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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
My Little Pony - Equestria Girls logo.svg
Created byHasbro
Original workToys
Print publications
Book(s)(see Books sub-section)
Comics(see Comics sub-section)
Films and television
Film(s)
Short film(s)Summertime Shorts (2017)
Animated series
Television special(s)
  • Forgotten Friendship (2018)
  • Rollercoaster of Friendship (2018)
Games
Video game(s)
  • Equestria Girls mobile app
  • Equestria Girls mini-game in Gameloft's MLP mobile app
Audio
Soundtrack(s)(see Discography sub-section)
Original music
Miscellaneous
ToysMy Little Pony: Equestria Girls

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, or simply known as Equestria Girls, is an 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 humanized 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, three TV specials, sixteen "Summertime" animated shorts, a web series on YouTube, and two one-hour TV specials with a third airing in 2019).[1]

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; the Hasbro website described them as "full-time students and part-time magical pony girls".[2]

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, with most being 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 that is run by Principal Cinch.

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 introduce 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";[3] 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.[4] The franchise was briefly mentioned in the media earlier in February and March 2013.[5][6] 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".[5] Equestria Girls was announced in May 2013 with a film and other media strategy,[7] and it was included in Hasbro's licensing program for My Little Pony announced in June 2013,[8] which began at the 2013 Licensing International Expo along with the company's other properties.[9] The spin-off was to be a part of the 30th anniversary of the My Little Pony brand.[7]

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.[7] The human-based toys were developed to appeal to girls in their teens as a means to extend the My Little Pony brand.[10] 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.[8]

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.[11]

Sub-lineups[edit]

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
TypeFashion doll
CompanyHasbro
CountryUnited States
Availability2013–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.[12][13]
  • 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.[14] 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.[15] Mentions on the supporting products, alongside the film, was included in Hasbro's investor presentation at the 2015 American International Toy Fair.[16]
    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.[17]
  • 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.[18][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.[19][unreliable source?] The toys were released in July 2016.
  • Equestria Girls: Better Together (2018): An updated lineup featuring newly-re-styled caricatured Equestria Girls characters.

Cast[edit]

Films, shorts, and television[edit]

Character Feature films Animated shorts YouTube webseries
Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Friendship Games Legend of Everfree Rainbow Rocks shorts Friendship Games shorts Summertime shorts Better Together
2013 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2017 2017–2018
Twilight Sparkle Tara Strong
Rebecca Shoichet
(singing voice)
Rebecca Shoichet Tara Strong
Rebecca Shoichet
(singing voice)
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 Cathy Weseluck
Principal Celestia Nicole Oliver Nicole Oliver
Vice Principal Luna Tabitha St. Germain
Flash Sentry Vincent Tong Silent cameo Vincent Tong
The Dazzlings Kazumi Evans
Diana Kaarina
Maryke Hendrikse
Principal Abacus Cinch Iris Quinn
The Shadowbolts Sharon Alexander
Sienna Bohn
Shannon Chan-Kent
Britt Irvin
Kelly Sheridan
Midnight Sparkle Tara Strong
Gloriosa Daisy Enid-Raye Adams
Kelly Metzger
(singing voice)
Timber Spruce Brian Doe Brian Doe
  • Grey cells 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
Shannon Chan-Kent
(singing voice)
Andrea Libman
Spike Cathy Weseluck
The Shadowbolts Sharon Alexander
Sienna Bohn
Britt Irvin
Shannon Chan-Kent
Juniper Montage Ali Liebert
Starlight Glimmer Kelly Sheridan
  • Grey cells indicate that the character made no appearance.

One-hour specials (2018)[edit]

Character
Forgotten Friendship Rollercoaster of Friendship
Twilight Sparkle Tara Strong
Rebecca Shoichet
(singing voice)
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
Wallflower Blush Shannon Chan-Kent
Vignette Valencia Tegan Moss
  • Grey cells indicate that the character made no appearance.

