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Friendship Saves the Day in "My Little Pony: The Movie"

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Filled with adventure, fun and song, “My Little Pony: The Movie” reminds all of us that in the end, the magic of friendship can change the world.

Twilight Sparkle is in charge of the Equestria Friendship Festival and her friends are helping with the preparations when Tempest Shadow (Emily Blunt), a unicorn sporting a broken horn, appears along with her group of enforcers to capture the princesses and harness their power for the Storm King (Live Schreiber).

Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 —Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity — escape and go on an adventure across other lands to get help in saving Equestria. Along the way, they meet sleek grafter feline Capper (Taye Diggs), Captain Celaeno (Zoe Saldana) and her band of down on their luck pirates, and Queen Novo (Uzo Aduba) and Princess Skystar (Kristin Chenoweth), Hippogriffs whose subjects have all turned to seahorse creatures to escape the Storm King’s wrath.

While the Storm King is definitely menacing and certainly has nefarious plans, he doesn’t come across nearly as intimidating as Tempest, who is one tough pony. As the commander of the Storm King’s army, she doesn’t mince words in her plans to take over Equestria and is focused on accomplishing total domination.

Michael Pena provides much needed comic relief as the villainous henchman Grubber, which keeps the evil forces from getting too dark for a children’s movie. Several popular characters from the series appear in cameos, and there are plenty of pop culture references there’s even a nod to “Pulp Fiction” for the parents who end up seeing the movie.

There are several new songs throughout the movie, including an original by Skia, who plays Songbird Serenade, a celebrity pony scheduled to sing at the Friendship Festival.

While these evil forces chase after Twilight and her friends, the Mane 6 stay true to themselves and inspire everyone they meet along the way.

This is the first big-screen take on the popular character-based series from Hasbro, which already has a popular television series with a large following spanning age groups from toddlers to adults, in more than 20 years.

Kids of all ages should enjoy the film and parents will appreciate the uplifting message. Oh, and if you’re a Brony, this movie won’t disappoint.

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