My Little Pony (TV series)

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This article is about the 1986 television series. For the 1992 television series, see My Little Pony Tales. For the 2010 television series, see My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
My Little Pony
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Based on My Little Pony toyline by Bonnie Zacherle
Written by Michael Reaves
George Arthur Bloom
David Wise
Michael Charles Hill
Carla Conway
Gerry Conway
Tracy Mann Hill
Gordon Kent
Barbara Petty
Rebecca Parr
Martin Pasko
Linda Woolverton
Creative director(s) Jay Bacal
Voices of Bettina Bush
Scott Menville
Keri Houlihan
Susan Blu
Katie Leigh
Sherry Lynn
Nancy Cartwright
Ellen Gerstell
Composer(s) Robert J. Walsh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 65
Production
Executive producer(s) Joe Bacal
David H. DePatie (Rescue at Midnight Castle)
Margaret Loesch (Escape from Catrina, Series 1 and 2)
Tom Griffin
Producer(s) Mike Joens
Jeff Hall
Running time 10 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Marvel Productions
Sunbow Productions
Distributor Claster Television
Shout! Factory
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Audio format Stereo
Original run April 14, 1984 (1984-04-14)  – September 23, 1987 (1987-09-23)
Chronology
Related shows My Little Pony Tales
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

My Little Pony is an American animated television series produced by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions based on the My Little Pony toys released by Hasbro. The series featured as the first segment of a program called My Little Pony 'n Friends. The second segment would be an unrelated cartoon based on another Hasbro franchise - including The Glo Friends, MoonDreamers and the Potato Head Kids. The series debuted on September 15, 1986, a few months after the release of My Little Pony: The Movie (which had introduced the Paradise Estate and many of the series' main characters), and ended on September 23, 1987. Two previous television specials were also edited into segments of My Little Pony 'n Friends: Rescue from Midnight Castle and Escape from Catrina. The complete series of My Little Pony segments has been released on DVD in Regions 1 and 4. As of January 25, 2012, none of the other segments has been released on DVD.

Synopsis[edit]

Ponyland is a mystical land, home to all kinds of magical creatures. The Little Ponies make their home in Paradise Estate, living a peaceful life filled with song and games. However, not all of the creatures of Ponyland are so peaceful, and the Ponies often find themselves having to fight for survival against witches, trolls, goblins and all the other beasts that would love to see the Little Ponies destroyed, enslaved or otherwise harmed.[1]

Characters[edit]

The Little Ponies of Paradise Estate include:

  • Earth Ponies are brightly colored, and talking versions of real horses.
  • Pegasus Ponies have feathered wings and are capable of sustained flight.
  • Unicorns have horns that grant each of them a unique magic power. They are also able to teleport in a process known as 'winking in and out', though they can't displace solid objects, and thus are limited to winking through open air environments.
  • Flutter Ponies are shy but powerful creatures with magic in their gossamer wings. They live in a remote area of Dream Valley known as Flutter Valley.
  • Sea Ponies are brightly colored seahorse-like creatures who dwell in the rivers and lakes of Dream Valley. They vanish from the scene after the introduction of the Baby Sea Ponies.
  • Baby Sea Ponies are brightly colored seahorse-like creatures who dwell in Dream Valley's rivers and wear floats that look like aquatic animals.
  • Spike, a lone baby dragon who lives with the Ponies after being separated from his own kind.
  • The Bushwoolies, a joyful species of furballs that think alike. They seem to be led by a blue Bushwoolie named Hugster.
  • The Furbobs, cousins of the Bushwoolies. They primarily walk on four legs as opposed to Bushwoolies who seem to walk on the equivalent of two legs.
  • Stone Backs, a ferocious looking species that is sort of a dragon/armadillo cross creature. They are enemies of the Furbobs until Megan helps the Furbobs realize that the two species can overcome their differences with love and understanding.
  • The Grundles, a small race of creatures ruled by the Grundle King. They used to live in Grundleland before it was smoozed and now live in Dream Castle.