Crew members[edit]

Feature films and television[edit]

Crew/Detail Equestria Girls
(2013)
Rainbow Rocks
(2014)
Friendship Games
(2015)
Legend of Everfree
(2016)
Better Together
(2017–2018)
Director Jayson Thiessen Ishi Rudell
Producer(s) Sarah Wall
Devon Cody
Devon Cody Angela Belyea Angela Belyea
Colleen McAllister
Writer(s) Meghan McCarthy Josh Haber Joanna Lewis
Kristine Songco
Various
Editor(s) Mark Kuehnel Rachel Kenzie Shannon Archibald
Tom Harris
Various
Composer William Anderson
Songs by Daniel Ingram Various
Based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic created by Lauren Faust
Release platform Theatrical Discovery Family Netflix YouTube
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 November 17, 2017
Runtime 70 minutes 71 minutes 72 minutes 73 minutes 2-3 minutes
MPAA rating G N/A
TV rating TV-Y TV-Y7
BBFC rating U N/A

Specials (2017)[edit]

Crew/Detail Dance Magic Movie Magic Mirror Magic
Directors Ishi Rudell
Katrina Hadley
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
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

One-hour specials (2018)[edit]

Crew/Detail Forgotten Friendship Rollercoaster of Friendship
Directors Ishi Rudell
Katrina Hadley
Producer(s) Angela Belyea Angela Belyea
Colleen McAllister
Writer(s) Nick Confalone
Editors Nick Confalone
Composer(s) Daniel Ingram[nb 1]
Trevor Hoffmann[nb 1]
John Jennings Boyd[nb 2]
Lisette Bustamante[nb 2]
William Anderson (score)
John Jennings Boyd (song)
Lisette Bustamante (song)
Based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic created by Lauren Faust
Release platform Discovery Family
Production companies DHX Media (2D Vancouver animation studio)
Hasbro Studios
Release date February 17, 2018 (Discovery Family) July 6, 2018 (Discovery Family)
Duration 44 minutes (TV edit)
50 minutes (unedited; YouTube)[20]
44 minutes
TV rating TV-Y TV-Y7

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Co-composer for the song "We've Come So Far".
  2. ^ a b Co-composer for the song "Invisible".

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, and is later revealed to be an entity that haunts her in her nightmares and gives her severe anxiety of her previous actions in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree.
  • 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 main antagonist of the first film, where she is the school bully of Canterlot High School. She briefly returns to Equestria through an enchanted mirror portal to steal the Element of Magic, prompting Twilight and Spike to follow her into the human world. Twilight manages to defeat her alongside the human counterparts of her Equestria friends, Sunset befriends them. The second film Rainbow Rocks focuses on her efforts to redeem herself and fit in among the student body. Although doubtful due to the manipulations of the Dazzlings, Sunset finally puts her past behind her and completes her redemption. In the third film Friendship Games, she is now the protagonist, and she helps to save Twilight's own counterpart from magical corruption. In the fourth film Legend of Everfree, Sunset, Twilight and their friends go to Camp Everfree to stop Gaia Everfree. She is the followup guitarist and backup singer of the Rainbooms. Sunset did not become a main character until the second draft of the script for the Rainbow Rocks film.[11] 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 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 trio serves as 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 as 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 - Juniper Montage is the main antagonist of the Equestria Girls miniseries, appearing in episodes two and three, Movie Magic and Mirror Magic, respectively. In Movie Magic, she sabotages her uncle's movie production in the hopes of being cast as the lead actress. In Mirror Magic, she finds an enchanted mirror that corrupts her into a monster. A toy of her was released in late August 2017. She is voiced by Ali Liebert.
  • Wallflower Blush - Wallflower Blush is the main antagonist of the first one-hour special Forgotten Friendship. Ignored by the school population at large and jealous of Sunset's transformation from hated bully to beloved friend, she uses a mystical stone to erase Sunset's friends' good memories of her. She is voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent.
  • Vignette Valencia - Vignette Valencia is the main antagonist of the second one-hour special Rollercoaster of Friendship. She is the public relations director for the new Equestria Land amusement park and relies on social media to promote it. A wisp of Equestrian magic enchants her smartphone, allowing her to digitally erase things she does not like and replace them with holograms. She is voiced by Tegan Moss.

Music[edit]

Releases by media[edit]

Animated films, shorts, 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 an alternate 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.

Hasbro Studios lists the films as "TV specials" in the company's sales guide.[21] 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. There are no box office records in either area 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".[7] 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.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24] That same day, songwriter Daniel Ingram also wrote on the service that there would be a total of 12 songs in the film;[25] 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.[26] 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.[27][28] 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.

The four films are then followed by the three 22-minute specials were released on Discovery Family starting on June 24 and ended on July 8, 2017 respectively.[29][30] It was then followed by a series of "Summertime" shorts.

A web series was launched on Hasbro's YouTube channel with its first episode posted on November 17, 2017.

