My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
|My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas|
DVD Cover for My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
|Directed by||Vic Dal Chele|
|Produced by||Robert Wintrop|
|Written by||Pat Romano|
|Based on||My Little Pony by Bonnie Zacherle|
|Starring||Tabitha St. Germain|
|Music by||Mark Watters|
|Edited by||Derek Iversen|
|Distributed by||Paramount Home Entertainment (Former)|
Shout! Factory (Current)
(Feature: 44 min.)
My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas is a direct-to-DVD animated film produced by SD Entertainment, and released on October 25, 2005 by Paramount Home Entertainment. It marks the first film appearance of the titular toy franchise since their big-screen debut in 1986. The DVD includes a bonus episode Dancing in the Clouds which is first released on video bundled with Star Catcher in 2004.
A Very Minty Christmas was made available on hubworld.com (a successor of Hasbro's MonkeyBarTV website), alongside My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade and My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow but were later removed from the site.
The popularity of Friendship Is Magic has increased demand for reissues of the original My Little Pony titles. Shout! Factory has now begun to produce DVD reissues of some of these titles, including A Very Minty Christmas.
Minty accidentally breaks the "Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane", which apparently guides Santa Claus to Ponyville. To try to make up for doing this, Minty gives each pony one of her socks (she hangs them like stockings on the other ponies' fireplaces). When Pinkie Pie finds out what Minty has done, Minty states that the sock giving is a bad idea, and then decides she should go to the North Pole herself to set things right. Minty is terrible at balloon flying, so the chase is on to save her in the process of saving Christmas.
- Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
The main protagonist of the story, an earth pony with a mint green body and a pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is three swirled mint candies. Minty is described to be a green machine, who likes anything green. She also loves collecting socks, standing on her head, and playing checkers with Sweetberry. She is also a complete klutz, always tripping into things, crashing into some obstacles, and ending up breaking things.
- Pinkie Pie
- Voiced by: Janyse Jaud
An earth pony with a pink body and a light pink mane & tail. Her cutie mark is three balloons. Pinkie Pie is imaginative, friendly and fun-loving, sometimes taking the lead in some situations. She also loves planning big parties and anything pink, hence her name. Other than that, she also displays some sarcastic streak over certain things and likes to hang out with Minty, despite her being a klutz.
- Rainbow Dash
- Voiced by: Venus Terzo
An earth pony with a sky blue body and a multicolored mane and tail. She has a rainbow on the clouds as her cutie mark. Being the most mature of all the ponies, Rainbow Dash is stylish, and also caring. She herself sometimes cares about her friends more than her outside appearance, thought she can freak out on some occasions. She usually speaks with a British accent and always adds the word "darling" into her speeches.
- Star Catcher
- Voiced by Lenore Zann
A pegasus pony with a white body and a blue, white and pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a pink heart with glitter. Star Catcher resides in the secluded Butterfly Island during the events of Dancing in the Clouds until she met Skywishes. Described in Ponyville Legends to grant everyone's wish, Star Catcher loves to make friends with everyone she meets, especially to Skywishes.
- Thistle Whistle
- Voiced by Tabitha St. Germain
A pegasus pony with a blue body and a pink and yellow mane and tail. Her cutie mark is purple thistle flowers and a butterfly. Thistle Whistle is one of Star Catcher's close friends in Butterfly Island. Like her namesake, Thistle Whistle always whistles in her speeches.
- Voiced by Kathleen Barr
An earth pony with a dark body and a purple, green and white mane and tail. Her cutie mark is two strawberries and a white flower. Sweetberry is the owner of the Sweetberry Sweet Shoppe and, alongside Cotton Candy, works at the Cotton Candy Café. She likes to help each other out and also enjoys making sweet treats for her friends. Sweetberry is at times busy but very reliable.
- Cotton Candy
- Voiced by Kelly Sheridan
An earth pony with a pink body and a blue, 'fading pink' and white mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a cotton candy on a stick. The owner of the Cotton Candy Café, in where she serves ice cream and sundaes to her friends. She is also a storyteller, enjoying conversation.
- Voiced by Venus Terzo
An earth pony with an orange body and a pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a yellow, pink, blue and white fireworks. Sparkleworks is a Glitzy pony, who has a big imagination and can make each and every day an adventure. She is also found of glittery stuff and Razaroo explained that she coated Ponyville with glitter during her birthday.
- Sunny Daze
- Voiced by Adrienne Carter
An earth pony with a white body and a yellow, pink, orange and purple mane and tail. Her cutie mark is an orange and pink smiling sun surrounded by purple clouds. Sunny Daze is a brave athletic pony, who usually loves outdoor activities and things with bright colors.
- Voiced by Saffron Henderson
An earth pony with a pink body and a pink and purple mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a kite and a butterfly. Skywishes is one of Twinkle Twirl's students, who wished to be a ballerina and usually attends Twinkle Twirl's Dance Studio. She is rather scatterbrained, but usually likes to make special wishes. She met Star Catcher, a Pegasus pony, after she discovered the Rainbow Waterfall and Butterfly Island, and was once the only pony who knew the secret of the Pegasus Ponies.
Dancing in the Clouds
The DVD includes a second animated feature, Dancing in the Clouds. It was originally issued on a VHS with a Pegasus pony toy, Star Catcher. Chronologically taking place after A Charming Birthday and before Friends are Never Far Away, it shows Star Catcher's first encounter with Skywishes.
A comic adaption was published by Tokyopop in 2005.
The special received positive reviews. Mike Long of DVDtalk stated that "The translation from toy to screen and back again seems to be the norm and the obligatory Christmas special is a staple of this phenomenon. My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas doesn't come close to matching the holiday magic of the classic Christmas specials, but some youngsters will love the bright colors and the gentle story of a pony who just wants to give her friends a merry Christmas."
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