Three human children, siblings Megan, Danny, and Molly, often fly across the Rainbow to join the Little Ponies. The group often seeks advice on magical matters from the Moochick, a wise but eccentric gnome who lives in the nearby Mushromp, and his rabbit assistant, Habbit.

Episodes[edit]

Original standalone episodes[edit]

# Title Director Writer U.S. Original airdate
"My Little Pony" George Arthur Bloom April 14, 1984[3]

Tirek captures some of the little ponies to use as demons to pull his Chariot of Darkness at midnight. The rest of the ponies panic, fearing that they will be next. Firefly goes off for help and finds Megan, a girl who lives at a stable at the other end of the rainbow. Megan agrees to go to Pony Land with Firefly, but will they be able to rescue the little ponies in time?

Note: Originally untitled, this special was known as "Firefly's Adventure" on its US VHS release, "Dreamland" on its UK VHS release,[2] and "Rescue from Midnight Castle" on syndication and DVD.
"Escape from Catrina" George Arthur Bloom March 23, 1985[4]
The Little Ponies prepare for a "Welcome Back" party for their human friend, Megan. Meanwhile, little furballs called Bushwoolies are the slaves of a feline witch named Catrina and are watched over by a shape-shifting lizard named Rep. When the Bushwoolies escape, Catrina abducts Baby Moondancer and the Rainbow of Light to force the ponies to be her new slaves.

My Little Pony 'n Friends, Season 1 (1986)[edit]

