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In 1986, the Ponies appeared in their first film, My Little Pony: The Movie. Directed by Michael Joens, it starred the voices of Rhea Perlman, Madeline Kahn, Tony Randall, and Danny Devito, among others. It had a mediocre box office performance, grossing almost $6 million in the United States. This was one of many unsuccessful releases from its distributor, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, who went out of business several years afterward.

The Ponies would not appear in another movie of any kind until the 2005 direct-to-DVD release of A Very Minty Christmas. The next one, The Princess Promenade, was released on February 7, 2006. It featured the G3 debut of the re-designed Spike the dragon, who first appeared in the G1 line. It also included Breezies, small, fairy-like ponies. The animated feature A Charming Birthday was packaged on the same DVD.

In the fall of 2006, another direct-to-DVD movie was released. Titled My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow, it featured the new G3 unicorn, Rarity, as well as Spike and the Breezies.

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