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The movie is based on the animated television series, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The movie premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 15, 2013 and was released on limited screens in Canada and the United States on June 16, 2013. Screenvision added additional showings of the movie to allow more people to see the movie because of a larger-than-expected number of theater-goers in the initial weeks of showing.
The movie takes place after the show's third season finale "Magical Mystery Cure" and is about Twilight Sparkle entering the human world to get back her magical crown after it was stolen by Sunset Shimmer. During her time in the human world, Twilight learns how to behave like a human and meets the human counterparts of her pony friends. With the help of her new friends she hopes to stop Sunset Shimmer and take back her stolen crown.
The film later spawned a franchise of sequels, dolls, an ongoing animated web series, merchandise and apparel, and more. The second movie titled My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks was released theatrically on September 27, 2014. The third film titled My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games was released on September 26, 2015 on Discovery Family. And the fourth film titled My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree was released on October 1, 2016 on Netflix.
The entire franchise is primarily set in a fictional world parallel to the pony-inhabited fantasy setting of the 2010 incarnation of My Little Pony, accessible via a magic mirror. The toys and other series of media additionally feature alternate humanoid versions of pony characters in roles similar to the counterparts in Equestria; characters as depicted in the Friendship Is Magic television series who travel between worlds assume similar forms in the alternative setting.
The main characters are collectively referred to in merchandise as the Equestria Girls. Beginning in Rainbow Rocks, they are also the members of a rock band called the Rainbooms. In Legend of Everfree they assume magical abilities that come from geodes they discover.
- Sunset Shimmer (voiced by Rebecca Shoichet) – A unicorn from Equestria who resides in the alternative universe as a student at Canterlot High. In the films, the character is depicted to be a renegade student of Princess Celestia, who was once corrupted but is later reformed. She is the main antagonist of the first film, but gradually puts her past behind her and completes her redemption. She is now one of the protagonists and leader of the parallel universe counterparts of the main characters. In Friendship Games, she helps save Twilight Sparkle's parallel universe counterpart from magical corruption. She is a guitarist and backup vocalist in the Rainbooms, and can read others' minds by physical touch.
- Twilight Sparkle (voiced by Tara Strong, singing voice by Rebecca Shoichet) – There have been two incarnations of Twilight Sparkle as appeared in Equestria Girls animations:
- Princess Twilight Sparkle, the winged unicorn character as appeared in Friendship Is Magic, transformed into a humanoid teenager after traveling from Equestria. In Rainbow Rocks, she temporarily assumes a role of vocalist in the Rainbooms.
- Twilight Sparkle (a.k.a. Sci-Twi), the alternate universe counterpart, made a brief appearance in a post-credits scene of Rainbow Rocks. The character formally debuted in Friendship Games as a former student at Crystal Prep Academy, who eventually transfers to Canterlot High School. She is a backup vocalist in the Rainbooms, and has telekinetic powers.
- Fluttershy (voiced by Andrea Libman) A Canterlot High student who is a volunteer worker at the local animal shelter. She is the Rainbooms' tambourinist, and can communicate with animals.
- Applejack (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) – A Canterlot High student who works on her family's farm. She is the Rainbooms' bassist, and has super strength.
- Rarity (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain, singing voice by Kazumi Evans) – A Canterlot High student and a talented seamstress, much like her Friendship Is Magic counterpart. She is the Rainbooms' keytarist, and can create diamond-like force fields.
- Rainbow Dash (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) – A student/star athlete at Canterlot High, stated to be the captain of every sports team the school has. She is the Rainbooms' lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and has super speed.
- Pinkie Pie (voiced by Andrea Libman, singing voice by Shannon Chan-Kent) – An eccentric and friendly Canterlot High student. She is the Rainbooms' drummer, and can make small objects explosive.
- Spike (voiced by Cathy Weseluck) – In the Equestria Girls series, Spike the dragon is depicted as a dog with the ability to speak. Similar to Twilight, the character's Friendship Is Magic incarnation appears in the first two lineups, masquerading as a speechless animal. His alternate universe counterpart included in the Friendship Games lineup is "Sci-Twi's" ordinary pet dog who gains the ability to speak from exposure to Equestrian magic.
