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We'll do our part, hoof to heart!note 

"Dear Unicorns and Pegasi
You have friends in Maretime Bay
Come visit us!"
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My Little Pony: A New Generation is a all-CGI movie meant to introduce Generation 5 of My Little Pony and is a Distant Sequel to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It premiered on Netflix on September 24, 2021.

The unimaginable has happened... the magical land of Equestria has lost its magic! Earth ponies, unicorns and pegasi are no longer friends and now live separately once more. But the idealistic earth pony Sunny Starscout (Vanessa Hudgens), inspired by the ancient stories of Twilight Sparkle and her friends, is determined to find a way to bring magic back to their world and reunite ponykind through The Power of Friendship. Teaming up with the open-hearted unicorn Izzy Moonbow (Kimiko Glenn), the pair travel to faraway lands where they are joined by the likes of the charismatic and brave pegasi sisters Pipp Petals (Sofia Carson) and Zipp Storm (Liza Koshy), and the ever-responsible fellow earth pony Hitch Trailblazer (James Marsden). Their adventure may be full of challenges and mishaps, but these new best friends each possess their own unique and special gifts that may be just what their world needs to restore harmony and prove that even little ponies can make a difference!

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In February 2021, a computer-animated streaming television series based on the movie was greenlit, as well as a 44-minute special that will take place between the movie and the animated series. These are expected to be released in Fall 2022 and Spring 2022, respectively.

See the cast introduction trailer here. See the official trailer here.


My Little Pony: A New Generation provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
  • All for Nothing: Combining the unicorn and pegasus gemstones turns out to do absolutely nothing. Sunny is so distraught that her journey didn't fix anything that she goes through Heroic BSoD. Subverted when it's revealed the reason it didn't work was because it was missing two things: a gem representing the Earth ponies, and The Power of Friendship.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
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    • It's unclear just how long ago the events of the previous series were, or how things ended up the way that they currently did. All that's known is that Friendship is Magic was so long ago that most now consider the life and times of Princess Twilight to be nothing but a fairy tale.
    • Sunny's wings and horn appearing as ethereal projections rather than physical additions to her body make it unclear whether her alicorn form is permanent or some kind of Super Mode.
  • Angry Mob Song: "Danger Danger", in which the film's antagonist goes about starting an angry mob. The antagonist says "it's all gonna work out painlessly if you follow my orders brainlessly" against the other races of ponies, and that "this is no time for sober thinking".
  • Arc Symbol: A six-pointed asymmetrical starburst often surrounded by five smaller starbursts appears numerous times throughout the film, on a number of Sunny's belongings and an ancient stained glass window in Zephyr Heights, fans of Generation 4 naturally would instantly recognize this as Twilight Sparkle’s Cutie Mark, whose legacy as the Princess of Friendship forms the backbone of the film despite rarely getting mentioned, with her teachings being forgotten triggering the conflict and them being rediscovered forming the resolution.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    Sunny: What have we got to lose?
    Hitch: By giving magic back to our enemies? Uh, let me think. I know: A lot!
    Sunny: Come on! Do they look like enemies to you?
    [Hitch looks at Izzy, Pipp, and Zipp, then sighs]
    Hitch: I don't know.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • When Sprout is angrily listing off the things that makes Hitch great, he said he has a perfect mane, shredded abs, and a paid-off mortgage.
    • The forbidden words the unicorns have to do a ritual to ward off the "jinxies" are magic, wing, feather, and mayonnaise.
  • Art Evolution:
    • While ostensibly taking place in the same universe as G4, the pony designs here are slightly more realistic in terms of proportions.
    • Unicorn horns are longer, sharper, and have ornate markings on them.
    • In previous generations, adult Pegasi wings were generally uniform in appearance. Here, the royal family all have noticeably different wing designs.
  • Art Shift: The opening scene with the Mane Six is done in a semi-2D art style compared to the rest of the film.
  • Ascended Meme: Before the film was released, there was a lot of fanart based on the promo image of a tennis ball stuck on Izzy's horn being used to handicap whatever supposed magic she has. The filmmakers obviously took note of this as they added a tennis ball rolling into the Boulder Media logo and also had the critters play with a tennis ball during the closing credits.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: One of Phyllis Cloverleaf's inventions allow Earth ponies to constantly examine the sky for incoming pegasi...while also preventing the wearer from seeing anything in front of them.
  • Balloonacy: One of the earth pony defense items Phyllis sells is a backpack filled with balloons meant to carry the pony to safety. Unfortunately, she failed to consider how the pony was supposed to descend and the poor test subject is left floating aimlessly for the entire film.
