Tuesday, 15 May 2012
"My Little Pony: Friendship is Manic-Depressive"
FYC: "My Little Pony: Friendship is Manic-Depressive" - Kyle MacLachlan plays Twilight Sparkle, a unicorn pony sent by the ruler of Equestria to the town of Ponyville to study the magic of friendship in this update of the "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" formula.
Initially, the unicorn's new home seems idyllic; all is not well in Ponyville, however, and the dream begins to corrode into a nightmare as the sinister pony Nightmare Moon starts to appear with increasing frequency, spreading everlasting night and infecting her new found pony friends with the curse of talking backwards.
As Twillight Sparkle stays up past bedtime trying to defeat the strange menace, she becomes dangerously addicted to illicit caffeine, buying vast quantities from a seedy and violent pimp (played by Gary Oldman).
The more she drinks, the more hears the terrifying clanking and screaming of tortured industrial machinery, seeing visions in the clouds of milk in her coffee as the lights flicker ominously.
Eventually her reality breaks down and she realises she is in fact a deformed male vagrant who has been performing a one man show of Russian Roulette in exchange for PCP once a night on a stage for the entertainment of the clients of a brothel.
He realises then that he is escaping from the guilt of killing his daughter in a traffic accident, and his, and the audience's misery is finally ended when he blows his head off.
This much-misunderstood partial animation has proved to be David Lynch's least critically acclaimed film since Dune.