"My Little Pony"

Friendship is indeed magic — magical enough, in fact, to bring the immensely-popular “My Little Pony” franchise from the small screen to the big one. Ponies and bronies alike will be excited to hear that the film is moving forward with newly-released details about its vocal cast and when you can see it.

A collaboration between Hasbro and Lionsgate, the film has secured a Nov. 3, 2017 release date for the big-screen debut of Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash and the rest of the four-hoofed heroes.

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Kristin Chenoweth has been announced as the voice of a new character, joining “Pony” voice actors Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball. The plot remains a secret, but Variety reports that “the story centers on Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity embarking on a journey to save their home.”

Although the brightly-colored ponies have been around since the early ’80s, the franchise has come on strong in the last several years. The current show “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” has acquired a massive fanbase by crossing over to male fans (a.k.a. “bronies”), and the series took in over a billion dollars in retail sales last year.

“Friendship is Magic” regulars will be overseeing the move to the big screen, as frequent series director Jayson Thiessen is sitting in the filmmaker’s chair and series writer Meghan McCarthy is penning the screenplay. But fans may have a tough choice come 2017 — currently scheduled to open on the same day is Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” Double feature, anyone?

Posted by:Larry Carroll

Writer, Geek, Bon Vivant.