  • Bathos: Sprout revealing and getting into his giant robot, ready to wage war against the Unicorns and Pegasi, is a terrifying moment in-universe and out. Him pulling a string and honking it like a glorified truck driver is flat-out hilarious.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: A big, scary shadow is shown at the gate to Maretime Bay, only for it to be revealed it's just Izzy. This shows the Earth ponies' perspective, however, the mere sight of a unicorn is absolutely terrifying.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • Much of the branding on Zephyr Heights' billboards are takes on common brands:
      • The logo of Zephyr Heights is a riff on the T-Mobile logo.
      • The Zephyr Broadcast System (ZBS) has a logo that, from afar, resembles CBS' eye logo.
      • The Zephyr Heights Postal Service mirrors the United States Postal Service logo.
      • A generic "Pony" logo is based on Sony's wordmark.
      • There's a simple pony silhouette ad that follows from Apple's line of iPod ads.
      • The logo for "McWings" is an inverted double arch from McDonald's, but with wings.
      • The "Amplify" logo mimics the Spotify logo
      • Though unnamed, a logo with a similar swish as Nike's also appears along with the phrase "Just Wing It".
    • The game "Just Prance", replacing Just Dance, but the gameplay is essentially DanceDanceRevolution.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Exaggerated given that the events of Generation 4 are referred to as ancient history but Sunny longs for the Mane Six's era when all three pony races lived in harmony. She would have thrived back in 'ancient' Ponyville, but the bigotry that prevails in her era makes her views unconventional and Sunny herself an outcast.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • While there have been important male characters in the franchise before (such as perennial sidekick Spike the Dragon and an antagonist named Tirek, both of whom have appeared in multiple MLP generations), Hitch Trailblazer is the first male pony to be a main character.
    • In the past, the only known ponies who have become alicorns were those who completed high-level magic, and had only been unicorns or pegasi. Here, Sunny is an earth pony who never had any genuine experience with any kind of magic until she herself becomes an alicorn at the movie's ending for the act of returning the Magic of Friendship and thus magic itself back to Equestria.
    • In Friendship is Magic, pony villains are almost invariably either alicorns or unicorns made dangerous by their magical powers; the one exception is a pegasus. G5's first villain is an earth pony backed up by technology and an angry mob.
  • Brick Joke:
    • At the ceremony, a pony attached to balloons accidentally floats out of the exhibit. We see him again halfway through the film, before he finally returns to the ground after the climax and asks what he missed, only to turn and panic at the sight of a unicorn, two pegasi, and an earth-pony-turned-alicorn.
    • One earth pony is so terrfied of Izzy that he jumps into the waters around Maretime Bay. During the "Mob Song", he finally climbs out — only to fall back in again.
    • When complaining to himself that he can do stuff just as well as Hitch, Sprout tries to prove it by shutting a filing cabinet, only for the drawer above it to open. When it cuts back to him later that cabinet drawer is still open.
    • As the earth ponies panic at the sight of Izzy, Hitch rescues a foal from being trampled, but accidentally gives him to a pony who isn't his parent. The same foal is later seen with his actual parents during Sprout's song.
  • The Cameo:
    • The Fake-Out Opening features the Mane Six, complete with the original voice actors reprising their roles.
    • A stuffed toy version of Spike the dragon can be in Sunny's bedroom during the opening scene.
    • Eagle-eyed fans also noted that a plush next to Sunny in the opening scene is none other than the fan nicknamed Fausticorn, Lauren Faust's pony character that she made during one of her 4chan visits.
  • Camera Abuse: During the scene where Sunny and Izzy are fleeing through Maretime Bay, one of the splatapults' projectiles splatters against the camera.
  • The Caper: A major part of the film depicts a heist, with Sunny, Izzy and Zipp attempting to steal the Pegasus Crystal forming the centerpiece of Queen Haven's crown during a royal showcase in Zephyr Heights. It goes off perfectly until Cloudpuff and Hitch derail the whole thing.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Central Theme: The danger of falsehood. Even 'well-meant' lies are pernicious things which can destroy a community and prevent natural cooperation with others through paranoia and false hope.
    • One of the major factors that has kept the three tribes divided from one another for so long are the various slanderous misinformation, propaganda, and silly superstitions they have regarding the other tribes. The antagonist, Deputy Sprout, uses the fear, anger and hatred for the Unicorns and Pegasi that came with those lies to take over Maretime Bay as a rabblerousing dictator, nearly going on the war-path against the other two tribes. This is to the horror of not just Sunny Starscout, but also Sprout's mother, who peddled those very same anti-Unicorn and anti-Pegasi lies out of genuine misbelief about the other two Tribes and to market and sell her rather unsafe Unicorn and Pegasi defence systems, all of which her son Sprout believed without question and took Up to Eleven in his paranoia and egomania. When she sees how far her son has gone, she's horrified.
