Gammon Reviews: ‘My Little Pony: Putting Your Hoof Down’

My Little Pony, I love My Little Pony...

My Little Pony, I love My Little Pony…


I’m still not quite sure how it happened, but ‘My Little Pony’ has well and truly entered the Gammon & Chips household.

I know I’m squarely to blame. Initially it was my general laissez faire attitude to my kids’ consumption of Netflix and Amazon Prime… as long as it gave me a suitable window to, you know, get actual stuff done. But now I’ve gone and opened the door even wider after I let the lovely people at Primal [Screen] send us a DVD of ‘Putting Your Hoof Down’ to review.

But do you know what? Amongst all the pinkification and ridiculously large eyes and syrupy morals and American accents that speak the language of candyfloss, I have to admit I have been a teensy bit won over. OK… yes, it was mainly due to the hoof pun on the DVD title, but everyone who knows me will tell you that the way to my heart has always been a good pun… and that’s a good one in the ‘dad joke’ stakes.

When I tell Gammon and Chips that My Little Pony was around when I was a girl, they think I’m telling them a massive porkie pie. I remember the TV ad and jingle in the 80s which went “My Little Pony… I love My Little Pony”, but to be honest, I was never into them. There seems to be a whole new class of ponies now, as I don’t remember Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rarity and Princess Celestia… god, could these names get any more ‘girlie’ if they tried?

But in a sense, it’s actually the girlieness that I like best about My Little Pony. You see… for some very surprising but ‘totally OK with me in a B-Right-On Brighton’ fashion, my commando rolling, rock bowling, cubby rigging, dirt digging, den making, branch shaking nearly six year old boy, Gammon, totally loves My Little Pony. I like the fact that Gammon likes My Little Pony, and I love the fact that he’s not embarrassed to say so either. It’s brought a whole new soft approach to our otherwise chaotic household, and that’s got to be a good thing… don’t you think?

Chips totally loves it too. Because she’s had an older brother who’s quite often ‘putting his hoof down’ about things, she’s not really had much of a chance to be a ‘girlie girl’ as such – instead being stuck with making Lego spaceships and doing Octonauts jigsaw puzzles to pass the time away. So I don’t mind a little bit of this sort of thing creeping in now and again… and I even don’t mind too much the American accent she seems to have picked up in the process. To be fair, it’s much more authentic than mine!

So without further ado, here’s Gammon’s review of ‘My Little Pony: Putting Your Hoof Down‘, which is out now on Digital Download and DVD from Hasbro Studios, runs for 105 minutes, and includes five My Little Pony episodes (Season 2; episodes 17-21), plus three stickers, and bonus features including The Smile Song and colouring sheets to download and print.

*Disclaimer: We were sent a DVD copy of ‘My Little Pony: Putting Your Hoof Down’ for the purpose of this honest review. It’s honest. Especially when I ask Gammon if he’d recommend the DVD. Just watch the video and see!

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