With the final installment of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic empire landing on Netflix later this year, Hasbro and Netflix have announced how they will follow up the legendary horse girl/girl horses franchise with a brand-new incarnation in a brand-new style.
For the first time, My Little Pony will get a CG-animated series, and it will kick off with a feature-length film in “theatrical-quality CG animation,” the companies said in a news release. Both will be exclusive to Netflix. The movie will introduce fans to a new set of mane characters, starting with Sunny Starscout the Earth Pony and Izzy the Unicorn. The new look and new ponies will also get their own toyline, the My Little Pony franchise’s Generation 5.
From Hasbro’s news release:
The pony world of Equestria has lost its magic. (GASP!) Friendship and Harmony have been replaced by paranoia and mistrust, and Ponies now live separated by species. Sunny — a feisty and idealistic young Earth Pony — is convinced there’s still hope for this divided world … but her slightly misguided and often hilarious efforts to change hearts and minds have led to her being branded a misfit. When Sunny befriends a lost Unicorn named Izzy, who wanders innocently into the Earth Pony town of Maretime Bay, the town has had enough. Izzy and Sunny must embark on an epic adventure that will include a daring jewel heist, outrageous conspiracy theories, elaborate musical numbers, and the world’s cutest flying Pomeranian. Their adventures will take them to faraway lands and force them to challenge the status quo by facing their fears and making new friends out of old enemies. The world Sunny has dreamed of her entire life could finally become a reality as Sunny and her newfound friends fight to prove that even LITTLE ponies can make a BIG difference.
Produced by Boulder Studio in Dublin, the film will be directed by Rob Cullen and Jose Ucha with Mark Fattibene as co-director. Hasbro and Netflix did not share a release window, or preview art of the new artistic style.