    • The Pegasi Royal Family has faked being able to fly with wires to their subjects for generations in order to keep their subjects' hopes up after magic disappeared and they lost the ability to fly. This ultimately backfired when their deceit was exposed, which shocked and outraged their subjects so much they overthrew them, leaving the queen arrested and the two princesses becoming fugitives from their own people.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The lamp Sunny's father gave her turns out to have the last gemstone needed to bring magic back to Equestria.
    • In the A Minor Kidroduction segment, Sunny and her father send an invitation out using a paper lantern. After the excitement in Zephyr Heights, Izzy reveals she found the invitation and decided to act on it, hence why she came in the first place.
    • The heroes find out soon after reaching Bridlewood that the unicorns are superstitious enough that if they hear certain words note  they're forced to perform rituals to un-jinx themselves, with a different ritual for each one. When they're cornered later on by the unicorns Hitch says all four forbidden words at once. This forces every superstitious unicorn there to start going through all four rituals simultaneously, distracting them enough for the protagonists to escape.
  • Chekhov's Skill: While it's never directly brought up, Izzy's cutie mark is a type of pincushion, meaning her special talent is related to fashion, and she's shown to be skilled at crafting when she creates a replacement crown for the protagonists to use when they try to steal the Pegasus Crystal from Queen Haven's crown. This comes in handy again later when she disguises the group as unicorns.
  • Close on Title: This is the first My Little Pony movie in the franchise to feature the movie's title at the end.
  • Continuity Snarl: In spite of being a loose continuation of Friendship is Magic, the movie's plot point of magic being gone creates a lot of small conflicts with the show's worldbuilding, such as how the day-night cycle is still running.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Phyllis Cloverleaf, an Earth Pony who deliberately spreads Malicious Slander about pegasi and unicorns in order to manipulate her fellow Earth ponies into buying her unsafe "self-defense" devices. Downplayed in that she genuinely believes the other two races to be dangerous and only wants to defend against them. When her son Sprout goes Drunk with Power, she's understandably put off by it.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Sunny's father is shown to believe that the three races can be friends again and instilled those values into his daughter. So of course of the two parents we see, he isn't around in the present.
  • Disappeared Dad: Zipp and Pipp's father (presumably the would be king of Zephyr Heights) is never brought up, nor is Sprout's father.
  • Disastrous Demonstration: Sunny ends up butting into a demonstration of the anti-pegasi defenses being shown off by Phyllis Cloverleaf, which gets her pelted by slime balls until Hitch manages to pull the plug.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: Sunny discovers in Zephyr Heights that there are two crystals — one on the queen's crown and another in the possession of the unicorns — which she believes will bring back magic if reunited. It turns out the Earth ponies also have a crystal, but The Power of Friendship is needed to power all three.
  • Distant Sequel: The movie takes place long after the Mane Six are no longer around. In the film the events of Friendship is Magic are described as "Ancient Equestria" in-universe, implying that a very significant amount of time has passed since the Mane Six had any influence. The distance is shown by the fact that ponies are using modern technology that didn't exist in Friendship Is Magic.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "New Generation" refers to how Sunny, Izzy, Hitch, Zipp, and Pipp are a new generation of ponies akin to the Mane Six that will spread the Magic of Friendship around Equestria, and also how this is a new generation in the My Little Pony franchise.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It takes a lot of effort and hardship, but Sunny not only manages to bring back magic with the help of her new friends, but she even becomes an alicorn, allowing her to use the magic she brought back.
  • The Eeyore: The entire unicorn race has become this since the loss of their magic, with the unicorns of Bridlewood being shown listlessly going about their lives with no enthusiasm or joy. Izzy and Alphabittle seem to be the only exceptions until the end of the movie when The Magic Comes Back.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The opening has Sunny, Hitch, and Sprout as foals playing with Mane Six figurines. Sunny wants to portray them accurately as friends, showing her ardent belief in unity. Sprout wants to portray the unicorns and pegasi as villains, showing he's a bully who embraces his mother's prejudices. Hitch tries to make peace without taking a side, showing he's less about fearing other ponies than just preventing unrest.
