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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
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Created by Hasbro
Original work Toys
Print publications
Book(s) (see Books sub-section)
Films and television
Direct-to-video (see Home media sub-section)
Games
Video game(s)
  • Equestria Girls mobile app
  • Equestria Girls mini-game in the Gameloft mobile game
  • Rainbow Rocks mini-game in the Hasbro Arcade mobile app
Audio
Soundtrack(s) (see Discography sub-section)
Original music
Miscellaneous
Toys My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, also known as simply Equestria Girls, is a Canadian-American product line of fashion dolls and media franchise launched in 2013 by Hasbro, as a spin-off of the 2010 re-launch of the My Little Pony franchise. Equestria Girls features anthropomorphized versions of My Little Pony characters from Friendship Is Magic. It includes various doll lines and media tie-ins (including four films, music albums, a mobile app, and three upcoming 2017 specials).

The Equestria Girls fictional universe is established as a parallel counterpart to the main world of the 2010 incarnation of My Little Pony, populated with humanoid versions of the characters from the franchise.

Overview[edit]

Setting[edit]

Equestria Girls takes place in an alternate version of Equestria resembling modern-day Earth, whose population consists of humanoids with skins colored other than the usual human skin colors, most are similar to their equine counterparts in terms of appearance and personality.

Normally, this parallel world is depicted to be accessible through various magical spells and items like the Portal Mirror, a magical mirror created by Star Swirl the Bearded.

Several locales in the parallel world serve as counterparts to the main cities and establishments in Equestria, such as Canterlot High School, a high school based on the royal city of Canterlot that is run by Principal Celestia and her sister, Vice Principal Luna; and Crystal Prep Academy, an elite private school based on Equestria's Crystal Empire.

Premise[edit]

Equestria Girls follows Princess Twilight Sparkle in the parallel world, which is accessed through a magic mirror. Together, with the counterparts of her pony friends, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rarity and Fluttershy, along with her assistant Spike, Twilight will have to deal with the various magical happenings in Canterlot High.

Later films introduces two additional main characters serving as substitutes for Twilight (due to her duties in Equestria as the Princess of Friendship): Sunset Shimmer, a former student of Princess Celestia; and Twilight "Sci-Twi" Sparkle, the science-inclined parallel world counterpart of Princess Twilight Sparkle.

Development and release[edit]

The earliest known official use of the "Equestria Girls" name occurred during 2011, when the American television channel The Hub (a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro; now known as Discovery Family) released a promotional commercial for Hasbro Studios' My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic television series which featured a modified version of Katy Perry's "California Gurls";[1] the commercial has nothing to do with the later-launched franchise, however.

In late 2012, Hasbro registered trademark for the name "Equestria Girls" at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.[2] The franchise was briefly mentioned in the media earlier in February and March 2013.[3][4] In an interview in the February/March 2013 issue of the Kidscreen magazine, Hasbro's senior vice president of international distribution and development, Finn Arnesen, called My Little Pony a "top-priority" brand for the company; the film was described as "a new companion series" that would "[send] the pony heroes on a mission to a new world where they take on human form".[3] Equestria Girls was announced in May 2013 with a film and other media strategy,[5] and it was included in Hasbro's licensing program for My Little Pony announced in June 2013,[6] which began at the 2013 Licensing International Expo along with the company's other properties.[7] The spin-off was to be a part of the 30th anniversary of the My Little Pony brand.[5]

Along with the toys, Hasbro planned to produce related merchandise and media including films, apparel, and accessories. Hasbro's chief marketing officer, John A. Frascotti, called the franchise a "major strategic initiative" for the company.[5] The human-based toys were developed to appeal to girls in their teens as a means to extend the My Little Pony brand.[8] In addition, Hasbro will continue its licensing deals with book publisher Little, Brown and Company and comic book publisher IDW Publishing to publish related works.[6]

In the audio commentary included in the Rainbow Rocks home media, Meghan McCarthy commented that Equestria Girls was initially not intended to become an ongoing franchise, and the thought of a sequel did not cross her mind.[9]

Sub-lineups[edit]

