Butler County Times Gazette
by Garon Cockrell
DVD Review: My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
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Oct. 5, 2013 5:25 p.m.











A few years before we all

learned that Friendship Is Magic,

there was a different sort of My Little

Pony
special - a Christmas special titled A Very Minty Christmas. And like Friendship Is Magic, this show features several musical numbers.

However, you won’t see Rarity or Fluttershy or even Twilight Sparkle in this

one (though Rarity’s Tabitha St. Germain provides the voices of two characters).

And though both Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash do make appearances, they are

voiced by different actors, and their characters are very different from those

we know on the series. This special is also decidedly aimed at young children,

lacking some of the humor that makes Friendship

Is Magic
appeal to adults. Will the Bronies dig it? I’m not sure.








The show opens with a

song about what the ponies love about Christmas, as they decorate their homes

and so on. The Ponyville tradition is to make the Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane

and place it at the top of the tallest tree. The glow of the candy cane is what

helps Santa find their town.








Minty, the story’s lead

character, is a bit on the clumsy side. When we first meet her, she

accidentally knocks the carrot off of a snowman (not a snowpony), and then asks

it, “How can you smell the sweetness of

Christmas without a nose?
” (Minty, by the way, is one of the characters

performed by Tabitha St. Germain.) She replaces the carrot. But soon, while

trying to make things perfect, she causes the giant candy cane to break. This

is something she’s unable to replace.








Feeling that she’s ruined

Christmas for everyone, she decides to fix things by first being Santa herself,

and then by traveling to the North Pole to help Santa find Ponyville. Minty has

something of a sock fetish, which leads to the special’s best song, “Nothing

Says Christmas Like A New Pair Of Socks.” The vocals at times sound like Betty

Boop. I wonder if this song will do anything to lessen the disappointment so

many children feel when they open a gift only to discover socks.








Like the television

series, this show does have a strong message about friendship, and helping one

another. But I really missed Fluttershy and the show’s version of Pinkie Pie.








At one point this

special’s Pinkie Pie asks, “Too pink?

And the special’s version of Rainbow Dash answers, “Oh, darling, you can never have too much of something you love. And you

love pink. Lots and lots of pink
.” (Good advice. I love Guinness.)








Special Features








The DVD contains two sing-alongs,

with the lyrics on the screen, the words lighting up as you hear them. The two

songs are “That’s What I Love About Christmas” and “Nothing Says Christmas Like

A New Pair Of Socks.”








My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas is scheduled to be released

on October 8, 2013 through Shout! Factory.










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