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Synopsis

"Get your muzzle out of those books and make some friends!" That's what Princess Celestia tells Twilight Sparkle. She may be the smartest unicorn in Equestria, but Twilight Sparkle gets an "incomplete" in friendship. There's more to life than learning magic, after all -- so she goes to Ponyville on a mission to make friends. There she meets five special ponies who take her on exciting adventures and teach her the most powerful magic of all ... the magic of friendship!

Overview

In each episode, the Mane Six ponies (or in other cases, other characters) go on adventures in Equestria and learn lessons in friendship. Each season starts off with a two-part story (comprising of two episodes), with most focusing on Twilight Sparkle. Originally in Season 1, Twilight writes all the letters to Princess Celestia about friendship. In Seasons 2-3, her pony friends (and Spike) write the letters to her. From the Season 3 finale onwards, Twilight graduates from being a student of Princess Celestia and becomes an Alicorn princess, then by the end of the show's first era (2010-2014) in the Season 4 finale, acquires her own castle, the Castle of Friendship.

The second generation of this show, which starts off with Season 5, introduces Starlight Glimmer, who learns lessons in friendship of her own throughout Season 6, then begins having adventures with her new friends in Season 7. To educate various ponies and creatures in Equestria, the School of Friendship is introduced for Season 8. Finally, Twilight and her friends defeat evil for good in Season 9, and many years later, Twilight becomes the new ruler of Equestria.

Cast

Character's name Voice actor Singing voice actor Sonic/Kirby counterpart
Twilight Sparkle Tara Strong Rebecca Shoichet Amy Rose
Pinkie Pie Andrea Libman Shannon Chan-Kent Sonic
Rainbow Dash Ashleigh Ball Ashleigh Ball Sally Acorn
Applejack Ashleigh Ball Ashleigh Ball Bunnie
Fluttershy Andrea Libman Andrea Libman Tails
Rarity Tabitha Germain Kazumi Evans Rouge
Spike Cathy Weseluck Cream
Apple Bloom Michelle Creber Charmy
Sweetie Belle Claire Corloett Marine
Scootaloo Madeleine Peters Sticks
Big McIntosh Peter New Knuckles
Cheese Sandwich Weird "Al" Yankovic
Maud Pie Ingrid Nilson
Zephyr Breeze Ryan Beil
Starlight Glimmer Kelly Sheridan Blaze
Trixie Kathleen Barr Shadow
Discord John de Lancie King Dedede
Princess Celestia Nicole Oliver Vanilla
Princess Luna Tabitha Germai Lady Like
Princess Cadance Britt McKillip Commander Vee
Shining Armor Andrew Francis Meta Knight

