Wednesday, September 29, 2021

My Little Pony: A New Generation (2021)

Streaming Service: Netflix
Movie Name/YearMy Little Pony: A New Generation (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Animation
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: PG
Production/Distribution: Entertainment One, Boulder Media, Netflix, Allspark Animation, Hasbro Studios, Hasbro, Central Partnership, Encore Films, Entertainment One, Golden Village Pictures, Intercontinental Film Distributors
Directors: Robert Cullen, José Luis Ucha, Mark Fattibene
Writers: Gillian Berrow, Robert Cullen, Tim Sullivan, José Luis Ucha, Bonnie Zacherle
Actors: Elizabeth Perkins, James Marsden, Jane Krakowski, Ken Jeong, Kimiko Glenn, Liza Koshy, Michael McKean, Phil LaMarr, Sofia Carson, Vanessa Hudgens
Blurb from IMDb:  After the time of the Mane 6, Sunny--a young Earth Pony--and her new Unicorn friend Izzy explore their world and strive to restore Harmony to Equestria.

Cat’s Point of View:
My Little Pony: A New Generation landed at #10 on my Top 20 Movies article for September. It could have been higher on my list. There was just too much competition for the top spots with the films releasing this month.
The My Little Pony franchise has always been dear to my heart. One of my favorite things about these ponies is that I get to enjoy them with my daughter. They’ve stayed fresh, relevant, and entertaining – rather than finding themselves in the ‘ugh, mom another old cartoon?’ category.

Needless to say, my now 18-year-old and I had a nice Mom-and-Me moment watching this movie together. We couldn’t wait to see what these new ponies were about, and so we watched on the very day it hit Netflix. We watched it again yesterday just because. It was my daughter’s idea – she loves My Little Pony: A New Generation that much.
Let’s get into the movie, itself.
I’d have to say that I didn’t mind the fact that this reboot came equipped with the bells and whistles of CGI animation. All of the prior films and TV series have been in traditional animation style. It was fitting as a fresh look for the new story.

The various parts of Equestria that we get to explore in My Little Pony: A New Generation fit well thematically – both with the feel of what has come before and also showing how this production took a step forward. Earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns each had their own corner of the world that worked wonderfully with their themes and were gorgeous in their details.
I could gush on for a very long time about how much care the production took in honoring the ponies of the past. The “Mane 6” were featured, as well as a tidbit of the original Saturday morning cartoon! You could see where some of the ponies in modern-day Equestria are clearly descended from the former main characters (or their families). I’ll spare you the rambling. Just know those Easter Eggs are out there.

The story was really the star here. The cast is awesome, don’t get me wrong; but the narrative transcends the voices. The new characters are great, and exemplify the hope for more unity in the world. I loved how each were so distinct in personality. Unity is something the world needs more of. 

My Little Pony: A New Generation tackled social issues that are affecting the world right now. Misinformation and divisiveness are huge problems. Research, effective communication, open-mindedness, and a willingness to come together are ways we can overcome the situation we find ourselves in. It’s crazy how well animated productions aimed at kids can be just as effective providing lessons for adults, too – without getting the feeling of being preached at.
My Little Pony: A New Generation was fresh and fun, as well as funny. Everything was spot on and even exceeded my expectations. I’m seriously hoping that this is the beginning of a new series.
You can catch My Little Pony: A New Generation on Netflix now!

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score –89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score –90%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – 6.8/10
IMDB Score – 7.3/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 5/5
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