My Little Pony: Equestria Girls is my first experience with the latest My Little Pony series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that debuted in 2010. Equestria Girls is a feature length film (well, almost, it's an hour and thirteen minutes so a little shorter than normal) that will be released on August 6, 2013, and although today is July 31st I got to watch it last night thanks a review copy I found in my mailbox. The artwork is 2D and looks like it may be Flash animation, so not groundbreaking or anything, but also not bad. And it is very colorful with a lot of pastels, so it was pretty easy on the eyes.
I was kinda surprised by this film, as not only was not it bad, but it also didn't really have any ponies in it. The ponies were only ever seen for a few minutes at the beginning and the end, so it was basically a My Little Pony movie without ponies. Not really the best way to get introduced to the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe. But even though the characters weren't ponies, they did have the personalities of the ponies... hm, this may make more sense if I get you up to speed on what the movies about.
Princess Twilight Sparkle has her crown stolen by a pony named Sunset Shimmer, who is a bitter former student of Celestia that basically turned to the dark side and had fled into an alternate dimension through a portal in a magic mirror. When Sunset Shimmer returns to steal the crown, she is interrupted and the crown gets knocked through the portal. Sunset Shimmer quickly follows, and after an quick explanation about Twilight Sparkle and the portal to Princess Twilight Sparkle and her friends, Princess Twilight Sparkle heads through the portal to reclaim her magic crown, with her little pet dragon Spike following right behind her.
Once through the portal, Twilight Sparkle and Spike find that they no longer look like themselves; Spike is now a dog and Twilight Sparkle is human. It was funny watching Twilight Sparkle adapt to this new body and environment. Like when she starts to gallop on all fours with Spike riding on her back before realizing that others are walking on two feet. And then the awkwardness when she tries to do it for herself. Then she also goes into the mens bathroom because she doesn't recognize the signs, or puts a pen in her mouth to right, or pounds on a computer keyboard with fists. This occurs all through the movie, not just at the beginning, which feels natural and adds comedy.
As a weird coincidence, there are humans here that have the same names, personalities, and overall general physical appearance of Twilight Sparkle's pony friends. It's these characters, with their unique personalties and quirks, that help to make the fairly common storyline more enjoyable. My favorite is the hyper and crazy Pinkie Pie, who is probably the funniest character of the film. In the beginning of the film, Pinkie Pie the pony coins a new word, "nerva-cited" as she jumps up and down in excitement and then immediately curls up in a nervous little ball and rocks back and forth... not only was that scene quite funny, but then she acts like an Autobot transforming back into her normal form, and they even played the transformation sound effect as she did so, which was just sprinkles on her performance.
Anyway, the basics of the story is that Princess Twilight finds herself in a high school with all her friends but in human form, and she needs to run and win the title of Fall Formal Princess in order to get the crown. The conflict come from Sunset Shimmer, who is basically the mean girl of the school. She is also determined to win the title of Fall Formal Princess along with the crown, and she'll use every underhanded technique she can think of to make that happen. So Twilight Sparkle and her friends have to figure out how to get her popular enough to win while dealing with the fallout from Sunset Shimmer's schemes.
It was a nice fish-out-of-water story but I think it really could have benefited from a subplot, especially one that took place over in Equestria where the ponies were. There is kind of a side plot is that all Twilight Sparkle's realize that all of her new human friends don't actually seem to be friends which each other even though a yearbook pictures shows that they used to be, and Twilight Sparkle wants to find out why, but that the realization and resolution of that subplot took place in a very short period of time so it's kinda hard to call it an actual subplot.
The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and a DVD that contains a digital copy that you can put on your computer or portable media device. A few special feature are included, but the one that's worth mention is the making-of, which is titled Through The Mirror of Equestria Girls. It's a good making-of featurette which covers all aspects of the film, the voice actors, the animation, the characters, the script, and the songs. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that there are a few songs in here. To me they sound like generic pop songs, neither terrible nor special. Another special feature is Karaoke for a couple of the songs. Anyway, it was an enjoyable enough film, but I wish it contained more ponies and perhaps a subplot.
- Through The Mirror Of Equestria Girls
- Karaoke Songs
- Printable Movie Poster
- Ponify Yourself