S, yup, I watched Children of the Night. And I didn't completely like it.
Now, don't get me wrong: the animation looks awesome, no doubt on that. What I'm not fully convinced about is the story behind it.
Let me explain: in the teaser we saw Luna playing with these fillies and foals (the most unfortunate ones, apparently), taking them away on a flight on the clouds. My interpretation after watching the animatic is Luna giving the not so lucky ones a chance of having a good time, a great time, making them enjoy the wonders of their night, 'cause apparently they weren't as happy by day. That's what I thought after seeing all her sweets gestures and expressions, and it perfectly matched the soothing voice in the animation (I'm well aware the song existed way before the COTN project). Like a sweet lullaby before morning, let's say, a lucid dream maybe. And Celestia would have get worried because of her misuse of powers.
But when I saw the whole thing, considering the premise (Luna asking to save the unlucky ponies in a new colony, Celestia firmly forbidding it, and Luna disobeying her, taking the little fillies away with her) I thought the expressions weren't completely fitting Luna's character. I mean, as long as she's doing it for a good reason, as long as she's actually saving those fillies from an unfair life, it can be considered maybe Luna's first attempt to act on her own way, to prove that a lunar reign would be as good (if not even better) as the solar one. To sneak out of Celestia's shadow and prove her worth. One of the first signs that could announce Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon. And I think it would at least come with some kind of expression which could betray her proud while doing it, a grin, a determined scowl, but we only get her eyes shining with powers in the beginning, as she puts everypony to sleep.
To me, it felt like they tried to make an epic premise after the song part was done, to "justify" the animation itself, but I think it was unneeded: the song part was beautiful enough without any explanation behind. So, yeah, I think the premise was too much, and it kinda... ruined it?
It's just my own interpretation.
So I came up with this drawing, where I drew what I would have liked to see in this final animation, premise included: a proud Luna smiling to herself, disobeying to her sister, completely strong in her choice.
Still, it's a damn good animation, watch it if you haven't! It's totally worth it -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW5n3k…