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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that It's Pony is a lighthearted and often silly cartoon about a girl and her best friend, who happens to be a talking horse. The show plays on the absurd for laughs, but it's mostly well done and does entertain. The central friendship is a good reminder that relationships don't have to look a certain way to be fulfilling for both parties, as both Pony and his human, Annie, are adept at loyalty, kindness, and generosity of spirit for each other's benefit. Expect some mild bathroom humor (farting, a messy sneeze, etc.) and some fun had with issues like anxiety and jealousy, but overall a lighthearted and occasionally laugh-out-loud, fish-out-of-water (or horse-out-of-farm) story.
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What's the story?
IT'S PONY is the story of a gregarious girl named Annie (voiced by Jessica Di Cicco) and her talking horse best friend, Pony (Josh Zuckerman), who lives with her family in the city. The stories center on everyday happenings in Annie's life that are made all the more outrageous because of her impulsive, unfiltered, and overly excitable equine pal. While her mother (India de Beaufort) tolerates Pony's presence and seems not to mind the mischief that follows him too much, Annie's dad (Abraham Benrubi) is another story and often bemoans his daughter's choice of pals. But at the end of the day, Pony and Annie have each other's backs, and there's no telling how either could get along without the other.
Is it any good?
Man's best friend might not be the horse, but Annie's bestie undoubtedly is Pony, and their hilarious adventures together remind kids of the beauty of unexpected -- and unorthodox -- friendships. Despite the fact that he's sorely out of place in Annie's city digs, Pony fits right into her life, and their friendship brings out the best in them. Annie often must practice patience with her curious and unbridled pal, and Pony sometimes finds that he has to look at things from Annie's point of view and try new things in order to be the reliable sidekick she needs him to be.
On the whole, It's Pony doesn't set out to impart on viewers all kinds of meaningful messages, but perhaps that's what makes it a fun watch. The characters' antics will make you laugh and their affection for each other will warm your heart (and there's the occasional potty humor to mix it up as well), but there's no expectation that you will recall much of what you saw later on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Annie and Pony's unique relationship in It's Pony. How does each show the other compassion to maintain their friendship? Does the fact that they are so different affect how they relate to each other? Have you ever been surprised in finding common ground with someone who seemed very different from you?
Pony is very out of place in Annie's city life. How does this factor contribute to the show's humor? Do you like stories that create their own realities, as this one does with Pony's character (and the fact that he talks!)?
Pony's insatiable curiosity proves to be both good and bad at different times in the series. Is this true in your experience as well? What kinds of topics inspire your own curiosity?
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