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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pegasus: Pony with a Broken Wing is a live-action family film that tells the story of a young girl who discovers a mythical horse with an injured wing. The leading characters are young teens, kids, and horses. The movie takes place in modern day on a ranch whose owners are deeply in debt and may be forced to sell to a mean and greedy land developer who blusters and threatens. Other than a storm with thunder, lightning, and flashes of electric current, and a brief sequence in which a horse's bandaged leg is bleeding, there's nothing scary or suspenseful. Two gentle romances bloom -- one between the young teens, the other between seniors -- and a married couple kisses. The young heroine has a moment of prayer. Okay for most kids.
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What's the story?
The entire Killian family is upset when PEGASUS: PONY WITH A BROKEN WING opens. The Killian ranch has been in the family for generations, but the current owners are in financial trouble and may be forced to sell the property to Daniel Warren (Tom Arnold), a hard-hearted, selfish developer who wants to turn the land into a tourist attraction. When it appears that all is lost, Sydney Killian (Eliza Jarrett), a young teen who loves horses more than anything, comes upon a strange and beautiful creature near the sheltered Pierian Pond near the border of their property. The wondrous animal is a white horse with two wings (one of them broken). Sydney is well-acquainted with the myth of Pegasus and, fearful that no one else may understand, hides the horse, whom she calls "Harmony." Sydney hopes to help the horse heal and make its way back to its true home. As the young girl's parents, Melanie (Charisma Carpenter) and Josh (Jonathan Silverman), fend off the greedy businessman, Sydney, with the help of some trustworthy accomplices, finds just the magic she needs to help the horse mend. It may just be possible to help her parents' plight at the same time.
Is it any good?
An appealing young lead, a family-friendly concept, and a competent production may be enough to hold viewers' interest in this slow, often clumsily-plotted story. In addition to Eliza Jarrett, Pegasus: Pony with a Broken Wing has some other solid young performers: Jordan Elsass and J.P. Sacks are especially good. Plus, there are always the graceful horses. The film also offers a nice introduction into the Pegasus myth. Just don't ask too many questions as the story moves towards its multiple happy endings.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that Pegasus: Pony with a Broken Wing is based on a Greek myth. Find out about Greek mythological characters. How are the myths' gods and goddesses predecessors of modern day superheroes?
Greedy land developers and dishonest businessmen are often villains in movies and stories for kids. What negative character traits (i.e., dishonesty, greed) do they always seem to have in common? How do such stereotypes impact kids?
A big issue for the Killian family is having to move away from the ranch they love. Moving is often a challenging experience for kids. Have you ever changed living places or schools? How did you feel (i.e., anxious, excited)? List some of the positive things that can happen when you make big changes (i.e., meeting new people).
- On DVD or streaming: January 8, 2019
- Cast: Eliza Jarrett, Charisma Carpenter, Jonathan Silverman
- Director: Giorgio Serafini
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Brothers and Sisters, Horses and Farm Animals
- Run time: 87 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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