We were recently given the opportunity to review My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – Welcome To Ponyville on DVD.
This greatly excited me. As a child I used to spend hours playing with My Little Ponies – combing their hair, dressing them up and I even built a house for them out of shoe boxes. We didn’t have DVDs in those days, but I do remember going to see some kind of My Little Pony film at the cinema.
I’ve read a few articles recently which discuss how children prefer traditional to technological toys. Both Ikea and Clearvision have commissioned their own research into children’s toy preferences and found that the favourites were the old traditionals such as a bike, dolls house, Barbie or My Little Pony, over gadgets like X Box or that handheld thing that I can’t even remember the name of.
My nearly-three-year-old doesn’t watch DVDs very often – to date, she hasn’t been able to sit still for long enough! I was intrigued to see how she would react to the My Little Ponies.
For some odd reason, we currently only have a DVD player in our main bedroom. So I chose a time when she was slightly tired, and suggested she snuggle up with some snacks and a drink to watch it.
I fully expected her to leap out of bed after three minutes or pull the covers off and start bouncing and shrieking “this is my trampoline!”, but she actually stayed still, gripped, for at least thirty minutes!
This is unheard of! She really loves the DVD, and surprisingly my eleven-month old also enjoys the colours and music and will sit and bounce along to it while playing with her toys.
I have to be honest and tell you that I used this thirty minutes, and subsequent thirty minute My Little Pony stints, to have a relaxing brew and read articles and blog posts on my iPad. This means that I have no clue what the storyline is, so I hereby revert to the press release info:
“Meet Twilight Sparkle, a very special little pony with a very powerful gift for magical spells and loves to study. As part of her ongoing studies, she has been tasked an assignment by the Royal Princess Celestia of Equestria to learn something new… The true meaning of friendship.
In the quaint, magical village of Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle sets off on her assignment with her best friend, a little purple dragon called Spike and makes some new and adorable friends along the way. Join her and her pony friends Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Applejack on their enchanting and laughter-filled adventures as they discover the most powerful magic of all time, the Magic of Friendship!”
I also asked nearly-three-year-old what she liked about the My Little Ponies. Her exact words were:
“Because one of them has been naughty – the blue one – but the purple one with the stripey hair is my favourite because she makes it all better”.
The only downside to this DVD that I can spot is that our bed is now full of snack-related crumbs from her many DVD watching sessions!
Disclaimer: I was sent the DVD free of charge, but was under no obligation to review the item. The views expressed in this post are completely honest and I probably would have bought my daughter this DVD regardless. The DVD, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic- Welcome To Ponyville is available from the 2nd September 2012 in all the usual retailers and www.clearvision.co.uk priced £12.99. Certification U.