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My Little Pony: The Movie is an animated feature film based on the popular My Little Pony toy line. It was released on June 20, 1986 by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. The movie features the voices of Danny DeVito, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Rhea Perlman, and Tony Randall.

Produced by Marvel Enterprises and Sunbow Productions, with animation production by Japan's Toei Animation and Korea's AKOM, My Little Pony: The Movie was succeeded by a television series which ran in late 1986. A 10-part episode from that series, The End of Flutter Valley, was a sequel to the movie.

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Plot

At Dream Castle, the My Little Ponies are preparing for the Spring Festival. One of the events is a show by the Baby Pony dancers, but it ends disastrously when Baby Lickety-Split tries a new dance step and trips all the other Baby Ponies, ruining the performance. She is scolded by Buttons, and decides to run away. Spike the baby dragon decides to follow in order to keep an eye on her.

From the Volcano of Gloom, the witch Hydia watches the My Little Ponies via her magic cauldron and tells her daughters Draggle and Reeka to ruin the celebration. Draggle and Reeka's initial attempt is a failure, so Hydia decides to make Smooze, a sentient purple lava that can bury the entirety of Ponyland. The sisters collect the ingredients to make Smooze, but are too afraid to get the final ingredient, Phlume. Regardless, the spell seems to work and the Smooze attacks Ponyland.

Magic Star, Shady, Gusty (who are out searching for Baby Lickety-Split) and the bushwoolies are the first to see the Smooze. Shady and a purple bushwoolie continue the search for Baby Lickety-Split, while everyone else returns to Dream Castle to warn the others.

When the Ponies arrive with their warning, Wind Whistler and North Star fly off to retrieve the Rainbow of Light, a magical object that is kept safe by a girl named Megan since their previous adventure. Megan and her younger siblings Danny and Molly insist on coming back with them to Dream Castle. By the time they arrive, Dream Castle is buried by Smooze. Megan releases the Rainbow, which initially succeeds in halting the Smooze but is then gobbled up by it. The stalled Smooze then hardens into a shell, making it impossible for the Ponies to retrieve their home or their weapon.

Hydia realises that the reason the Smooze hardened was because the spell did not include the Phlume. She forces her daughters to collect it.

Megan, Fizzy and Wind Whistler visit the Moochick for help. Hearing what happened to Dream Castle, he conjures them a new home based on his assistant Habbit's design: Paradise Estate. Habbit produces a map to the home of the Flutter Ponies, whom have the power to defeat the Smooze. The Moochick magics them and Paradise Estate back to Dream Valley. Once the new home is settled, Megan, Wind Whister, Magic Star, Fizzy, Danny and Molly leave for Flutter Valley.

Spike and Lickety-Split, who have been forced farther from home by the Smooze, encounter the goblins who offer to help the pair find their way home. During their travel, their encounter the reawakened Smooze, which has been revived by the witches' Phlume. They end up in a meadow of flowers, where they save Morning Glory, a Flutter Pony, who has fallen into a well. Grateful, she leads them to Flutter Valley to ask for help in defeating the Smooze.

Megan's group travel through a field of giant sunflowers, barely escaping from the Smooze. They reunite with Shady and the purple bushwoolie, who report that they've failed to find Baby Lickety-Split. They continue through Shadow Forest, dodging the attacks of sentient trees. They finally reach a valley filled with flowers, but are blocked from their final destination by a giant eight-legged monster Ahgg, who was sent by the witches to stop them. Molly comes up with the idea to tickle him, which renders the beast helpless.

Finally arriving at Flutter Valley, Megan pleads with Rosedust, Queen of the Flutter Ponies, to help them defeat the Smooze. Rosedust initially refuses, but when Morning Glory arrives with Baby Lickety-Split's group, they manage to argue their cause and Rosedust relents.

Back in Dream Valley, the Witches sail on the Smooze as it approaches the Paradise Estate. Suddenly Megan and friends, along with the Flutter Ponies, arrive by flight. The Flutter Ponies blast the their Utter Flutter magic, forcing it back towards the Volcano of Gloom and restoring both Dream Castle and the Rainbow. Now that the Little Ponies have the Paradise Estate, Magic Star offers Dream Castle to the Grundles, while Wind Whistler and North Star fly the children back home.

Musical Numbers

  • "My Little Pony Opening Chorus"
  • "We're Witches" - Hydia
  • "I'll Go It Alone" - Baby Lickety-Split, Spike
  • "I'll Do the Dirty Work" - Draggle, Reeka
  • "Nothing Can Stop The Smooze" - Hydia, Draggle, Reeka, Smooze
  • "There's Always Another Rainbow" - Megan
  • "Home" - The Moochick
  • "Grundles Good" - The Grundles
  • "What Good Could Wishing Do?" - Baby Lickety-Split, Morning Glory
  • "My Little Pony Ending Chorus"

Reception

As with various other films of the 1980s designed to promote toy lines, My Little Pony was not well-received among critics. The New York Times' Nina Darnton, aware of its marketing purposes, added in her review:

Unlike the great Disney classics [...], there is [...] nothing that will move [young audiences] - and there are very few bones of wit thrown to the poor parents who will have to sit through the film with children of this age group.[1]

The film's U.S. box office proved to be equally unsuccessful: opening in only 421 venues on June 6, 1986, it only managed to make nearly US$6 million in ticket sales.[2] With a US$674,724 gross on its wide debut,[2] it remains one of the weakest on record among major features.[3] The combined failure of this, and the next DEG/Hasbro collaboration, Transformers: The Movie, forced their producers to make G.I. Joe: The Movie into a direct-to-video release instead of theatrical. However, the Transformers movie was later reassessed and has become something of a cult classic, whilst My Little Pony has, to date, not.

My Little Pony premiered on DVD in late 2006, thanks to Rhino Entertainment. Musical moments from the film were used as its only extras.

Voice cast

See also

References

  1. Review of My Little Pony by Janet Maslin. The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2008. (Registration required to read.)
  2. Cite error: Invalid tag; no text was provided for refs named mojo
  3. All-Time Worst Openings for 600+ Screens at Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 18, 2008.

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