Two one-hour specials aired on Discovery Family in 2018. The first being Forgotten Friendship, which aired on February 17, and the second being Rollercoaster of Friendship, which premiered on July 6. A third one-hour special was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 and is scheduled for an early 2019 release.[1]

Feature 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
Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks September 27, 2014[nb 2] 71 minutes
Equestria Girls: Friendship Games September 26, 2015[nb 3] Ishi Rudell Josh Haber Devon Cody 72 minutes
Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree October 1, 2016[nb 4] Kristine Songco
Joanna Lewis
Angela Belyea 73 minutes
Equestria Girls: Forgotten Friendship February 17, 2018[nb 3] Nick Confalone Angela Belyea
Colleen McAllister
44 minutes
Equestria Girls: Rollercoaster of Friendship July 6, 2018[nb 3]
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
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. ^ a b c 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.

Digital series[edit]

A YouTube-exclusive series was originally going to premiere sometime in 2018;[31] however, it was moved up to a November 17, 2017 release instead.[32] The first season consisted of 37 episodes and two one-hour specials. It ended on October 5, 2018.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Network
1 37 27 November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17) October 5, 2018 (2018-10-05) YouTube
10 February 2, 2018 (2018-02-02) August 24, 2018 (2018-08-24)
Special #1 Original February 17, 2018 (2018-02-17) Discovery Family
5 March 9, 2018 (2018-03-09) April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06) YouTube
Special #2 Original July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06) Discovery Family
5 August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31) September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28) YouTube

Season 1 (2017–2018)[edit]

