My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure (2009)
|Genre||Animation, Short, Adventure|
|Content Rating||TV-Y (TV-Y)|
|Company||SD Entertainment, Hasbro|
My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure
My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure is a direct-to-video animated film produced by SD Entertainment and distributed by Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro. The film was released on October 13, 2009 in promoting the Core 7 toy line and is the final film released during the third incarnation of the My Little Pony franchise before Hasbro moved on to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in 2010.
Alongside Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow and The Princess Promenade, the film premiered on August 8, 2014 on the Hub Network after its "My Little Pony Mega Mare-athon". According to Broadway World, the "Mega Mare-athon" itself drew in 5.4 million viewers and has earned significant delivery growth on every demographic: Kids 2-11 (+134%), Girls 2-11 (+179%), Kids 6-11 (+169%), Girls 6-11 (+216%), Adults 18-49 (+111%), Women 18-49 (+146%), Adults 25-54 (+74%), Women 25-54 (+76%), Persons 2+ (+124%) and Households (+98%).
The Winter Wishes Festival is finally coming and all of the ponies in Ponyville are excited to see Twinkle Wish, a wishing star who grants each pony one special wish. However, after Twinkle Wish gets kidnapped by a dragon named Whimsey Weatherbe, the entire event is facing a big dilemma and it's up to Pinkie Pie and her friends to get her back before the night of the festival. Otherwise, everyone's wishes won't be granted, and the festival would be ruined.
At the end of the film, it turns out that Whimsey simply wanted Twinkle Wish as a companion to play with, rather than intending any harm on her. After Pinkie and her friends fail to convince Whimsey to give her back, the dragon has a change of heart and gives Twinkle Wish back to them, just in time for the festival. Everyone's wishes are granted in the process and the festival gets to happen after all, to everybody's happiness.
- "My Little Pony Theme Song"
- "Somewhere Super New"
- "That's What Makes a Friend"
- "Dreams Do Come True"
Waiting for the Winter Wishes Festival
The DVD includes a short prologue story titled Waiting for the Winter Wishes Festival, which is set before the official story. In the prologue, the ponies described what they liked about the Winter Wishes Festival. The DVD also comes with an Elefun and Friends short.
The special received mixed reviews from critics, with Internet Movie Database giving it the score of 5/10. Kurt Dahlke of DVDtalk states that "If your preschool-aged girl loves My Little Pony stuff, she'll love this just-average cartoon DVD. The story's cute, the songs are cute, and it's all cute. Plenty of extras render average slightly above average, and if you're a sicko like me, you might really appreciate all the bright colors. You'll know what your kid likes, but in the grand scheme of things this pretty good DVD of a so-so program merits a Rent It." Blog Critics editor Jennifer Bogart had a bit of positive thoughts on the film saying "Something I’ve discovered is that you can’t go back in time – in all honesty I found the film a bit inane – my children love it though." and also states that "This is one to pop in and head while you tackle some overdue chores, it’s not at all appealing to adults (no matter how much we loved My Little Pony as kids), but it’s a fun, light-hearted movie for the little ones."