London’s National Gallery has created an amazing interactive experience, which transforms ten of their most famous horse paintings into My Little Pony characters!
To mark the release of My Little Pony: A New Generation on Netflix, visitors to the National Gallery in London will be able to see all their fave characters appear before them using an awesome app. It transforms equine classics, from George Stubbs’ Whistlejacket to Theodore Gericault’s Horse Frightened by Lightning, into Sunny Starscout, Izzy Moonbow and friends from the new film in a fun and educational interactive trail for families.
As you go on the magical trail laid out in the gallery, you’ll find more and more My Little Pony characters to discover!
The app, which you can download using a QR code located around the gallery, not only transforms the paintings, but also has commentary! As you scan a painting to watch it change before your eyes, you’ll also get an option to listen to commentary provided by the stars of the new film and Jodie Kidd, who was more than happy to lend her voice to describe the My Little Pony paintings and the original artworks they’ve been inspired from.
Jodie Kidd, who commentates on all 10 paintings in the app, says: “I was brought up around horses and adored My Little Pony from a young age, so it was a childhood dream come true providing the commentaries on the app. I can’t wait for visitors to start discovering Sunny, Izzy, Pipp, Zipp, Hitch and friends hidden among the masterpieces!”
Vanessa Hudgens, who plays Earth Pony Sunny in the new film, said: “I’ve loved My Little Pony since I was a kid. I can’t wait for families to enjoy and discover the new generation of My Little Pony in this unique way at one of the world’s top attractions.”
All 10 My Little Pony paintings have been created by Hampshire illustrator Rachael Saunders, who has previously illustrated amazing book covers for the likes of Roald Dahl and Rudyard Kipling classics!
Rachel said: “Some of my favourite horse paintings are on display at the Gallery, and to share the same digital space with the likes of Rembrandt, Stubbs and Raphael is a surreal but thrilling privilege! I can’t wait for gallery visitors to discover the My Little Pony artworks from now until November.”
The 10 paintings within the National Gallery that can be magically transformed through the My Little Pony Magical Gallery app are…
A Landscape with Horseman, Herders and Cattle by Aelbert Cuyp (1655-60) becoming A Cliff Face with Hitch Trailblazer and Bunnies by Rachael Saunders
Equestrian Portrait of Charles I by Anthony van Dyck (1637-8) becoming Equestrian Portrait of Izzy Moonow I by Rachael Saunders
Portrait of Frederick Rihel on Horseback by Rembrandt (1663) becoming Portrait of Princess Pipp Petals by Rachael Saunders
A Horse Frightened by Lightning by Jean-Louis-Andre-Theodore (1813-14) becoming A Pony Adorned with Lightningby Rachael Saunders
Ovid among the Scythians by Eugene Delcacroix (1859) becoming Pipp Among the Hills by Rachael Saunders
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza by Honore-Victorin Daumier (1855) becoming Sunny Starscout and Zipp Storm by Rachael Saunders
The Horse Fair by Rosa Bonheur (1855) becoming My Fair Pony by Rachael Saunders
Captain Robert Orme by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1756) becoming Deputy Sprout by Rachael Saunders
Whistlejacket by George Stubbs (1762), becoming Starscout by Rachael Saunders
My Little Pony Magical Gallery will only be live until 1 November 2021, so make sure to gallop your way there before it’s too late!