VIDEO: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013)

Mr. Warmth and Sunshine himself reviews the limited release My Little Pony film, Equestria Girls. (Or, as Mendo called it when he walked up to the ticket counter, “The Damn Pony Movie”.) This can’t end well…

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  • MichaelANovelli

    The movies I watch, man…

  • Joe

    A prime of example of why i am not a fan of this man’s videos. I like ponies. I am not a brony.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Sorry you feel that way. :-)

  • Cristiona

    This… is a pretty reasonable review, actually. I appreciate that you’ve reviewed it like (most) any other movie. This is going to be a polarizing movie (which I can’t believe I just wrote) because the fanbase is so.. loud. Getting a review from someone who’s neither a hater nor a psychofan is nice.
    And, frankly, your review is about what I expected. I figured it’d be little more than a jumped-up 3 part episode. Not because it’s ponies, but because it’s a movie based on a TV show.

    • MichaelANovelli

      And yet, it’s just barely over an hour long. Oh well, my ticket was only $5.00! ^_^

  • Ardawen

    Good review person man

    Okay i have to admit, i AM a fan of the show, but this movie.. yea it thought it was… okay (sounds weird coming from a fan ha?)

    You make good points.

    I could go on and on about my thoughts about this movie, buuuut i don’t want to bore you.
    Let’s just keep it at my initial thought when i saw the trailer …. why this plot now??? (after season 3 (not going to bother you with a explanation) )

    Cheers

  • Meir Teichman

    is it just me or does Equestria Girls seem to be undoing everything lauren faust set out to do with MLP in the first place? rather than keeping it a good adventure show that everyone can enjoy it’s treading back to the cliches of old girls’ shows with just parties and romance and such?

    • That’s not really the fault of the show’s current staff. It’s Hasbro that keeps forcing these changes onto the show. There is still talent behind the show but when you have so much corporate pressure to make lead into a princess or make them into humans and put them in high school, it’s pretty hard to do. I’m sure Faust would have done more with the show if she continued to be a part of it, even in the ‘creative consultant’ role she took, but I think that the fan outrages that have come from this (all that for a surprisingly decent movie by all accounts) with people begging for her to come back is pretty foolish, especially when the show’s staff is doing a good job in keeping the show entertaining to watch and Faust is still trying to make her Galaxy Girls dream project into an actual show. To say her work was undone is just another massive overreaction like all the other massive overreactions. (Derpy, Alicorn Twilight, Fighting is Magic etc.)

      This was done to sell merchandise, pure and simple. But what else do you expect from a Hasbro-run company? I don’t think ANYONE expected this movie to even be slightly passable! Even the most dedicated bronies expected this to bomb and bomb hard! But what a surprise, even people outside of the fandom (Mendo here) saw it was alright. Maybe expectations were so low that those who eventually watched it were surprised at how non-sucky it was (mirroring the fandom’s genesis anyone?) at least for the most part.

    • The Nightmare Rider

      No I don’t think it is. They may be more under Hasbro’s thumb, but I would say that the writers have handled Equestria Girls in the best way that they could given the circumstances. They managed to portray an AU version of the characters well without making them a complete cut and paste version of their equestria selves, they set up a villain who is at least smart enough to be both intimidating and manipulative and they at least develop a very well character driven story that fits within it’s own universe without abandoning all the magical aspects all together.

      I don’t think this would work for a full spin off TV show, but for a one shot story it doesn’t entirely bow down to all the cliches due to how well the characters are written. There are problems, of course, but when compared to previous generations of MLP it’s not nearly the level of Generations 2 and 3. If they went back to THAT, it would be a betrayal of Lauren Faust’s vision.

      • MichaelANovelli

        Yeah, it would probably be best just to leave it with one. It’ll be like that episode of Daria, “Depth Takes A Holiday”, where at the end President’s Day decided to redeem himself, but it was left to our imaginations whether The Holidays ever rocked as hard without Trent…

      • JD

        god i hope not. A TV series of this would necessitate a crossover episode in Hasbros mind.
        that we dont need.