# Title Director Writer U.S. Original airdate
1-10 "The End of Flutter Valley (Parts 1-10)" George Arthur Bloom 15–26 September 1986
The ponies are on their way to Flutter Valley for the "Sun Tuesday" celebration with the Flutter Ponies. Meanwhile, the Witches from the Volcano of Gloom are busy hatching a plan to destroy Flutter Valley and the ponies, allying with an army of giant bees to get their revenge on the Flutter Ponies. The bees steal the precious Sun Stone, and if the Flutter Ponies can't get it back, their home will be destroyed.
11-14 "The Ghost of Paradise Estate (Parts 1-4)" George Arthur Bloom 29 September-2 October 1986
A ghost comes to Paradise Estate to scare the little ponies. However, when it flies away, it becomes tangled in a tree, convincing Megan that it is not really a ghost. She introduces herself as Pluma, a shape-shifting bird. She tells them about a creature who lived in Dream Valley before the Paradise Estate was built and is planning to destroy the ponies' home. Megan and the others decide to help Pluma recover the Flashstone and save her grandfather.
15 "The Great Rainbow Caper" Diane Duane 3 October 1986
A pair of monkeys called Gizmonks take Danny and Surprise prisoner until Megan turns over the Rainbow of Light to them.
16-19 "The Glass Princess (Parts 1-4)" Tracey Mann Hall and Michael Charles Hill 6–9 October 1986
A self-obsessed witch named Porcina wants to turn the world into glass, to see her reflection everywhere. Three ponies, captured by a trio of Raptorians, are the key to Porcina's plan, and Megan and her friends must stop her using their own magic to destroy their friends. Meanwhile, Shady is accusing herself of lots of things.
20 "Pony Puppy" Carla Joseph Conway and Gerry Conway 10 October 1986
The ponies find a giant puppy and decide to keep her, build her a doghouse, and name her Dinah. When the new puppy is reunited with her family the following spring, the ponies are sad to see her go, but they realize that even though friends come and go they will never leave their hearts.
21-24 "Bright Lights (Parts 1-4)" Barbara Petty 13–16 October 1986
The Baby Ponies are delighted when rock star Knight Shade performs for them - but the concert is a front to steal their shadows and feed his dark master.
25 "Sweet Stuff and the Treasure Hunt" Cherie Dee Wilkerson 17 October 1986
Sweet Stuff wants to play games with everyone else, but feels left out because she is an Earth Pony and doesn't seem to be good at anything. She ends up surprising everyone (even herself) when she joins a treasure hunt with the pegasi and is the only one able to answer the last riddle and win the game.
26-29 "The Return of Tambelon (Parts 1-4)" Michael Reaves 20–23 October 1986
The ancient city of Tambelon disappeared 500 years ago. Now, it returns to Dream Valley and all of the unicorns mysteriously vanish.
30 "Little Piece of Magic" Beth Bornstein 24 October 1986
The Baby Ponies are bored and want Ribbon and Buttons to play a game with them. Ribbon suggests that they play a game of Make Believe and runs out to go get them a red ball to use in their game. She explains that the red ball is magic and can be anything they want it to be. While she's gone the Baby Ponies take turns imagining what the red ball will be.
31-34 "The Magic Coins (Parts 1-4)" Michael Reaves 27–30 October 1986
The ponies are delighted to discover a treasure chest of magic coins. However, Baby Lickety Split steps on one while wishing it for it never to rain again. The wish is granted and brings a drought over Pony Land.
35 "Mish Mash Melee" Bruce Faulk 31 October 1986
After a magical mishap, Fizzy, Shady, Wind Whistler, and Gusty must live each other's lives until they can restore the balance of nature.
36-37 "Woe Is Me (Parts 1-2)" Gordon Kent 3–4 November 1986
The Little Ponies provide shelter to Woebegone, a wandering hobo who brings bad luck and disaster wherever he goes.
38-39 "Fugitive Flowers (Parts 1-2)" Martin Pasko and Rebecca Parr 5–6 November 1986
Posey finds some sentient flowers wandering around her garden and offers them shelter and water, but she has no idea what they have in store for her to repay her kindness. After the Flouries have taken Masquerade hostage, they are on their way to sucking the life out of Dream Valley unless the ponies can stop them.
40 "Would Be Dragonslayer" Carla Joseph Conway and Gerry Conway 7 November 1986
Spike is harassed by a young boy trying to become a knight. The ponies help him to find a good deed that doesn't involve slaying their friend.
41-42 "Baby, It's Cold Outside (Parts 1-2)" Gordon Kent 10–11 November 1986
The ponies are delighted as snow falls in summer, not realizing that it's a plot by the Penguin King to freeze Ponyland and destroy those that can't survive the cold.
43-44 "Crunch the Rockdog (Parts 1-2)" Linda Woolverton 12–13 November 1986
A vicious dog carved from rock charges through Ponyland, turning everything it encounters to stone.
45-46 "The Revolt of Paradise Estate (Parts 1-2)" David Wise 14, 17 November 1986
A magic spell brings the Paradise Estate to life - and its furniture declares war on the Little Ponies.
47-48 "Through the Door (Parts 1-2)" David Wise 18–19 November 1986
A door is opened to the world of fairy tales, and the ponies meet legends such as Robin Hood, Aladdin's genie and Hercules.
49-50 "Rescue from Midnight Castle (Parts 1-2)" George Arthur Bloom 20–21 November 1986

The untitled 1984 special, edited into two parts. The opening and closing credits were replaced with standard versions and the song "A Little Piece of Rainbow" was removed.

There is some confusion over the episode title, which is sometimes rendered "Escape from Midnight Castle". The US DVD has "Rescue" on the packaging but the on-screen captions for both episodes read "Escape". The Australian DVD has "Rescue" on the caption for Part 1, but "Escape" on the caption for Part 2.

My Little Pony 'n Friends, Season 2 (1987)[edit]