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
Type Fashion doll
Company Hasbro
Country United States
Availability 2013–present
Official website
  • Equestria Girls (2013): The first lineup to be released, it features humanized version of My Little Pony characters from the 2010 relaunch.
  • Rainbow Rocks (2014): The succeeding lineup named Rainbow Rocks, featuring music-themed toys and media, was first displayed at the 2014 American International Toy Fair.[10][11]
  • Friendship Games (2015): In January 2015, at that year's edition of The Toy Fair in London, some merchandise was unveiled labeled My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games.[12] Some vectors for the merchandise include Applejack and Fluttershy in archery outfits, an alternative universe counterpart of Twilight Sparkle, and five new characters introduced with the lineup: Indigo Zap, Lemon Zest, Sour Sweet, Sugarcoat, and Sunny Flare.[13] Mentions on the supporting products, alongside the film, was included in Hasbro's investor presentation at the 2015 American International Toy Fair.[14]
    Wondercolts and Shadowbolts dolls were released in late 2015 in two varieties: "School Spirit" classic and "Sporty Style" deluxe. In the Sporty Style assortment, the Wondercolts' Fluttershy and Applejack and the Shadowbolts' Sour Sweet and Twilight Sparkle come with a bow and a quiver of arrows. The Wondercolts' Rainbow Dash and Sunset Shimmer and the Shadowbolts' Indigo Zap and Sugarcoat come with motorcycle helmets and goggles. The Wondercolts' Pinkie Pie and Rarity and the Shadowbolts' Lemon Zest and Sunny Flare come with roller skates. A motocross bike was released in 2015.[15]
  • Equestria Girls Minis (2015): A lineup featuring caricatured Equestria Girls characters.
  • Legend of Everfree (2016): First mentioned in a Hasbro 2016 Entertainment Plan presentation in August 2015 along with the tie-in film of the same title, a tentative image was shown of new character whose name was not mentioned at the time.[16][unreliable source?] In February 2016, at the 2016 American International Toy Fair, some Legend of Everfree merchandise was revealed. Dolls unveiled were available in four styles — "Geometric Assortment", "Crystal Gala Assortment", "Crystal Wings Assortment", and "Boho Assortment". A new character by the name of Gloriosa Daisy was also revealed during the presentation.[17][unreliable source?] The toys were released in July 2016.

Cast[edit]

Films and animated shorts[edit]

Character Films Animated shorts
Equestria Girls
(2013)
Rainbow Rocks
(2014)
Friendship Games
(2015)
Legend of Everfree
(2016)
Rainbow Rocks shorts Friendship Games shorts
Twilight Sparkle Tara Strong
Rebecca Shoichet (singing voice)
N/A
Sunset Shimmer Rebecca Shoichet
Applejack Ashleigh Ball
Rarity Tabitha St. Germain
Kazumi Evans (singing voice)
Fluttershy Andrea Libman
Rainbow Dash Ashleigh Ball
Pinkie Pie Andrea Libman
Shannon Chan-Kent (singing voice)
Spike Cathy Weseluck Silent cameo N/A
Principal Celestia Nicole Oliver Silent cameo N/A
Vice Principal Luna Tabitha St. Germain
Flash Sentry Vincent Tong Silent cameo Vincent Tong
The Dazzlings N/A Kazumi Evans
Diana Kaarina
Maryke Hendrikse
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Principal Abacus Cinch N/A N/A Iris Quinn N/A N/A N/A
The Shadowbolts N/A N/A Sharon Alexander
Sienna Bohn
Shannon Chan-Kent
Britt Irvin
Kelly Sheridan
N/A N/A N/A
Midnight Sparkle N/A N/A Tara Strong N/A N/A
Gloriosa Daisy N/A N/A N/A Enid-Raye Adams
Kelly Metzger (singing voice)
N/A N/A
Timber Spruce N/A N/A N/A Brian Doe N/A N/A
  • Grey cells with "N/A" indicate that the character made no appearance.

Specials (2017)[edit]

Character
Dance Magic Movie Magic Mirror Magic
Twilight Sparkle Tara Strong
Rebecca Shoichet (singing voice)
Tara Strong
Sunset Shimmer Rebecca Shoichet
Applejack Ashleigh Ball
Rarity Tabitha St. Germain
Kazumi Evans (singing voice)
Tabitha St. Germain
Fluttershy Andrea Libman
Rainbow Dash Ashleigh Ball
Pinkie Pie Andrea Libman
Spike Cathy Weseluck N/A
Starlight Glimmer N/A N/A Kelly Sheridan
Juniper Montage N/A Ali Liebert
The Shadowbolts Sharon Alexander
Sienna Bohn
Shannon Chan-Kent
Britt Irvin
N/A N/A
  • Grey cells with "N/A" indicate that the character made no appearance.

