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My Little Pony Equestria Girls

October 6, 2013

I finally got around to watching this on Friday night. First, shut up. It’s a good show, I don’t care what you think. I love the Friendship Is Magic series, and I don’t mind admitting it. I also buy both the comic series each month. I’m a Brony, and I’m not ashamed of it. But on to the movie.

The premise behind the movie is just doing My Little Pony as people. Twilight Sparkle, now a princess, has her crown stolen by Sunset Shimmer (which is basically the exact same name), who jumps through a magic mirror leading to another dimension. Twilight Sparkle, accompanied only by her best friend, the baby dragon Spike, follows her through the mirror. Twilight has three days to get the crown and get back to her own dimension. The dimension she winds up in, of course, is full of human versions of all the familiar ponies, in a high school setting. Twilight learns that the crown is going to be given as the prize at a dance, and enters the race to be picked as the school’s princess so she can get the crown. Sunset Shimmer basically rules the school, and Twilight has no idea how to act like a human, so it seems hopeless, until she gets help from her friends – Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity and Rainbow Dash – to get everyone on her side through the power of a catchy musical number. The dance comes, Twilight wins the crown, Sunset Shimmer gets a fight going that allows her to grab the crown, she uses it to become immensely powerful. But! When she uses the crown to attack Twilight and her friends, the Magic of Friendship lets them blast the crap out of her. Twilight tells her about the power of friendship, and Twilight’s friends agree to help her learn how to be a better person, and then Twilight goes home. Happy endings all around, because this is My Little Pony, and that’s just how they roll.

This is a lot of fun. It’s amusing watching Twilight struggle with being human. She never does quite get the hang of it, and keeps accidentally acting like a pony: Picking things up with her teeth, asking for extra oats in a drink she ordered, that sort of thing. She’s also really attracted to some guy she keeps bumping into. He’s all dreamy and junk. And, of course, it’s fun seeing her interact with human versions of her old friends, bringing them back together as friends after they had a falling out before the events of the movie.

Speaking of the group, there’s also something pleasant about seeing their personalities shine through.

Perhaps the funnest aspect, though, is seeing the human versions of various other ponies. I grinned when I noticed Derpy in one scene. The Cutie Mark Crusaders keep showing up, still adorably stupid. Photo Finish, Vinyl Scratch, Snips and Snails, even the Great and Powerful Trixie, who manages to be awesome just buying some crackers out of a vending machine.

One interesting thing is the high school setting. In the show, the characters are all adults. Applejack essentially runs her family’s farm, and Rarity owns her own business. The characters are youthful, but they’re still adults. The movie moved them down to teenagers. I can sorta understand why they did it – because high school is a popular setting – but it’s just weird.

I will admit, whenever there’s a musical number, I feel really silly. But for the most part, I also enjoy them. The songs are the one part of it that makes me feel a little self-conscious, but they’re good songs.

Anyway. I really enjoyed this. I thought it was a lot of fun. And I’m looking forward to the series starting back up in November.

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