Episodes[edit]
No. overall No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Original airdate
11"A Fine Line"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowSam ToNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
At the Canterlot Mall, Sunset Shimmer gets in line for the new video game Tirek's Revenge but finds it to be exceedingly long. As time passes, Sunset gets stir-crazy and jealous of the fun that other people in line are having with their friends. Just then, Rainbow Dash arrives, and upon realizing that Sunset is waiting in line by herself, she uses her super speed to get the rest of their friends, making Sunset's wait in line more bearable. By the time she gets to the front of the line, the game is completely sold out. Luckily, Pinkie Pie had pre-ordered the game for her weeks prior, and the girls go home to play it together.
22"School of Rock"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowTori GrantNovember 24, 2017 (2017-11-24)
At the Canterlot Natural History Museum, Maud Pie gives a boring lecture about rocks. As the museum patrons become bored to tears, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Twilight Sparkle use their geode powers to give the lecture some pizzazz. At the lecture's conclusion, the patrons cheer with excitement, and a young girl in Maud's fan club asks for her autograph.
33"Queen of Clubs"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowSelena MarchettiDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
Applejack brings a pig to school, explaining to her friends that she needs it for the Young Farmers' Club yearbook photo. When Rainbow Dash brags about being in five different school clubs, Applejack boasts that she is in six. Despite Rarity insisting it is not a competition, Rainbow and Applejack join as many clubs as possible to see who will be in the most yearbook photos. When the yearbook is published, their competition ends in a tie. As it turns out, there was one school club left that neither of them joined: an exclusive fashion club in which Rarity is the president and Applejack's pig is the vice-president.
44"Pinkie Sitting"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowTori GrantDecember 8, 2017 (2017-12-08)
Pinkie Pie fills in for Rarity as babysitter for a little girl named Lily Pad when Rarity gets invited to a fashion designers' gala at the last minute. Pinkie suggests some fun activities for them to do, but Lily would rather sit quietly and read a book. As time passes by, Pinkie gets bored and asks Lily what she's reading. As Lily explains the premise of the pirate-themed story, Pinkie starts spontaneously acting out the scenes. Later that evening, Lily finishes reading the book out loud, and Pinkie compliments Lily on her babysitting skills before falling asleep.
55"The Finals Countdown"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowSelena MarchettiDecember 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
In Miss Cheerilee's class, Cheerilee reminds the students that final exams are two weeks away. The Equestria Girls are stressed about their finals, but Twilight is confident they can pass. Over the next couple of weeks, she helps her friends study and set aside all distractions while singing the song Rise Up! When conventional studying doesn't work, she helps them learn by catering to their individual styles and interests. On the day of their finals, the girls pass with flying colors.
66"Overpowered"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowSam ToDecember 22, 2017 (2017-12-22)
One day at school, Sunset Shimmer's empathy powers get so out of control that she starts hearing others' thoughts without touching them, and she discovers her friends are experiencing the same thing. As they wonder why, Rainbow Dash zooms in with her super speed, bragging about using her powers to do everything. Twilight theorizes that, because their magical geodes are connected, the more each of the girls use their powers for everyday tasks, the more they get supercharged. So they agree to use their geodes in moderation. When Zephyr Breeze enters and asks Rainbow out on a date, Rainbow is about to use her super speed to run away, but her friends warn her not to, and she simply walks away from Zephyr. Later, Sunset's powers return to normal.
77"Star Crossed"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowTori GrantDecember 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)
Twilight is excited about her upcoming date with Timber Spruce at the planetarium, which she insists is merely a "hang-out". She has the entire evening planned out, and Fluttershy gives her something special for the occasion: a jar of bugs. At the planetarium, Twilight and Timber start their evening together, but all of Twilight's planning ends up being in vain: the exhibit on gravitational fields has been removed, the planetarium show has been cancelled, and the sky is overcast with clouds, preventing them from seeing the stars and constellations with the telescope. Twilight is disappointed that she wasn't able to impress Timber, and Timber is equally disappointed about not being able to impress her with his new knowledge on astronomy. When Twilight lightly kicks her backpack, the bugs in the jar Fluttershy gave her fly out, revealed to be fireflies, and they light up the night by forming the constellations. Starstruck, the two spend the rest of the evening looking at the fireflies.
88"My Little Shop of Horrors"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowSelena MarchettiJanuary 5, 2018 (2018-01-05)
Principal Celestia leaves Twilight Sparkle and Spike in charge of tending to her garden while she's on vacation. Unbeknownst to Twilight, some Equestrian magic enchants her watering can. As Twilight begins watering and singing to the plants, the plants start to grow and come to life, singing along to Twilight's song. As Twilight gives them more and more water, the singing plants become increasingly aggressive and demand more. Twilight sends an SOS text to Applejack, and when she arrives, she turns on the sprinklers to turn the plants back to normal. Just then, Celestia returns and warns Twilight not to over-water the plants.
99"A Little Birdie Told Me"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowGloria JenkinsJanuary 12, 2018 (2018-01-12)
In Cranky Doodle's class, Mr. Doodle administers a pop quiz to his students. As the students begin, Trixie Lulamoon catches Fluttershy talking math with her bird friends and openly accuses her of cheating on the quiz. Fluttershy explains that she was just settling an argument about nests, but Trixie doesn't believe her. So Fluttershy goes up to the chalkboard and solves a complex math equation without the help of her bird friends, much to Trixie's embarrassment. Later, Trixie approaches the birds and asks one of them to be her tutor.
1010"Display of Affection"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowSam ToJanuary 19, 2018 (2018-01-19)