Crew members[edit]

Films[edit]

Crew/Detail Equestria Girls
(2013)
Rainbow Rocks
(2014)
Friendship Games
(2015)
Legend of Everfree
(2016)
Director Jayson Thiessen Ishi Rudell
Producer(s) Sarah Wall
Devon Cody
Devon Cody Angela Belyea
Writer(s) Meghan McCarthy Josh Haber Joanna Lewis
Kristine Songco
Editor(s) Mark Kuehnel Rachel Kenzie Shannon Archibald
Tom Harris
Composers William Anderson (score)
Daniel Ingram (songs)
Based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic created by Lauren Faust
My Little Pony by Bonnie Zacherle
Release platform Theatrical Discovery Family Netflix
Production companies DHX Media (2D Vancouver animation studio)
Hasbro Studios
Distributor Screenvision Hasbro Studios
Release date June 16, 2013 September 27, 2014 September 26, 2015 October 1, 2016
Runtime 70 minutes 71 minutes 72 minutes 73 minutes
MPAA rating G N/A N/A
TV rating TV-Y7 TV-Y TV-Y7
BBFC rating U N/A

Specials (2017)[edit]

Crew/Detail Dance Magic Movie Magic Mirror Magic
Director Ishi Rudell
Producer Angela Belyea
Writer(s) G.M. Berrow Noelle Benvenuti Rachel Vine
Dave Polsky
Editors Shannon Archibald
Tom Harris
Composer(s) William Anderson (score)
Daniel Ingram (song)
William Anderson (score)
Based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic created by Lauren Faust
My Little Pony by Bonnie Zacherle
Release platform Discovery Family
Production companies DHX Media (2D Vancouver animation studio)
Hasbro Studios
Release date June 24, 2017 July 1, 2017 July 8, 2017
Duration 22 minutes
TV rating TV-Y TBD

Characters[edit]

The following characters made their debut in the Equestria Girls series, which is primarily set in a fictional world parallel to the pony-inhabited fantasy setting of the current incarnation of My Little Pony, accessible via a magic mirror. The toys and other series of media additionally features alternate humanoid versions of pony characters in roles similar to the television series; characters as depicted in the television series who travel between worlds assume similar forms in the alternative setting.

Counterparts of Friendship Is Magic characters[edit]

  • Twilight Sparkle – Two alternate versions of Twilight Sparkle appear in the Equestria Girls series. In the first two lineups, Twilight is primarily the same princess character from Friendship Is Magic, transformed into a humanoid teenager after traveling from the pony-inhabited world of Equestria. The Friendship Games lineup formally introduces the alternate universe counterpart of Twilight, a curious student at Crystal Prep Academy who transfers to Canterlot High School. She is distinguished as Sci-Twi in some merchandise and other depictions. Her alter ego, Midnight Sparkle, first appears as an antagonist in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games.
  • Spike – In the Equestria Girls series, Spike the baby dragon is depicted as a dog with the ability to speak. Similar to Twilight, the character's Friendship Is Magic incarnation appears in the first two lineups, masquerading as a speechless animal. His alternate universe counterpart included in the Friendship Games lineup is "Sci-Twi's" ordinary pet dog who gains his speaking ability from Equestrian magic.
  • Applejack – A Canterlot High student who works on her family's farm.
  • Fluttershy – Fluttershy's alternate universe counterpart is a Canterlot High student who is a volunteer worker at the local animal shelter. She is the first alternate version of the Mane Six that Princess Twilight encounters in the first film.
  • Pinkie Pie – An eccentric and friendly Canterlot High student.
  • Rainbow Dash – A student/star athlete at Canterlot High, stated to be the captain of every sports team the school has.
  • Rarity – A Canterlot High student and a talented seamstress, much like her Friendship Is Magic counterpart.
  • Principal Celestia – The principal of Canterlot High.
  • Vice Principal Luna – The vice principal of Canterlot High. Like her counterpart from Equestria, she is Celestia's younger sister.

The Equestria Girls counterparts of the minor, supporting and background characters in Friendship Is Magic television series (which some of them are popularized by the new My Little Pony fandom) also make appearances in the films and shorts. Among such characters, those released as toys include Cheerilee, Cutie Mark Crusaders (Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle), DJ Pon-3, Lyra Heartstrings, Octavia Melody, Photo Finish, Sweetie Drops and Trixie (released as Trixie Lulamoon).

The counterparts of Friendship Is Magic characters which had their toys released but did not make appearance in any of tie-in media include Queen Chrysalis, Sapphire Shores and Zecora.

