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My Little Pony: The Movie was released in theaters in 1986, based on the Hasbro toyline My Little Pony. The movie was made by Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions with the participation of Korean animation studio AKOM and Japanese animation studio Toei Animation, with a star-heavy cast including Cloris Leachman (Hydia), Rhea Perlman (Reeka), Charlie Adler (Spike, in one of his earliest voice roles), Alice Playten (Baby Lickety Split), Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (The Smooze), and Danny Devito (The Grundle King), among many others.

At Dream Castle, the Little Ponies are preparing a festival to celebrate the first day of Spring. They even go as far as to hold a ballet, which Baby Lickety Split ruins by dancing her way instead of cooperating with the others. After being called on being a show off by the others, she runs away, followed by Spike, the Baby Dragon.

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Meanwhile, in the Volcano of Gloom, the evil witch Hydia watches the event via her cauldron and, disgusted by the frivolity, tells her daughters that they must ruin it. Hydia's daughters, Draggle and Reeka, are incompetent at causing mischief and fail utterly at ruining the festival. They return to the Volcano of Gloom in disgrace, where Witch Hydia presents a better plan - they'll make Smooze. The sisters collect a series of disgusting ingredients, but neglect to obtain the Phlume, the prospect of which terrifies them. The spell seems to work regardless, creating a pool of sentient purple lava that gleefully buries Ponyland.

The ponies go to their friend, Megan, and her younger siblings, Danny and Molly, for help. Who in turn go to the Moochic, who tells them to go find the Flutter Ponies. Thus begins an epic quest for living slime, weird friendly trolls called grundles, giant sunflowers, living trees, and much more.

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In terms of the G1 MLP animated continuity, this movie comes after the My Little Pony TV Specials and serves as a prelude to My Little Pony 'n Friends. The ten-part End of Flutter Valley serial is a direct sequel to this movie.

Not to be confused with the 2017 film of the same name based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.


