The entire Apple clan is getting together for a family reunion and Granny Smith has tapped Applejack to take over planning duties. But Applejack's efforts to make it the most memorable reunion ever may end up making it memorable for all the wrong reasons.
On September 14, 2011, Meghan McCarthy wrote a premise for an episode titled "The Royal Apples", where Big McIntosh finds an important family artifact: a battered old crown buried in the field, and when everypony in Ponyville starts treating the whole Apple family like royalty, it gets in Applejack's nerve. Only 6 days later, on September 20, The Royal Apples was rejected, and had to be replaced by a brand-new story.
On September 30, 2011, Meghan McCarthy wrote the premise of a new story titled "Apple Family Reunion", and Cindy Morrow wrote the full outline from October 4–12. Apple Family Reunion was listed as #310 in the episode order at the time.
When the first full script was written from October 18 through November 8, more members of the Mane Six were to appear in the episode, none of them with any speaking lines. The episode also moved up to #309 in the writer's schedule. During the script's revisions from November 8 through December 2, as well as the voice recording session on December 8, Pinkie Pie got three speaking lines.
The song "Raise This Barn" was first composed and performed on November 29, 2011. It was finalized on February 16, 2012.
The full animatic was submitted for review on March 21, 2012.
During post-production, two of Pinkie's lines were cut from the episode. A rough cut of the animated episode was submitted for review on July 25, 2012.
Production was officially complete on September 17, 2012.
This episode features the following characters:
DVDs with this episode:
A Pony for Every Season
(November 19, 2013)
(February 4, 2014)