It seems “My Little Pony,” the kid-friendly animated franchise that dates again to the ’80s, has gone woke.

Netflix has launched “My Little Pony: The Next Generation,” and the 90-minute movie welcomes new fantastical creatures, a few of them fear-mongering, with a mission to revive the horse world of Equestria with magic.

Starring Jane Krakowski, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Carson, Elizabeth Perkins, James Marsden, Ken Jeong and extra, the movie places a highlight on a land that is divided and is in want of considerably of a political awakening. All the whereas, it maintains the cheerful tone and colourful visuals “My Little Pony” is thought for.

In its description, Netflix instantly attracts consideration to a ponyverse that is in disarray as Equestria has “lost its magic,” thus leaving three species – earth ponies, unicorns and pegasi — “living in fear and mistrust against each other.”


James Marsden, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Carson, Liza Koshy and Kimiko Glenn voice characters in the show.

James Marsden, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Carson, Liza Koshy and Kimiko Glenn voice characters within the present.
(2021 Hasbro/Netflix)

In an obvious effort to ship a message to youngsters about empowerment, unity and reform, Hudgens performs the heroine of the movie, an earth pony named Sunny, who groups up with a curious unicorn named Izzy (Kimiko Glenn) to aim to make peace with outsiders from different communities. Along the way in which, they meet some friends and band collectively as a pack of younger progressives desirous to make change.

“I think that it really reflects the times,” Hudgens stated of the film’s impression in an interview with ABC 6. “My character believes in inclusion and friendship.”

“It’s such a sweet little message to be reminded of,” Glenn added to the outlet. “Until you’ve experienced someone, you can’t know how they actually live. We flourish when we come together. It’s an important message.”

"My Little Pony: A New Generation" includes ZIPP, voiced by Liza Koshy. (Cr: © 2021 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

“My Little Pony: A New Generation” consists of ZIPP, voiced by Liza Koshy. (Cr: © 2021 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
(2021 Hasbro/Netflix)

At one level, Sunny leads a cost in opposition to an indication led by a defensive weapons producer, per one review from the New York Times.

“Their mission is full of misadventures, but these new best friends each possess their own unique and special gifts that may be just what this ponyverse needs to restore magic and prove that even little ponies can make a big difference,” Netflix’s description of the film continues.

Meanwhile, Marsden identified that his character, Hitch, is “the first male pony of the core characters of the ponyverse.”

“He’s the sheriff, so he likes to keep order and everything kind of in control and keep everybody safe. By the end of the movie, they’re embracing each other through the bonds of friendship and embracing their own individuality. Those are things that young kids need to need to see more of,” the actor stated.

The Times hints on the “surprisingly unsubtle references” to America’s present political local weather, more likely to get picked up by mother and father viewing with their little ones. The anti-magic ponies are primarily “anti-science,” author Batrice Loayza factors out. Meanwhile, Jeong’s Sprout is a “crimson demagogue with a bleach-blonde mane” who “ascends to power.”

“My Little Pony: The Next Generation” was directed by Robert Cullen and José L. Ucha. It’s obtainable to stream now.