Friday, October 13, 2017

My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

Image source: Equestria Daily
When I started this blog nearly 3 years ago, I considered myself a brony (with my first review even being of the second Equestria Girls movie), and still do to some extent, but I'm not as into MLP as I used to be. I think this is because I haven't been enjoying the newer episodes as much as the older episodes. I still like them for the most part, but I honestly think the show might be past its best days. At this point, I'm looking more forward to new Equestria Girls material than the main show. However, I've been very much looking forward to the movie. It was co-written by Meghan McCarthy and directed by Jayson Thiessen (who were both key people in the earlier seasons of the show), and I loved everything that was seen leading up to the release.

In My Little Pony: The Movie, the ponies are preparing for their first Friendship Festival when a dark force threatens Equestria. With most of the princesses taken down by it, it's up to Twilight and her friends to stop it. They go on a journey that takes them beyond Equestria and they meet new friends along the way that may just come in handy as they try to save Equestria.

I really enjoyed the story. It might not be the most original story, but I was into quite a bit of it. I also liked the new characters. I'm not sure if I have a favorite, though I will say I was most looking forward to seeing the sea ponies (prior to hearing they'd be in the movie, it was something I had been hoping the show would do for quite some time).

I thought the animation was great. It received an upgrade from the show's animation. The movie used Toon Boom Harmony (as opposed to the show's Adobe Flash) and since the movie has a bigger budget than the show, the results were great in my opinion.

One thing I like about the show is the songs (it's actually one of the few things I still tend to enjoy in the newer episodes as much as I did in the older episodes), and the movie is no exception. I thought the soundtrack was great. Because the movie has a higher budget than the show, it was able to use a live orchestra, which I feel what probably would've been a good soundtrack anyway even better.

Overall, I loved this movie. I'll say it's not perfect and I wasn't expecting it to be either, but I do think it was definitely worth the wait.

Also before the movie, a Hanazuki short simply titled Hanazuki; Full of Treasures was shown. It was about Hanazuki going after Yellow Hemka after she went into the dark side of the moon. I've already written about my thought on the show, but as for the short, I loved that as well. Like the movie it was attached to, it received an animation upgrade and I loved the results, and I thought the short was a lot of fun overall.

Final score: 4.5/5

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