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MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS: FRIENDSHIP GAMES (DVD/BLU-RAY)

What to know: Does not disappoint.
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Recommended age 5-18
70 minutes
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After two series consisting of seven seasons, almost 200 episodes and two movies, people might think the series is getting old. But, I think it is not even half way over. The third installment in My Little Pony: Equestrian Girls does not disappoint My Little Pony fans of all ages.

This movie is an adventure about the main characters. However, with most My Little Pony titles, friendship is a magic related thing. There is also a good amount of silly humor that viewers can enjoy and a small dose of drama which makes it more entertaining.

The story follows Twilight Sparkle, the only pony who seems to be able to go between the human and pony world. She hasn't been in contact with any of her human friends and one day she arrives there. However, it isn't the Twilight they know. Additionally, the six friends are starting to get better control of their hidden magic powers which they need to learn to control for the friendship games (an athletic and academic competition between rivalry schools). If you would like to find out what happens, you have to watch the movie or read the book.

This film continues developing the positive reputation for the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic movies. The story is exciting, with many twists, and you still learn an important message. For this film, there are many. One of them is that, when help comes, accept it. The animation looks very tidy and, even though this is 2D animated, they are very creative with adding some 3D camera shots. The voice talent for Ashleigh Ball, Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash are spot on. Tara Strong who plays Twilight Sparkle makes us love the character, hate her and pity her all at the same time. The rest of the cast are also great at projecting the emotion of their characters. For example, in one scene with Applejack, she is helping her competition with archery and you don't hear pity in her voice, you hear a kind, friendly tone, which Ashleigh Ball is so known for.

My favorite scene is when two of the main characters are fighting the enemy high school on a dirt bike course. It includes my favorite character, Rainbow Dash and another main character, Fluttershy. The race goes well at first. However when the other Twilight Sparkle accidentally releases some strange magic, the race goes haywire.

There is something you should be aware of. You don't need to follow the TV show that the film is based on in order to understand the storyline of the film. However, it is probably best if you watch the first movie, My Little Pony: Equestrian Girls, in order to understand this story.

Age rating is surprising for My Little Pony. A lot of people think this show is meant for 2 to 6-year-olds. But really, it is suitable for older kids and event adults. Many of this show's fans (including me) are 12 years old and older so, I recommend this for ages 2 to 18 and adults as well. Small children will enjoy the fun, bright, colors and the funny characters. But, older kids and adults enjoy the show as a fans. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it entertains people while teaching important messages.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This title is very colorful with great animation and songs. It teaches lots of positive lessons including kindness, forgiveness, courage and teamwork. This title approaches many social elements for children to consider. Throughout the film, characters prevail by using kindness, honesty, courage, teamwork, friendship, sacrifice and a little "Equestrian Magic". This title will prompt any child to examine the way treating others affects everyone including themselves. The ponies face many challenges and through teamwork, courage and kindness, they find resolve. This title also teaches that although cheating may seem easy and produce results, that trying and losing is better than winning dishonestly. Its great to see so many different and at times opposing characters come together to find the common goodness in everyone. This DVD has bonus features including audio commentary, animated shorts, sing-a-longs and deleted scenes. You can easily choose specific chapters to watch or stop and play as needed. Reviewed by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! reviewer. My Little Pony media has always done well advocating friendship and love. Equestria Girls is no different. This particular film features many aspects we're familiar with in other My Little Pony media and, something that's really nice is the magical and multi-reality bits of this movie. The graphics in this program are great and have the standard "cute" feel you see in anime programming geared for young girls. My daughters watched the movie with me and they greatly liked the fact that it has a story line about good conquering evil and that you get to see multiple realities intertwine and connect. They also liked how funny the movie is and how many great jokes it contains. Their only minor complaint is the musical numbers because they felt they were unnecessary. The girls and I agree that this is a cute movie with good morals. We recommend it for kids ages 3 to 14 years as well as select adults. We give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Rachael V. KIDS FIRST! reviewer.

In 2013 original film My Little Pony Equestria Girls, Twilight Sparkle's crown was stolen from the Crystal Empire, and she pursued the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into...a teenage girl! To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight had to learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, released in 2014, found Canterlot High hosting a musical showcase, and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when The Dazzlings, a new girl group, arrived at CHS and convinced everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands, tensions mounted between the competing musical acts. After a reformed Sunset Shimmer realized that The Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and were after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High, Princess Twilight was called upon to help win a battle that would determine the fate of the entire school.

Now, in the new animated film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, Canterlot High meets its rival school, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that's a long-standing tradition: The Friendship Games, a series of exciting events that includes archery, motocross, and rollerskating! Sunset Shimmer is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to keep things fair while she and her friends compete against Crystal Prep's top students led by someone with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic: this world's Twilight Sparkle.

Continue the journey through high school with the Mane 6 in this alternate My Little Pony universe, and find out what happens next in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games!

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