# Title Director Writer U.S. Original airdate
51-54 "The Quest of the Princess Ponies (Parts 1-4)" Michael Reaves 7–10 September 1987[5]
Lavan, a lava demon, kidnaps the Princess Ponies and steals their magic wands. As Lavan grows in power, Ponyland's magic is thrown into chaos. Can he be stopped before everything is destroyed?
55 "Spike's Search" Michael Charles Hill 11 September 1987
Spike goes in search of his roots and joins a dragon horde, but finds he does not agree with their bullying ways.
56-57 "The Golden Horseshoes (Parts 1-2)" Carla Joseph Conway and Gerry Conway 14–15 September 1987
When Mimic becomes afflicted with a mysterious illness, Megan and the ponies embark on a series of odd adventures to find the four golden horseshoes with the power to heal the ailing unicorn.
58-59 "Flight to Cloud Castle (Parts 1-2)" Michael Reaves 16–17 September 1987
Heart Throb, Locket, and Twilight help a young elf called Garf rescue his true love Ariel from an enchanted castle, while facing many dangers on the way.
60 "The Ice Cream Wars" David Wise 18 September 1987
The First Tooth Baby Ponies are put in charge of the Newborn Twins: Sniffles & Snookums and Milkweed & Tumbleweed. The unruly twins are temporarily subdued with the promise of ice cream, but first the First Tooth Baby Ponies must reunite the feuding ice cream makers Rocky Ripple and Fudgy McSwain, who have cut off Ponyland's ice cream supply.
61-62 "Somnambula (Parts 1-2)" David Wise 21–22 September 1987
The ponies prepare a surprise Welcome Home party for the Big Brother ponies who have been racing around the world. However, before he Big Brothers arrive, an old witch named Somnambula puts the adult ponies into a trance, then forces them to play in a circus as she drains the youth from them. The Big Brothers set out to rescue the ponies.
63 "The Prince and the Ponies" David Wise 23 September 1987
The ponies come to the aid of two wronged royals when they attend an exclusive party at the Palace de Branforr. Meanwhile, the First Tooth Baby Ponies learn to be careful what they wish for.
64-65 "Escape from Catrina (Parts 1-2)" George Arthur Bloom 24–25 September 1987
The 1985 special Escape from Catrina, edited into two parts. The opening and closing credits were replaced with standard versions (which misspelled the original title) and the song 'Those Good (Before You Turned Bad) Old Days' was removed.

Friends Segments[edit]

The Glo Friends (27 segments)[edit]

Main article: The Glo Friends
# Title Director Writer U.S. Original airdate
1-10 "The Quest (Parts 1-10)" George Arthur Bloom 15–26 September 1986
Glo Moon Drop Pond, the lifeblood of the Glo Friends springs a leak, and Glo Worm, Garden Ant, and their friends go on a dangerous quest to search for Moon Drops.
11 "Baby Glo Worm Goes Bye-Bye" Douglas Booth
Baby Glo Worm runs off when she is supposed to be napping and ends up in the Moligan's hideout. Glo Worm and the others search for Baby Glo Worm but get trapped by the Moligans in the process.
12 "Two of a Kind" Douglas Booth
Bashful Bug runs off after being teased by Glo Worm during a dance. Scoop also runs away as well after wrecking one of the Moligan's tunnels. The two outcasts then meet and form an unlikely friendship.
13 "Make No Mistake, It's Magic" Douglas Booth
A series of coincidences in a berry patch make Glo Butterfly believe her wand really has magical properties. However, Bed Bug, Bop Bug, and Glo Spider know she is not really magic and attempt to show the other Glo Friends this.
14 "The Forest Brigade" Douglas Booth
The Moligans feast on the roots of a tree that Garden Ant planted, and Garden Ant attempts to save the tree before it dies.
15 "Caverns of Mystery" Douglas Booth
Glo Cricket runs out of stories to tell the other Glo Friends and decides to search for the legendary Glo Drop Moon Lake. He fails to find it, and lies about it when he gets back.
16 "Front Page" Douglas Booth
The Moligans decide to get interviewed for the Glo Land Times newspaper to improve their reputations, but things do not go to plan.
17 "Bean Ball" Dale Hale
18 "The Masterpiece" Diane Duane
Doodle Bug feels that no one in Glo Land understands his art, and so goes off to work in private with Snug Bug.
19 "Beware Tales of Gold That Lead to Thorny Trails" Craig Rand
20-23 "Glo Friends Meet the Glo Wees (Parts 1-4)" George Arthur Bloom
The Moligan's latest plan brings two races of Glo Land bug together, the Glo Friends and the Glo Wees. They form a partnership and work to defeat the Moligans and destroy a storm that will kill the Glo Wees.
24-25 "Easy Money (Parts 1-2)" Douglas Booth
26 "Wizard of Rook" Douglas Booth
27 "The Glo Friends Save Christmas[6]" December 1986
An evil witch called Blanche kidnaps Santa Claus and traps him in a cage of ice, so that presents cannot be delivered to the residents of Glo Land and around the world. The Glo Friends go on a quest to rescue Santa.

