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Review: ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ a wonderful adventure

Kidsday reporters, from left, Joseph Corrado, Aanya Dhamija,

Kidsday reporters, from left, Joseph Corrado, Aanya Dhamija, Jaslyn Kaur and Kody Flynn at the premiere of "My Little Pony: The Movie" with actress Kristin Chenoweth (Princess Skystar). Photo Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

Sunday, Sept. 24, was a very special day. We went to the Manhattan premiere of the new animated movie “My Little Pony” and also stood on the red carpet and met some of the actors who were the characters’ voices in the film.

When we entered, we waited along the red carpet (which was really pink) to meet and interview the stars. It took a while for the stars to come down to our end, but it was worth the wait. They were so nice. We met and took pictures with Tara Strong (voice of Princess Twilight Sparkle), Ashleigh Ball (voices of Applejack and Rainbow Dash), Uzo Aduba (Queen Novo) and Kristin Chenoweth (Princess Skystar). We were surprised and so happy to find out that most of them had “My Little Pony” toys when they were growing up.

We talked to Kristin and asked her about her role. She told us about her character. She said, “I play Princess Skystar, and she is a new pony. And she comes in about halfway through the film because she has been locked away with her mom. She finally gets discovered, and she is real happy. I hope you like her!”

We wanted to know what her favorite scene was in this movie, and Kristin said, “I am a little partial, but I like it when Skystar sings ‘One Small Thing.’ ”

We had to ask her this! She is such a great singer, and we asked: You are 4-foot-11, but you have a really big voice. How do you do that?

Kristin laughed and replied, “I don’t know! I believe in God, so maybe it comes from him. Maybe it comes from yelling at my brother my whole life.”

After the interviews, we walked downstairs to the lobby on the lower level. We got free drinks and a goody bag of candy, popcorn and a Pinkie Pie cookie. Then we took our seats to watch the movie. It was awesome.

The movie’s theme is about friendship, kindness and teamwork. As the ponies are planning to celebrate a festival, the evil Storm King (voice of Liev Schreiber) and his assistant Tempest Shadow (voice of Emily Blunt) try to take over Equestria, the ponies’ town, and steal the princesses’ magical powers. Some are taken over, but Princess Twilight Sparkle refuses to surrender. She was in the battle to win it. So the “mane” ponies set out on a quest to save their hometown and their powers.

Along the way they meet a cat, some hippos and some pirates. They get trapped in a blimp filled with Storm King’s employees and even go underwater to see the Queen of the Hippogriffs. The movie is filled with comedy, action and adventure. It also teaches a lesson. As they say in the movie, “One small thing [kindness] can make a difference.” This movie is good for kids ages 3 to 10, but we even heard some of the adults in the audience laughing and clapping.

Our adventure wasn’t over yet. After the movie, we waited on a line and got a big Princess Twilight Sparkle stuffed animal toy and took lots of pictures with the ponies. It turned out to be the best day ever.

We give it 5 smiles.

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