My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

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"We got this, We got this, We got this together!"

The Mane Six, while singing "We got This Together"


My Little Pony: The Movie
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"This is the real meaning of friendship."
Genre: Musical
Family
Fantasy
Comedy
Drama
Thriller
Directed By: Jayson Thiessen
Produced By: Kevin Frakes
Lars Knudsen
Buddy Patrick
Written By: Meghan McCarthy
Joe Ballarini
Based On: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by Lauren Faust
My Little Pony by Bonnie Zacherle
Starring: Tara Strong
Ashleigh Ball
Andrea Libman
Tabitha St. Germain
Cathy Weseluck
Emily Blunt
Michael Peña
Liev Schreiber
Taye Diggs
Zoe Saldana
Kristin Chenoweth
Uzo Aduba
Sia
Cinematography: Anthony Di Ninno
Distributed By: Lionsgate
Release Date: September 24, 2017 (New York City)
October 6, 2017 (United States and Canada)
Runtime: 99 minutes
Country: United States
Canada
Language: English
Budget: $6.5 million
Box Office: $61.3 million
Franchise: My Little Pony
Prequel: Shadow PlayBTSW (Continuing the series, chronologically)
Sequel: My Little Pony: Rainbow Roadtrip (chronologically)
Untitled My Little Pony film (2021)


My Little Pony: The Movie is a 2017 animated family musical fantasy comedy drama film based on the popular television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic created by Lauren Faust, which was developed as part of the 2010 re-launch of the My Little Pony franchise by Hasbro.

The film was produced by Allspark Pictures and DHX Media, using traditional animation created with Toon Boom Harmony. It premiered in New York City on September 24, 2017, and was released on October 6, 2017, in the United States and Canada through Lionsgate.

Plot

Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity embark on an epic journey to save Ponyville from a dark force. Along the way, the Mane 6 meet new friends and face exciting challenges as they travel beyond Equestria to defeat the evil Storm King and his minion unicorn -- Tempest Shadow.

Why It Rocks

  1. Stunning animation, which was made with Toon Boom Harmony instead of Adobe Flash like in the television series and " Equestria Girls" movies. The movie feels as if the movie was made by Walt Disney Motion Pictures, or Warner Bros. Pictures from the last few decades, before this film.
    • It was also great to revive traditional-animation movies as it was overshadowed by computer animation and never used for many years.
  2. Amazing voice acting, due to not only having all the cast from the show reprise their roles, but also new actors like Liev Schreiber (who would later play Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse) and Micheal Pena (who was also the actor for Luis, the character from the Ant-Man movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.)
  3. Many likable and entertaining characters, including Applejack, Fluttershy, Skystar, Spike and a whole bunch of others.
  4. It introduces new characters that are interesting and haven't been seen before in the show and the IDW comics, and had later appeared in Season 8 (the latter being mentioned in the show and later appearing in IDW Issue 67-68 and in the Season 9 finale).
    • Hippogriffs, who are a race of bird-like ponies that can turn into mermaid like underwater creatures called sea ponies.
    • Tempest Shadow, a unicorn (who had her horn broken as a filly) who had starts out evil, but, after getting betrayed by The Storm King, then sides with the Mane 6 after realising the true meaning of friendship.
  5. It does very well to follow the TV series directly as it's from the same people who made Friendship is Magic.
  6. Great, heartwarming or tear-jerking moments such as Tempest losing her horn as a filly.
  7. The musical numbers are very good, especially "We Got This Together" and "Time to Be Awesome".
  8. Funny scenes, like a hilarious scene with Fluttershy during the climax. Spike and Rainbow Dash have some of the most entertaining scenes in the film.
  9. The score of Daniel Ingram is really good in this film, and the theme song "Rainbow" by Sia is also pretty good too.
  10. It has better storytelling than in other Hasbro films like G.I Joe or even in any Transformers film (mainly the Michael Bay ones).
  11. The climax is sort of creative and fun with the help of the Mane 6, Spike and the new characters.
  12. It comes with a cute short of Lauren Faust's new web series, "Hanazuki".
  13. The world of Seaquestria is amazing and has cute Sea Ponies, something that the show didn't do until Season 8.
  14. This film surprisingly has a pretty dark tone for My Little Pony standards, due to the PG rating.
    • Part of this includes that the fact that they actually kill the Storm King, especially when you consider how extremely reluctant writers and parents are these day about showing death or any other comeuppance.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Mane Six's portrayal in this film, like all of their character development, was sucked out as they seem to be more aligned with their portrayal of season 1 in Friendship is Magic. It causes a few of them to act out of character in a few scenes that go against how they've been built up as characters for seven whole seasons.
    • The scenes where Twilight gets her friends to distract the sea ponies so she can steal the sea ponies pearl, gets enraged at her friends while telling Pinkie Pie that she'd be better off without having her as a friend is the main highlight of this.
  2. There are some things in the film that don't follow the TV series. Like Canterlot's description as it's portrayed as some stereotypical happy pony paradise instead of a city that had well descriptive socioeconomics, and it featured a lot of upper-class cultures.
  3. Despite the good animation, there is some poor CGI in places, especially for Captain Celaeno's ship.
  4. The Storm King gets little screen-time despite being the "Big Bad," and he only appears in conversation with Tempest and at the climax. However, he was one of the biggest threats to Equestria, even putting the majority of the pony kind into slavery.
  5. Some of the characters like Grubber, Tempest's sidekick, are pointless.
  6. The story does suffer from being cliché and predictable, unlike the show itself.
  7. Some of the characters do lack chemistry, such as the Storm King himself.
  8. Some of the main and supporting characters in the show don't appear in the film:
    • Starlight Glimmer and Trixie only get a couple of appearances: A scene of them together during the "We Got This Together" song number, and the end credits.
    • Discord only makes a cameo via a balloon animal Pinkie Pie makes.
    • Others such as Dragon Lord Ember, King Thorax and the Pillars of Equestria don't make an appearance as well.