During her fashion internship at Prim Hemline's boutique, Rarity is tasked with designing a new window display for a visiting Fashion Week style scout. Unfortunately, the pressure starts to get to her, and she confides in Sunset Shimmer. As they walk through the city, they come upon some graffiti drawn by a mysterious and popular street artist named "Flanksy", and Rarity gets inspiration. Later that night, she is dissatisfied with her finished work, but Sunset gets an idea. The next day, Rarity returns to the shop and sees a crowd of people impressed by the now improved window display, including Prim Hemline. Looking behind her, Rarity sees Sunset in an alleyway with paint on her cheek and realizes that Sunset is in fact "Flanksy".
1111"Super Squad Goals"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowTori GrantJanuary 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)
In a comic book-style setting, the Equestria Girls discuss their big-city plans for the day when they witness a jewelry store being robbed. Using their magical geodes, the girls transform into their Crystal Guardian outfits and chase after the thief, superhero style. After a while of chasing, the girls catch the thief and send him to prison. They return the stolen jewels to the jewelry store owner and celebrate with treats. In the end, the whole affair is revealed to be a comic book drawn by Sunset Shimmer.
1612"Road Trippin'"[nd 1]Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowSam ToMarch 2, 2018 (2018-03-02)
Granny Smith drives the Rainbooms' tour bus to their scheduled appearance at Goldie Delicious' party. Along the way, Granny takes a "shortcut" past a traffic jam, Applejack and Twilight fix a flat tire, Fluttershy redirects a herd of cattle in the road, and Pinkie Pie clears away a fallen tree with her explosion powers. As the bus drives toward a broken bridge, Granny speeds up and goes through what is actually a movie set. The bus finally makes it to the party in time for Goldie to introduce the Rainbooms to the stage.
1713"X Marks the Spot"Ishi RudellKara Lee BurkSelena MarchettiApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
While playing a game on her smartphone at the beach, Sunset Shimmer discovers a message in a bottle. She shows it to Twilight and Pinkie Pie, and they realize it's a treasure map that looks like the beach they are on. When they follow the map to a treasure chest under the pier, they discover a second message in a bottle that's encoded and a decoder ring. Sunset decodes the message using the decoder ring, and it tells them to follow a trail of seashells to an "X" at "the end of the rainbow". The "rainbow" in question is revealed to be an ice cream truck, and the "X" turns out to be a Rollin' Sushi Truck. The sushi truck attendant congratulates the girls on solving their promotional treasure hunt, for which they win sushi at a discounted price. The girls are a little disappointed at not finding real treasure, but they enjoy the sushi anyway.
1814"Aww... Baby Turtles"Ishi RudellKara Lee BurkTori GrantApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
While sunbathing at the beach, Fluttershy hears the sound of recently hatched and crying baby sea turtles. Fluttershy wants to help them get to the water, and Rainbow Dash uses Tank's help to find them. They and their friends then spend the afternoon clearing a path for the sea turtles to get to the water. However, by the time they finish clearing a path, Tank has already led the baby turtles to the ocean. Having imprinted onto Tank and believing him to be their parent, the sea turtles bid him farewell and swim off into the sea.
1915"The Salty Sails"Ishi RudellWhitney RallsJeff BittleApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Twilight, Pinkie, and Rarity prepare to go sailing at the beach, with Twilight having memorized a nautical dictionary just for the occasion. Rarity overpacks for the trip, and Twilight is forced to leave her luggage behind due to the extra weight on the boat. When the sea winds carry the boat in the wrong direction, Twilight guides her friends in correcting their course, but the turbulent waters cause her to lose her map. As the boat heads on a collision course with a large rock, Pinkie uses her geode powers to create a wave that brings the boat back to the pier. With the three girls soaked, Rarity produces some towels, and they share a laugh over their exciting adventure.
2016"Lost and Found"Ishi RudellKate LethSelena MarchettiMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
Rarity interrupts Applejack and Rainbow Dash in the middle of their lounging on the beach and tells them she lost one of her one-of-a-kind earrings. Applejack and Rainbow agree to help her find it, and she supplies them with some metal detectors. Rarity, Applejack, and Rainbow spend all afternoon looking for Rarity's missing earring, but all they find is a variety of other lost beach junk. Rarity apologizes for wasting her friends' day, but they've enjoyed the thrill of discovering things under the sand. When Rainbow Dash sees how distraught Rarity is over her lost earring, she uses her super speed to look through the pile of junk one more time. She finds an earring, but it's not the one Rarity lost. Rarity thanks her friends for their help and decides to do one more search with the metal detector. Just then, she discovers her earring was never missing—it had gotten tangled in her hair, much to her embarrassment.
2117"Too Hot to Handle"Ishi RudellLaura Hooper BeckTori GrantMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
As Fluttershy and her friends organize an adoption for all the crabs on the beach, Pinkie Pie decides to get some shaved ice for them. On her way back from the shaved ice truck, Pinkie gives one of her cones away to a little boy who accidentally drops his on the ground, and another gets snatched by a seagull. In order to get across the hot beach sand, Pinkie rolls on a beach ball, jumps across beach umbrellas, and sails on a kite before returning to her friends. As the crabs get irritable from the heat, Pinkie gives them her last shaved ice cone so they can cool down. With no cool treats left, Rainbow Dash zooms over to the shaved ice truck to buy a second batch.
2218"Blue Crushed (a.k.a. Baewatch)"Ishi RudellKate LethJeff BittleMay 18, 2018 (2018-05-18)
Rainbow Dash and Applejack invite Fluttershy to go surfing with them, but she doesn't know how to surf. Her brother Zephyr Breeze suddenly arrives, bragging to Rainbow about being a long-time surfer, but Fluttershy knows for a fact he is lying. When Rainbow and Applejack invite him to show them his surfing skills, he instantly loses much of his confidence but joins them anyway. Out on the waves, Rainbow and Applejack surf with ease, but Zephyr wipes out almost immediately. Back on the shore, he admits he actually doesn't know how to surf, and he begs Rainbow Dash for forgiveness and surfing lessons. Begrudgingly, Rainbow agrees to give Zephyr some pointers.
2319"Unsolved Selfie Mysteries"Ishi RudellNina DanielsSelena MarchettiMay 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer, and Fluttershy take a selfie at the beach, and Twilight notices a black splotch in the photo's background. Sunset and Pinkie believe it to be a sea monster, but Twilight and Fluttershy are more skeptical. They each decide to do their own investigations into the matter. Twilight views the ocean from the lifeguard stand, accompanied by Timber Spruce. Just as Sunset and Pinkie approach the ocean, Pinkie realizes she doesn't have her floatie. Suddenly, something rises out of the water and approaches the shore, and even Twilight and Timber begin to believe it is a sea monster. It turns out to be Fluttershy, and she reveals the true identity of the "sea monster": Pinkie's missing floatie.
