LAFF Review: My Little Pony Equestria Girls

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies
Monday, June 17, 2013 at 8:00 am

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Twilight's adjustment to her new body is actually a pretty smart metaphor for teenage self-image issues, but I'm not sure learning to be queen of a high-school dance is equivalent to being an actual ruler, or much of a training ground. In the end, it seems to me that the primary appeal of these ponies - despite the apparent cynicism of a movie seemed designed to launch a new line of dolls - is that the characters themselves are refreshingly UN-cynical and unabashedly enthusiastic, evincing none of the ironic detachment so prevalent today. I'll be honest: the moments of the movie that did appeal to me involved the character of Pinkie Pie, mainly because she reminded me a whole lot of someone I know very well, who I also consider a positive influence.

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