Release date: October 5, 2017 Directed by: Jayson Thiessen Starring: Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, Cathy Weseluck, Emily Blunt, Michael Peña, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, Sia Thoughts? The film's definitely worth seeing. The animation's a noticeable step up from the TV series, the songs are (mostly) catchy, and the ponies face one of their biggest threats yet. Also liked the varied locations in the film; it doesn't take place entirely in Equestria. The underwater kingdom is probably my favorite, since it's (I believe) a first for the series and the characters briefly transform, giving us something new. Two criticisms, though: The adventure movie format doesn't lend as well to the ponies' personalities coming through as much as in the TV series, where each character is much more fleshed out. Twilight and Pinkie Pie are given the most attention in the film; Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Rarity do showcase their basic traits but there are episodes of the show that delve deeper into their personalities than this movie did. So total newcomers might not get into the ponies as much as those already familiar with the series will. Also, the main villain (the Storm King) isn't very interesting- he's the generic "take over the world 'cause I'm evil" guy. His second-in-command Tempest Shadow is more interesting than Storm King is, which is good considering what goes down in the climax. No, I won't give it away. I just wish BOTH villains were complex. Side note: Unfortunately, I missed the "Hanazuki" short that preceded the film. The theater I went to had incredibly long lines because they were understaffed and had to sell tickets at the concession stand. I hate when they do that, because then everyone who gets a ticket ALSO has to get a snack, slowing things down horribly. I stood in line for almost 15 minutes, and got into the theater just as the short ended. Grrrr. Will it at least be included on the home video release? Side note 2: Another unfortunate note: My showing only had about ten people in it. Hopefully my experience is an outlier.