“My Little Pony: The Movie” (Lionsgate)

Animated characters appear in the movie "My Little Pony: The Movie.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-I, general patronage. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service

The popular candy-colored Hasbro toy line gallops on to the big screen in this animated musical, directed by Jayson Thiessen.

Twilight Sparkle (voice of Tara Strong) is one of the princesses who rule the mythical land of Equestria, where ponies and unicorns live in harmony. She joins forces with her best friends Applejack and Rainbow Dash (both voice of Ashleigh Bell), Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy (both voice of Andrea Libman), and Rarity (voice of Tabitha St. Germain), to defeat the wicked intentions of Tempest Shadow (voice of Emily Blunt) and the Storm King (voice of Liev Schreiber). Amid the relentless prancing and preening, smiles and squeals, and some toe-tapping tunes, these magical quadrupeds have an important message to convey to their young fans: Friendship is paramount.

Mild cartoonish action, brief bathroom humor. The Catholic News Service classification is A-I, general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG, parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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