My Little Pony: The Movie (U) Directed by Jayson Thiessen 3/5
PARENTS with the slightest trace of good sense would be best advised to load their youngsters with plenty of goodies to keep them happy and then arrange to pick them up after the animated adventures have ended.
That way, they can miss the return of the hyper-colourful, hyper-cute and ultimately irksome little-hoofed small-screen stars who, a mere 31 years after their last big-screen appearance, return to save Ponyville from the Dark Force that threatens.
They do so by embarking on a dangerous magic-infested journey beyond Equestria and, by using “true friendship,” win through.
The animation is gaudy but not as much as the Ponies and there’s action, directed with lively pace and decorated with tuneful, if instantly forgettable, songs.
Sensibly never on screen, Emily Blunt, Kristen Chenoweth, Taye Diggs and Liev Schreiber provide suitable voices.
Six-year-olds would seem to be the most mature audience for this saccharine-saturated equine escapade.