Original characters[edit]

  • Sunset Shimmer – Introduced in the first lineup, Sunset is a unicorn from Equestria who resides in the alternative universe as a student at Canterlot High. In the films, the character is depicted to be a renegade student of Princess Celestia's who was once corrupted but is later reformed. She is the antagonist of the first film, where she is the school bully of Canterlot High School who steals Twilight Sparkle's crown-shaped Element of Magic to control the school. After Twilight pursues and defeats her alongside the counterparts of Twilight's friends, Sunset befriends them. Later films follow her efforts to redeem herself and fit in among the student body. Sunset did not become a main character until the second draft of the script for the Rainbow Rocks film.[9] She is voiced by Rebecca Shoichet in all animated appearances.
  • Flash Sentry – Introduced in the first lineup, Flash Sentry appears as a Canterlot High student. The character appears in all Equestria Girls films, being depicted as Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend who takes a romantic interest in Twilight Sparkle. His counterpart in Equestria, a royal pegasus guard at the Crystal Empire, also appears in the first film, and has brief appearances in the episodes "Three's a Crowd" (without any dialog) and "Twilight's Kingdom, part 1" from the fourth season of Friendship Is Magic. Both versions are voiced by Vincent Tong in all appearances.
  • The Dazzlings – The Dazzlings are a "villainous band" of sirens introduced in the Rainbow Rocks lineup. They are composed of the leader Adagio Dazzle (voiced in the film by Kazumi Evans) and her two backup singers, the airheaded Sonata Dusk (voiced by Maryke Hendrikse, singing voice by Madeline Merlo) and abrasive Aria Blaze (voiced by Diana Kaarina, singing voice by Shylo Sharity). In the Rainbow Rocks film, the team are portrayed to be the antagonists, being banished from Equestria, and aiming to control the residents of the parallel world through their enchanted singing.
  • Principal Abacus Cinch – Cinch appears in most of Friendship Games media (including the film) as the main antagonist, but no toy of this character has been released as of 2016. She is portrayed as the strict principal of Crystal Prep Academy, a prestigious school that rivals Canterlot High School, and is obsessed with maintaining her school's reputation by manipulating her prized student, the alternative universe counterpart of Twilight Sparkle. She is voiced by Iris Quinn in the film.
  • The Shadowbolts – The Shadowbolts, introduced in the Friendship Games lineup, are Crystal Prep's sports team that opposes Canterlot High's Wondercolts team. In out-of-the-show aspect, their name is shared with Nightmare Moon's illusion (based on the Wonderbolts flight squad) from the latter part of Friendship Is Magic pilot. Apart from the counterpart of Twilight Sparkle, the team includes the blunt Sugarcoat (voiced in the film by Sienna Bohn), two-faced Sour Sweet (voiced by Sharon Alexander), hyper-competitive Indigo Zap (voiced by Kelly Sheridan), disdainful Sunny Flare (voiced by Britt Irvin), and rocker girl Lemon Zest (voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent).
  • Gloriosa Daisy – Gloriosa, introduced in the Legend of Everfree lineup, is a counselor at Camp Everfree. In the film and other tie-in media, she is depicted to be the main antagonist behind the damages at the camp, and, by magic, she eventually transforms into a creature named Gaea Everfree. In the film, Enid-Raye Adams voices the character, and Kelly Metzger provides her singing voice.
  • Timber Spruce – Timber Spruce is another counselor at Camp Everfree. The character appears in the Legend of Everfree film and other tie-in media, but no toy of him has been released as of October 2016. He is voiced by Brian Doe in the film.
  • Juniper Montage - The character appears in two of the three Equestria Girls specials, Movie Magic and Mirror Magic. A toy of her will be released in late 2017. She is voiced by Ali Liebert.

Releases by media[edit]

Animated films and specials[edit]

The animated films and their related shorts, all produced by DHX Media's 2D animation studio in Vancouver, Canada for Hasbro Studios, revolve around the main cast of Friendship Is Magic, normally ponies, as teenage human characters in a high school setting in alternative universe. The first two films were written by Meghan McCarthy and directed by Jayson Thiessen; the third film was written by Josh Haber and directed by Ishi Rudell; the fourth film was written by Kristine Songco and Joanna Lewis, and directed by Ishi Rudell. The four films are then to be followed by the three 22-minute specials set to be released on Discovery Family starting on June 24 and ending on July 8, 2017 respectively.[18][19]

Hasbro Studios lists the films as "TV specials" in the company's sales guide.[20] However, in the United States and Canada, the first two films, Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks, had limited theatrical screenings in select cities before they were released on home media (by Shout! Factory for the region) and broadcast on television. In the U.S., these films were screened in Screenvision theaters, without any rating from the MPAA, while in Canada, they were shown in Cineplex theaters, with classifications from provincial film boards. No box office records in both areas are available for the two films. Internationally, there have been theatrical releases of the films in some areas, but in most cases the films were only shown on television before (or after) it was released on home media.