Potato Head Kids (23 segments)[edit]

Main article: Potato Head Kids
Episode Title Airdate
1 Abbad'Un In A Bottle September 24, 1986
2 The Case of the Fouled Up Pharaoh October 1, 1986
3 The Curse of the Silver Dragon October 8, 1986
4 Follow the Chocolate Cake Road October 15, 1986
5 The Great Candy Caper October 22, 1986
6 The Grin-Ness Book of Records October 29, 1986
7 Horse Hide and Seek November 5, 1986
8 Left Foot Forward November 12, 1986
9 One Potato, Zoo Potato November 19, 1986
10 Pig Out November 26, 1986
11 Poltergeist Potatoes December 3, 1986
12 Pot of Gold December 10, 1986
13 Potato Head Pirates December 17, 1986
14 Potatolympics December 24, 1986
15 Puff's New Job December 31, 1986
16 Robin Potato Head January 7, 1987
17 Romancing the Rock January 14, 1987
18 Sam Spud, Private Eye January 21, 1986
19 A Side Order of Soggy Spuds January 28, 1987
20 Small's Potatoes February 4, 1987
21 Spike Spiked February 11, 1987
22 Surfin' Potato Heads February 18, 1987
23 The Trash Can Derby February 25, 1987

MoonDreamers (16 segments)[edit]

Main article: MoonDreamers


# Title U.S. original airdate
1 "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Child Pt. 1" September 1986
Two Star Children named Blinky and Bitzi want to be MoonDreamers, but then Scowlene and her Sleep Creeps attack.
2 "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Child Pt. 2" September 1986
The MoonDreamers defeat Scowlene and Blinky and Bitzi earn their place as MoonDreamers.
3 "All In a Night's Sleep"
Stumbles the Snoozer falls off the Dreamalong Drifter and onto Earth, where he uncovers a sinister Scowlene plot.
4 "The Star of Stars"
The MoonDreamers go on a quest to find their original base, the Star of Stars, but Scowlene has taken control of it.
5 "The Poobah of Pontoon"
Scowlene's older brother the incredibly fat Poobah of Pontoon returns and becomes Monstrous Middle's king. Meanwhile, Roary is foiled by the villains.
6 "The Dreamkin"
A strange creature called the Dreamkin comes to life, and Wimzie is sad to see it go.
7 "Minor Problems"
Ursa Minor flies into Sparky Dreamer's new machine and is cloned. Both sides have problems caused by the Ursas.
8 "Igon the Terrible"
Igon is tired of being treated badly, so he runs away and meets a monster that helps him become a king.
9 "Stuck on Bucky"
Sparky and Bucky use Galactic Glue and get stuck on each other. They must work together to foil an evil Scowlette invasion.
10 "The Dreamnapping"
A boy gets pulled into a dream by Scowlene, and it's up to the MoonDreamers to help him escape.
11 "Bucky's Comet"
Bucky wants Crystal Starr to think he's special, so he lassoes a comet with Grimace and Igon inside.
12 "Dreamland Express"
The Star Children Blinky and Bitzi find a magic train that helps them do their chores faster, but then they run into trouble.
13 "Whimzee Come Home"
Whimzee is afraid she has lost her imagination, so she goes to a world and battles a imagination demon. Eventually, Celeste comes to rescue her.
14 "Zodies on the Loose"
Scowlene sets all the zodiacs in the Blue Zoo loose, and it's up to Celeste and Galaxia to stop them all.
15 "The Night Mare Pt. 1" February 1987
Blinky and Bitzi are looking after a Starhorse at the Blue Zoo until the Starhorse falls into Monstrous Middle. Meanwhile, a horse-hating boy falls into there.
16 "The Night Mare Pt. 2" February 1987
The Starhorse transforms into a Night Mare in Monstrous Middle and is captured by Scowlene. It's up to the boy, Blinky, and Bitzi to save the day. And will the boy like horses again?

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