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My Little Pony: A New Generation - Film Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published October 12th 2021
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Sunny and Izzy.

Sunny Starscout (voiced by Vanessa Hudgens) is a young Earth pony who lives in a time when Twilight Sparkle and the other ponies of the Friendship is Magic series are just legends. There is no magic left in her world, and the Earth ponies live in fear of unicorns and pegasi, who they believe to be dangerous monsters.

With the help of her dad, Argyle Starshine (Michael McKean), she sends out a floating lantern extending an invitation to any unicorns or pegasi who might want to come and make friends with her. Many years later, and much to Sunny's surprise, a unicorn appears in her town in answer to her invitation. Sunny then must go on a quest with the unicorn, Izzy Moonbow (Kimiko Glenn from Orange is the New Black), and a young pegasus named Zipp (Liza Koshy) to find a way to unite the three types of ponies once more.

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The ponies get into the spirit of the Group Where Everyone Angry Reacts Corn. Google it. You're welcome.

My Little Pony: A New Generation is the newest addition to the My Little Pony Franchise. It was supposed to get a theatrical release but COVID-19 happened, so instead, it was released in most countries around the world on Netflix in September 2021.

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Sad unicorns in a world without magic.

To be honest, I was a little sceptical at first about whether this new generation of ponies would be as much fun as the ones from Friendship is Magic. As a heads up, fans of Friendship is Magic might be a little sad that, since this movie is set a long time (possibly thousands of years) in the future, all of the characters from the original show are dead, and Queen Celestia's palace is in ruins. Sunny's father also dies (presumably) off-screen without explanation.

It's a bit jarring when there are no crossover characters at all, very fourth season of Skins, but the characters grew on me pretty quickly. I have heard some fans didn't like the switch from traditional animal to a 3D style but I got used to that quickly too, and it will probably appeal to anyone who liked Trolls.

More importantly, I appreciated the quality of the writing. The humour, quirkiness and occasional pop-culture references were still there, and so were the wholesomeness and warm fuzzy vibes. At the heart of the film was a message about being wary of misinformation and xenophobia. There is also a lot of sparkle and pretty colours and a few songs, among which Danger Danger, where the earth ponies form an angry mob to attack the unicorns and pegusi, stands out as hilarious.

My Little Pony: A New Generation is a sweet, all-ages movie that would be great for a family movie night. It will appeal to My Little Pony fans, young and old.

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