For the films Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games, a series of animated shorts released online accompanies each film. The shorts are also included on physical media releases of the films as a part of special features.

To maintain continuity of the films with the Friendship Is Magic television series, Hasbro used the same writing staff as the show, including the current story editor Meghan McCarthy, who considered the story to be "an extension of our mythology".[5] McCarthy stated that with the Equestria Girls setting, "we might explore different aspects of relationships that in the pony world don't quite work the same as they do when you set it in a high school setting", thus making the work more appealing to older girls that are in high or junior high school.[21]

In writing the script of the first film, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Meghan McCarthy went back to the self-titled two-part pilot episodes of Friendship Is Magic, where Twilight Sparkle is sent to Ponyville for the first time and forced to meet new friends. She wanted to do the same with the film, in this case putting Twilight into a new world where she would again be forced to make new friends to succeed in her quest.[22] Released in 2013, the film was premiered on June 15 as a part of Los Angeles Film Festival that year, before having limited theatrical releases in the United States and Canada the next day, and was released on home media on August 6.

The second film released in 2014, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, centers around Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer and friends' activities against evil sirens using music. On February 13, 2014, Meghan McCarthy wrote on Twitter that she had worked on the film during the summer of 2013.[23] That same day, songwriter Daniel Ingram also wrote on the service that there would be a total of 12 songs in the film;[24] however, only 11 songs were used in the film. The film had a limited theatrical release from September 27, 2014, before it was out on home media on October 28 that year.

Released in 2015, the third installment, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games, was first teased by Rainbow Rocks co-director, Ishi Rudell on December 12, 2014.[25] The film was first broadcast on September 26, 2015 on Discovery Family in the U.S. and Family Channel in Canada, and was released on home media on October 13 that year. In the film, the alternative universe counterpart of Twilight Sparkle, a student at Crystal Prep, is forced by Principal Abacus Cinch to disrupt Friendship Games (a sporting event held every four years with Canterlot High) with magic.

On October 3, 2015, CEO of Hasbro Studios Stephen Davis said that a fourth film, subtitled Legend of Everfree, was in development.[26][27] The film was released on Netflix on October 1, 2016, and the home media release followed on November 1, 2016. In the film, the protagonists follow the damages at Camp Everfree caused by a creature so-called Gaea Everfree.

A three-episode miniseries, which takes place after the events in the Legend of Everfree film, is set to be released from late-June 2017 to early-July 2017 on Discovery Family.[18][19]

Film U.S. release date Director Writer(s) Producer(s) Duration Status
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls June 15, 2013[nb 1] Jayson Thiessen Meghan McCarthy Sarah Wall
Devon Cody
70 minutes Released
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks September 27, 2014[nb 2] 71 minutes
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games September 26, 2015[nb 3] Ishi Rudell Josh Haber Devon Cody 72 minutes
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree October 1, 2016[nb 4] Kristine Songco
Joanna Lewis
Angela Belyea 73 minutes
Special U.S. release date Director Writer(s) Producer Duration Platform Status
Equestria Girls: Dance Magic June 24, 2017 Ishi Rudell G.M. Berrow Angela Belyea 22 minutes Discovery Family Released
Equestria Girls: Movie Magic July 1, 2017 Noelle Benevuenti Post-production
Equestria Girls: Mirror Magic July 8, 2017 Rachel Vine
Dave Polsky
  1. ^ Premiere during Los Angeles Film Festival 2013.
  2. ^ Released in select theaters.
  3. ^ Television premiere on Discovery Family.
  4. ^ Availability on Netflix in the United States.

Discography[edit]

  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Soundtrack (2013)
  • Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks – Soundtrack (2014)
  • Equestria Girls: Friendship Games – Soundtrack (2015)
  • Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree – Soundtrack (2016)

The My Little Pony 2015 Convention Collection released for San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 contains select songs from the first two films: Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks.

Books[edit]

The following chapter books are originally published by LB Kids imprint of Hachette Book Group USA. The Orchard Books imprint of Hachette UK, as well as The Five Mile Press in Australia, also published the books. The dates listed are the United States publish dates.