My Little Pony: The Movie provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: During the "Nothing can stop the Smooze" number, we see ponies, bushwoolies and random woodland critters trying to fortify the Dream Castle with barricades and sandbags. It takes the Smooze literally less than five seconds to engulf it completely.
  • Abusive Mom: Hydia is all over this, treating her daughters like pebbles and forbidding them from calling her "Mama".
  • Achilles' Heel: The Smooze's only weakness when it's complete is Flutterpony magic, otherwise it lives up to Hydia's claim of being unstoppable.
  • Answering Echo: There's a song done entirely like this between Baby Lickety Split, who's bemoaning her troubles at a well, and Flutter Pony Morning Glory, who's trapped inside the well.
    No one's in a fix like I am (I am)
    No one has the luck I do (I do)
    No one's had the set backs I have (I have)
    Look where life has led me to (Me too!)
  • All Trolls Are Different: The Grundles. "Aw, Grundlemumf!"
  • Artistic License – Biology: Insects don't have red blood in real life. See the Overdrawn at the Blood Bank example below.
  • Artistic License – History: Among the many possible new homes for the ponies to live in, Moochick lists Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is a mausoleum.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Hydia and her daughters. Among other things, Reeka and Draggle object to being called "cute" by the ponies, and they react with horror to the prospect of being force-fed banana splits by their mother.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness:
    • Subverted. The Flutter Ponies try to de-Smooze the Grundles, apparently under this assumption. The Grundles assure them that this is how they've always looked.
    • Also, it's mentioned that Reeka and Draggle have an older cousin named Lucretia, whose portrait shows her to be a Hot Witch.
  • Berserk Button: Hydia's is being called "Mama" by her daughters. She also hates being lied to: "I don't care if you lie, but NOT! TO! ME!!!!" But none of that compares to her reaction to learning that Reeka and Draggle "FORGOT THE FLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Flutter Ponies
  • Big Eater: Reeka, here and in the series.
  • Blob Monster: The Smooze
  • Butt-Monkey: Reeka and Draggle, although Draggle gets the bigger share.
  • By the Hair: Hydia (somehow) manages to lift both Reeka and Draggle by their hair and throw them out of their house on two separate occasions.
    • Characters seem to enjoy doing this to the witches, as the Phlume even grabs Draggle by her ponytail in order to shake her off of it and even whips her around by it.
  • Call-and-Response Song: "What Good Will Wishing Do?"
  • Canon Foreigner: Danny, who was created for the movie (later appearing the TV series), and never appeared in the toyline.
  • Choke Holds: Draggle holding onto the Phlume's midsection seems to have this affect on it, considering that the first thing it does is shake Draggle off of it before going after Reeka.
  • Comedic Spanking: How does the Phlume get back at Reeka for stabbing it with a Power Pick? Grabbing a spoon from...somewhere...and spanking her with it. With said spoon magically disappearing later in the scene.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: The Smooze has an entire Villain Song about how unstoppable it is, and lives up to it, with even the Rainbow of Light being unable to stop it. The Flutter Ponies ultimately prove too much for it, weakening it enough for the Rainbow to finish off.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After they and the Smooze are defeated, Reeka and Draggle mock Hydia for her failure.
  • Doomed Home Town: The Grundles' kingdom of Grundle-Land was wiped out by the Smooze.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: The Smooze is no doubt this to Hydia, being more powerful than her.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Smooze is a child-friendly one. A fully conscious and self-aware talking ocean of thick purple ooze, with hundreds of constantly moving faces, that is capable of traveling on its own, creating extra limbs whenever it likes, swallowing things whole, and throwing globs of itself at things. The worst of it is, the thing is all but unstoppable and indestructible.
  • Fat and Skinny: Reeka and Draggle. Inverted a bit, more so in the series, in that it's the skinny one who is slower. Played straight in that the skinny one is more likable.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: During the Award-Bait Song "There's Always Another Rainbow," we see a glob of Smooze hanging on a tree branch over Sweet Stuff like the Sword of Damocles. As soon as the song is over, the Smooze falls off the tree and onto Sweet Stuff, who immediately turns into a grouch like the Smooze's other victims.
  • Giant Flyer: Wind Whistler, and every fifteen minutes at that.
  • Giant Spider: Aahg, here and in the series sequel.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Molly, who makes her debut in this movie.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In order to shake Draggle off of it, the Phlume grabs her exposed ponytail and repeatedly rams her head into its bulb before pulling her away from it and slamming her into its midsection and ramming her head into that. It also rams Reeka and Draggle into each other later in the same scene.
  • "Gloomy Glooms of Gloom": The Volcano of Gloom where the witches live, whose context is otherwise clear.
  • Hartman Hips: Draggle, here and in the series sequel. She may technically have inherited that from her mother, though her mother looks like a ball with feet now. The other women in the specials (i.e. Catrina) and the series do not have Hartman Hips.
  • Hate Plague: Anyone splashed with Smooze becomes mean and ill-tempered.
  • Hecate Sisters: The witches, here and in the series, invert this trope despite not all being sisters. Reeka has aspects of all three types, Hydia is The Crone and the more manipulating aspects of The Mother, and Draggle is The Maiden.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Flutter Valley
  • High-Pressure Blood: "Phlume" is actually sap from a giant Man-Eating Plant that lives on a cliff in some mountain area. When Reeka stabs its bulb with a Powerful Pick the sap starts shooting out from the wound this fashion, and straight sprays out shortly after, apparently with enough force to push back Reeka as she tries to bottle it.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Reeka and Draggle.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Ordered by Hydia to turn the Little Ponies' spring festival "dark, dank, and dreary," Reeka and Draggle decide to do "dank" by diverting a waterfall to flood the picnic grounds. Unfortunately for them, two baby ponies overhear Reeka and Draggle discussing their plans and manage to spray the diverted water back at the witches, causing them to be washed away and crash into a picnic table covered with pies.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: I'LL GO IT A-LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNE!
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Habbit, the Moochick's assistant.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: Baby Lickety Split tries to fly "like Wind Whistler and North Star," despite Spike's correctly pointing out that she can't since she's not a Pegasus Pony.