  • Epic Fail: The Caper the Mane Characters attempted to get the Pegasus Crystal from Queen Haven went off almost perfectly until it was derailed by Cloudpuff and Hitch. This started a chain of pratfalls which not only nearly led to the Pegasus Crystal being lost, but also revealed the pegasus royal family can't really fly and they had deceived their own subjects with wires and trick lighting, leading to Queen Haven being immediately overthrown by her own subjects and her daughters Zipp and Pipp becoming fugitives from their own people.
  • Fan Community Nickname: In-Universe; Pipp, who's an Idol Singer and social media influencer as well as a princess, addresses her fans as "Pippsqueaks".
  • Fake-Out Opening: The opening sequence shows the Mane Six of My Little Pony Generation 4 in a 2-D animation style, just about to set off on another adventure. It's really a bunch of young ponies playing with toys, shown when Rarity of Gen 4 says she will "fry brains" because she's a unicorn. When Rarity starts doing this, it's revealed to be Sprout applying Fantastic Racism.
  • Fake Wizardry: The royal family of Zephyr Heights uses wires and strategic lighting to make it appear as if they can still fly, to provide a small sliver of hope for the grounded pegasi.
  • Fantastic Racism: The three pony breeds of Equestria now live separately from one another, and each sees the other two as being hostile and dangerous, to the point that seeing even one pony of a different breed is cause for panic. Earth ponies seem to be the most fearful, probably driven by CanterLogic's business model. There is plenty of racist propaganda being taught as historical fact. In particular:
    • Earth ponies are seen as disgusting, lazy, and stupid. ("They have very tiny brains.")
    • Pegasi are seen as violent brutes who attack and kidnap ponies from above.
    • Unicorns are thought to read minds, zap ponies' brains with their horns, and use their magic in mysterious evil ways.
      Izzy Moonbow: I thought earth ponies were the pony ladder's bottom rung. I heard the pegasi were brutes you'd hate to be among. [To Sunny and Hitch] You smell like fishes, [to Pipp and Zipp] you're vicious, I bet you eat your young! Meet any one of you, the thing to do is run away!
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: When she's rollerskating, Sunny wears a helmet adapted to fit an equine head.
  • Faux Horrific: Adorable, friend-seeking, and cheerful Izzy Moonbow is treated by the earth ponies like an evil fiend. Justified, considering the incredible Fantastic Racism that now divides the tribes.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Sunny wears both a makeshift unicorn horn and pegasus wings multiple times, foreshadowing her becoming an alicorn.
    • When Hitch appoints Sprout as temporary Sheriff so he can go after Sunny and Izzy, he says, “Just try not to start a war while I’m gone, okay?” That is exactly what Sprout does after going Drunk with Power.
    • In the defunct waystation in Zephyr Heights, Sunny finds a poster of her hometown, with her lighthouse home prominently featured, which she takes as proof that the three races used to live in harmony. It also hints that her home is far more important than she realizes, which is proven when it turns out to have the third crystal and a place for the combined artifact to be kept.
    • The stained glass windows depicting the pegasus and unicorn crystals have a missing pane in between them, at one point earth pony Sunny is in the middle of the two windows. Later, it's revealed the earth ponies also have a gemstone representing them that is necessary to complete the spell. The credits later showcase the missing earth pony window.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Sunny's house is full of FiM references. As we sweep on a shot of Argyle we see a Map of Equestria from G4, then a picture if the chest of friendship, what looks to be Gorgar's bell next to a painting of Starswirl the Bearded before landing on a shot of what looks to be a small fossilized dragon's claw print. And that's just one shot.
    • During Sprout's song, a pony is reading a newspaper with an article about the earth pony who floated away during the Cantor Logic demonstration.
  • Friendship Song: Looking Out for You is a duet sung by Sunny and Izzy affirming their new found friendship and how on their journey they promise to keep each other safe.
  • Funny Background Event: When Sunny and Hitch are doing their hoofshake, the two seagulls that are following Hitch around can be seen mimicking it after a slight delay.
  • Future Imperfect: The time of Twilight Sparkle and her friends was so long ago that nopony really knows what it was like and even Argyle, a pony who spent his life researching ancient Equestria, is wrong about a few things.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Sprout's war machine sports an EU licence plate (country abbreviation: PN) with equally iconic FE-Schrift.
  • Genki Girl: Izzy Moonbow is extremely cheerful, active and upbeat, and never flags in enthusiasm even in the most tense or dangerous situations.
  • Gilligan Cut: Hitch admits that a unicorn forest sounds kind of magical. Cut to a gloomy forest framed by various forms of "Keep Out" songs.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Princess Twilight Sparkle, Sunny's direct predecessor as The Hero, fits this trope perfectly, as though she’s nowhere to be found and is barely mentioned, not only does her Cutie Mark form the Arc Symbol but rediscovering her teachings about the Magic of Friendship form the key to restoring magic to Equestria.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: The Just Prance game played by Sunny and Alphabittle is powered by a pair of armadillos running on a wheel behind the cabinet.
