Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My Little Pony: The Movie Adoption Movie Review

The princess ponies of Equestria are preparing for a major festival to celebrate friendship. Princess Twilight Sparkle, perhaps the friendliest pony, is nervously making arrangements for the fetival, which will feature a performance by Sia-voiced Songbird Serenade. Before the festivities can get fully underway, Tempest Shadow arrives and proclaims victory for the Storm King. Tempest Shadow captures all of the princesses with the exception of Twilight Sparkle and a few of her friends. Now, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Spike the Dragon set off in an attempt to find the help they need to rescue their captured friends.


The Adoption Connection

There is no mention of adoption in My Little Pony: The Movie. Some kids may relate to Tempest Shadow, who only turned against the ponies of Equestria when she was shunned by them for having a broken horn. Kids are often mean to each other, and hurt feelings and feelings of rejection can be expressed in negative ways. I was happy to see Twilight Sparkle develop empathy for Tempest; that empathy opened the way for Tempest to rejoin the community of ponies. Tempest also reveals that she hasn’t been called by her real name – which is a much friendlier name which fits with the other Pony names (it’s Fizzlepop Berrytwist, which Pinkie Pie immediately dubs “The most awesome name ever.”

Strong Points

Twilight Sparkle has loyal, supportive friends. Even though she hurts her friends’ feelings, they are there for her. When she is worried about putting together the music festival, they sing supportively, “You’ve got this! We’ve got this together!”

Nearly all of the villains become heroes by the end of the story. We also understand the motivation of many of the characters who initially oppose the ponies; one is trying to pay off a dangerous debt, others have been conscripted into the service of the Storm King, another tries to regain her lost honor. Each has a change of heart.

When Twilight Sparkle hears Tempest’s story of being rejected, she shows great empathy, and expresses, “I’m so sorry you felt so alone.”

Twilight Sparkle reflects on her unkind words towards her friends, and says “Friendship didn’t fail me; I failed friendship.”


The Storm King manipulates Tempest, promising to restore her horn in exchange for her work in securing him ultimate power. He intends to deceive and betray her, however.

When Twilight Sparkle and her friends reach the Hippogriffs, they are initially denied help. When Twilight Sparkle tries to steal an item that would help defeat the Storm King, the Queen of the Hippogriffs sends her away and does not intend to help her.


My Little Pony: The Movie is a kid-friendly and surprisingly positive musical adventure. It does not relate directly to adoption, but it does explore fights between friends, loyalty, and feelings of rejection. There’s more interpersonal insight in this film than I expected. It seems like a safe choice for kids ages 4 and up.

Questions for Discussion

Would you have trusted Capper? How could you know whether he was safe to trust?

Why couldn’t Pinkie Pie talk to Twilight Sparkle after Twilight Sparkle hurt her feelings? How long do you think it took Pinkie Pie to forgive Twilight Sparkle?

Have any friends said something that really hurt your feelings? How did you get better?   Has a friend ever had hurt feelings because of something you said? How did that get better?

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