2420"Friendship Math"Ishi RudellM.J. OffenTori GrantJune 1, 2018 (2018-06-01)
Pinkie Pie picks up a magazine Rarity left behind on her beach chair and finds a "best friends" quiz inside, and she decides to take the quiz with Twilight. Unfortunately, they keep coming up with the wrong answers to questions such as "What is your best friend's favorite food?" and "What is your friend's biggest fear?", and they both score a zero. Unable to accept the idea of failing a test, Twilight decides to run her own equations to prove that she and Pinkie are best friends. After several hours of writing equations in the sand, Twilight finally comes up with the answer, but the ocean tide washes her equations away. Pinkie fears all of Twilight's work was for nothing, but Twilight tells her their friendship cannot be measured by numbers.
2521"Turf War"Ishi RudellLaura Hooper BeckJeff BittleJune 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)
Applejack is the substitute lifeguard on duty at the beach. Usual lifeguard Timber Spruce tells her lifeguard duty is typically uneventful, but Applejack resolves to be prepared for anything. When someone cries out for help, Applejack is the first to respond. When someone else gets in trouble, Timber Spruce springs to action so that Applejack doesn't make him look bad. This turns into a light competition between the two to see who can respond to trouble the fastest. When Bulk Biceps cries out for help in the water, Applejack and Timber both swim out to save him, but they pull him in opposite directions. Bulk starts to cry, not wanting to see Applejack and Timber fight. The two lifeguards realize their competition has been silly and that they actually make a good team, and they pull Bulk to shore together. Their determination to save people on the beach thus turns more friendly than competitive, much to Bulk's joy.
2622"The Last Day of School"Ishi RudellKate LethSelena MarchettiJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
It's the last day of school at Canterlot High, and while Rainbow Dash is excited, Twilight is dismayed. Four hours before the last school bell, Twilight tries to get in as much extra credit work as possible and write thank-you letters to all of her teachers. Meanwhile, Rainbow Dash wants the school day to be over as soon as possible. In their last class of the day with Miss Cheerilee, Rainbow Dash convinces her to play a Daring Do movie during class. Throughout the movie, Twilight rushes to finish her extra credit projects, and Rainbow Dash keeps looking at the clock. When the bell rings, Twilight wails in despair over not finishing her projects. Fortunately, Rainbow Dash points out that she can read anything she wants during the summer and even go to the library. Twilight's mood instantly turns around, and she is excited for summer vacation.
2723"Outtakes"Ishi RudellWhitney RallsTori GrantJune 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
At the Canterlot Animal Shelter, Fluttershy sets up a camera to shoot an adoption commercial for the shelter animals. As soon as she finishes setting up, however, she gets nervous at the thought of hundreds of people watching her on TV. This nervousness causes her to film several bad camera takes. Changing her approach, she decides to film the animals from behind the camera, but the animals act rowdy and unpredictable all throughout her filming. When Twilight and Applejack arrive later, Fluttershy loses all hope for making a good commercial. But after seeing the footage she already took, Twilight and Applejack tell her she perfectly captured the fun of having a pet. With a little editing, Fluttershy finishes making her commercial.
2824"Pinkie Pie: Snack Psychic"Ishi RudellLaura Hooper BeckJeff BittleJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
During her job at the Sweet Snacks Cafe, Pinkie Pie helps out her troubled customers based on what they order. She figures out that Flash Sentry has a big math test coming up and gets Twilight to be his tutor. When "Blueberry Cake" stains her prom dress, Pinkie gets Rarity to fix it. When the Crystal Prep swimming team loses the swim meet, Pinkie gets Rainbow Dash to help them with their training. Sunny Sugarsocks asks Pinkie how she always knows exactly what her customers need, and Pinkie says it is just a gut feeling. When Pinkie's stomach suddenly growls with hunger, Sunny makes her a giant ice cream sundae.
2925"Five to Nine"Ishi RudellGillian M. BerrowSelena MarchettiJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
A music video in which Applejack puts in a full day's work to get the barn ready for a hoedown party with her friends that evening.
3026"So Much More to Me"Ishi RudellKate LethTori GrantJuly 13, 2018 (2018-07-13)
A music video in which Fluttershy puts on a private singing performance for the animals at the Canterlot Animal Shelter.
3733"The Other Side"Ishi RudellJohn Jennings Boyd and Lisette BustamanteSelena MarchettiOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
A music video in which Rarity struggles to rekindle her creativity.
Notes[edit]
  1. ^ The episode is part of a bonus feature to the My Little Pony: The Movie DVD, which was released on January 9, 2018.
Choose Your Own Ending[edit]
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Featured
character
Directed by Written by Original airdate Duration Endings
12 1 Fluttershy's Butterflies Fluttershy Ishi Rudell Nick Confalone February 2, 2018 1:49 1:38 (Applejack)
1:23 (Rainbow Dash)
1:03 (DJ Pon-3)
13 2 Text Support Twilight Sparkle Ishi Rudell Jim Martin February 9, 2018 1:21 1:45 (Rarity)
1:27 (Sunset Shimmer)
1:08 (Fluttershy)
14 3 Driving Miss Shimmer Sunset Shimmer Ishi Rudell Kate Leth February 16, 2018 0:57 2:01 (Rarity)
1:39 (Applejack)
1:46 (Fluttershy)
15 4 Best Trends Forever Rarity Ishi Rudell Whitney Ralls February 23, 2018 1:04 1:52 (Twilight Sparkle)
1:16 (Rainbow Dash)
1:12 (Pinkie Pie)
31 27 Stressed in Show Twilight Sparkle Ishi Rudell Kelly D'Angelo July 20, 2018 1:28 1:40 (Fluttershy)
1:34 (Rainbow Dash)
1:37 (Pinkie Pie)
32 28 The Case of the Bedazzled Boot Rarity Ishi Rudell Julia Prescott July 27, 2018 1:28 1:30 (Applejack)
1:59 (Trixie)
1:40 (Pinkie Pie)
33 29 All the World's Off Stage Sunset Shimmer Ishi Rudell Christopher Godfrey August 3, 2018 1:35 1:25 (Twilight Sparkle)
1:11 (Pinkie Pie)
1:54 (Micro Chips)
34 30 Constructive Criticism Applejack Ishi Rudell Jim Martin August 10, 2018 1:31 1:46 (Rainbow Dash)
1:17 (Pinkie Pie)
1:34 (Photo Finish)
35 31 Opening Night Fluttershy Ishi Rudell Kelly D'Angelo August 17, 2018 2:23 1:21 (Applejack)
1:32 (Sunset Shimmer)
1:02 (Twilight Sparkle)
36 32 Happily Ever After Party Cutie Mark Crusaders Ishi Rudell Whitney Ralls August 24, 2018 1:13 1:29 (Applejack)
1:42 (Rainbow Dash)
2:13 (Rarity)

