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The day is here!!! It’s finally here! MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE opens everywhere today. I had the privilege of seeing the film at an advanced screening last Saturday and let me tell you, it was a blast! In case you haven’t heard of the movie or have no idea what it’s about, here’s the synopsis from Lionsgate (the studio that released the film),
A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.
3 Major Reasons You Need to See MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE This Weekend
1. The world is a dark and sucky place right now and it’s nice for even adults to escape.
I don’t think I’m telling you some earth shattering news by saying this but the the Vegas attack, everything that’s happening or not happening with other powerful countries in the world, doing life, day in and day out can feel taxing on even the most optimistic person. For a few moments, one hour and forty-four minutes to be exact, we can travel to Equestria. Things are brighter there, more colorful, everyone sings and dances and while the ponies’ obstacles are serious for their own place and time, they are able to overcome it all (spoiler alert, there’s a happy ending) through the power of friendship.
2. Everyone needs to have a friend, even if they look different; this is a lesson our children have to learn now.
One of the film’s antagonists, Tempest Shadow (voiced by Emily Blunt), has a sad story of nonacceptance and that makes her the pony she is today. She’s ruthless throughout much of the film and you do find out the why’s and how’s that brought her to this place (all done in a song that’s quite the ear worm if you know what I mean). Her story isn’t all that different from any person you meet on the street who looks different and it was a very good spot to bring up with my children about why she was so mean and what could have happened that would have helped her.
3. Friendship still prevails; even though you disagree with each other.
Things get a little intense towards the end of the film. I mean Twilight Sparkle, despite being told by her besties that she’s not alone in saving all of Equestria, has a moment of weakness. While her intentions were great, her execution and entire plan was terrible and it almost costs her her friendships and reputation. Thankfully, when push comes to shove all of the Mane 5 join together to help Twilight proving once again that each one of them is better together than by her ponyself.
I loved the film. Was it a brilliantly pieced together Disney animated classic? No. It was fun and my kids are obsessed with it. It is not scary, my three year old didn’t even hide during the intense scenes. The music is catchy, we’ve even sprung for the soundtrack. Sia performs an original for the film and it’s my new go-to song. I love it, my kids love it, it’s Sia for goodness sakes. And yes, she was in the film, portraying a pop star Songbird Serenade.
So grab your kids, or honestly, just go yourself, and see MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE this weekend!
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Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.