“Friendship comes in many colors”
I’ve been a little torn about the new My Little Pony Movie. Honestly, I have loved the hype around it in the fandom more than the movie itself. Not that it’s bad, don’t get me wrong, it’s just not… As good as the show.
I have been a part of the My Little Pony fandom since I was born, I grew up watching the first, cruel episodes, back in 1984, and I was terrified of the Dark Lord Tirek who caught ponies and turned them into dragons, forcing them to pull his wagon, or the strange witch Catrina who caught and enslaved everything that moved. Contrary to what most people believe, MLP is not, and never was, just a cute and pink show for little girls.
It is cute, yes. It is pink, yes. It is for girls, yes. But really, it is so much more.
And back in the 80ties, it was more heavy metal than the heavy metal scene, and now, with the Friendship is Magic series, it is the best, most well produced, well written, show on air at the moment.
I was super excited when they announced that the movie would be made. After all, the original “mlp the movie” from 1986 is still a hit, and the rebooted show is awesome.
I play Gameloft’s mobile pony game, which practically took me through the story line of the new movie before it aired, and add to that, Sia published her video for Rainbow, which filled in what ever blanks the game might have left, so long before the movie was even in the cinemas, I knew what it was about, and basically, how it would end.
(Love the song, by the way.)
I then discovered that the Danish cinemas would not air it in English, even though a lot of us wrote and asked them too. They maintained that MLP is for children and that airing it for an adult audience would be a waste of their money. I keep being impressed by that kind of thinking. How can people still think that it is children who watches this show? I mean, sure, kids watch it. But it is us who grew up with the ponies, who spend money on them.
Anyway, I ended up not going to see it at the cinema. I cannot handle Applejack with some dumb Danish farmer accent. I will suffer through a lot, for my ponies, but there, I draw a line. This is an animated show. The voice actors are a HUGE part of the characters.
I have seen it though.
Now, I know that a lot of the fandom didn’t like the new way it was animated. I kind of think that was a good idea, since it is so far from the show. It had to set itself apart from the series, because the story line is nothing like the show.
I will admit, I missed Starlight. I know that the movie has been in production for 3 years, or something like that, and that back when the story was written, Starlight was a fleeting guest star, but it felt super weird now, that she was not there.
These days, in the series, Starlight is practically the main character, and in this movie, no one ever mentioned her name. I would have wished that maybe they could have worked with the producers of the series and figured out how to anticipate that kind of things.
Also, when Tempest captures the Princesses, she says, “All four princesses,” and I’m instantly looking around for Princess Flurryheart, because Equestria has 5 princesses now. And no offence, but Flurryheart would have kicked her ass… If you were the Storm King, looking for magic, who cares about Cadance and Twilight? Really, even Luna and Celestia. Just get the alicorn baby. All the magic you need, right there.
But yeah, Flurryheart was not in the movie. Was she not born when they wrote it? I mean, it has been quite a long time, hasn’t it? How was she not in the movie?
Anyway. I like it that they expand the world, to the lands outside Equestria. That is a bold move, creating a world like that, where Celestia is not the ruler and where the ponies are not safe while traveling. It gives the story a touch of something greater, something bigger than just the world we know.
The movie has a lot of great characters in it as well, however predictable they are, most of them. Cappers, selling them out, but helping them in the end, because Rarity was nice to him. Princess Skystar, leaving their underwater hiding place to go fight for the freedom of equestria, even if her people dared not follow. The Storm King, turning on Tempest in the end…
I mean, how was she even working for him to begin with? She was always so, so much more than him.
And here is where the story gets me after all.
No matter how much I dislike that is is not in tune with the series, that there are WAY too many songs and that is IS written for a younger audience than the show usually is, there is no avoiding Tempest.
She was injured as a foal, her unicorn horn broken. She grew up alone, hiding from the other ponies, living outside Equestria, believing that she was broken and needed to be fixed. She ended up with the Storm King, a dictator whose IQ level was so low that one has to wonder why anyone ever followed him, helping him steal magic so he could become powerful enough to restore her horn.
To mend her.
I was holding my breath at the end of the movie, when Twilight and Tempest had their scene alone. I was terrified that Twilight would find some way to fix that broken horn. Or that she would promise Tempest that they would find a way to do it someday.
And here is why I love my little pony.
Twilight did not.
She just told Tempest that that horn seemed pretty powerful as it was.
Basically, I see your scars, but they healed, and you are not broken. You will never be what you were before, but what you are, is perfect as it is. Live with your past. The future is still yours and it can be anything you make it.
That’s a lesson to think about, I guess.
(Best song from the movie. The one that is closest to the sound on the series as well.)
So, should you watch it?
If you are a kid, yes. Absolutely. That goes for little boys too, by the way. Because guess what, my little pony is not just for girls.
If you are part of the fandom, and you love the series, then yes. Don’t miss it. You will be entertained, you will have a thousand new songs to sing, and you will snicker about how much cider Rainbow Dash gets away with drinking.
If you are not a child, or part of the fandom, then I guess, no. This is not the movie that will open up your eyes to the beauty of my little pony. It will enforce your idea that is is a cute, pink show with a lot of happy dancing rainbows and unicorns. Watch the series instead. Seriously. Not miss out on that. But don’t start with the movie.