of a group activity, and that hurts her feelings. One friend struggles with jealousy and competitiveness. After exposure to this or other My Little Pony movies, kids might be more inclined to ask for the toys or other branded items.

What's the story?

The pony friends are excited about the upcoming Winter Wishes Festival. That's when the magical Wishing Star will awake and grant each pony in Ponyville a special wish. To prepare for the festival, the friends make tree ornaments. After accidentally leaving one friend out of the ornament-making party, they all join together to help the left-out friend make a very special ornament, which ends up winning the competition. The mayor asks the winner to watch over the Wishing Star's sleeping box until the festival begins, but when a jealous friend has trouble waiting, the star is swept away by a dragon. The friends join together and fly off in a hot air balloon to find the star. They meet a young, lonely dragon who has taken the star in hopes of attracting friends who will want to play with it as a toy. The pony friends teach the dragon about friendship and eventually the star makes it back to the festival in time, and the ponies realize that they can make their own wishes come true.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you don't mind the out-of-control girlyness -- ponies, butterflies, rainbows, flowers, balloons, pink galore -- the story is a pretty sweet tale of young-girl friendship. It addresses real situations that girls encounter, like being left out, getting jealous, lying, helping a friend, and making up after an argument. The story's definition of friendship is complex (relatively) and teaches that being friends is about respecting each other's similarities and differences, and being kind to one another. The ponies all seem appropriately child-like, and the mayor plays the role of the adult, who sets boundaries and manages consequences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. How did the ponies describe friendship to the dragon? Can you think of any other way to describe friendship? How did you become friends with the people you spend time with? How long do you have to know someone before you're their friend?

  • Talk about wishes. What are some things you wish for? How can you make those wishes come true? What's the difference between a wish that could come true and a wish that probably won't come true?

  • Talk about telling the truth. In the movie, the pony friends lied to the mayor about the Twinkle Wish star. Is it ever OK to lie? Have you ever told a lie? What would have happened if the ponies had told the truth?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 13, 2009
Director:John Grusd
Studio:Shout! Factory
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:81 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 12 years old August 24, 2014
age 5+
 

Twinkle Wish Adventure review

This is a really good movie, in fact I watched it the day it arrived in the mail and then the day after that! Forget the troll above me—this movie is great, although most modern kids may be unfamiliar with the animation style. This movie is geared to a bit more older kids, as some of the phrases may be confusing (e.g. "I'm trying to watch my figure"). Also, Scootaloo will come off as selfish, self-centered, impatient, and brash. All in all, this movie promotes very positive messages: Friendship, don't steal, and don't lie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2012
age 2+
 

G3.5 (FAIL)

Every brony knows that G3.5 was the very definition of pain.
What other families should know
Educational value
Adult Written bydragoonlover September 7, 2010
age 2+
 

Musical, funny cartoon for all pony lovers.

Ignore the obvious troll who wouldn't know a good kids show if it hit him/her in the face. There is nothing "off" about My Little Pony and this is a fine DTV for fans of old school My Little Pony and for newcomers as well. The characters are warm and the humor is actually funny. However the songs are the true star. They're great. This is a far cry from the old days of preschool cartoons that had little intelligence or humor to appeal to the whole family. I'm not afraid to say that I like My Little Pony, and Twinkle Wish Adventure is a good starting point for the new generation.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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