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