My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls is a 2013 Canada-American flash animated fantasy musical film released as a part of Hasbro's My Little Pony: Equestria Girlstoy line and media franchise of the same name, which is itself an anthropomorphized spin-off of the My Little Pony 2010 relaunch of the main My Little Pony franchise. The film was written by Meghan McCarthy and directed by Jayson Thiessen, and was produced by DHX Media's 2D animation studio in Vancouver, Canada for Hasbro Studios in the United States. It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 15, 2013, followed by limited release in the United States and Canada on June 16, 2013, with a home media release on August 6, 2013. It also commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the launch of the original My Little Pony toy line.
The films stars the main cast of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic as teenage human girls. Princess Twilight Sparkle's crown, the element of magic, is stolen by Sunset Shimmer who disappears into a mirror that leads into the human world. Without the crown, all the other Elements of Harmony will have no power to protect Equestria, so Twilight and Spike go through the mirror to chase after the culprit to retrieve her crown. They discover themselves in a new world where Twilight is a teenaged human girl and Spike is a talking dog, and they find friends that resemble their pony friends from Equestria. Twilight works with her friends to become Princess of the Fall Formal to win her crown back from the human Sunset Shimmer and to "change the destiny of these two parallel worlds." The film takes place after the season three finale, around the Summertime shorts Make Up Shake Up, A Photo Booth Story, and Raise This Roof, and before the season four premiere.
Why It Rocks
- The concept tries a lot to not just be another generic high school teen story, as its a lot more than just that.
- Really well written story with a use of the TV series and the use of human life.
- Good animation, thanks to using Adobe Flash, the same program the TV series used to make the animation.
- Awesome voice acting, thanks to all of the cast from the show reprising their roles.
- All of the main cast are still likable as usual. They are even likeable as the human counterparts.
- On that topic, all of their traits and personalites are here and haven't been flanderised:
- Twilight Sparkle is still the likable, natural born and intelligent leader of the Mane 6, who can be OCD at times.
- Spike, in particular, is still the loyal and lovable assistant to Twilight.
- Fluttershy is still the calm, but shy type of girl who takes care of animals, but can be easily frightened sometimes.
- Applejack is still the down-to-earth type of girl who is well adjusted but can sometimes be stubborn.
- Rainbow Dash is still the well meaning, but speedy and sometimes irresponsible type of girl.
- Pinkie Pie is still the hyper, wacky, but joyful and happy comic relief type of girl who always throws parties.
- Rarity is still the artful, creative and generous type of girl, despite her vain and melodramatic tendencies sometimes.
- Spike is still the loyal, faithful assistant to Twilight Sparkle.
- The film introduces the new character known as Sunset Shimmer. A well known character who started off as an antagonist, but gets reformed in the end and in the sequels.
- There's a lot of side characters that are still likable just like the show, like Princess Celesta (Principal Celesta on the human world).
- A lot of the characters from the show all make a appearance. Even the fan favorite character known as Derpy Hooves still appears here.
- There are very funny moments like when human Pinkie Pie guesses correctly about Twilight's true identity.
- Awesome musical score composed by William Anderson.
- Really good song numbers like the Cafeteria Song and A Strange World.
- It displays a great and solid message about how high schoolers shouldn't be diversed into categories like jocks, nerds, goths, and musicians, and that they should realize they are all similar than they think and that they can be friends no matter how different they are.
- There are some good callbacks to the previous episodes of the TV series like Rainbow Dash's "SO AWESOME!!"
- Since it's using Flash animation, some errors are common, though not as much as the show.
- There are some pop culture references (although normal for the show), such as Mean Girls and the Gangnam Style.
- There is some stereotyping in this film:
- Sunset Shimmer's portrayal in this film comes off as more of a stereotypical alpha female/bully than an antagonist. Plus she can be unlikable at times.
- Flash Sentry is a bland stereotypical male love interest for Twilight without any interesting interactions between the two.
- There are plotholes in the film, such as the reasoning for Twilight's friends not being able to go through the magic mirror and disrupt the balance but Spike could go through it without any practical downsides, or such as Twilight's crown only activating the Elements of Harmony, despite that ALL of the elements are required for activation.
- There are weird moments in some scenes like when Fluttershy is happy to talk to Spike because he can talk, but when the camera gets so close to her face, her expression is very weird and kinda creepy.
- There are unnecessary filler romance scenes involving Twilight and Flash Sentry.
- The human designs look pretty uncanny and weird, especially the main protagonist, Twilight Sparkle.
- Luna (as the vice principle in the human world) looks a bit chubby and her eyes look nothing like her pony counterpart's eyes.
- Rainbow Dash gets very little screen time compared to the rest of the Mane Six.