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My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure (2009)

All the ponies cannot wait for the Winter Wishes festival where the Wishing Star grants each pony one special wish. But when the Wishing Star disappears, they go on a journey to find it. ... See full summary »

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All the ponies cannot wait for the Winter Wishes festival where the Wishing Star grants each pony one special wish. But when the Wishing Star disappears, they go on a journey to find it. During their adventure, they learn what it means for wishes to really come true! But will they make it back in time for the festival? Join Pinkie Pie and all her pony friends on their journey as they discover that friendship can make wishes come true. Written by Anonymous

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Music - Mark Watters
Lyrics - Lorraine Feather
Performed by Courtney Worthington, Kelly Sheridan, Anna Cummer, Tabitha St. Germain, Chantal Strand, Andrea Libman, Erin Mathews
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Review - My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure (2009)
2 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was a time when My Little Pony was known as mindless entertainment for toddlers. I don't think that was ever necessarily true, but Twinkle Wish Adventure does not help my case. While it's not the most mind-numbing of the franchise, or even the era, there's nothing here to challenge kids or to better them in the end.

It's the eve of the Winter Wishes Festival and all the ponies are excited to have their wishes granted by Twinkle Wish the wishing star. But in a moment of foolishness, Scootaloo (Tabitha St. Germain) wakes the star too early, and loses it. The rest of the ponies, Pinkie Pie (Janyse Jaud), Rainbow Dash (Anna Cummer), Cheerilee (Kelly Sheridan) and Toola Roola (Erin Mathews) take off in search of their missing star.

If you're excited about how epically that amazing story might unfold, note my sarcasm. At a mere forty-five minutes in length, it crawls along at a very slow pace. Presumably this is to guarantee the young children watching will be able to follow the story, but it's such a simple story to begin with that I can't imagine it was necessary. This problem existed in a lot of children's entertainment at the time and I'm glad the trend is slowly dying out. Luckily the humor and the voice acting are able to keep the dull pace from being strictly dull. There are a few decent gags along the way, though nothing memorable or noteworthy.

This era of My Little Pony gets a lot of flak for its saccharine sentimentality and character design, but I've always felt that wasn't entirely fair to the work. The ponies in what is known as G3.5 have very bizarre proportions, with Popeye Syndrome in their hooves and comedically large heads. However, the animation is decent, especially considering a lot of other straight-to-video animated films, including Disney's. The colors are vibrant and every character is pronounced and unique. You never have to stop and remember which pony was which, a problem of the first generation of My Little Pony. Their movements are fluid and I didn't notice any reused animation, at least from within itself. At any rate, it's many levels above the embarrassing "G3.6" that came about around the same time.

Twinkle Wish Adventure is harmless to a fault. The obstacles are vague and easily conquered. There's a subplot about Cheerilee being seemingly forgotten by her friends, which could have led to a much bigger theme, but instead was resolved within minutes and quickly forgotten. I don't like what this movie represents, but I don't see it as all that harmful either, so I'm not sure I can complain. It's funny to think though that the entire dynamic and history of the My Little Pony franchise would change completely only a year later.


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