  • Happy Ending Override: Downplayed. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic ended with Twilight Sparkle and her friends turning Equestria into a Utopia after uniting all equine and non-equine races and succeeding the throne from Princesses Celestia and Luna. Sadly not only did this utopia not last, but Equestria has now lost its magic due to division and conflict between the once-united races. However, it's also revealed that Friendship is Magic happened so far in the past as to be ancient history, rather than instantly being overridden, with the lessons learned back then having since been lost to time.
  • Heroic BSoD: After the gemstones fail to work, Sunny gives up on believing in the return of magic and friendship and tosses her father's lamp and Mane Six memorabilia away.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Sprout takes a kid's skateboard during his attempt to pursue Sunny to the Canter Logic factory.
  • Hiding Your Heritage:
    • Hitch disguises himself as a pegasus in order to get into Zephyr Heights.
    • Sunny, Hitch, Pipp and Zipp have to wear fake unicorn horns (as well as the latter two concealing their wings) to keep from freaking out the unicorns in Bridlewood.
  • History Repeats: Ponies have once again become segregated into tribes of unicorns, pegasi, and Earth ponies, with each believing the same insulting stereotypes about the other two. And, once again, the Magic of Friendship reunites them.
  • Inventional Wisdom: One CanterLogic product is a visor which points upwards, allowing the wearer to see any Pegasi in the air. The flaw in this design is immediately made apparent when the pony showing them off walks right off the stage.
  • Irony:
    • In G4, the unicorns seemed to be the most high class of the three tribes, with Equestria's capital city, Canterlot, having a mostly Unicorn population. Here, the unicorn city of Bridlewood is the least advanced by a long mile; they are almost completely emotionally dead inside and have at best Bamboo Technology, while the Pegasi city of Zephyr Heights is a towering metropolis with giant TV screens and social media and the earth pony city of Maretime Bay has movie theaters, factories, giant robots, etc.
    • The pegasi and unicorns were more afraid of each other than they were of earth ponies due to the stereotypes of earth ponies not being as intimidating as the stereotypes of unicorns and pegasi but it turns out to be an earth pony who poses the greatest threat.
  • It Was with You All Along: It turns out that the third piece of the Dismantled MacGuffin was at Sunny's lighthouse home the entire time, built into the little model her father made years ago. Also leaning fully into the trope, bringing the crystals together proves pointless as without the Power of Friendship they are just pretty rocks, and it's not until Sunny gets everyone to become friends again that the crystals reunite and everyone gets their magic back.
  • "I Want" Song: Sunny's "Gonna Be My Day", as she vows to reunite all ponykind and have them live in harmony once again.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When Alphabittle calls her a little pony, Sunny replies that she is actually of average height for a pony.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: The inside of Sunny Starscout's room is full of toys and memorabilia of the Mane Six from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The Mane Six (known In-Universe as the Guardians of Harmony) were heroines who once brought harmony and unity to Equestria in ancient times, played with in that they seem to be very obscure history that many pass off as fairy tales. None of the characters even recognize their ancient god-ruler's cutie mark, just that it's an important symbol of pony unity from ancient Equestria.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to My Little Pony: The Movie (2017). The settings are friendlier, the stakes are lower, the loss of Equestria's magic keeps the Antagonist Abilities that were prevalent in FiM out of this film, and the heroes aren't constantly pursued.
  • Logo Joke: A tennis ball rolls into the Boulder Media logo, in reference to the mileage the image of the tennis ball on Izzy's horn brought to the fans.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: The cell Sunny and Izzy are thrown into in Zephyr Heights looks more like an upscale hotel room... or given the massage chair in it, a spa.
  • The Magic Comes Back: Magic is restored when Sunny convinces the three races to be friends again, The Power of Friendship giving life to the Dismantled MacGuffin.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Equestria has lost its magic due to the division between earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns.
  • Magnet Hands: Even more so than in previous generations, as for a majority of the film none of the ponies have access to magic, so objects just seem to sort of stick to their hooves.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The citizens of Maretime Bay gasp, panic and run away screaming en masse when they see Izzy (who is a unicorn). Hitch even screams "UNICORN ATTACK!" when he sees her.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Hoof to heart, we'll do our part." Sunny and her father say this at the beginning in respect of their goal to bring friendship back to Equestria. At the end, Sunny and her friends say this to signify that they've taken up the goal as well.
