Bronies and pegasisters, it’s time to rejoice! In a few weeks time, Twilight Sparkle and her pony friends will arrive on the big screen for an epic adventure in My Little Pony: The Movie! Fans will be pleased to know that a new ‘Heroes’ trailer has just been released.
Based on the worldwide phenomenon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and directed by series regular Jayson Thiessen, the movie brings Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Spike into a dangerous journey to save Equestria from an evil threat. The movie is confirmed to have seven songs and will feature new characters voiced by celebrities including Emily Blunt (Gnomeo & Juliet), Michael Peña (The Lego Ninjago Movie), Australian singer Sia, and more.
While the show’s animation utilizes Adobe Flash, the movie makes the leap to full hand-drawn animation with Toon Boom Harmony. In other words, this mean’s we’re going to witness a rarity (no pun intended): A hand-drawn animated feature released widely in cinemas! The only other ones of this decade were 2011’s Winnie the Pooh, and 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (despite the movie having live-action/CGI segments).
I may not be a brony myself, but the episodes I have seen of the show were quite a delight to watch. And with this trailer, it looks like this is could be an exciting adventure that takes everything great about the series and amplifies it to a cinematic experience. I’m especially curious to know more about the villain Tempest Shadow (Emily Blunt’s character) and her backstory, motives, and views on magic.
My Little Pony: The Movie will release theatrically in the United States and Canada on October 6, 2017, in the UK on October 20, 2017, and in Australia and New Zealand on November 2, 2017 (via Madman Entertainment). Let’s just hope Lionsgate doesn’t screw up the release like it does with all its other animated outputs.
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Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt.
Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science and Digital Design graduate of AUT University. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).