Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Classic Review: My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)

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With My Little Pony: The Movie hitting theaters next month, I thought it would be a good time to review the other movie with that title. My Little Pony first debuted as a toy from Hasbro called My Pretty Pony in 1981, followed by the first My Little Pony line in 1983. In 1984, Hasbro released a TV special based on the toys that was simply titled My Little Pony when it first aired before being retitled Rescue at Midnight Castle later on, followed by another special titled Escape from Catrina in 1985.

In 1986, Hasbro brought My Little Pony to the big screen before debuting a TV series that same year. It didn't do well at the box office, but it does seem to have at least gained a following with fans of My Little Pony G1.

In My Little Pony: The Movie, the ponies are celebrating the arrival of spring when an evil witch named Hydia and her two daughters named Reeka and Draggle cover Dream Valley in a goo called the Smooze. The ponies try to stop them with the help of a human named Megan and her siblings, Danny and Molly.

I thought the story was fine. I didn't think it was amazing or anything, but I enjoyed it. I think the characters are fine. There are some I quite liked. There were some I wasn't really as big on, but I wouldn't say I outright disliked anyone.

I think the animation is alright. Nothing spectacular or anything, but I think it's fine. Though I will say that I was surprised to find out that Toei was one of the studios involved in the animation (along with AKOM). Not that I think they did bad. I just wasn't expecting it.

Like every version of My Little Pony to date, G1 had songs, 10 of which were in the movie. I'd say my favorites were Nothing Can Stop the Smooze and There's Always Another Rainbow. I still liked the other ones for the most part (although I wouldn't say they were great or anything). The only one I didn't really care for was Evil Witch Like Me, but even that I didn't think was bad.

I don't think this movie is great or anything, but I do like it. It might not be for everyone, but if you're a fan of old school My Little Pony or a fan of Friendship is Magic that's curious about older generations, I do think it's worth checking out.

Final score: 3/5

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