    Baby Lickety Split: We're flyyyyyyyyying!
    Spike: We're falllllllling! [the two crash land and tumble head over heels into a ravine]
  • I Lied:
    Reeka: You said nothing could stop the Smooze!
    Hydia: I lied!
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: When Hydia demands Reeka and Draggle tell her what went wrong with the Smooze, Draggle accidentally blabs that she and Reeka neglected to get one of the ingredients.
  • Imperfect Ritual: The witches create Smooze, a giant mass of sentient, evil slime. It is supposed to be undefeatable but the two younger witches didn't bring floom ( blood/sap from a triffid expy - they were too afraid to go get it) and hide the fact from their mother. This weakens the Smooze enough for the rainbow to stop it the first time round, allowing the heroes enough time to go on their quest to find help.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Reeka and Draggle.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Spike, Baby Lickety Split, and the Grundles go over one at one point.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Just try to pick any individual scene from the movie and explain it to someone who's never seen it before. See how many "wtf" faces you get.
  • The Juggernaut: The Smooze. It's only real vulnerability is the Flutter Ponies' magic and even then it takes the Rainbow of Light to finish it off.
  • Jumped at the Call: Megan and her siblings. "If those witches want a fight, we'll give them one!"
  • Kill It with Fire: The Smooze is finished off by being dumped back into the volcano, though rather or not the Rainbow of Light and the Flutterponies' magic had already killed it before that is uncertain.
  • Magic Skirt: Completely averted by Reeka, especially during the Phlume scene when it holds her upside down by her ankles and her skirt completely flips down. See also Panty Shot.
  • Man-Eating Plant: "Phlume" turns out to be sap from a rather nasty carnivorous plant that is Multi Armedand Dangerous, complete with growls and roars.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: The Phlume does this to Reeka.
  • Neutral No Longer: The Flutter Ponies decide to help once they realize that Hydia would have the Smooze destroy Flutter Valley.
  • Neck Lift: After shaking off Draggle The Phlume does this to Reeka and holds her over the cliff it lives on. It does it to her again at the climax of the scene, though in this case it's more or less a neck hold instead of a lift.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: We repeat: Nothing can stop the Smooze! Except, of course, the Flutter Ponies....
  • No Endor Holocaust: Despite the entire area being literally drowned in Smooze, somehow there was no casualties, not even among woodland creatures. Implied aversion with the Grundleland, though.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Hydia has one upon seeing the Flutter Ponies arrive.
    • Draggle has one somewhat after the Phlume grabs Reeka.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: The tiny bug that Hydia kills.
  • Panty Shot: Reeka practically walks in this mode.
  • Parental Bonus: Arguably Aahg given his name and the fact that he is a black beast of sorts...
  • Papa Wolf: Spike and the woodland animals are this to Lickety Split.
  • Pauper Patches: Reeka and Draggle wear patchy clothing. Hydia's clothing is mostly patch-free, with the exception of a large patch on her back.
  • Pie in the Face: Reeka and Draggle's attempt to turn the Ponies' spring picnic "dark, dank and dreary" fails and the two witches end up crashing into a picnic table and pelted with pies. In addition, Reeka picks up one of the ruined pies and sticks it in Draggle's face afterward.
  • Poke the Poodle: Early on in the movie Reeka and Draggle attempt to convince Hydia that they aren't do-nothings, but all of their "evil" deeds fall under this, such as frying a worm or pulling wings off a fly.
  • Random Events Plot: The plot of the movie is very disjointed at times, particularly with Baby Lickety-Split and the others' search for her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Reeka and Draggle get one from their mother after their first failed attempt to ruin the ponies' celebration. "Maladia over at Nightmare Heights, her daughter made Easter Sunday come out on a Tuesday! What have you done? Zip! A big fat zero!"
  • Riding into the Sunset: Or rather flying into the sunset!
  • The Show Must Go Wrong: Baby Lickety Split ruins the ponies' dance recital when she decides to insert her own self-choreographed moves, resulting in total chaos onstage.
  • Slapstick: Pretty much any general scene with Reeka and Draggle will be full of this, with the majority of the slapstick happening to them.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Out of the five grundles seen in the movie, only one is female. Justified, though, as they are Sole Survivors.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There's been a few variations on "The Phlume" here and there on the internet. Some spell it "Flume", "Floom", and others "Phlume", and given that no official spelling has been released...
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The witches, particularly the younger two, feel like the main characters in this movie.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted. The witches destroy the Dream Castle, and though it's restored, the Ponies live in Paradise Estate for the remainder of the series.
  • Staircase Tumble: Happens to Reeka and Draggle three times in the movie; the first two times they're thrown out of the house by Hydia, and third time after they get free of the Phlume.
  • Technical Pacifist: Rosedust and the other Flutter Ponies don't want to intervene with the Smooze because it's "not our fight," even though they are the only ones who can stop it.
  • Terrible Trio: The witches from the Volcano of Gloom. Inverted in that Hydia herself actually is a threat to Ponyland.
  • The Movie
  • Theme Naming: The Flutter Ponies, who are introduced in this movie, are all named after flowers.
  • This is No Time to Panic: Wind Whistler says this just as the killer trees in the Shadow Forest start attacking.
  • Title: The Adaptation
  • Tree Buchet: Megan uses a giant sunflower to get away from the Smooze at one point.
  • Unholy Nuke: The Smooze, Hydia's ultimate spell, and a sapient flood capable of wiping out entire kingdoms in a matter of moments and unstoppable to most anything.
  • Villain Song: "We're Witches", in which Hydia boasts about the long line of evil spell-casters from which Reek and Draggle are descended, and "Nothing Can Stop the Smooze".
  • The Walls Have Eyes: The Smooze consists of tons of eyes.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Ahgg the giant spider turns out to be ticklish.
  • Wicked Witch: Hydia. Reeka and Draggle are wicked witches in training.
  • When Trees Attack
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: "Why can't you be evil like I taught you?"
  • Worf Had the Flu: The Smooze is deactivated by the Rainbow of Light (though buries it and a large part of Dream Valley) because it lacked Flume and was thus incomplete. Once it has it, nothing can stop it except the Flutter Ponies.

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