My Little Pony: The Movie isn’t the first big-screen theatrical outing for Hasbro’s multicolored mares, but it is the first one with any significant expectations: while the ’80s effort was mostly dismissed as just another toy-commercial cartoon, and the screened-one-time-in-Los Angeles Equestria Girls felt like cynical brand expansion that neglected the core characters, the new movie aims to please a rabid fan base that now encompasses all ages and genders. It’s a tall order, but the Friendship Is Magic cartoon has created high anticipation. Though its animation is relatively simple, the stories and in-jokes have proven so popular that the toys were finally forced to start copying the cartoon, rather than the other way around. Everyone has their favorite pony from the core "mane 6" characters and beyond, so it’s hard to say the final film will necessarily please everyone (favor Fluttershy? Fulfillment may feel fleeting), but that’s not for lack of effort. In a world that otherwise feels so consumed with misery both real and imagined, the friend-filled kingdom of Equestria makes for a refreshingly positive detour without the sickening excess of sugar that its fizzy and colorful surface might imply. The 2-D Flash animation of the show […]