My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

 
Sweet tales of friendship have great messages for kids.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids see how friendship can grow from rocky first impressions as Twilight learns to accept her peers for who they are and comes to appreciate their individuality.

Positive messages

Every episode includes a moral related to the value of friendship and the importance of respecting people's unique talents. Sometimes conflicts like injured feelings or jealousy make one of the ponies act out against the others with intimidation, manipulation, and threatening language. Mean-spirited pranks and selfish behavior smacks of bullying, but these kinds of issues are always resolved by the story's end, and the negative behavior in the beginning makes the positive changes stand out in a good way. Rare episodes demonstrate female ponies flirting with male characters to get their way. 

Positive role models

All of the ponies are friendly and welcoming to newcomers, and the jobs they do showcase their individual skills and interests. Their relationships aren't without a few bumps, but their loyalty to each other supersedes the rough times. Occasional episodes involve pony characters acting poorly, but they always learn their lessons.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Spike has a crush on one of the ponies and often gets starry-eyed when she’s around. 

Language

Rarely, insults like "slacker" or "creep."

Consumerism

The series is a new addition to an established line of toys, books, apparel, games, and numerous TV specials.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series 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.

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?

QUALITY
 

This sweet series brings to light some of the uncertainty preschoolers might feel in building their own social relationships, and 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 the show 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. 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?

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Written byAnonymous November 4, 2011
age 4+
 

Finally, a My Little Pony show that isn't shallow!

Good quality animation, humor, great female characters, catchy songs, and relatable lessons about friendship. Both kids and adults can enjoy this show. Diverse characters. Highly Recommended.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written bydebdemers September 4, 2011
age 5+
 

OK message but delivery may give pause

My 5 y/o loves this show (only show she wants to watch!) but I am ready to "accidentally" phase it out. It is not so much the message as the attitude and whininess of the ponies. We have enough battles with a 5 y/o girls about whininess and thinking other others etc. I know all ends well, but it seems that they all seem a little spoiled and self-serving along the way.
Adult Written byDraegur April 29, 2011
age 6+
 

Ideal for All Ages--ALL ages. That includes you, too, moms and dads!

... Now, y'see, I grew up in the mid 90's. My entire generation was exposed to some of the best cartoons that ever existed--and of those best cartoons, we took the best material. Now it's my generation that's making the cartoons--and it thrills me to see that this is the result. I've gotta say... I didn't expect to enjoy this show at all, let alone so much! The messages are all positive, the lessons are valuable, the stories are enjoyable to follow, and the art style is lovely. I've never seen such a tasteful iteration of CUTE OVERLOAD in my life! Things less cute than this show have made me practically ill in the past--but somehow, this particular iteration of My Little Pony manages to do it with grace AND class. I'd say that, despite being a show licensed BY a toy company FOR the marketing of toys, it actually has surprisingly (and refreshingly) little consumerism in it. You can practically tell that these animators and writers aren't rolling their eyes in disgust at their handiwork, but actually enjoying and loving what they do. They're in it for the story, and thanks to that, the story is top notch--whimsical and guileless though it may be. Rather than coming off as shallow, they've managed to give it a feel of honesty. I can't even quantify how incredibly much I respect that! But enough praise for the the flaws that are missing--there's what's actually in there: Loyalty. Honesty. Integrity. Kindness. Generosity. Forgiveness. The cultivation of open minds. If I could have seen this show when I was a little kid, I bet I would have turned out far, FAR better adjusted than I did! Although it is obviously presenting the concept of friendship in a highly idealized fashion, it's still got the SOUL of it right. It still portrays friendship for what we all -wish- it could be. The best part is, it's all portrayed hilariously, with a surprising capacity for self-awareness. It's as if the characters, on some level, KNOW how silly it all is, and have decided to embrace it with delight rather than scorn. There's something in it for all ages, if you only know how to look. Watching this show, you have absolutely nothing to lose, and possibly even a good bit to gain. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SHOW, TO EVERYONE, even my twenty-something-year-old (and even MALE) friends XD
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byexarian February 9, 2011
age 5+
 

Lauren Faust likes the parents, too.

... And the male viewers stuck with their niece, and the girl's older brother. The show Puts forward strong, but believable role models that recognizes and respects the intelligence of the viewer, with strong characters and writing that is sometimes smarter than it has any business being. Do not compare this to any other My little Pony related media. It is completely different in nature, with writing focused on telling a story and creating solid characters than selling toys (for instance, the toys all come with a "pet" for each individual pony, and sometimes a limited edition pony... none of these are shoehorned into the show in order to hype the merchandise.) The series is by no means condescending to the target audience, not about their age or gender, as the show is very much feminist in nature. For instance, one female main character is in higher education, another is a skilled athlete, another is a hard working farmer, yet another owns and runs her own small business, and even the mayor of the town is female, while males are given just as much respect and are also shown holding similar jobs. Even stereotypically feminine livelihoods, such a seamstress, is depicted in a fairly mature way so as not to imply it is any less work than harvesting the farms crops. The role models are all strong, yet they are not "perfection shoved down your throat" strong. Like any other person, they all have their issues and problems that they work through as friends. Sometimes some charters are brash or ungrateful at times, but this is always clearly depicted as a flaw and is treated as such in a believable manner. The grown ups in the audience will find the well written episodes and characters charming, as many that are far outside of the demographic have become fond of the show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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