Paramount // 2008 // 65 Minutes // Rated G
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 22nd, 2008
Is there a cartoon out there that would seem less likely than My Little Pony to inspire a live-action stage show? Turbo Teen? She-ra? Beavis and Butthead? The sight of these ponies walking around on stage with their dead hind legs flapping akimbo and their bulbous plastic eyes may possibly be a glimpse into the level of Hell designated for PCP dealers. But...the kids in the audience seemed to get a kick out of it all.
Here's the plot: the ponies want to throw the mother of all tea parties and their enthusiasm becomes so unbridled (so to speak) they can't help but burst into big-ass song and dance routines. Pinkie Pie is one such singing, happy pony and is psyched for the tea party and while all her equine sisters have committed to bringing treats and surprises to bash, she's horrified to realize that she forgot the tea!!!
Will she be ostracized by her peers?
Cast out from the commune and left to die in the wilderness?
Taken to the town square and hung for her gross importance?
Forgiven and sung to?
Yeah, the last one. All the ponies don't sweat the lack of tea, not for one second, and bathe Pinkie Pie -- who is indeed grossly incompetent -- in a deluge of song and dance. Not that this should be surprising to you if you are to make it this final stretch; the entire story exists merely to string together an endless stream of songs.
Less a story, and more a live musical performance, The World Biggest Tea Party gives a batch of anonymous actors who made it this close to an off-Broadway career a chance to sing their guts out on stage and/or awkwardly stomp around in oppressive horse costumes.
Again, the kids seem to be having a great time and providing your impressionable youngster won't get creeped out by the sight of her beloved two-dimensional animated pony pals suddenly transforming into real-life visions of surreal terror, there's a solid chance they'll be smiling and mumbling through the lyrics and demanding with some vigor that you take them to the next live My Little Pony show -- or else.
What waits for you on the disc: 65 minutes worth of fake widescreen, 2.0 stereo action and five sing-alongs.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 65 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Rated G