Friday, 23 October 2015

"My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Friendship Games" (Guardian 23/10/15)

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games **
Dir: Ishi Rudell. Animation with the voices of: Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman. 72 mins. Cert: U

Shock news: our harsh corporate climate means the fey horses that dominated 1980s subcultural discourse have been quietly taken out back and “disappeared”, like their pit-pony predecessors. Their new, sleek embodiments are the Equestria Girls, an aspirational-representational band of prep schoolers who retain the flowing manes of the franchise’s martyrs, but otherwise resemble angular anime princesses. This third EG instalment, pitting our heroines against a rival academy, remains obvious product, and its shrill voicework may place key friendship developments beyond the range of anyone older than nine. Still, some effort’s been made to offset the craven commercialism: it’s not unattractively designed, and its peppy collegiate spirit trumps the sappiness of Disney’s Tinkerbell spin-offs.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Friendship Games is now playing in cinemas nationwide. 

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