Reception ​

Box office

As of December 3, 2017, "My Little Pony: The Movie" has grossed $21.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $30.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $52.3 million.

Critical response

The film received mixed reviews from critics but received positive reviews from audiences, particularly from the "My Little Pony" fans, because they've been promised a feature film that makes it more entertaining for the fans of MLP: FIM. And as of October 2020, It holds a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus states "Charming and sweet, "My Little Pony: The Movie" will please its dedicated fanbase, even if it's unlikely to encourage non-devotees to gallop along for the ride." IMDB holds a film a 6.1/10 rating.

Trivia

  • The movie has references based on Hasbro properties like a sound effect from "Transformers" and characters saying like Easy Bake Oven and Hungry Hungry Hippos.
  • After the film released, the show was overhauled in Season 8, with additions such as the updated Celestia and Luna throne, the addition of locations such as Mount Aris, and names being mentioned like Tempest and The Storm King.

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Comments


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Stephenfisher2001

18 months ago
Score 3
We got this Together!
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No bias

11 days ago
Score 0
I don't watch this movie that because i'm going to mocked by my friends because watching girls movie :/
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KingGoji2001

14 months ago
Score 2
Starlight Glimmer did appear in the movie
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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 1
I see
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KingGoji2001

13 months ago
Score 1

My Little Pony: The Movie is one of my favorite animated films and is actually surprisingly amazing, I had low expectations at first because I thought it was going to be a mess with numerous plot holes, and it didn't have any. Here are a list of pros and cons that I gave this film:

Pros 1. The animation is spot on, and it looks so much better then the animation used in the tv show (the animation in the tv show is still amazing tho) 2. The voice acting is great and it's great to see the voice actors from the show reprise their roles 3. The music is good, especially SIA - Rainbow which is my favorite one 4. The storyline is amazing, and it's at least better then any other animated movie that sucked 5. This movie has a dark tone to it, I honestly didn't expect this movie to have any dark tone, but it does go well with the movie 6. Some funny moments in this film that will make you laugh 7. The characters are entertaining, especially the mane six 8. Tempest's portrayal in the film was well done, and her backstory is heart warming and sad 9. Seaquestria is amazing and the sea ponies appearance is really well done and their designs are spot on 10. Some new characters in the film are interesting and entertaining

Cons 1. The Storm King's portrayal in the film isn't great and he barley has any screen time when he's supposed to be the main villain, but it feels like that Tempest was the main villain 2. Starlight Glimmer and Trixie get only one appearance in the entire movie, no speaking role at all. Also, where the heck is Discord and Thorax? I feel like they should had an appearance since they did help Starlight and Trixie defeat Queen Chrysalis. Also, other main supporting characters are missing as well.\ 3. The Storm King was a bit annoying at times

Overall, if you're a MLP fan and you wanna see a MLP movie that's amazing and has spot on animation...then this is for you

Rating: A
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Stephenfisher2001

13 months ago
Score 2
I agree with ya, The animation looks awesome, making it feel like it was a Disney movie to me! :)
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Trevor807

11 months ago
Score 1
Discord does appear, but as a silent cameo.
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Stephenfisher2001

11 months ago
Score 0
But got blocked by Masson Thief... :(
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 1
We got this together, right fellows?
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Stephenfisher2001

11 months ago
Score 0
That's right! :D
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 0
*ends up going wrong*
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Brian K. Tyler

11 months ago
Score 0
While the Storm King may have been underused in the movie, I thought he was an interesting and enjoyable villain.
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Brian K. Tyler

one month ago
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And honestly, the Storm King has just about as much focus as the Queen of Hearts (1951), Shere Khan (1967) and Oogie Boogie. Has there been any complaints about their respective lack of focus?
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Stephenfisher2001

11 months ago
Score 1
Guess what? It's actually a April Fools joke picture! No worries! :)
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Stephenfisher2001

10 months ago
Score 2
Screw the critics. - Twilight Sparkle.
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LeroyManTheFirst

9 months ago
Score 0
It sorta feels like something outta Splatoon.
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ACoolBlaze5

9 months ago
Score 3
IGN got this a lower score than The Emoji Movie. NO JOKE.
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Trevor807

9 months ago
Score 1
This is another reason IGN is no longer trustworthy.
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Glitchedblood

9 months ago
Score 2
Too much ponies
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Brian K. Tyler

8 months ago
Score 1
I doubt the reviewer has even watched the show.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

8 months ago
Score 2
Who said boys can’t watch girls’ stuff?
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GiPratt

23 days ago
Score 0
the bronies -_-
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Crs3011

7 months ago
Score 1
This movie is now no-longer talked about and some kids in the year 2020 may not remember this well.
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Floraptor

5 months ago
Score 1

What IS friendship?

(baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me no more)
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S012891

4 months ago
Score -1
This film does seemed overhyped to be a big theatrical as this doesn’t really have any connection to the TV series and the main villain is actually pretty childish.
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Dudemanball

2 months ago
Score 0

THIS THING HAD ONLY 6 MILLIONS DOLLARS AND IT'S FUCKI-

Mickey Mouse: USE MORE MILLIONS

Also Mickey Mouse: (makes a 354 million budget movie and it grosses 11 billions dollars)

This Movie: (famous Sr Pelo scream)

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