  • Message in a Bottle: Or in the lantern in this case. At the start of the movie, Sunny and her father send a message of welcome to the other pony races, hoping it would reach them. It turns out that it reached a filly Izzy (a unicorn), giving her the motivation to go the Earth Pony city, kickstarting the events of the movie.
  • Messy Hair: Sunny wakes up with a serious case of bed head before managing to rein it in with some hair ties.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The film opens on Sunny as a filly before cutting ahead to her grown up.
  • Missing Mom: It is heavily implied that Sunny's father died at some point, but her mother is never seen or mentioned.
  • Muggle with a Degree in Magic: Sunny is an earth pony, meaning she won't be able to fly or actively use magic even if magic is restored. However, her greatest dream is to bring back Equestria's magic. She has also always dreamed of having a friend who can fly or cast spells (since she cannot herself). Averted at the end once she becomes an Alicorn and gains access to a horn and wings.
  • Musical World Hypotheses: Unclear but is either Alternate Universe or Adaptation, with one clear case of Diegetic.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Mane Six from Friendship is Magic are referred to In-Universe as the Guardians of Harmony, which is also the name for a Generation 4 My Little Pony toyline.
    • Argyle has several artefacts from G4 or at least replicas given that several are known to be destroyed, such as one of Zecora's masks, the Harmony Box from season four's Myth Arc, the Dragon Lord's Bloodstone Sceptre (minus the Bloodstone), the Memory Stone from the Equestria Girls special "Forgotten Friendship", a portrait of Star Swirl the Bearded, and even Grogar's Bewitching Bell.
    • The ponies all have heart-shaped hooves, just like in the 2017 movie.
    • Phyllis calls Sprout "sugarcube". Applejack often uses that same term to address her friends and loved ones in Friendship is Magic.
    • During Sprout's song to scare the citizens of Maretime Bay into being paranoid that the pegasi and unicorns are preparing to attack, a set of TV displays is shown broadcasting clips from Generation 1, and from the same song the word "discord" makes a noteworthy appearance, with Gen 4 having had a major supporting character by that name.
    • When Zipp takes Sunny and Izzy to see the film's Arc Symbol, we see there's a poster for the Wonderbolts, the flight team Rainbow Dash joined during the Gen 4 series.
    • Alphabittle owns a rubber chicken which resembles Boneless, Cheese Sandwich's erstwhile companion.
  • Never Say "Die": It is pretty much all but said that Sunny's father is dead after the Time Skip — he's absent from the story, and is only referenced to through some personal possessions left on a shelf and Sunny talking to a picture of him — but he's never actually identified as deceased.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The three major earth pony characters, respectively Sunny, Sprout and Hitch. Sunny is the Nice who advocates for friendship with the unicorns and pegasi. Sprout is the Mean who wholeheartedly buys into the propaganda and eventually tries to start a race war. Hitch is the In-Between who does believe the stereotypes, but just wants to keep the safe and civilized status quo but is open-minded enough to reconsider his prejudices upon seeing evidence that they aren't correct.
  • No Escape but Down: When Izzy arrives in Maretime Bay and causes the Earth ponies to panic and run, a pony screams and jumps down a ponyhole cover. When she tries talking to an ice cream vendor, he jumps off the ledge into the bay.
  • Noodle Incident: It's not explained why one of the unicorns' forbidden words is "mayonnaise", but judging from the expression that one makes when Hitch almost says it, it must be pretty bad.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The CanterLogic factory's demonstration of anti-unicorn and anti-pegasus devices is "fully automated" and cannot be shut down even when it places a pony in danger. The factory floor itself is no better, especially once Sprout takes over, with massive chunks of machinery swinging from cranes, hitting other equipment, and missing the workers by inches.
  • Not Quite Flight: The pegasi are no longer able to truly fly without magic, though they can still glide by air currents. The royal family has faked being able to fly for generations with wires to keep the hopes of their people up, but when this is revealed there's immediately a revolution.
  • Not What I Signed on For: Played for Laughs. This is Zipp's reaction to the idea that everyone will need a unicorn makeover to get into Bridlewood.
  • The One Guy: Of the five ponies that make up the movie's Ensemble Cast, Hitch Trailblazer is the only male.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Hitch wears a false mustache and fake wings to get into Zephyr Heights, and all the main characters wear fake unicorn horns in Bridlewood.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: The pegasus siblings Pipp Petals and Zipp Storm share a Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic, with Zipp being the former as well as being a Rebellious Princess, and Pipp being the latter as well as being an Idol Singer.
