Many people cringe at the thought of watching My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, I say, just give it a chance. Created by the great Lauren Faust, mastermind behind The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. It’s not simply over the top girly ponies having endless tea parties, but ponies young girls, and boys if they’re of the effeminate type, can relate to. Each episode usually has a lesson to learned at the end, in the more recent seasons fanservice catering to the recent brony population is defiantly increasing, however it does not in anyway take away from the heart of the show. Hasbro’s latest release of MLP:FIM Adventures in The Crystal Empire is simply amazing. A guilty pleasure, considering there are quite of few musical numbers which I had on full blast in my tiny room. Did I mention there’s a sing-a-long sheet in the extras?
The Crystal Empire is was a magical city, filled with love and joy until the evil King Sombra enslaved every pony within its walls. Due to the fact that the magic of the Crstyal Empire effected all of Equestria, Princess Celestia and her sister Princess Luna had no choice but to banish King Sombra to the cold wasteland, but his curse on the city caused it to vanish, and only return when he does. Great setup for a group of magical talking ponies, unicorns, and pegasi. When the Empire mysteriously reappears, one thousand years later, its up to Twilight Sparkle and her friends to help Shining Armor and Princess Cadence destroy the evil King Sombra, before he can spread his darkness across all of Equestria.
Adventures in The Crystal Empire is comprised of Crystal Empire Part 1 and Part 2, these are the first two episodes of the series’ third season, and three more episodes from earlier seasons. Sonic Rainboom, Luna Eclipsed, and It’s About Time. All of which have a moral or a positive message to teach the viewer. As the series went on the messages became more complex, for example in Crystal Empire Twilight Sparkle learns the value of self-sacrifice, and that the need of the many is more likely than not, more important than want of one. A lesson I believe many people should learn at a young age, in fact Lauren Faust created the series with the intent of teaching young girls that there is more to life than constant giggles and playing dress up.
The main ponies Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Twilight Sparkle each represent a different element of harmony, laughter, honesty, kindness, generosity, loyalty and magic. These key elements play into many of the episodes, not so much in The Crystal Kingdom, but every pony has a skill they could contribute to the restoration of the kingdom.
If you’re watching the DVD on a computer, in the extras there are coloring sheets and sing-a-long sheets that can be printed out. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Adventures in The Crystal Empire is available now from Hasbro.