Sadly, I have to disagree. In theater today: half the theater was empty.
I fear for this movie's financial success.>>36826823
I think the short was made with toon boom too, like the pony movie. >>36826837
At least the audience reaction is better, 91%.>>36826566
Saw it today. LOVED IT. Greatly exceeded my expectations, a very enjoyable romp. It didn't break any new ground, and was incredibly bare on lore; nothing new about the magical elements of the world like the EOH or Tree of harmony, or alicorns, ect. But it was still a great romp.
Actually ended up loving capper; Despite my hesitation about him due to "THANG" and "Y'all ponies are crazy", his actual dialogue was great, smooth and kind of sophisticated while still definitely having an element of hood rat to him.
Also like the pirates, as they were a pretty enjoyable bunch who had some good humor to them (their jump cut from tossing the six overboard to eating was pretty funny).
Seaponies were a bit weak, but still enjoyed them.
And DAMN, did I like Tempest. Great character, wish she'd be part of the show (REPLACE GLIMMER).
Good songs, decent action, the group dynamic felt good, solid 8.5/10.
That being said, as a brony I know I'm biased, so I'd probably realistically reduce it to a 7.5/10 for normises.
NOW, meta-wise, as a fan, there's a shit ton of nitpicks; For example, The storm king's armies: Fucking world's biggest paper tigers. They look scary and act mean, but the second ANYONE puts up any fight at all, they fold like a house of cards. Like, seriously, the other 5, sans twilight are SUPER low on the power ranking. Like, the changelings are easily able to overpower them even WITHOUT chrysalis when the mane six HAVE twilight, so the mane six just getting a few pirates and one hippogrphy makes you scratch your head a bit.
Okay, I can actually accept that so long as they have tempest to take out the heavy hitters when people fight back; The storm beasts cow most people into submission by fear, and then Tempest makes an example of the few that stick out.
I can see Tempest taking out glimmer, so that actually isn't too big of a problem of the troublemakers going down.
So I can KIND OF accept that storm king's army's loss was that their one actual good fighter (tempest) was taken out of the fight by storm king and the remainder of the army got taken out by storm king himself with his storm.
But this STILL runs into the problem of those petrification grenades. 100% the ONLY reason this army was a threat was that they had OP, never explained instant kill bombs.
So, basically, these villains are, by far, the weakest foes the group have face yet; BY FAR. The changelings were drastically stronger as an invading army for example. They rely on writers fiat to give them a couple weapons that can take out alicorns, and then tempest forgets to petrify twilight when she's captured.
Eh, moving on, I feel bad for Fluttershy fans; she might as well have not been in this movie. While she was enjoyable in her yays, she really didn't contribute to this plot; then again, unless your name was pinkie pie or twilight, you were kind of stuck on the back of the bus. Even dash, who got some nice time on the ship and good lines, was fairly unfocused compared to Ponk.>>36826830
He was drastically better in the comics. In them, he seemed to actually be THREATENING.
In this movie? He's good in the first scene of the potion call; really nails it. After that, he turns into a blithering idiot who's not threatening at ALL, even WITH the staff.
It doesn't help that he loses because he basically tards out and defeats HIMSELF. Hell, the staff itself was the threat at the end more than him.
really hope IDW brings him back (Loved the scene of him angrily staring at his minion trying to put himself back together) and reuses him.