Video: 'Equestria Girls' is 'My Little Pony' minus the ponies
The inevitable My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic theatrical release is coming June 16…kind of.
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, directed by series veteran Jayson Thiessen, begins a limited release June 16 (after a premiere at the L.A. Film Festival on June 15). It is uncertain whether a full release will ever happen. Check the film's website to see if there's a showing near you.
Featuring the tagline "The Magic of Friendship Never Changes" (eerily reminiscent of a tagline for a very different alternate pony universe), the synopsis for the movie from the L.A. Film Festival reads:
MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS is an exciting new dimension to the incredibly popular MY LITTLE PONY brand. When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet... high school. With help from her new friends, who remind her of Ponyville's Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.
In EQUESTRIA GIRLS, all of the ponies are transported to another universe where they transform into teenage girls to face the trials of high school life, because without question that's what every fan of a magical universe of talking ponies wanted this movie to be.
This is the sixth theatrical release in the My Little Pony franchise; beside 1986's notorious flop The Movie (reviewed here), Kidtoon Films released four digital-only My Little Pony movies to various movie chains as weekday matinees, including A Very Minty Christmas (2005), The Princess Promenade (2006), The Runaway Rainbow (2006) and A Very Pony Place (2007). Jerry Beck's Animated Movie Guide, however, does not consider these to be true theatrical releases as "no 35mm film prints were struck, no trailers exist. None of these films received legitimate reviews in local papers or industry trade papers." Equestria Girls seems to be taking the middle ground.