This yr is the 35th anniversary of the My Little Pony franchise, and to have fun, Hasbro and Lionsgate have launched a double function set of each the 1986 and 2017 variations of My Little Pony: The Movie! In the event you’re a fan of the franchise who hasn’t seen one or each of those films, then that is in all probability a set you’re going to need to take a look at!
I’ll preface this evaluate by saying that I didn’t develop up with these cartoons, and my solely publicity to this franchise as a child was that my cousin had a few of the toys, and we performed with them a few times once I visited her. I by no means noticed the present, or owned any toys myself.
I additionally haven’t been capable of get into the brand new model of the present, regardless of its apparently reputation with individuals of my age and gender. I’ve tried to observe it, when the present first began blowing up, I heard how nice it was, and all concerning the Brony phenomenon, however I discovered it to be too geared towards youthful viewers for me to completely decide to staying with it long run. Nevertheless, I’ve nothing towards individuals who do prefer it. I get why it’s well-liked, it’s a colourful, enjoyable present, with nice characters, good messages, and nice artwork course. It’s simply that, for probably the most half, it’s not my cup of tea.
I say all this so you recognize going into these evaluations, that I’m coming at this from the perspective of a principally complete outsider to the franchise. I’m not biased for or towards it, and I had no concept what to anticipate going into both of those films. So, with all that being stated, let’s get into them.
My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)
Like I stated earlier than, I had no concept what to anticipate going into this, however no matter it was, I don’t assume it was this. This film was straight up unusual, however like, you’ll be able to in all probability say that about most leisure of that period. Most cartoons have been advertising automobiles design to promote a line of toys, and this was no totally different.
I feel the primary factor I used to be anticipating with this one was a sweet coloured journey by means of a land particularly designed to attraction to the advertising requirements for what somewhat woman ought to need to play with. And whereas elements of it have been that, for probably the most half it was a lot nearer to a stereotypical 80’s animated motion journey film, which sort of stunned me. Like a number of films from that period, it had too many songs, bizarre, over-the-prime villains, and annoying, pointless viewers surrogates, together with three human youngsters for some purpose.
Now I’ll say, proper off the bat, that I didn’t love this film, however I don’t assume it was horrible. It undoubtedly wasn’t good by as we speak’s requirements, it had means too many songs that didn’t serve the plot in any respect, a lot of the dialogue was terribly cliche, and all the characters felt like commonplace fantasy youngsters’ film character templates, fairly than actual, relatable characters. Nevertheless, for followers of the unique My Little Pony toys, or for these in search of successful of pure 80’s nostalgia, this film is completely good. All these film traits that I discussed as negatives, have been just about youngsters’s’ leisure requirements for a number of many years, and for many who grew up with exhibits and films like that, this film is complete nostalgia bait.
The primary premise for this movie is that the My Little Pony characters all stay in concord in a lovely citadel with cute woodland creatures. They spend their days placing on exhibits and having enjoyable events, however their idyllic life is threatened by a household of witches who reside in a volcano, the matriarch of which hates the Ponies for some purpose, and tries to drown all of them in a sea of sentient purple slime referred to as Smooze. The mom witch is principally your commonplace film villain/horrible mom, who manipulates her youngsters with verbal and bodily abuse, and is usually a totally heinous individual with completely no redeeming qualities, as a result of it was the 80’s earlier than nuance had been invented. (Delicate playful sarcasm) Which is ok, I’ve no drawback with cartoon villains who’re evil for the sake of being evil, however the remainder of the story wants to carry up, and this one actually didn’t.
The driving drive of the plot is that one of many child ponies goes lacking on the similar time that the land is threatened by the witches and their Smooze. The remainder of the ponies go to seek out the lacking child, after which workforce up with a band of different magical creatures and three human youngsters to go on a quest to seek out the Flutter Ponies, who’re the land’s solely hope for salvation from the Smooze. I’m not going to spoil any extra of the plot for you, however I’ll say that there’s a reasonably good probability that all of them reside fortunately ever after.
Placing apart my nitpicks, one factor I did take pleasure in about this film was the large variety of recognizable voices it had. Primary was Cloris Leachman as the primary witch, Hydia, however I additionally observed that Spike, the child dragon was voiced by Charlie Adler, who voiced Buster Bunny, from one in every of my favourite childhood exhibits, Tiny Toons. As well as there was additionally Minnie Mouse herself, Russie Taylor, in addition to Danny Devito, Madeline Kahn, Reah Perlman, and a number of different massive names within the voice appearing group, together with Nancy Cartwrite, Scott Menville, and Frank Welker.
So in the long run, whereas I did discover some sections of this movie to be a chore to take a seat via, primarily the seemingly endless, pointless songs, it was an entertaining little bit of 80’s cartoon nostalgia, even for somebody like me who had by no means seen any of the My Little Pony cartoons rising up. There’s sufficient of a really feel for that period of leisure that there might be at the very least some measure of enjoyment to be discovered for anybody who grew up with exhibits like this one. Simply don’t look forward to finding a compelling plot that holds as much as modern-day leisure requirements and writing high quality.
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
As soon as once more, going into this principally blind, I solely had what little I’d seen of the present to go on, and I used to be assuming that it might be a number of what I’d seen earlier than, cute characters, good animation, a enjoyable story, and simply solved, non-threatening battle. I hoped the stakes can be raised a bit, as a result of that’s primarily what I really feel like is lacking from the present, so I used to be pleasantly stunned to see that there have been some precise stakes for this film. And past the stakes being lots greater, the whole lot was miles higher than the unique movie in just about each approach. The animation was sort of the identical, however nonetheless one way or the other higher, extra detailed, the writing was higher, the characters have been extra outlined, undoubtedly extra memorable and extra relatable, and even the music was nice! The unique movie had numerous pointless fluff for its musical numbers, however this one had songs that match the story, and had precise emotion to them. Plus Sia was there, so, bonus factors.
