We previously reported on a live My Little Pony show that was doing a tour in malls across Canada. Today I attended one of these shows by Kidomo in the St. Laurent Mall here in Ottawa. The show was great fun for all in attendance, and included a semi original story and redone versions of a number of popular songs from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon.
The story features three of the ponies, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack and Rainbow Dash, as they prepare for the Grand Galloping Gala. In doing so they pass through a few seasons, and tackle problems like picking apples from trees and helping Rainbow Dash learn to fly again. The sound for the show was prerecorded, and does not feature the voice actors from the show, but the likeness is pretty convincing.
Similarly, the songs which are featured are rerecorded by these new voices, and have some changes as all lyrics are done by these three ponies. The songs featured in the show are You Got to Share, You Got to Care, the Laughter Song, Winter Wrap Up and The Gala Song. The show begins with an instrumental version of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic theme song, and concludes with a normal version of the theme song.
The costumes were pretty elaborate. It may not be immediately obvious from these photos, but only the front feet are real. The arms and head are in the large pony head, and I believe the eyes are semi transparent. The back of the costume and back legs pretty much float around. They only briefly touch the ground, and often just hover as the pony moves around. I didn’t get a good shot of it, but Applejack faceplanted while getting on stage.
The whole show was a pretty elaborate ad for various products, which is what helped make it free. There is an obvious incentive for the mall to get people in and shopping, and the show is put on by Treehouse, who play the show in Canada. Thanks were also given to Hasbro with some free Play-Doh included in some loot bags. Loot bags also included a growth chart for kids that only goes up to 5 feet as well as a ruler. Both have Chuck the Truck on the flip side.
Chuck the Truck was advertised as also being in attendance, but there was no Chuck the Truck costume or show. Instead there was a large statue of the character that kids could pose with for photos. It seems Chuck the Truck was only there to appease boys who may have been dragged to the show with their kid sisters.
The live show was a pretty good time, though it’s definitely aimed towards young girls. Adult fans of the Friendship is Magic cartoon may find it to be a curious mash of various TV show plots into a single live show, which sometimes takes quotes word for word from episodes of the series, most of which come from the episode “The Ticket Master”.
The show will continue around Toronto in November, check out this schedule for the details. Perhaps this tour will do it’s rounds across Canada again next summer.