Blu-ray Review: My Little Pony – Equestria Girls

After a limited release in theaters, My Little Pony – Equestria Girls is on Blu-ray so small kids and larger bronies can watch it at home. The film deals with Twilight Sparkle having her magical crown stolen by Sunset Shimmer. She’s a former student of the Princess program who turned to the dark side. She takes refuge in an alternate dimension by escaping through a magic mirror. It’s up to Twilight Sparkle to chase her down with only her dragon Spike as back up. The other side of the mirror turns her into a human. Spike becomes a dog. She has to quickly adjust to having hands instead of hoofs. Spike also must figure out how to be a dog. She encounters the human versions of her Pony friends, but they’re not friendly with each other. Far as the crown goes, the only way she can only get it back by winning a school’s princess contest. Her competition turns out to be Sunset Shimmer. The evil pony has no intention of losing the crown. There’s quite a few musical numbers to get the audience humming along. The action gets a little intense during the final confrontation. There’s a bit of demon and angel inspired transformation that scared my daughter. She quickly got over it. Here’s her feelings after seeing the movie in the theater:

Now here’s the follow up from Josie on what she thought of the Blu-ray release:

After a few months, she’s still a major fan of the movie. She enjoys being able to repeat the songs on the Blu-ray. She was frustrated in the theater when her please went unnoticed by the projectionist. Funny how they don’t like to rewind the good parts. But now she doesn’t have to stop singing along until she’s done.

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The images look extra crisp on the Blu-ray. The little details that went into turning the ponies into girls stand out. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Things get pumped up during the finale fight. The movie is Closed Captioned.

DVD has all the stuff featured on the Blu-ray. This is perfect for playing in the car.

Through the Mirror (22:37) is a three part documentary that guides fans through how the team put together a feature length story of My Little Pony. They had to be careful on giving the ponies a human form that works. They also altered the music style to reflect a human teenagers kind of songs.

Ponify Yourself (1:07) is a simple demo on how kids can get that pony style in their glamor moments.

Karaoke is provided for “Cafeteria Song” and “Friends for Life.” Little kids like to sing along with the ponies.

My Little Pony – Equestria Girls does a fine job of turning the TV series into a feature film. Having the ponies take human form makes it worthy of the upgrade.

Shout! Factory presents My Little Pony – Equestria Girls. Directed by: Jayson Thiessen. Screenplay by: Meghan McCarthy. Starring: Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, Cathy Weseluck and Nicole Oliver. Running Time: 72 minutes. Released: August 6, 2013.

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