        • MichaelANovelli

          A crossover with what? Transformers? That…would make a lot of sense, actually…

          • danbreunig

            Ponybots versus Equestricons! Look at what we unleashed. And speaking of older franchises mixing with the Ponies…where’s my MLP of 30-30?!

          • MichaelANovelli

            The toys! They’ll sell themselves!

          • MichaelANovelli

            You know, for someone who actually watched BraveStarr growing up, I’m ashamed that it’s taken me this long to actually get what you said…

          • danbreunig

            Naw, I’m just glad there was someone here who got what I said–and who’s not too young to remember it. Although I did see someone on DeviantArt made an actual MLP 30-30 fanart, complete with SaraJane as the cutie mark.

          • JD

            I meant a MLP- EQ crossover episode.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Why not a three-way?

  • Creature SH

    Thank you for suffering through this thing for the benefit of your audience. And curse you for giving them money for it.

    Wait a second, Walky? As in… David Willis Walky?!

    • MichaelANovelli

      Yup. Caught me off-guard, too!

  • It seems to me that whenever the movie makers take a franchise that is based in another world or another time and the plot of the movie is to somehow make the charactersof said franchise show up in our world, the resulting movie tend to suck.

    • MichaelANovelli

      And yet, despite at least three decades of empirical proof, they keep doing it, anyway…

      • The only reason I can think of is that setting it in our world is cheaper than creating a new one.

        • danbreunig

          Maybe it’s not so much cheaper as it is less hassle to actually create. I’d think it would be cheaper to invent a new world that’s really less interesting than our own.

          • Maybe they just like idea of franchises going to our world so much cos it SOUNDS awesome but almost nobody can pull it off when it comes to execution.

  • gasmaskangel

    I’m holding out for it to get to netflix. I’m actually sort of dreading actually watching it, because although I do like the show (don’t ask me to explain why or I’ll give you a damn essay) I hate HATE HAAAAATTTTTEEEEEE high school as a setting.

    Admittedly this is petty, but it always bugs the shit out of me.

    • MichaelANovelli

      You might not like the high school AU fic they’re doing about me on Twitter, then…

      • gasmaskangel

        The one thing I’ve seen where I liked the High School setting was Urusei Yatsura, and that was just because it was always at least as insane as everything else on the show.

        • MichaelANovelli

          That, and Urusei Yatsura is awesome! As my tattoo can attest!

        • Cameron Vale

          I like Degrassi

    • danbreunig

      Ain’t so petty–see my high school comment above (or below, depending how the order shifts after a while).

  • Gussie Jives

    As a non-brony, but in that age range, I tried to watch the show for a couple of episodes. In the end I found that it was okay, but it was only okay. It made me laugh at the sight gags a couple of times, and the characters were well-developed, but even in the show, I never got the idea that there was much at stake there either.

    I just don’t get the obsession with it. A casual fandom I can understand, but of all the things to form an obsessive community around, this is it? I read an article of my local paper detailing a brony and his room was FULL of the MLP stuff. Granted, the Beanie Babies I have in my closet don’t exactly smack of manliness, but I did get those when I was 10, not 18.

    My childhood cartoon was The Real Ghostbusters. While there were some dumb episodes in the first two seasons, there were TONS of episodes where the stakes were massive, and the characterizations of the Ghostbusters, and the villains were quite nuanced. “Ragnarok ‘N Roll” for example had a jilted boyfriend nearly destroy the planet, only to be talked down by his friend who he had saved years before. It’s got some moving scenes there for a kids show.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Yeah, The Real Ghostbusters were kinda the shit, weren’t they? I don’t mind MLP:FIM being so successful, as I said, I just can’t get into it. Still, I’d like to think I gave the film a fair chance…

      • Gussie Jives

        I would agree. Another great vid, Mendo! :)

        • MichaelANovelli

          I aim to please!

  • $36060516

    This is the first time someone wearing a green wig has threatened to murder me! Interesting that Flash is making the leap to the big screen as it wanes on the Internet it was created for. As to high school being the end all of one’s existence, recently read an article that argued it actually is, psychologically speaking: http://nymag.com/news/features/high-school-2013-1/

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, high school being hyped up since childhood doesn’t help…

      • danbreunig

        Who loved high school except those who pissed on those who didn’t like high school?

