When I first heard about My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding coming out on DVD, I thought it would be so cute to get for my 7 year old daughter.
After all, I had grown up with My Little Pony and thanks to the rebirth of some of the classic 80’s toys I grew up with (& the princess dress up clothes you can get for My Little Pony at Downtown Disney!), my daughter now loves My Little Pony too.
I thought it was cute how the ponies were capitalizing on the royal wedding trend which was fine by me. Having British heritage, we’ve loved following the royals and all their adventures in the last year in particular.
So I didn’t even bother to read any other reviews before asking to review My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding.
I should have.
Don’t get me wrong, the ponies are as cute as ever (though a little too computer generated for my taste). But the modern My Little Pony movies seem to have a darker side then their predeccesor’s from a few decades ago.
It all started out innocently enough, but the plot took a drastic twist when the supposed bride turned very evil. I certainly wasn’t expecting the dark theme masked within a My Little Pony wedding movie.
Another mistake I made was that I wasn’t sitting and watching it with my children. The video actually contains multiple ‘episodes’ and the first finishes with a “To be continued” into the second episode with again, the evil undertone cliffhanger. I came up to watch with them about halfway through the first episode and was shocked at what I saw.
Not “Oh my gosh, I’ve never seen anything like this before” shocked, but “Why is this necessary in a My Little Pony movie?” kind of shock.
I’m all for suspense and antagonists to develop a plot, but this was entirely unnecessary…especially for this age group.
I did allow my kids to watch the second episode so I could finish the story to see if it resolved, but then that was it.
Considering how many other artfully crafted kids’ DVD’s there are on the market today, I wouldn’t waste your time on this one.