Any bronies and pegasisters still here? I know it’s been a while. MLP:FIM ended last year, and now we have a new generation of ponies on the way. The movie prequel to the series, “MLP: A New Generation,” was released today on Netflix.
If you haven’t seen or heard of it, here’s what Wiki says:
My Little Pony: A New Generation is a 2021 computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Cullen and José Ucha, co-directed by Mark Fattibene with Cecil Kramer and Peter Lewis as producers, and written by Gillian Berrow and Tim Sullivan from a story by Cullen, Ucha and Sullivan. Based on Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise, the film marks the start of the fifth incarnation of the franchise, which is set in the same universe as the previous generation’s, a first for the franchise.
A New Generation is set many years after the events of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, in a magic-less era where the story of Twilight Sparkle and her friends has become a mare legend, and the three pony kinds – earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns – have grown apart, living separated from one another in paranoia and mistrust. The film follows Sunny Starscout, an earth pony who, after meeting the unicorn Izzy Moonbow, embarks on a quest to reunite all pony kinds and restore magic to the land.
Now, for those of you who have, are you going to watch it? Have you watched it?
I have already watched it.
WARNING: There may be spoilers after this point for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie and wishes to discuss it.
Firstly, I love the animation style. This is brought to us by Boulder Media Ltd., an animation house in Dublin, Ireland. The look and feel of the film is top notch. It seems Hasbro has gone all out to give us a really fun, engaging story with all of the proper touches we want in a fantasy film about magical ponies.
Sunny Starscout, our earth pony protagonist.
Izzy Moonbow, our unicorn friend.
Hitch Trailblazer, the Sheriff of Maretime Bay, the earth pony settlement.
Pipp Petals, a pegasus princess of Zephyr Heights, the pegasus city, and social media influencer.
Zipp Storm, the second princess of Zephyr Heights who would much rather be flying.
There are plenty of other characters we get to meet, but these 5 are how we start our journey, and I just feel they meshed so well together. Watching them, I kind of felt they all exhibited some of the traits of the original Mane 6 from MLP: FIM. For example, Sunny has the questioning curiosity of Twilight, along with Applejack’s honesty, Izzy is very much pronkish and random like Pinkie Pie, Hitch has Fluttershy’s ability to soothe animals who fall in love with him, Pipp is Rarity’s fashion and socialite status on fleek, and Zipp definitely possesses Rainbow Dash’s competitive, stubborn nature.
I mean, they may not have meant it that way, but I picked up on it. The locations were neat, I like how Maretime Bay was laid back and rural, Zephyr Heights was modern and technologically advanced, and Bridlewood was mystical and quiet. Each one seemed to fit the personalities of its ponies.
I like how some of what I expected to happen didn’t happen, I love the self-awareness of some of the ponies, and even the movie itself pokes at some tropes, the music was terrific, with Izzy’s song “Fit Right” being my favorite of them all.
I think this film is a great start to what I hope is a wonderful series (slated to start October of 2022), and I am so willing to see where they go with this generation.
Also, lots of crying moments, anyone else see it and have crying moments? Wistful moments? Just me? Yeah, well done on the part of everyone: the voice actors, the writers, the animators, everyone involved did a bang up job, IMO.