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My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
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Genre: Holiday
Slice-of-life
Adventure
Directed By: Vic Dal Chele
Written By: Pat and Jennie Romano
Based On: My Little Pony
Starring: Tabitha St. Germain
Janyse Jaud
Venus Terzo
Lenore Zann
Cinematography: Color
Distributed By: Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 25, 2005
October 8, 2013 (re-release)
Runtime: 44 minutes
Country: United States
Canada
Language: English
Franchise: My Little Pony


My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas is a direct-to-DVD animated film produced by SD Entertainment, and released on October 25, 2005 by Paramount Home Entertainment. It marks the first film appearance of the titular toy franchise since their big-screen debut in 1986. The DVD includes a bonus episode, Dancing in the Clouds, which was first released on video bundled with Star Catcher in 2004.

A Very Minty Christmas was made available on hubworld.com (a successor of Hasbro's MonkeyBarTV website), alongside My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade and My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow but were later removed from the site.

The film made its television debut on Discovery Family on December 13, 2014.

Plot

Minty accidentally breaks the "Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane", which apparently guides Santa Claus to Ponyville. To try to make up for doing this, Minty gives each pony one of her socks (she hangs them like stockings on the other ponies' fireplaces). When Pinkie Pie finds out what Minty has done, Minty states that the sock giving is a bad idea, and then decides she should go to the North Pole herself to set things right. Minty is terrible at balloon flying, so the chase is on to save her in the process of saving Christmas.

Bad Qualities

  1. Cheap-looking and cut-rate animation (even for direct-to-video standards), with thick and messy outlines.
    • Due to cheap animation, the movie suffers from many animation errors.
      • When Minty is sitting reading the book while singing “Nothing Says Christmas Like A Pair of Socks,” her cutie mark disappears. She also randomly gets a pair of socks on her in this song although she gave one to the snowman and one on her head was knotted earlier in the film.
      • As Pinkie Pie says “Minty Minty Minty” while turning around by the fire place after Minty has delivered a green spotty sock to her, the sock is now red.
      • As Thistle Whistle flies around Minty, as Minty’s about to go to the North Pole, the yellow of the mane changes sides with her. Then when Pinkie Pie is running towards Thistle Whistle it’s back on the left again, then it becomes a yellow fridge as she flies to Pinkie Pie then back to being unable to pick a side to be on as she floats next to Pinkie Pie.
      • When Pinkie Pie explained what happened to the Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane, Bowtie, who was behind Sunny Daze changes to Sparkleworks.
      • As Thistle Whistle is pulling the balloon giving Minty the option to go back to Ponyville, Thistle Whistle’s cutie mark also disappears mid talk.
  2. The plot is generic, much like most of the G3 specials. It is also bland compared to the My Little Pony series from G1.
  3. It reuses animation from a A Charming Birthday, except that it's cleaner. It doesn't even match up with the new animation of this special.
  4. Too much filler, such as the song sequences at the beginning of the movie and the scene where Minty sings, "Nothing Says Christmas Like A Pair of Socks".
  5. Minty herself is very clumsy and is never called out for breaking the special Christmas Candy Cane in the first place. Even worse, none of the ponies (except Pinkie Pie) get angry with her at the beginning of the movie.
    • She, for some reason, has a strange obsession with socks to the point where she sings a song about it.
  6. Plot hole: If Minty broke the candy cane that was put on top of the Christmas tree, why can't she ask any of the other ponies to make another one? Even if she did that, it would be too late.
  7. Much of the songs are terrible, compared to the G4 television series.
  8. The voice acting, while decent, can get annoying and obnoxious.
  9. The movie's content is so paper-thin in conflict, that it makes the second Smurfs Christmas special, 'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy look like a masterpiece in comparison.

Good Qualities

  1. Like The Princess Promenade, the background music is nice to listen to.
  2. The voice acting is sometimes decent, as mentioned earlier.

Reception

My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas currently holds a 4.9/10 on IMDb, as well as receiving a 56% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was criticized by TheMysteriousMrEnter.

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