Shevonne Hunt hosts Kinderling Conversation every weekday at 12pm.
When your kids are three and five, you get to watch a fair few cartoons. I have my favourites. I’m a big fan of Shaun the Sheep and I don’t mind PJ Masks.
My Little Pony, however, was not on the list. It's always been a bit too saccharine for my taste. I love glitter and rainbows as much as the next person, but you can overdose on too much.
So, it was with some trepidation that I took my daughter, son, and pony-crazy niece to the My Little Pony, The Movie premiere.
I was pleasantly surprised! While there was a healthy dose of all things sweet and sugary, there was also plenty of drama, a kick-ass soundtrack and good messaging around friendship and resilience.
There are plenty of big names in the film, the most talked about being songstress Sia who voices Songbird Serenade. There’s also Uzo Aduba as Queen Novo, Emily Blunt as Tempest Shadow, Kristin Chenoweth as Princess Skystar and Zoe Saldana as Captain Celeano, who all make a strong line up.
The ponies themselves had plenty of spunk (my favourites are Applejack and Rainbow Dash). My daughter quite liked Pinkie Pie (which has me worried, because Pinkie Pie is a loose cannon).
For a bit of drama there are pirates who find their chutzpa again thanks to Rainbow Dash (see why I like her?) and the main villain,The Storm King,is comical enough to take out any threat without losing the drama.
Tempest Shadow – the pony who lost her horn – is more threatening, but she comes good in the end (and her real name is Fizzlepop Berrytwist, so you know, that’s not very evil).
Ultimately My Little Pony- The Movie is a safe, easy and fun movie to take the kids to. I’m not about to binge watch the series on Netflix, but it’s good for a one-off afternoon with the kids.
Just mind the sparkle and you’ll have a good time.
My Little Pony: The Movie is riding into cinemas on November 2.
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