No. Title Author Publisher Date Genre
1 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror G.M. Berrow Little, Brown Books for Young Readers October 1, 2013 Juvenile fiction
2 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books for Young Readers April 8, 2014 Juvenile fiction
3 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks: The Mane Event Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books for Young Readers October 7, 2014 Juvenile fiction
4 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books for Young Readers May 5, 2015 Juvenile fiction
5 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books for Young Readers October 6, 2015 Juvenile fiction
6 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books for Young Readers May 17, 2016 Juvenile fiction
7 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: The Legend of Everfree Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books for Young Readers September 6, 2016 Juvenile fiction
8 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Magic, Magic Everywhere! Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books for Young Readers June 6, 2017 Juvenile fiction

Other than the chapter books, the following books was also published by the LB Kids imprint.

No. Title Author Publisher Date Genre
N/A My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree: Save Our Camp! Louise Alexander Little, Brown Books for Young Readers September 6, 2016 Juvenile fiction
N/A My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Wondercolts Forever Sadie Chesterfield Little, Brown Books for Young Readers January 3, 2017 Juvenile fiction

Comics[edit]

A special short story, featuring the origins of Sunset Shimmer, was published in the IDW My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 2013 San Diego Comic Con comic variant in July 2013. It also included additional stories in a stand-alone issue, titled My Little Pony Annual 2013: Equestria Girls, released on October 30, 2013.[28][29]

An issue of IDW's Fiendship Is Magic features the sirens, the evil creatures as appeared in Rainbow Rocks.

No. Title United States release date United States ISBN
My Little Pony: Annual 2013 October 30, 2013 ISBN 1631405152
Stories take place before the first Equestria Girls film, including an 8-page story original published in the 2013 San Diego Comic Con variant of the main series, issue #9 (in July 2013), telling the origin of the character Sunset Shimmer. In the short, Sunset is shown as Princess Celestia's prized student in magic arts, whom Celestia hopes to groom into a princess. However, when Sunset becomes corrupted by images she sees in a magic mirror, Celestia realizes that Sunset may be too greedy and vain. Sunset goes against Celestia's wishes and breaks into the dark magic wing of the library, learning about the mirror's function and magic that can transform her into a winged unicorn. Celestia discovers this and expels Sunset as her student, but Sunset manages to escape and pass through the mirror, ending up in the parallel world.

In the main story, a prequel to the events of the film but told in flashback from a series of interviews, the five students, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash struggle as freshmen to Canterlot High. Pinkie cannot find a school club that makes her happy, while Rainbow Dash wants to be the star player of the Wondercolts soccer team despite her inability to play on the team. Meanwhile, Applejack is initially glad to see her cousins Babs Seed and Sunflower, but they ridicule her fashion while making friends with Rarity, the fashion expert. However, when Rarity asks Fluttershy, who has been worried about Sunflower's sick chihuahua dog but unable to speak up about it, to join them for lunch one day, Babs Seed and Sunflower refuse to allow her.

On the day of the first game, Pinkie has found her true calling, as leader of the school's glee club, and gets Fluttershy to help distribute cheering equipment to the crowd. When Babs and Sunflower refuse Fluttershy's help, both Applejack and Rarity decide to abandon the two, and join Fluttershy. The crowd helps Rainbow Dash to remember the team spirit, and foregoes her ego to help her team to win. The five become fast friends, though all this is detailed in the present by Sunset to be used for her own gains.

  • Ted Anderson (story)
  • Katie Cook (story)
  • Tony Fleecs (art)
  • Andy Price (art)
  • Heather Breckel (coloring)
  • Lauren Perry (coloring)
  • Tom B. Long (lettering)
  • Bobby Curnow (editor)
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special December 17, 2014
As the holidays approach at Canterlot High, Sunset is reminded that she is far distant from her family. Applejack hatches a plan with the rest of her friends to help cheer Sunset up with a series of slumber parties. During the first one, Applejack gets a call from Apple Bloom, who teasingly refers to her by an embarrassing childhood nickname. Applejack gladly explains its origins to the other girls, and Sunset writes to Twilight via her magic journal about the way her friends are helping to lift her spirits.

The next day, Applejack is shocked to discover that a social media user called "Anon-a-miss" has posted a message about the nickname, and that everyone at school has read it and begun to tease her. The situation worsens after the next slumber party, held at Rarity's house, when Anon-a-miss posts photos that the girls took of one another while trying on silly outfits. They begin to suspect Sunset, as she was the only person present at both events and the colors on Anon-a-miss' social media page now match the ones she favors. Soon, embarrassing secrets about other students begin to show up online, causing the student body as a whole to turn against Sunset.