Production timeline

Production Phases for Episodes/Films
Phase 1PremiseThe fundamental concept that drives the plot of the episode.
Phase 2OutlineAn extended telling of the episode.
If the premise is approved, the episode moves on to this stage.
Phase 31st DraftThe first full script for the episode.
Phase 42nd DraftThe first revisions made to the script.
Phase 5PolishA much more improved version of the script.
Phase 6Locked PolishLast minute changes before the script is finalized.
Phase 7Voice RecordingAll the voices to be used in the episode are recorded.
Phase 8AnimaticA full storyboard for the whole episode.
Phase 9Post-ProductionRough cuts of the final animation are delivered.
Phase 10Final CutProduction officially concludes.
Production Phases for Songs
Phase 1First LyricsNew lyrics are written for a song.
Phase 2First DemoThe first composition of a song.
Phase 3Unmixed DemoThe final vocals are first composed, but the song itself is not yet finalized.
Phase 4Final MixThe song is officially finalized.
Date Event
December 17, 2008Lauren Faust wrote the first full script for an early version of "The Ticket Master".
May 19, 2009The Mane Six was originally going to be the Mane Nine -- Twilight Twinkle, Applejack, Cherilee, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle.
May 27, 2009Lauren Faust, the first of only two available writers for the show back then, wrote the script for unreleased Animation Test titled "My Little Pony Adventures" (codenamed "MLPTST"). This Animation Test was to feature Twilight Twinkle, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie.
June 9, 2009The full animatic for the Animation Test was completed. Tara Strong performed all the voice talents for all three characters.
July 9, 2009The rough cut for the Animation Test was completed. Twilight's final design was first used here.
July 10, 2009The Animation Test finished production. However, it wasn't unveiled online until the show ended 10 years later.
August 5, 2009Lauren Faust wrote a second draft for The Ticket Master.
September 10, 2009A "My Little Pony Adventures" show bible existed. This bible included premises for what were initially to be the first nine episodes of the show: The Ticket Master, Griffon the Brush Off, The Cutie Mark Chronicles, Applebonk Season, Bring on the Thunder, Dragonshy, A Dawg and Pony Show, Fancy Meeting You Deer, and Nothing More to Sea.
October 21, 2009Season 1 officially began pre-production with the first outline for one of the nine episodes listed above, along with the script for a new pilot episode.
February 18, 2010The My Little Pony theme song was first composed and performed, not long before the very first full animatic.
July 9, 2010Season 2 started development, in which what were supposed to be the last two Season 1 episodes ("Seeds of Chaos") moved to this season.
March 29, 2011Season 1 officially wrapped up production.
April 25, 2011Season 3 started development.
March 23, 2012Season 2 officially wrapped up production.
April 10, 2012Season 4 started development.
January 10, 2013Season 3 officially wrapped up production.
October 8, 2013Season 5 started development.
April 4, 2014Season 4 officially wrapped up production.
October 10, 2014Season 6 started development, as so did a motion picture film.
November 9, 2015Season 5 officially wrapped up production.
December 2, 2015Season 7 started development, in which initially, it was going to be a reboot, but that concept was rejected.
May 13, 2016A recolored version of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic logo was first revealed. This logo went into permanent effect starting with Season 7.
August 8, 2016Season 8 started development.
August 22, 2016Season 6 officially wrapped up production.
August 8, 2017Season 9, the final season, started development.
August 29, 2017Season 7 officially wrapped up production.
March 21, 2018The last new writer for the show, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, wrote the premise for "A Horse Shoe-in".
April 12, 2018The final episode order was finalized, with the announcement of The Last Problem.
May 31, 2018Season 8 officially wrapped up production.
September 2018The last voice recordings were done.
February 16, 2019Season 9 was confirmed to be the final season, resulting in a total of 221 episodes for the entire series (222 if you count "Best Gift Ever").
June 21, 2019The show officially wrapped up production, with the final episodes of Season 9.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Spanish My Little Pony: La Magia de la Amistad
Portuguese My Little Pony: A Amizade é Mágica
Japanese マイリトルポニー:トモダチは魔法
Chinese 彩虹小馬:友情就是魔法
Korean 마이 리틀 포니: 우정은 마법
Thai มายลิตเติ้ลโพนี่ มิตรภาพอันแสนวิเศษ

List of episodes

Main article: List of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episodes

Broadcast history

  • All My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic installments were originally broadcast on the Hub Network since its launch on October 10, 2010. Episodes were released simultaneously on iTunes since February 15, 2011. It was also available on Netflix since April 1, 2012.
  • The Hub Network was replaced by Discovery Family on October 13, 2014, shortly after The CW discontinued its Saturday morning cartoon block, Vortexx. Since then, most shows including My Little Pony were moved from the Hub Network to Discovery Family, and the show's second era that began with Season 5 has always originally aired on this network.
  • The final marathon of episodes aired on Discovery Family from December 23–30, 2019. The last episode to air was "The Last Problem" at 4:30 p.m. on December 30.
  • Several months after the show ended, Discovery Family gradually began to remove episodes from rotation. Seasons 1, 6 and 7 were phased out first, then Season 5 later.

Home video timeline

Main article: List of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic DVDs

Weblinks

My Little Pony G4 Official Website (Version 1)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website (Version 2)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website (Version 3)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website (Version 4)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Official Website (Version 5)

Other sites

Gallery

Production

The Show

Characters

Main characters
01 - Twilight Sparkle
Twilight Sparkle
02 - Pinkie Pie
Pinkie Pie
03 - Fluttershy
Fluttershy
04 - Rainbow Dash
Rainbow Dash
05 - Rarity
Rarity
06 - Applejack
Applejack
07 - Spike
Spike
Season 1 characters
09 - Cutie Mark Crusaders
Cutie Mark Crusaders
(Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo)
11 - Princess Celestia
Princess Celestia
12 - Princess Luna
Princess Luna
17 - Granny Smith
Granny Smith
18 - Big McIntosh
Big McIntosh
19 - Trixie
Trixie
20 - Cheerilee
Cheerilee
22 - Spitfire and Soarin
Spitfire and Soarin
Season 2 characters
10 - Discord
Discord
13 - Princess Cadance
Princess Cadance
14 - Shining Armor
Shining Armor
21 - Daring Do
Daring Do
Season 4 characters
15 - Cheese Sandwich
Cheese Sandwich
16 - Maud Pie
Maud Pie
23 - Flash Sentry
Flash Sentry
Season 5 characters
08 - Starlight Glimmer
Starlight Glimmer
Season 6 characters
24 - Flurry Heart
Flurry Heart
Zephyr Breeze (profile)
Zephyr Breeze
Background characters

Videos

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

The first commercial from 2010.

Celebrate the New Year with the Mane 6!

Celebrate the New Year with the Mane 6!

The last commercial. It occasionally still airs on Discovery Family today.

See also

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