        • MichaelANovelli

          Hell, I was popular in high school and I hated high school…

          • danbreunig

            Popular can mean two different things, though…

            As long as we’re on the MLP subject, I’ll mention that my greatest exposure to FIM is actually the maybe most famous fanfic story “Cupcakes”. I take it you’ve read it by now? And if not, you may never see Pinky Pie the same way again (or it may confirm your suspicions of her).

          • MichaelANovelli

            That wascally Rosen Hacker tried to get me to read that a while back. Nothing came of it…

        • John Wilson

          I liked high school. Though I did had a lot of hippie friends that smoked weed so that may had help:).

  • Cameron Vale

    She had to live through High School with the name ‘Pinkie Pie’? Jesus Christ.

    • MichaelANovelli

      At least “Pinkie” is an actual name. It’s Fluttershy I feel sorry for…

      • Practically ever pony has a name that sounds like they were named by hippy parents.

      • CaptainCalvinCat

        they could’ve done the BSG (reimagined) way and say “Fluttershy” is a nickname… such as Starbuck and Apollo – I mean, in the new show – that isn’t so new now – they at least have real names like “Leland Joseph Adama” and battlenames like “Apollo”… in the old show that poor guy was NAMED Apollo.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Now, the question becomes: in this context, is “Pie” her last name?

          • … in this context it kind of becomes dirty.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Indeed!

  • Sofie Liv

    Quite honestly.. I did not think the movie was bad at all.

    I am a pony fan and enjoy the show immensly.

    I all-ready know what went behind the movie, it was all Hasbro, whom wanted it to be high-school so they could get in on the “Bratz” and “My scene.” Base when it comes to selling dolls for older girls, it was all for the merchandising.

    How-ever, knowing that, and knowing what the writers had to work with here. It had to be human ponies so they could become dolls, had to be high school for a new tie-in tely show and the school had to have a school ball, because you know.. clothes line for the dolls.

    How-ever, even taking all of this into account, the movie neatly avoids all of the usual traps of such a production and does it right. It doesn’t all end up in a shallow popularity contest, the ideals and message of the movie is in actuality true to the show. It’s about agreeing in spite of differences and be friends in spite of different backgrounds, and the movie actually get all of that.

    The main six doesn’t become the bratty high school girls I am so used to from other shows such as “Totally spies.” or “Bratz.” where all it’s about.. say it with me now.. is “Boys, social statues and clothes.”

    We had a boy in there, true. But he was freaking minor at best and was just there, plus the scenes with him and Twily were actually charming so I don’t mind. It wasn’t about him, he wasn’t central.

    Social status.. well, we had sunshine shimmer as the social queen and Twilight whom must win the contest to become queen. But instead of the shallow old school bitchy kind of making this ancient old plot by screwing each other over, it’s just about Twilight being her own nice self and pulling people together to help each other, which is a very nice message. And clothes… ??? well, except for Rarity just being Rarity.. no..

    On the surface it does look like another “Bratz.” movie, but take a closer look and it’s spirit stays true to the open minded innocense of MLP.

    That’s my two cents on it. Cheers.

    • Thanks for another opinion. If you had to compare it to an episode, what would you put it next to?

      • Sofie Liv

        An average episode really, it doesn’t come close to the standout episodes such as “Return of harmony.” or “A cantalot wedding.” (which both would have made for way better movie plots if you ask me.)

        But it stands fine enough on its own beside such episodes as “Winther wrapoff.” or “Sister hooves social day.” you know.. the average episodes which are not bad, but isn’t really standout either, and have a cheesy “We can do this as long as we stand together as friends.” message to it… which to be fair, as childish as that sound, it is the core message of the show and what it wants to get out there. “Friendship is magic.” ya know..

    • CaptainCalvinCat

      I watched one episode of “Totally spies” and found it not that bad… okay, yes, power-fantasy and a Charlies Angels Rip-Off taking place in High School but… isn’t this movie more or less a giant fanfic?

      Although, I have to say, when I was made aware of it and one showed me the portal that Sparkle, Twililght (thanks to SFDebris for that one) would be going through, I couldn’t help but grin.