When Sunset writes to Twilight for help, Twilight reminds her of the Windigos in Equestria, which feed on hatred and distrust between friends, and reminds her of the importance of family. Sunset shows these messages to the other girls the next day and asks them if they honestly believe that she could be responsible for stirring up this trouble. The mention of family prompts Sunset to question Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity about the events leading up to their secrets being exposed. Their answers lead her to realize Anon-a-miss' identity, and she is proven right when Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle confess their involvement. Apple Bloom had created Anon-a-miss as a way to get back at Applejack for spending so much time with Sunset rather than her family, and the other two soon joined in, with other students feeding them fresh gossip. They delete the profile, and everyone gets back on good terms with one another in time for the final party at Sweet Apple Acres.

  • Ted Anderson (story)
  • Tony Fleecs (art)
  • Heather Breckel (coloring)
  • Bobby Curnow (editor)
  • Neil Uyetake (lettering)
My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic Issue 3 April 15, 2015 ISBN 1631403397
In ancient Equestria, the sirens - Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze, and Sonata Dusk - have been feeding off the emotions brewed by the discord created by their singing in smaller towns but have turned their attention to the populous Canterlot. They arrive at the height of a multi-day musical competition. Their first attempt to sing with their traditional song is cut short as their song is far outdated, and Adagio comes up with singing "pop music" at the next chance. Their new song quickly enraptures the audiences, except for the wizard, Star Swirl the Bearded. Recognizing that their singing is turning the ponies of Canterlot against each other, Star Swirl finds the only way to fight back is to counteract the sirens with his own music. The Sirens and Star Swirl begin to try to one-up each other over several days, until Star Swirl finds he cannot hope to best the Sirens in musical ability. Remorsefully he uses the magic mirror to banish the sirens to a world without magic, hoping the trio will come to use their powers for good. In this new world, the sirens find themselves in the humanized forms, their magic weak but still strong enough to feed from with the power of their song.
  • Jeremy Whitley, Christina Rice, Ted Anderson, Heather Nuhfer, Katie Cook (story)
  • Brenda Hickey, Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska, Andy Price (art)
  • Amy Mebberson, Sara Richard (cover artist)
  • Bobby Curnow (editor)
  • Neil Uyetake (lettering)

Equestria Girls Minis shorts[edit]

An online series of 15-30-second animated shorts was uploaded onto the official website and official YouTube channel on February 11, 2016 to promote the Equestria Girls Minis toy line.

Title Release Date Starring Duration
"Pinkie Pie Slumber Party ft. Pinkie Pie" February 11, 2016 Pinkie Pie 15 seconds
"Pinkie Pie Slumber Party ft. Twilight Sparkle" Twilight Sparkle & Spike
"Pinkie Pie Slumber Party ft. Rarity" Rarity
"Pinkie Pie Slumber Party" April 8, 2016 The main cast (a.k.a. The Mane Six) 20 seconds
"Dance Off" August 15, 2016 Twilight Sparkle & Rainbow Dash 30 seconds
"Pillow Fight" November 7, 2016 The main cast (a.k.a. The Mane Six) 20 seconds
"Adventures at Canterlot High: Class w/ Principal Celestia" February 3, 2017 The main cast feat. Principal Celestia 15 seconds
"Adventures at Canterlot High: Sci-Twi's Lab" Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie,
and Photo Finish
"The Show Must Go On - Part 1" June 13, 2017 The main cast feat. Juniper Montage 15 seconds
"The Show Must Go On - Part 2"

Home media[edit]

Title Region 1 Release Date Episodes Additional Features
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls[30] August 6, 2013 Feature film Through the Mirror of Equestria Girls
Karaoke Songs ("Cafeteria Song" and "A Friend for Life")
Pony-fy Yourself
Printable movie poster
Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks[31] October 28, 2014 Feature film New featurette
Prelude shorts
Sing-alongs (Better Than Ever, Battle, and Rainbooms Battle[nb 1])
Audio commentary by Meghan McCarthy, Jayson Thiessen, Ishi Rudell, Michael Vogel, and Brian Lenard
Equestria Girls: Friendship Games[32] October 13, 2015 Feature film Deleted scenes
Audio commentary
Sing-alongs
Animated shorts
Equestria Girls (Three Movie Gift Set)[33] October 13, 2015 Box set Lenticular Cover with Transforming Twilight Sparkle
Bonus features
Audio commentary on Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games
Prelude shorts for Rainbow Rocks
Animated shorts for Friendship Games
Deleted scenes from Friendship Games
Sing-alongs
Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree[34] November 1, 2016 Feature film Audio commentary
Blooper reel
Sing-alongs
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Magical Movie Night[35] August 8, 2017 Specials
  • Equestria Girls: Dance Magic
  • Equestria Girls: Movie Magic
  • Equestria Girls: Mirror Magic
Sing Alongs