Recurring counterparts of Friendship Is Magic characters
- Principal Celestia – The principal of Canterlot High.
- Vice Principal Luna – The vice principal of Canterlot High, and Celestia's younger sister.
The Equestria Girls counterparts of the minor, supporting and background characters in Friendship Is Magic television series also make appearances in the films and shorts. Such characters include Cheerilee, the Cutie Mark Crusaders (Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle), DJ Pon-3, Lyra Heartstrings, Octavia Melody, Photo Finish, Sweetie Drops and Trixie.
Equestria Girls-only characters
- Flash Sentry – Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, who takes a romantic interest in Twilight Sparkle. His Equestrian counterpart, a royal pegasus guard at the Crystal Empire, also appears in the first film and Forgotten Friendship, and has brief appearances in Friendship Is Magic. Both versions are voiced by Vincent Tong.
- The Dazzlings – A trio of villainous sirens introduced in the Rainbow Rocks film. They are composed of the leader Adagio Dazzle (voiced by Kazumi Evans) and her two backup singers, the airheaded Sonata Dusk (voiced by Maryke Hendrikse, singing voice by Madeline Merlo) and abrasive Aria Blaze (voiced by Diana Kaarina, singing voice by Shylo Sharity). In Rainbow Rocks, the trio serves as the antagonists, having been banished to the human world by Star Swirl and aiming to control the residents of the parallel world through their enchanted singing.
- Principal Abacus Cinch – Cinch (voiced by Iris Quinn) appears in Friendship Games as the main antagonist. She is portrayed as the strict principal of Crystal Prep Academy, a prestigious school that rivals Canterlot High School, and is obsessed with maintaining her school's reputation by manipulating her prized student, the human counterpart of Twilight Sparkle.
- The Shadowbolts – The Shadowbolts are Crystal Prep's sports team that opposes Canterlot High's Wondercolts team. Apart from the counterpart of Twilight Sparkle, the team includes the blunt Sugarcoat (voiced by Sienna Bohn), two-faced Sour Sweet (voiced by Sharon Alexander), hyper-competitive Indigo Zap (voiced by Kelly Sheridan), disdainful Sunny Flare (voiced by Britt Irvin), and rocker girl Lemon Zest (voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent).
- Gloriosa Daisy – A counsellor at Camp Everfree, who eventually transforms into a creature named Gaea Everfree after exposure to Equestrian magic. She is introduced in Legend of Everfree. Enid-Raye Adams voices the character, while Kelly Metzger provides her singing voice.
- Timber Spruce – Timber Spruce is another counsellor at Camp Everfree. He is introduced in Legend of Everfree alongside Gloriosa Daisy. He is voiced by Brian Doe.
- Juniper Montage – The main antagonist of the 2017 Equestria Girls specials Movie Magic and Mirror Magic. In Movie Magic, she sabotages her uncle's movie production in the hopes of being cast as the lead actress. In Mirror Magic , she finds an enchanted mirror that corrupts her into a diva/celebrity-esque monster. She is voiced by Ali Liebert.
- Wallflower Blush – The main antagonist of Forgotten Friendship. Ignored by the school population at large and jealous of Sunset's transformation from hated bully to beloved friend, she uses a mystical stone called the Memory Stone to erase Sunset's friends' good memories of her. She is voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent.
- Vignette Valencia – The main antagonist of Rollercoaster of Friendship. She is the public relations director for the new Equestria Land amusement park and relies on social media to promote it. A wisp of Equestrian magic later enchants her smartphone, allowing her to create holograms. She is voiced by Tegan Moss.
- PostCrush – A pop-rock duo introduced in Sunset's Backstage Pass as the main antagonists. The duo is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Kiwi Lollipop (K-Lo) (voiced by Lili Beaudoin, singing voice by Marie Hui), and drummer Supernova Zap (Su-Z) (voiced by Mariee Devereux, singing voice by Arielle Tuliao).
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