Disclosure: I rocked out with the review copy I received of My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks!
What are the Equestria Girls, and what do they have to do with My Little Pony? The answer is that the Equestria Girls ARE My Little Pony ponies in a “Twilight Zone” kind of way. The filmmakers behind the My Little Pony series on Hub Network have created an alternate universe in which the ponies have alter egos as high school girls.
In this other dimension, stars of the series such as Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Apple Jack, and Fluttershy experience the trials and tribulations of secondary school seemingly unaware that they also exist as ponies in the world of Canterlot. Only Princess Twilight Sparkle can navigate between the two worlds using her magic.
Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks is a sequel to the first Equestria Girls installment of 2013, and this time the filmmakers seem to have found their groove in terms of story and characters. No easy feat considering that the Equestria Girls were likely created by Hasbro as a marketing strategy to compete with other popular high school dolls.
This time the trouble begins when an evil trio — Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze, and Sonata Dusk — arrives at Canterlot High. Calling themselves the Dazzlings, they determine to turn the school’s talent show into a Battle of the Bands. Their goal? Creating negativity among the students so that their dark magic can grow. The bad girls call themselves the Dazzlings, and they pose wicked competition to the Equestria Girls’ band the Rainbooms. Will Twilight Sparkle be able to save the day?
I attended the Screenvision theatrical screening of the movie, and I have to say that the audience was enthralled, especially the Bronies. What are Bronies? They are adult male fans of My Little Pony, and believe me, their enthusiasm was bigger than that of any four-year-old’s. Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks is peppered with inside jokes to appeal to die-hard fans of the series, but that won’t keep the traditional target audience of kids from enjoying it: a safe assumption considering that my daughter has seen it five times.
I am recommending Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks for kids five an up. Keep in mind that there are some scary situations that might upset younger viewers, as well as some high school cattiness and insults.
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