Live-action music videos[edit]

Up until the Friendship Games lineup, Hasbro has been releasing a series of live-action music videos to promote the toy line. The videos feature the female dancers, dressed as the protagonists, dance to the renditions of the song "Equestria Girls", a number heard in the first Equestria Girls film.

With the first lineup, Hasbro released a live-action music video, titled Magic of Friendship, on Entertainment Weekly website on August 30, 2013, depicting seven teenage girls, as the six protagonists and Sunset Shimmer, doing a new dance routine called "The EG Stomp" in a school cafeteria to a shorter Toy Commercial version of the "Equestria Girls" song.[36]

On February 20, 2014, Hasbro released new live-action music video on its official website to coincide with the Rainbow Rocks lineup, depicting the protagonists in a rock band. The music video, also titled Rainbow Rocks, uses a rock version of the "Equestria Girls" song and portrays the protagonists performing the "EG Stomp".[37] Through the Equestria Girls YouTube channel, another music video was released on August 4, 2014. It depicts four more teenage girls, each one dressed as the Dazzlings and DJ Pon-3 respectively.[38] On February 2015, another music video titled "Rainbooms Remix" was released.

On August 14, 2015, the same year the Friendship Games lineup was launched, Hasbro released a live-action music video on its website, depicting five of the six protagonists as well as Sunset Shimmer in a sporting competition against Crystal Prep's Twilight Sparkle.[39]

Video and website games[edit]

On October 15, 2013, Gameloft's My Little Pony mobile game was updated to include the Equestria Girls mini-game.[40][better source needed]

A Rainbow Rocks missile command-type mini-game was added to the Hasbro Arcade mobile app on April 8, 2014. On October 29, 2014, the mini-game was updated to include the Dazzlings with two songs from the movie and one song from one of the live-action music videos.[41][better source needed]

On June 7, 2014, a Rainbow Rocks game titled "Repeat the Beat" was released on Hasbro's Equestria Girls website;[42][better source needed] almost two months later, two more games have been released on July 31, 2014, one of them being "Equestria Girls: Battle of the Bands"[43][better source needed] and the other being "Equestria Girls: V.I.F. (Very Important Friend)".[44][better source needed]

On August 4, 2015, a Friendship Games game titled "Archery Game" was released on Hasbro's Equestria Girls website.[45][better source needed]

Reception[edit]

There have been criticism over the anthropomorphism approach of the toy line, as well as the franchise overall. Prior to the Equestria Girls film's release, several mothers spoke to the New York Daily News stating concerns about the humanized characters, describing them as "too sexy", "anorexic", "going back to the original Barbie" or "looking like Bratz dolls", and several feared allowing their children to be influenced by the looks.[46] However, some considered it reasonable with other current media such as The Little Mermaid, with one parent stating she felt that it isn't "any worse than Ariel in a bikini top for two hours".[46] Slate's Amanda Marcotte considered that the characters' change to human form was to popularize Equestria Girls with the adult fanbase of Friendship Is Magic, who she claims "have expressed a strong interest in seeing the Ponies in sexy, humanized forms".[47] However, many of these adult fans expressed disappointment in the announcement of the franchise and the characters, considering Equestria Girls to be trying to pander to this older audience, and that the approach "goes against everything that Pony was trying to prove".[48] Craig McCracken, speaking for his wife Lauren Faust, Friendship Is Magic's creative showrunner for the first two seasons before stepping down, stated that McCracken felt she "wasn't the biggest fan" of Equestria Girls, opining that the approach of turning the pony characters into humans would have gone against the way she wanted to take the television series.[49]

When reviewing the Friendship Games film, Mike Cahill of The Guardian gave the film two out of five stars, calling it "craven commercialism", but adding that "it's not unattractively designed, and its peppy collegiate spirit trumps the sappiness of Disney's Tinkerbell spin-offs".[50]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Instrumental is credited in the Bonus menu of both the DVDs and Blu-rays of the film; but the last section from "Welcome to the Show" is played, starting with Sunset's verse.

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