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My Little Pony: The Movie | 2017 | PG | - 1.3.1

When three of the Princesses of Equestria are encased in a magical shell that restricts their powers, the remaining Princess and her friends search for a way to save them and free their home from the evil Stormking. With the voices of Uzo Aduba, Ashleigh Ball, Adam Bengis, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Creber and Taye Diggs. Directed by Jayson Thiessen. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A cat tells a creature that he is infected by something that will cause, "Parts to fall off," and the creature grabs its crotch. A female character is a cross between a unicorn and a griffon and we see a portrait of her wearing a costume that has a gilded breast plate.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A large flying vessel chases another flying vessel and shoots a harpoon through its hull, reels it in and guards board it. A large cloud is transformed into a spinning, tornado cloud that sucks a character inside it (we lose sight of her). A giant, dark storm cloud moves toward a pony festival and a large flying airship descends knocking down some poles and popping a balloon as a character cries, "Brian, no." Several dark flying vessels approach a town and large creatures attack ponies, put them in harnesses and force them to march. A goat character is encased in a hard shell and when he is knocked to the ground the case shatters (we see him in pieces). Three Princesses are encased in hard shells. A pony kicks and slams a fanged creature to the floor. Ponies are threatened with being caged and they cling from a windmill while trying to get away; the windmill breaks free, rolls through a town and the ponies jump to a ledge and run away. While climbing across a rope to a flying ship, a pony falls and is caught by another pony before she is hurt. Several ponies fall in rushing water and float over a waterfall; we see them washed on shore later and they seem OK. Large guard creatures throw things around while looking for a pony. Several ponies fall through a hatch in a flying ship and plummet to the ground; one pony quickly crafts a hot air balloon and saves all the others. A flying vessel is blown to pieces and we see shards hit water below. Several ponies jump into water where a glowing creature was seen; they are washed under water and are unconscious until bubbles are placed over their heads and they can breathe. A Princess is captured and taken away in a cage. Many pirate birds burst out of a large cake and attack guards; they fight with swords and kicks (one is kicked hard in the bottom and reacts like something might have been inserted in his buttocks), one guard is pelted with cupcakes, a small dragon blows fire and we see several guards with flames on their backs as they run away.
 A pony demands complete surrender and for several Princesses to give up their magic or their town will be destroyed. A pony grabs another pony's face and yells at her. Several ponies and a small dragon walk through a desert and are affected by the heat and lack of water; one pony collapses. A character called Stormking looks like a large goat with horns and fangs and he stands on his hind legs. Threats are made and we hear, "Tie 'em up," and "Clip their wings." We see a pony being shunned by others because she is different and she talks about being alone. A pirate bird says, "Let's kick some booty."
 Several cake layers are shot out of a canon and splat on top of a pony (she is OK). A small dragon falls off the top frame of a white board and hits the floor hard (he is OK). A balloon squeals through a crowded area where ponies dodge and jump out of its way. A young princess panics from the stress of organizing a music festival. A small creature speaks with a speech impediment.
 A pony and another character playfight with swords. Many bats swoop toward a pony and a cat opens an umbrella to protect her. A bird is caught by a rope and placed in a cage; we see several other animals and creatures in cages. A beetle skitters out of an animal skull in a desert. Several ponies and a small dragon are transformed and we see them with fins.
 A pony burps. A large fanged creature burps loudly and a cloud of presumably bad breath blows out of its mouth. A large bird burps and scratches its bottom. Several birds and ponies are served bowls of slop. A pony is shown with a scar on her face and her unicorn horn is cracked off.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild anatomical term (booty), name-calling (retched, if you were raised in a barn, hobo, crazy).


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SUBSTANCE USE - One scene shows a character standing at what looks like a bar but we do not see anything being served.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, team work, happiness, organization, individual abilities, confidence, pressure, perfection, doubt, guilt, disappointment, abandonment, pirates.

MESSAGE - Some things cannot be done without help.

(Note: A short precedes the feature and contains the following: A girl throws small bunnies onto a slide that takes them over bumps and into a pool of water (they squeal and seem frightened), a small bunny snatches a jewel out of a girl's hand and runs to the dark side of the moon where it ends up inside the mouth of a large creature with fangs and one giant eye, the bunny makes a raspberry noise when the girl chases it, a girl and a bunny run from a large creature and they fall over a cliff and on floating slabs in a lava stream, a girl jumps from a slab in a lava stream and grabs a bunny taking it to a ledge where they are saved by a large creature, and a giant creature drools on a girl's head twice.)

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