A new generation is about to be introduced to My Little Pony. My Little Pony: A New Generation arrives on Netflix Friday, September 24th. The new film introduces new ponies in familiar-like places, packed with Easter eggs and callbacks to the franchise and filled with catchy songs, My Little Pony: A New Generation is a film kids will love! Read my full, no-spoilers review.
Disclaimer: I was given advanced access to My Little Pony: A New Generation for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My Little Pony: A New Generation | A No-Spoiler, Parent Review
My Little Pony: A New Generation | Movie Synopsis
The unimaginable has happened...Equestria has lost its magic!
Earth Ponies, Unicorns, and Pegasi are no longer friends and now live separated by species. But idealistic Earth Pony Sunny (Vanessa Hudgens) is determined to find a way to bring enchantment and unity back to their world.
Teaming up with open-hearted Unicorn Izzy (Kimiko Glenn), the pair travel to faraway lands where they encounter the likes of charismatic and brave Pegasi Pipp (Sofia Carson) and Zipp (Liza Koshy) and the ever-responsible fellow Earth Pony Hitch (James Marsden).
Their mission is full of misadventures, but these new best friends each possess their own unique and special gifts that may be just what this ponyverse needs to restore magic and prove that even little ponies can make a big difference.
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My Little Pony: A New Generation | Review
My Little Pony: A New Generation is fun, features vibrant colors, and a lot of catchy tunes! This is a film kids will love!
It doesn't matter if you're a lifelong fan of My Little Pony or totally new to the franchise, My Little Pony: A New Generation is a film that stands on its own.
Seasoned fans need not worry though, My Little Pony: A New Generation opens with a direct callback to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and features a lot of Easter eggs for fans to search for while viewing!
The plot of My Little Pony: A New Generation is like an onion, it has layers.
On the surface, younger children will be able to understand the basics of the film; Earth Ponies, Unicorns and Pegasi have gone years (and years) without speaking to each other and are told terrible things about one another to keep the rift alive. But now the "new generation" is working together to try and create a world where everyone gets along.
Parents and caregivers watching My Little Pony: A New Generation will find this plot goes even deeper; showcasing people in power using fear to manipulate the citizens of their land, specifically in Maretime Bay (Earth Ponies) and Zephyr Heights (Pegasi). Earth Ponies chant "to be scared is to be prepared" and the royal family in Zephyr Heights has guards stationed on city limits to capture any "intruders" (Earth Ponies or Unicorns).
Another layer to the film is the theme of a strong-willed, young girl fighting against the establishment and not being afraid to speak out against something she feels is wrong.
My Little Pony: A New Generation is packed with Girl Power!
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Nothing to worry about here! I only recall hearing the word "hate" and it may have only been one time. This film is squeaky clean.
Our mane (get it?) characters face mild peril. There are some chase scenes where the girls need to hide in order not to be seen by guards/sheriffs but nothing is very scary and there is no one, overarching "bad guy" (like in the series from the 80's) that is to be feared in the film.
My Little Pony: A New Generation is rated PG for "some thematic elements".
After viewing the film, this rating is surprising to me. This is a truly, truly tame PG film and in my opinion, leans heavily towards the G side of the aisle.
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My Little Pony: A New Generation | My Final Thoughts
When watching My Little Pony: A New Generation I couldn't help but think of Trolls: World Tour. These films share a similarity in plot, in "A New Generation" we have different kinds of ponies not getting along and in Trolls World Tour, troll tribes from different music genres don't speak to each other. On top of that, both films have a strong-willed female character aiming to reunite everyone.
My Little Pony: A New Generation aims to teach the valuable lesson that we do not need to fear our differences and we can all live in harmony, together.
The CGI animation of this film is crisp and colorful, the cast is absolutely stellar and star-studded and the messaging of My Little Pony: A New Generation is certainly timely.
Bringing the ponies into the modern world really works and as someone who has watched the television series from the 80's, I appreciate that this film does not have a villain character that the ponies need to defeat. Instead, what they need to defeat is hatred and discrimination and in today's world that may just be the biggest villain of them all.
My Little Pony: A New Generation is perfect for your next family movie night.
Age recommendation for My Little Pony: A New Generation: 4+
With a running time of under 90 minutes, vibrant animation and lots of songs I think a 4 year old could really love this film.
Stream My Little Pony: A New Generation on Netflix September 24th.