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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic celebrates friendship’s development from first impressions to true connections, and it benefits kids to see how the characters accept each other’s differences and work through the small troubles that arise. Content-wise there’s nothing of concern, but the show is part of an extensive product line of toys, games, and accessories, so young fans might be drawn to the brand name after taking an interest in the characters.
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What's the story?
In MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, a magical unicorn pony named Twilight Sparkle (voiced by Tara Strong) learns about friendship from her new Ponyville pals Applejack (Ashleigh Ball), Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain), Fluttershy (Andrea Libman), Rainbow Dash (Ball again), and Pinkie Pie (Libman again). Though she’s grown used to the quiet, studious life in the magical world of Equestria with her faithful friend Spike (Cathy Weseluck), a trip to the ponies’ home introduces Twilight to new relationships, which she’s surprised to discover are full of wonderful benefits she never expected.
Is it any good?
This sweet series brings to light some of the uncertainty preschoolers might feel in building their own social relationships. Twilight’s experiences with her new pals show kids the benefit of working through the rough patches to reap the rewards of friendship. The characters don’t let their diverse personalities keep them from forging relationships, and this theme has good messages about tolerance and respect for kids as well.
There’s little to nitpick in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic itself, but parents may be wary of the unavoidable influence the characters might have on their kids’ desires, since it’s rooted in a well-known product line of books, toys, and just about everything in between.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about friendship in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. How can you tell the ponies are friends? In what ways do they rely on their friends to help them out of jams? What qualities do you like most in your friends?
Kids: Do you like the characters in this show? Have you seen these same characters on toys, books, or clothing? Does watching a TV show like this one make you more tempted to want items like these?
What qualities set you apart from other people? What are your special talents or skills? How do you use those talents?
- Premiere date: October 10, 2010
- Cast: Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong
- Network: Discovery Family Channel
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Horses and Farm Animals
- Character strengths: Compassion
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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