This episode last aired on Discovery Family on October 9, 2021.
When a strange dragon crash lands in Ponyville claiming to be Spike's father, Spike is ready to do anything his "dad" says in order to learn how to be a "real" dragon.
|November 21, 2016||An episode titled "Spike's Dad" was first planned, listed as #823 in the episode order.|
|January 6, 2017||Episode pushed back to #824.|
|March 7, 2017||Premise written by Josh Haber.|
|March 20, 2017||Outline written.|
|April 12, 2017||First draft of the script written.|
|April 28–May 1, 2017||Second draft of the script written.|
|May 12–15, 2017||Final draft written.|
|May 30, 2017||Script locked polish.|
|June 28, 2017||Lyrics for "Just Can't Be a Dragon Here" written.|
|July 6, 2017||Full demo for "Just Can't Be a Dragon Here" composed and performed.|
|July 12–26, 2017||Voice recording in session.|
|July 20, 2017||Final unmixed version of "Just Can't Be a Dragon Here" composed and performed.|
|October 25, 2017||Animatic submitted for review.|
|March 20, 2018||Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.|
|April 6, 2018||The "lock cut" was done.|
|April 26, 2018||Musical score added. Final mix of "Just Can't Be a Dragon Here" composed and performed the next day.|
|May 14, 2018||Final revisions made to the episode.|
This episode is only available on Netflix and other digital platforms due to Shout! Factory's 10-year licensing rights having been expired as of 2019.