My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks DVD Review

2014 saw many new additions to the MLP family, including the new Equestria Girls tale Rainbow Rocks


About My Little Pony: Equestria Girls 
  In My Little Pony Equestria Girls, released in fall 2013, Twilight Sparkle’s crown was stolen from the Crystal Empire, and she pursued the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into…a teenage girl! To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight had to learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High.

  Now, the girls of Canterlot High are back, and this time they’re rocking guitars! In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Canterlot High (CHS) is hosting a musical showcase, and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when The Dazzlings, a new girl group, arrive at CHS and convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands, tensions mount between the competing musical acts. A now-reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that The Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High. The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to restore harmony to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school.




  While I didn't enjoy this film as much as it's predecessor, I can honestly say that my almost-4-year-old boy did! Out of a stack of DVD's this one was chosen again and again (and again, and again...) In my opinion the Equestria Girls just aren't the same without Twilight Sparkle, and the first quarter of the movie or so shows only the other pony girls. Jace, however, was captivated by the songs in this release. He could immediately tell me that the Dazzlings were the "bad guys" and that Sunset Shimmer was the bad guy, but is now a good guy. Overall Rainbow Rocks contained a bunch of catchy tunes and a few feel-good messages, and definitely comes kid-approved! 

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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Keys of Friendship DVD Review

  One of my 3 year-old boy's absolute favorite things right now is the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic franchise. The show, the toys. Everything. It goes without saying that this year's release of the Keys of Friendship DVD was a must-have, of course. 




  This collection was released on July 29, 2014 and features five episodes from the popular television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It's the latest edition to the MLP franchise, which centers around the purple pony Twilight Sparkle. In these episodes, Twilight has just recently become a princess and is struggling to find her place among her royal colleagues. Each episode is filled with fun, singing, and a great moral for kids to learn about issues in life. Jace can sit and watch episodes on Netflix for hours! He watched all 5 episodes in this DVD straight-through, and was especially interested in any part with a song. (Especially the sing-along of Generosity) Friendship is Magic is definitely a show I feel good about letting my munchkin watch! I may or may not watch them by myself after Jace falls asleep...

  

  

Episodes:

1. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Rarity Takes Manehattan
2. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Pinkie Apple Pie
3. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: It Ain't Easy Being Breezies
4. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1
5. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2

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Susie's Hope DVD Review + Giveaway: Raise Awareness for the Fight Against Animal Abuse!


  Even if you're not the biggest pet lover out there (like me), it's still hard to hear about the injustices done to animals by those who simply don't care. Be it neglect or physical abuse, animal cruelty nearly always brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. When I learned about the nonprofit organization Susie's Hope, which strives to provide education to people of all ages about animal abuse and hopes to end it, I was happy to be able to review the film! It's based on the true story of Susie's Hope founder Donna Lawrence and her struggle to forgive and love.