Between Dark and Dawn is the 13th Season 9 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This episode marks the first time the Mane Six perform the soon-to-be-former princesses' royal duties.


Luna and Celestia take a sister vacation while the Mane Six struggle to cover the princesses' many royal duties.

Production timeline

November 16, 2017 An episode titled "Princesses' Bucket List" began development on this date. Listed as #913.
December 4, 2017 Premise written by Gail Simone.
January 12, 2018 Outline written. Episode retitled "Between Dark and Dawn".
February 16, 2018 First draft of the script written.
March 6, 2018 Second draft of the script written.
March 14, 2018 Final draft written.
March 26, 2018 Lyrics for "Lotta Little Things" written.
April 3, 2018 Full demo for "Lotta Little Things" composed and performed.
April 11–27, 2018 Voice recording in session.
April 20–24, 2018 Final unmixed version of "Lotta Little Things" composed and performed.
May 7–11, 2018 A full storyboard for the song "Lotta Little Things" was made.
August 1, 2018 Animatic submitted for review.
December 11, 2018 Client cut submitted for review.
January 31, 2019 Musical score added.
February 14, 2019 Final mix of "Lotta Little Things" composed and performed.
February 20, 2019 Final revisions made for the episode.


Main characters
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Princess Celestia
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Princess Luna
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Twilight Sparkle
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Pinkie Pie
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Rainbow Dash
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Home media

This episode is only available on digital platforms due to Shout! Factory's 10-year licensing rights having been expired as of 2019.

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