- Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. Today, I will do my first movie review on this website. As I mentioned earlier, I’m more active on deviantart than this website. The subject of my first movie review will be the 2017 My Little Pony Movie, based on the current 2010 cartoon, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It’s a show developed by Lauren Faust. The show involves a unicorn turned alicorn princess named Twilight Sparkle who learns lessons about friendship under Princess Celestia, with her pony friends Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and her dragon friend Spike.
The show has managed to subvert what’s expected of girl centric shows by putting in more appeal to general audiences while still respecting its target audience for little girls. If you ran for 7 seasons with an upcoming 8th season, you’re doing something right. This has led to other shows like Sofia The First and DC Superhero Girls to follow in its steps with similar success. Naturally, it would get a theatrical movie.
First, let me go over my general guideline to reviewing movies. My reviewing style for movies is like this.
Writers: (insert names)
Producers: (insert names)
Director: (insert names)
Date: (insert name)
Casting And Voice Direction By (insert names)
Synopsis: “(give basic plot summary)
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With that out of the way, let’s review the 2017 My Little Pony Movie.
Writers: Joe Ballarini, Rita Hsiao, Meghan McCarthy, Michael Vogel
Producers: Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, Marcia Gwendolyn Jones, Haven Alexander
Director: Jayson Thiessen
Casting And Voice Direction By Terry Klassen, Curtis A. Koeller, Jamie Thomason
Date: October 6, 2017
Synopsis: “Our heroes must go on a journey beyond Equestria in order to save it.”
Here we are people. After 7 years, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic finally has a theatrical film. The show has definitely come a long way in the seven years it’s been on, and this movie is a testament to that. Let’s see why. This movie starts with Twilight holding a Friendship Festival for all of Equestria, with special guest star Songbird Serenade. Things go from bad to worse when Tempest Shadow and her partner Grubber come under the orders of the Storm King, who wants to use the four princesses’ magic to to power up his staff, and take over the world. The girls and Spike must travel to various locations outside of Equestria in order to get help the Hippogriffs of Mount Ares. However, Tempest proves to be a formidable foe with how she keeps catching up to them. Before I talk about the story, characters, and themes, let me talk about the film’s technical achievements.
1. This film is animated in Toonboom Harmony instead of the show’s usual flash animation, and it is glorious. Everything is bright and colorful, with just the right amount of shading to make it truly stand out. Even the CG bits work.
2. Daniel Ingram got to work with a live orchestra for this movie, and it shows. The songs feel like something straight of a Disney movie, no doubt due to Rita Hsiao’s involvement. Heck, I can feel some Sofia The First vibes from the music. Everything just sounds epic.
Now as for the actual conflict, it’s obviously about the magic of friendship and how it can affect others, but it’s expanded on here. The first scene in the movie has Twilight worrying that the Friendship Festival won’t turn out too well due to the fact that this venue is meant to unify all of Equestria. This carries throughout the movie, where she feels she needs to go things alone and do anything to save Equestria, especially considering how a lot of the places outside of Equestria are not all sunshine and rainbows. She even snaps at her friends about the direness of everything, and not wanting to be with them. What makes things work though is intent. Her stress level is clearly building up given that the fate of a whole civilization is in her hands. She has such a strong, determined focus to save everyone that she lets it cloud her judgement. It helps that, even with her stress, she tries maintain composure, and is visibly hurt right away when lashing out. The magic of friendship also extends to the following.
First we start off with Tempest Shadow. She’s definitely a dangerous force to be reckoned with, what with being able to utilize dangerous magical blasts that turn others to stone. What makes her great is her motivations. It’s hinted at, and then eventually confirmed, that she was once a regular unicorn until her horn broke, and her friends ostracized her when her magic became too unstable, renouncing friendship in the process. In a sense, she’s like Twilight’s evil counterpart, and a great one at that. Twilight eventually gets her to see the light by treating her with friendship in her darkest hour, stemming from Storm King’s betrayal.
While her boss Storm King isn’t too complex, mostly stemming from little screen time, he gets enough intimidation and humorous prowess to make him a heck of a villain.
Now we move on to Capper. He’s established as one of those lovable rogues who’s rough around the edges and rather sneaky, but is still shown to be a good person who has standards. It’s best shown in that, he was initially going to sell the main characters off, but changed his mind and became their ally when Rarity showed him generosity by fixing his outfit to make him look better for others.
Next, we have Captain Celaeno and her pirate crew. She and her crew were once a proud group of adventurers who just wanted to help others, but the Storm King squashed her plans. What gets her to change her mind? It’s when Rainbow Dash helps ignite her spirit by unlocking her altruism. It helps that their reluctance just stems from them wanting to be able to stay as pirates, and they only help out when they see how things can be better.
Now we have Princess Skystar and her mother, Queen Novo, who were once hippogriffs until the Storm King forces their people to retreat. The relationship reminds me of that between Oona and her mother Queen Coraline on Sofia The First, in that the former just wants to go out and experience the world, and is really friendly and energetic, while the latter wants to keep her people safe. What changes their mind, albeit taking some time? It’s when Pinkie Pie treats them with kindness and hospitality, being the first surface dweller to do so.
All of what I described is meant to showcase just why friendship is strong. There will always be problems that come about, and it’s not easy having to deal with them. However, in the end, it’s all about unlocking your true potential for friendship and realizing how it’s always worth fighting for no matter how difficult it gets. Throw in some great action and humor, and you get a movie that’s worthy of both being on the big screen and fitting with what the show stands for.
Here is the cast for the movie.
Tara Strong as Twilight Sparkle
Ashleigh Ball as Applejack, Rainbow Dash
Andrea Libman as Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie
Tabitha St. Germain as Rarity, Luna, Granny Smith, Muffins
Cathy Weseluck as Spike
Nicole Oliver as Celestia, Lix Spittle
Emily Blunt as Tempest Shadow
Kristin Chenoweth as Princess Skystar
Liev Schreiber as the Storm King
Michael Peña as Grubber
Sia as Songbird Serenade
Taye Diggs as Capper
Uzo Aduba as Queen Novo
Zoe Saldana as Captain Celaeno
Rebecca Shoichet as Twilight’s singing voice
Kazumi Evans as Rarity’s singing voice
Shannon Chan Kent as Pinkie Pie’s singing voice
Mark Oliver as Mullet
Sam Vincent as Party Favor
Jason DeLine as Bow Hothoof
Sarah Edmondson as Wendy Whistles
Max Martini as Boyle
Britt McKillip as Princess Cadence
Michelle Creber as Applebloom
Michael Dobson as Bulk Biceps
Peter New as Big McIntosh
Adam Bengis as Code Red
Brian Dobson as Verko
Additional Voices: Alistair Abell, Caitlyn Bairstow, Julia Benson, Christine Chatelain, Richard Ian Cox, Brian Dobson, Paul Dobson, Andrew McNee, Teagon Moss, Peter New, Nicole Oliver, Sabrina Pitree, Rhona Rees, Rondel Reynoldson, Jason Simpson, Sarah Troyer, Sam Vincent, Siobhan Williams
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