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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The mayor has a habit of using three synonyms in each sentence, which draws attention to vocabulary.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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