One-hour specials (2018)[edit]

Forgotten Friendship[edit]

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Forgotten Friendship is an animated fantasy television special directed by Ishi Rudell and written by Nick Confalone. It is the first of two one-hour specials. Originally aired on February 17, 2018 on Discovery Family, it features the core voice cast from the previous films/shorts/specials – Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Cathy Weseluck. The story follows Sunset Shimmer's discovery that her friends' memories of her have been mysteriously erased; she returns to Equestria and seeks help from Princess Twilight Sparkle to find the cause before the memories vanish forever. The special is 44 minutes long, edited down from a 50-minute original cut of five episodes on Hasbro's YouTube channel. Its first episode was published on March 9, 2018 and its last episode on April 6.

Unedited version[edit]
Overall Episode Title Original airdate Duration Overall duration
1 A Friendship to Remember March 9, 2018 10:16 10:16
2 Homecoming March 16, 2018 9:57 20:13
3 Wiped Out March 23, 2018 9:21 29:34
4 Good Cop, Great and Powerful Cop March 30, 2018 9:28 39:02
5 Unforgettable April 6, 2018 9:50 48:52

Rollercoaster of Friendship[edit]

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rollercoaster of Friendship is an animated fantasy television special directed by Ishi Rudell and written by Nick Confalone. It is the second of two one-hour specials. Originally aired on July 6, 2018 on Discovery Family as part of its "Summer Surprises" programming block. It features the core voice cast from the previous films/shorts/specials – Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, and Cathy Weseluck. The story follows Rarity's acceptance of a summer job as a costume designer for a new amusement park and the strain that it puts on her friendship with the other girls, particularly Applejack. Its first episode was published on August 31, 2018 and its last episode on September 28.