      A Stargate in Ponyland. ^^

      • Sofie Liv

        I actually did watch Totally Spies sort of religiously when I was a kid, it was one of the few programmes running regularly saturday morning on my two channels.

        How-ever, I did always feel that “Boys, social status and clothes.” filled waaaaaay to much in the series.

        Yeah, the boy gag was maybe fun.. ones. But after a while it gets redundant. The three girls are supposed to have three different personalities. “The tomboy sport girl.” “The smart geek girl.” and “The popular fashion girl.” yet all three of them act the same in a shopping mall and acts like neat pink designs on the sky gear and clothes is like the best thing ever. I can understand. “Fasion girl.” acting like that, but the tomboy and the geek? I’m a geek whom also loves nice looking things, I can go gaga over a dress if I find one I like, but I wouldn’t act like that you know. And it’s another joke that was maybe kind of fun the first time but then..

        Also, girls. You are supposed to be spies for crying out loud, seeing the spy girl crying over split ends in her hair aint that funny.

        I did not like totally spies due to the boys, social status drama (complete with a rivaling bitch.) and clothes. That was the boring weak part of the show.

        i liked it because of the cheesy plots all over the map, the big trap islands, the allies whom turned out to be heroes, the big lazer guns. It was some marketing manager whom thought I would care about clovers lipstick when I really don’t, I just want the cheesy james bond like plot going, with the mad villain of the week and stuff, doing his evil laughter thing . (I did like how absolutely mental the show could get, that was the entertaining part.)

        This movie is certainly better writing than a fanfic, it’s clearly written by people whom knows of the show and have worked with it for quite a while, whom knows what the basic message and spirit is of the show, and they do manage to most important thing, to keep that basic message and spirit intakt. Instead of going to “Fanboy route.” just writing Twilight fawning over a new guy in school and instantly become miss popular in class, even though she is so clumsy and missunderstood… bweh, My little pony with a twilight plot.. “Shivers.” that would have been the fanfic option, this one is actually considerable well written.

    • danbreunig

      Ah, from the good old days (from an Adventure last year): “Boys, Social Status, Clothes.”

      I never forgot it ;)

      • MichaelANovelli

        Good times, man…

  • MichaelANovelli

    Well, I’ve just checked Habro’s website, and they don’t seem to be selling toys of the humanoid versions. That’s…odd…

    • Sofie Liv

      it’ll come when they decide actually to launch an “Equestria girls.” show or not.

      Hasbro actually tried to do some-thing quite different, this movie is actually nothing but a potential pilot to a tie-in show to My little pony friendship is magic.

      It’s very simple, if this movie is a success and earns money, it’ll really become a pilot to an entire show based around this high school concept, and be a tie in to MLP, thus start an entire toy line based on Equestria girls. if the movie is not succesfull, they’ll simply drop the entire thing without loosing much money at all.

      This stragedy is quite ingenious if you think about it, there are almost no risks involved here, at worst the movie wont earn the money in it cost to make, but for a cinema movie.. well.. it was never that exspensive, they still use flash animation, nothing hand-drawn, which makes it quite cheap.

      The numbers of this movie simply decides whether they will move forward with a tely show and a toy line, just to be on the safe side.

      But well, looking at the numbers right now, i’ll pretty confident that they’ll make “Equestria girls the series.” an official project aaaaaaaany moment around now.

      And how do I feel about such a prospect right now? Well.. honestly, a lot better than before I saw the movie.

      Am I the only one who got kind of a sailor moon vibe out of this movie? I could actually totally see this turning into a supernatural show where the girls gets to go out to fight monsters every week with their magic powers of pony friendship, and if that happens. Well, i’m all for it. I LOVE W.I.T.C.H. , Madoka Magica, and other similar shows with the same plot. (I read the original W.I.T.C.H. Comic book fanatically as a kid, first genuine comic book series I actually bought and collected, and looking back at it.. I feel like it still holds up to this day. The first arch of the book any-way, which was epic fantasi!)

      • MichaelANovelli

        I got that, too! And I love me some Sailor Moon! Still, if that’s the idea, why such a limited release?