  • The Pollyanna: Izzy wanders into Maretime Bay, an all earth pony town, completely oblivious to the enmity a unicorn would face. She even assumes the crowd running away from her in terror is playing hide and seek.
  • The Power of Friendship: Sunny is a firm believer in this, hoping that she'll one day see a united world again. When Sunny convinces everyone to try being friends again, the Dismantled MacGuffin is restored, returning magic to Equestria while also granting her Hard Light wings and a horn by turning her into an alicorn.
  • Punny Name: Those Two Guys who work at Canterlogic are named Toots and Sweets, as in tout de suite.
  • Rollerblade Good: Sunny is shown to be quite good at rollerskating.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: After freeing them from their cells in Zephyr Heights, Zipp shows Sunny and Izzy an abandoned waystation from old Equestria which confirms to Sunny that the Pony tribes once lived with each other in harmony. It also acts as Zipp's secret hideout where she investigates/practices pegasus flight and to get away from her uncomfortable royal life.
  • Running Gag:
    • The picture of Argyle and Sunny needing to be adjusted every time someone walks through the door. Sunny not doing this during her Heroic BSoD when she gets home showcases just how depressed she is that her journey appeared to be All for Nothing.
    • Sprout constantly running into doors. It goes to the point of being memetic.
    • The pony who demonstrated the "earth pony escape" tech of balloons appearing in the background after flying away. He comes back in the last scene of the movie, having missed the whole plot and screaming before the movie smashes to the credits.
  • Schizo Tech: Friendship is Magic tended to rely mainly on the ponies using steampunk or non-electronic technologies. However, in this newer version of Equestria, the biggest business in Maretime Bay is CanterLogic, an electronics company similar to Apple. Meanwhile, giant plasma screens adorn the walls of buildings in Zephyr Heights and nearly every pegasi owns smartphones. However, in Bridlewood, they still rely on the steampunk hoof-cranked or even literally Hamster-Wheel Power tech, as evidenced by the arcade game Sunny and Alphabittle dance on.
  • Secret Handshake: Sunny and Hitch have one, involving a complicated sequence of hoof gestures in time to a punny rhyme.
    Sunny and Hitch: Up high! Down low! Hitch it to a post! Flip it sunny side up and on a piece of toast!
  • Sequel Series: Unlike previous generation shifts in the My Little Pony franchise, this series is set in the same world as Friendship is Magic, only some untold amount of time in the very distant future.
  • Series Continuity Error: While there are many, many references to Generation 4 as befitting a Sequel Series, there are some things that don't line up, particularly the fact that here ponies only have their cutie marks on their right side when Friendship is Magic made it clear that ponies have them on both sides.
  • Serious Business: The crime that Queen Haven is arrested and imprisoned for? Being a phoney pony full of baloney.
  • Shifted to CGI: While not the first in the franchise to be 3D animated (one of the Pinkie shorts in Generation 4 did that), it is the first fully CGI series in general.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The plot is set in motion by a flying lantern.
    • After a Time Skip, our first introduction to adult Sunny is seeing her waking up with messy hair.
    • A Maretime Bay movie theatre has several parody movie posters. One of them, depicting a giant unicorn attacking a swimming earth pony from underwater, is called Horns, and the other one is called Harry Trotter. Another poster is for Dirty Prancing. The headlining film is Judgment Neigh.
    • Among several of Sunny's notes in the lighthouse includes a card showing one of the G4 rainbow power beams with the words "I want to believe".
    • One billboard in Zephyr Heights advertises a new show, Filly Elliot.
    • Sunny Starscout and Alphabittle are playing Just Prance, with the game machine resembling the one used for DanceDanceRevolution.
    • In the trailer, Sunny and Izzy are shown traveling as the landscape changes around them... and the golden tones of the forest background strongly imply that this is a nod to a very similar scene in The Last Unicorn.
    • At one point, Sprout enters a factory silhouetted wearing a cape and breathing very heavily. However, the lights turn on and it is revealed he is just sipping on a smoothie.
  • Spanner in the Works: Cloudpuff and Hitch complicate the plan to take Queen Haven's crystal crown and unintentionally make things worse. After taking the crown and replacing it with a decoy, Cloudpuff notices Sunny and Izzy with the crown and takes it back to Haven, which forces Zipp to chase after him. Hitch enters the palace to arrest Sunny and Izzy and they hide in the control room where they frighten the technician into messing with Pipp's wires, which exposes the royal family's inability to fly.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • When Zipp wordlessly indicates to Sunny and Izzy that they shouldn't acknowledge having met her earlier, Izzy mimes zipping her mouth shut. It counts as a particularly subtle bit of Foreshadowing for Zipp's name, which isn't properly revealed until a few minutes later.
