Standing tall-ish

I admit up front that seeing My Little Pony: Equestria Girls was not a priority with me: I didn’t make the trek to Stillwater, the only place in the state where it actually played theatrically, and while I’d pre-ordered the DVD, which arrived last Tuesday, I didn’t watch it until the following Sunday. (Let it be said that this dawdling tactic is not at all unprecedented.) And besides, the basic premise and I did not get along: if I wanted to watch a cartoon about teenage girls, I’d go hunt up reruns of Daria or something.

That said, I must admit, the deponification of ponies went far better than I’d anticipated. I could argue that all these girls — and all but a couple of the boys — looked like they weren’t getting much for lunch, a cafeteria scene to the contrary notwithstanding, and besides, I’ve already seen Mean Girls; but for the most part, the story holds up, the characterizations make sense, and the songs, in MLP:FiM fashion, are ridiculously catchy, even the one I’d vowed to hate. (That would be, um, this one.) My inner 9-year-old girl pronounced herself pleased, though I was put off by a Bonus Item on the DVD in which some Hasbro suit in an Original Penguin shirt declared that they could just as easily do, say, My Little Flounder.

Ultimately, I have to say what I said on Twitter when I’d finished watching it:

It’s like coming home and finding someone painted the house: it looks wonderful, but it’s not something I wanted done.

Season Four, with actual ponies, starts in November. This will have to do for now.


  1. McGehee »

    19 August 2013 · 9:50 am

    Yyyyyyeah, even if I were a brony (which I’m not — I’m not I’m not I’m not!!!1!!) I would have had no trouble waiting until Season 4 appeared on Netflix for streaming.

    Because I’m not a brony.

  2. fillyjonk »

    19 August 2013 · 10:20 am

    I admit I still have a little bit of the “Someone painted the house!” feeling about alicornised Twilight, let alone her becoming a farging HUMAN.

    I await Season Four with some trepidation. (I am still secretly rooting for Twilight deciding being an alicorn is waaaaaaay too much responsibility, and begging for her wings to be taken away and for things to go back to what they were, but I don’t see that happening at all.)

  3. CGHill »

    19 August 2013 · 11:24 am

    What might be the germ of that very idea can be detected in the opening scene of EqG.

  4. jsallison »

    19 August 2013 · 6:58 pm

    My Little Pilot My Little Pilot Please Please Pleeeeeeeeeeease!

  5. Joe »

    20 August 2013 · 7:46 am

    Watched this movie at least 3 times this weekend with a 4 year old girl. She keeps asking to watch it, I keep playing it. Looks like a winner here.

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