YouTube version[edit]
Overall Episode Title Original airdate Duration Overall duration
1 All Bite & No Park August 31, 2018 10:16 10:16
2 Frenemy Request September 7, 2018 9:50 20:06
3 Applejack Investigates September 14, 2018 9:48 29:54
4 Captured Images September 21, 2018 7:17 37:11
5 No Filter September 28, 2018 10:57 48:08

Books[edit]

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

No. Title Author Date
1Equestria Girls: Through the MirrorG.M. BerrowOctober 1, 2013
2Equestria Girls: Rainbow RocksPerdita FinnApril 8, 2014
3Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks - The Mane EventPerdita FinnOctober 7, 2014
4Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer's Time to ShinePerdita FinnMay 5, 2015
5Equestria Girls: Friendship GamesPerdita FinnOctober 6, 2015
6Equestria Girls: Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover SurprisePerdita FinnMay 17, 2016
7Equestria Girls: The Legend of EverfreePerdita FinnSeptember 6, 2016
8Equestria Girls: Magic, Magic Everywhere!Perdita FinnJune 6, 2017
9Equestria Girls: A Friendship to RememberPerdita FinnDecember 5, 2017

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

Title Author Date
Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree - Save Our Camp!Louise AlexanderSeptember 6, 2016
Equestria Girls: Wondercolts ForeverSadie ChesterfieldJanuary 3, 2017
Canterlot High Stories: Rainbow Dash Brings the BlitzArden HayesApril 3, 2018
Canterlot High Stories: Twilight Sparkle's Science Fair SparksArden HayesJune 5, 2018
Canterlot High Stories: Pinkie Pie and the Cupcake CalamityArden HayesOctober 2, 2018
Make Your Own Magic: The Starswirl Do-OverWhitney RallsFebruary 5, 2019

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.[33][34]

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

No.TitleUnited States release dateUnited States ISBN
My Little Pony: Annual 2013October 30, 2013ISBN 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, Katie Cook (story)
  • Tony Fleecs, Andy Price (art)
  • Heather Breckel, Lauren Perry (coloring)
  • Tom B. Long (lettering)
  • Bobby Curnow (editor)
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday SpecialDecember 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 3April 15, 2015ISBN 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 Equestria Girls 20 seconds
"Dance Off" August 15, 2016 Twilight Sparkle & Rainbow Dash 30 seconds
"Pillow Fight" November 7, 2016 The Equestria Girls 20 seconds
"Adventures at Canterlot High: Class w/ Principal Celestia" February 3, 2017 The Equestria Girls 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 Equestria Girls feat. Juniper Montage 15 seconds
"The Show Must Go On - Part 2"
"Beach Fun" March 22, 2018 The Equestria Girls feat. Trixie and Spike 15 seconds
"Fun at the Theme Park!" September 13, 2018 The Equestria Girls 15 seconds

Home media[edit]

Title Region 1 Release Date Episodes Additional Features
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls[35] 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[36] October 28, 2014 Feature film New featurette
Prelude shorts
Sing-alongs (Better Than Ever, Battle, and Rainbooms Battle)[nc 2]
Audio commentary by Meghan McCarthy, Jayson Thiessen, Ishi Rudell, Michael Vogel, and Brian Lenard
Equestria Girls: Friendship Games[37] October 13, 2015 Feature film Deleted scenes
Audio commentary
Sing-alongs
Animated shorts
Equestria Girls (Three Movie Gift Set)[38] 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[39] November 1, 2016 Feature film Audio commentary
Blooper reel
Sing-alongs
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night[40] 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.[41]

On February 20, 2014, Hasbro released a 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".[42] 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.[43] 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.[44]

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.[45][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.[46][better source needed]

On June 7, 2014, a Rainbow Rocks game titled "Repeat the Beat" was released on Hasbro's Equestria Girls website;[47][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"[48][better source needed] and the other being "Equestria Girls: V.I.F. (Very Important Friend)".[49][better source needed]

On August 4, 2015, a Friendship Games game titled "Archery Game" was released on Hasbro's Equestria Girls website.[50][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.[51] 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".[51] 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".[52] 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".[53] 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.[54]

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".[55]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ With the exception of Mad Twience, Monday Blues, Shake Things Up!, Get the Show on the Road, Coinky-Dink World, Five to Nine, So Much More to Me, and The Other Side.
  2. ^ 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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