    • The jewel heist would've gone off without a Hitch, if it hadn't been for a certain sheriff.
  • Stellar Name: Following in the hoofsteps of Twilight Sparkle, Sunny Starscout certainly counts, as does Izzy Moonbow to a lesser extent.
  • The Stinger: Three foals, one from each race, are shown racing across a field, the earth pony is leaving a glowing trail of hoof prints. This is likely a Shout-Out to the fact that in Friendship is Magic while Earth Ponies seem mundane they do in fact have magic as well, albeit much subtler than the other races.
  • String Theory: Sunny has set up her own research in the lighthouse with numerous papers, bulletin boards and the like with various strings to connect the various elements.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Without magic, pegasus wings can can sustain short glides at best; they are too small and weak to give lift to something as heavy as a pony. The royal family of Zephyr Heights are seemingly the only exceptions except that even they can't do it. Their subjects turn on them the moment they realize they were faking it.
    • During the climax, Hitch thinks it's a good idea to remove the cotter pin holding a spinning Splatapult arm to Sprout's giant robot. The minute the pin is removed, the momentum of the arm sends it flying forward, nearly killing Izzy as it embeds itself into the side of the lighthouse.
      Hitch: Okay, that was a bad idea.
  • Time Skip:
    • Being a Sequel Series, some time has passed since Friendship is Magic. Similar to the Pony Life spinoff series from Generation 4, A New Generation features various forms of technology like cell phones, electronic billboards, and video games. It is unknown exactly the time gap between the two generations, but Generation 4 being called 'Ancient Equestria' implies it is quite large.
    • In the film itself, the first scene shows Sunny's childhood, before cutting to several years later with her now being grown up.
  • Toilet Humour: Izzy remarks about how a unicorn "hoops". Hitch throws a basketball at her before she can say what she was going to rhyme it with.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Sunny keeps her deceased father's glasses and brooch on display.
  • Trash the Set: Sunny's lighthouse home is completely destroyed at the end by Sprout.
  • The Unreveal:
    • We never learn what exactly caused the three pony races to separate from each other, but considering that the events of Friendship Is Magic happened in "ancient times", nopony seems to care except that it just happened, it's likely to get explored in the follow-up series.
    • Given that this is the same world as Friendship Is Magic, it's never acknowledged how the sun and moon are able to rise and set without the use of magic or someone to move them.
    • On a more personal level, while it's implied he was Killed Offscreen at some point between Sunny Starscout's childhood and young adulthood, we never know what happened to her father, despite his very important role in inspiring Sunny to restore magic and unity to Equestria.
  • Villain Song: "Danger Danger", in which an antagonist organizes an angry mob. Said antagonist says "it's all gonna work out painlessly if you follow my orders brainlessly" against the other races of ponies.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Hitch invokes this verbatim when Sprout intentionally steps into a Unicorn trap rather than help him pursue Izzy.
    • Sunny is not impressed that Alphabittle's "ultimate challenge" is a dancing game.
      "Seriously?"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • In Generation 4, it was shown that disharmony between the three pony races would summon ghostly, horse-like creatures known as Windigos that feed on their negative emotions and turn Equestria into an icy wasteland. Here, the three races living apart and believing the worst of each other seems to have eliminated magic entirely, with no hint of the Windigos ever being a problem, though it's possible they were destroyed at the end of Friendship is Magic.
    • Throughout Friendship Is Magic, the ponies made peace and became friends with several other creatures throughout the world, including dragons, griffons, changelings, hippogriffs, yaks, and others. However, none of these other creatures are ever referred to in the film, making it unclear what happened to them or if the ponies became divided from them like they did with each other.
    • There is no clue as to if any of the god-level characters from Generation 4 still live. Discord, Celestia, Twilight, and Tirek are fairly explicitly immortal, and elder dragons can live for millennia. Where are they, and if any of the alicorns still live, what happened to cause them to abandon their people?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Pipp calls out her sister for abandoning her.
    Pipp: You left me hanging there... in the spotlight.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Izzy performs a rap break in "Fit Right In".
  • Wings Do Nothing: Without magic, pegasi can no longer fly under their own power, though they can glide as long as they have a current. This also means that they can no longer control the weather and live atop the clouds like they used to, resorting instead to living in tall mountains like Zephyr Heights. The royal family uses wires and special effects to pretend that they can still fly.
  • World-Healing Wave: When the three crystals combine, they release a rainbow shockwave which washes over all of Equestria, returning magic to all ponykind.

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