My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure Movie Poster Image
Girly, cutesy, winter-themed tale of friendship.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure is an exceedingly cute cartoon that 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 year old Written byailbhed August 21, 2016

NOT suitable for very small children

My four-year-old son was frightened by the dragon and the storm, and we had to turn it off. So I think the Common Sense rating here is a little off. My son is a... Continue reading
Adult Written byRarityfan October 1, 2018

MLP for the younger ones

A must watch for fans of older generations of MLP. Some dramatic moments despite it's cuteness factor. Lots of consumerism as it is MLP.
Kid, 12 years old August 24, 2014

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, alt... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2012

G3.5 (FAIL)

Every brony knows that G3.5 was the very definition of pain.

What's the story?

In MY LITTLE PONY: TWINKLE WISH ADVENTURE 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?

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. My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. How did the ponies in My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure 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

For kids who love cartoons and animals

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