Apart from the good writing and animation, this film additionally has an excellent forged. I used to be glad to seek out out that they introduced again the forged of the present, as some animated exhibits which make the leap to the large display, jettison their (principally) unknown voice actors in favor of massive stars to allow them to promote the film. That was not the case right here, and as an alternative they selected to complement their already nice forged of voice actors, with huge names to play the villains and aspect characters.
On the aspect of the heroes, we had characters voiced by Taye Diggs, Kristen Chenowyth, Uzo Aduba, and Zoe Saldana, simply to call a number of, and I assumed everybody was completely forged. For the villains we had Liev Shriber because the Storm King and Emily Blunt as Tempest Shadow, together with Micheal Peña as her minion, Grubber. (Who was hilarious, by the best way, and in response to the bonus materials, truly advert-libbed a great portion of his dialogue.)
The primary premise for this story is that Equestria, the land of the ponies, is invaded by the army forces of The Storm King, who is a few type of unnamed, mythological hybrid creature, which to me appeared to be a mixture of a goat and a colobus monkey. I wasn’t positive what the army creatures have been alleged to be, however there was one little badger factor, Micheal Peña’s Grubber, who wasn’t sporting the masks and armor, so I assume I’m assuming that the Storm King’s military was a bunch of mutant armored badgers. The military can also be led by a unicorn with a damaged horn, Emily Blunt’s Tempest, who’s working for the Storm King as a result of he has promised to revive her damaged horn as soon as he has the facility of the 4 unicorn princesses.
The military fairly simply defeats the horse kingdom, all apart from one of many 4 princesses, Twilight Sparkle, and her associates, who barely escape the onslaught. In the course of the mayhem, the chief of Equestria, Princess Celestia, had began to say that they wanted to seek out, “The Queen of the Hippo-” however had been turned to stone earlier than ending her sentence. This leads the ponies to consider that they should discover the Queen of the Hippos, to assist them defeat the Storm King, not realizing that she had been making an attempt to say the Hippogriffs, one other race of magical horse creatures, who’re half eagle.
This units them off on a quest to (ultimately) discover the Hippogriffs, and save Equestria from the Storm King and his military. Alongside the best way they meet a crafty cat creature, a crew of pirate parrot individuals, and a hidden kingdom of sea ponies who might have extra to them than meets the attention.
I gained’t get into the higher plot should you haven’t seen this your self, however suffice it to say, that I feel this one is value watching, each for followers of the present, and animation basically, particularly when you have youngsters. This film isn’t fairly as much as the masterpiece high quality of many Disney/Pixar/and so forth. movies, nevertheless it doesn’t really feel (as a lot) like a simply-for-youngsters present, as a lot of the episodes I had beforehand seen. However there’s actually nothing incorrect with not being a masterpiece. Not each film must be Coco or Wall-E, and there’s nothing mistaken with catering to youngsters. And if that’s what you’re going to do, that is the best way to do it, omit any speaking down or moralizing, and make any morals you do embrace really feel pure, and under no circumstances pressured.
All in all, this film was higher than the unique by leaps and bounds. It was in all probability not sufficient to make me a “Brony” however I did take pleasure in it, and I completely assume it’s value testing. When you’re a fan of the My Little Pony franchise, or should you’re an animation fan who’s been eager for some nicely designed 2D animation, or in case you’re a father or mother of youngsters who needs one thing to observe with them, that’s aimed toward them, however nonetheless completely watchable as an grownup, then this film is for you.
There have been a couple of issues included on this set for bonus options, however truthfully, not sufficient. The disks virtually felt like recycled variations of earlier releases they usually didn’t hassle to incorporate something related to the 35th anniversary celebration that you simply may need anticipated, provided that that’s actually all the level of this launch. Even only a retrospective on the franchise, or a glance into the making of the toys, or their origins, something like that might have sufficed, however as an alternative we get a couple of sing-alongside songs on the unique film, and a smattering of (admittedly fascinating) extras associated to the making of the 2017 movie.
There have been a couple of of the traditional issues, trailers, a deleted scene, 2 making-of options, one concerning the voice actors, one specializing in the artwork, (each fascinating, and price watching) and a behind the scenes music video that includes Taye Diggs.
There have been additionally some very odd inclusions, like an animated brief that includes bizarrely humanoid variations of the ponies, which was very brief, however nonetheless amusing, nevertheless, I used to be simply completely confused as to why and the way they have been all people. Perhaps it was like an elseworlds factor? One other dimension?
There was additionally a bizarre, Baking With Pinky Pie phase, that featured human arms with Pinky Pie’s voiceover, so perhaps this was the human model of the character from the brief, simply in reside motion? Both approach, it was unusual, and didn’t look like a pure inclusion. I’m positive youngsters will discover it amusing although.
The DVD additionally included an animated brief that had been included within the theatrical launch of the movie, referred to as Hanazuki: Filled with Treasures which was an fascinating, cute, sci-fi brief about somewhat woman. a slug-rabbit-creature, and another unusual characters. It was bizarre, however I loved it.
General, this set is ok, however for those who have been in search of a set to have fun the My Little Pony franchise, then perhaps look elsewhere. This launch was utterly devoid of any significant historic supplies about both the toys, or the unique movie, so past the films themselves, there’s actually no incentive for followers to seize this set. Nevertheless, in case you’re only a fan of the characters, and also you need to personal these films, then decide up this set. It will not be the best factor for critical collectors, however for informal followers, I feel it’s completely value it.
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