        • Sofie Liv

          because it’s obviously not even a cinema movie, it’s a direct to DVD movie at best, and it’s DVD sales they are going to base their numbers on.

          • MichaelANovelli

            So, they’re just jerking us around, basically? That’s mean…

          • Sofie Liv

            njah, it’s more like giving into peoples demands. people wanted to have a MLP cinema movie, fine, they release the movie in some cinemas.

          • MichaelANovelli

            I must say, this all sounds a bit like Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters, except that I actually got to see this in a theater… Then again, I doubt the Ponies could pull off a viral marketing stunt like the Boston Mooninite Scare…

          • danbreunig

            I decided to check out the ATHF movie when it was in the theater (nearly at capacity, even), and that’s what got me hooked on the proper show ever since, despite its age. So who knows what impact having a theater-run FIM movie may have in spreading the fanbase? Although it’s more likely to split the fanbase, as current-TV-show-made-into-movie movies are wont to do.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Metalocalypse has since replaced ATHF in my heart, but I still enjoy it. ^_^

          • danbreunig

            Speaking of Metalocalypse, that’s the idea brewing for a new fanart ;)

          • MichaelANovelli

            Yeah! I can be Mendoface!

  • Thomas Stockel

    Mendo, did you see this movie because you lost a bet or something? It just seems so…unlike you…

    • MichaelANovelli

      Why did I see it? Because, somebody had to!

  • Shouldn’t Sofie or Joey have done this?
    Seriously, though, thanks for taking one. I was starting to consider it. I wish they would realize that a good show does not mean a good crap movie, ever. EVER. Ninja Turtles was popular for being DIFFERENT from the show. Pokemon was a hit, but its counterpart, Digimon, produced a crappy movie because it was too American to understand what people liked about the original movies. I’m not even going to watch the Fairly Oddparents movie because the very premise rapes my childhood in a surprisingly literal sense. Doctor Who. Power Rangers. Inspector Gadget. Avatar: The Last Airbender. Transformers. The Smurfs. Studios, please stop doing this!

  • MichaelANovelli

    Wait, why do horses need beds? Don’t they sleep standing up?

    • Horses can choose to sleep standing up or lying down.

      • Sofie Liv

        Of cause that is the important question to ask when we are talking about a univers where rainbows are made in a rainbow factory, the moon and sun is lifted by the two princess’s of the land, the weather is managed by pegasus’s, magic is a fact, and the strongest magic of all protection the lands is the magic with core in friendship..

        • And why there is a ROCK FARM! Rock’s are primary exports of Ponyville don’tcha know?

          • Sofie Liv

            HEY! that was my joke and you very well know it, you cheap imitator.

          • Hey, when there’s an opening…I’m just flattering you by imitating you. You know that. ;)

          • MichaelANovelli

            I’m more confused than ever…

        • danbreunig

          Iluvatar would be proud.

          Well, the way you just described that, it sounds like something straight out of The Silmarillion.

  • JamSanJose

    This movie is on Youtube, if anyone is interested, and I actually watched it. I wasn’t even aware of it until I watched your review. It was okay, but I am Neither a brony or an 8 year old girl.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Good to know! ^_^

    • Thanks for that info, I watched it and the movie was much better than I expected.

  • MichaelANovelli

    I will say this: in retrospect, given the choice, I would go see this again. So, point Equestria Girls!

  • gasmaskangel

    Ok, I finally saw this movie, and I hated it. The villain was lame, the love interest could be edited out with almost no effect on the overall plot, the story was insipid highschool tripe (which I personally loathe in all its forms) and if you’re at all a fan of the show then congratulations, the characters you like are basically reduced to props.

    The only positives I can come up with is that at least most of the jokes landed where they should, I liked the animation and the demon transformation at the end was cool, even if it did end with an idiotic deus ex machina.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Would it REALLY have ended any other way? It IS Hasbro…

      • gasmaskangel

        Probably not, but that isn’t an excuse, especially if you’re gonna strip everything else that I like from the show and put in the most stereotypical ass movie high school imaginable. I’m not gonna say its as bad as High School Musical, but it definitely put me in mind of that.