My Little Pony celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and in honor, Screen Rant has partnered with Hasbro to exclusively unveil three movie poster mockups that imagine the Mane 6 as the stars of classic 1980s feature films.
Though initially created as a toy line of plastic pony figures marketed to young girls, My Little Pony has since evolved into a media empire. Much like Transformers, G.I. Joe, and even Barbie, the My Little Pony brand has grown to encompass far more than just toys, expanding into several television series, spinoffs, and most recently, a major motion picture. Not too mention, the countless accessories and apparel emblazoned with every pony from Twilight Sparkle to DJ Pon-3.
In commemoration of My Little Pony's 35th anniversary and as a part of Hasbro's "Retro Week", Screen Rant is only too happy to unveil these movie poster mockups of the Mane 6 - Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity - recreating the posters of classic films: Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and E.T. You can check out the mock posters, below:
The trio of posters are fun nods to My Little Pony's 1980s roots, though technically, none of these films were released the same year as My Little Pony began. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and E.T. (1981) both predate My Little Pony's official start date of 1983, while Back to the Future didn't release until 1985. Still, it'd be tough to pick another three films that more perfectly encapsulate the movie scene of the early 1980s, making them a great fit to celebrate My Little Pony's anniversary.
And though these posters are nothing more than a fun gag, it isn't out of the realm of possibility for the current television series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, to expand on these ideas. Already, the series has found ways to incorporate a wide scope of pop culture references, from Doctor Hooves (Doctor Who) to Coco Pommel (Coco Chanel). In fact, the character of Daring Do referenced on the Indiana Jones posters is a parody of that classic Harrison Ford character, starring in her own series of novels written by A.K. Yearling (who is herself a parody of author J.K. Rowling).
Whether or not anything more ever comes of these posters, the set remain a clever play on not only the My Little Pony characters but the films themselves. After all, My Little Pony has never been a franchise to take itself too seriously, making them well-suited for a little 1980s parody nostalgia.