From December 2018 to early 2019, a series of eight animated shorts taking place after Season 8 but before Season 9 were released on YouTube.

The first three are based on the Best Gift Ever special, while the last five are just regular animated shorts.

All eight shorts contain the 15-second version of the theme song playing over the end credits, dated October 22, 2018.

Shorts

1. Triple Pony Dare Ya (December 11, 2018)

Rainbow Dash and Applejack try to out-dare each other.

2. The Great Escape Room (December 11, 2018)

Pinkie Pie creates an escape room for all of her friends to experience.

3. Mystery Voice (December 11, 2018)

The Mane 6 realize that Applejack has a knack for doing many voices!

4. Rarity's Biggest Fan (January 29, 2019)

Rarity is tired of her mane style and vows to copy Celestia's look. But no matter what magic or assistance she tries, nothing makes her mane do what she wants. Finally, Spike provides the solution, fanning Rarity's mane to make it billow out behind her. Now, if he can just keep doing that FOREVER, things will be perfect!

5. Ail-icorn (February 5, 2019)

Twilight Sparkle's spring allergy manifests as a cold in her horn - every time she sneezes, something magical (and odd!) happens. After her uncontrollable horn-spray causes Rainbow Dash to speak in sound effects and nearly freezes Fluttershy, Pinkie arrives with a cure from Zecora - with a tiiiiny side effect.

6. Teacher of the Month (February 12, 2019)

7. Starlight the Hypnotist (February 19, 2019)

8. Sundae, Sundae, Sundae (February 26, 2019)

Pinkie Pie can’t wait to share her new Ice Cream Museum, full of all kinds of flavors and toppings, with the gathered residents of Ponyville. The only problem is, she takes so long describing it, everything inside has melted by the time the doors finally open.

Production timeline

Development began on August 8, 2017. Originally, there were 15 animated shorts planned. The seven shorts that were canceled included:

  • Rarity's Bolt of Fabric - Another Rarity-focused short.
  • The Hoof and Hootenanny Games - Another Mane Six-focused short.
  • The Legends of Applejack's Hat - Another Applejack-focused short.
  • Parents' Day - This one would've featured the Mane Six's parents all at once.
  • Dashed Plans - Another Rainbow Dash-focused short.
  • Ant Problem - Another Fluttershy-focused short.
  • The Mudmarsh Monster - This one was to revolve around the Student Six.

On August 14, 2017, Hasbro only allowed 10 of the 15 shorts to move on in production. Then on September 7, 2017, Hasbro decided to cancel production for another three of the ten remaining shorts: Legends of AJ's Hat, The Mudmarsh Monster, and Sundae in the Park (the working title for "Sundae, Sundae, Sundae").

Voice recording for all seven remaining shorts was in session on September 28, 2017. Rarity's lines were recorded on October 16.

On November 15, 2017, Hasbro decided to reinstate production of "Sundae, Sundae, Sundae". The episode was recorded on November 27.

Animatics for all eight shorts were submitted for review on January 18, 2018.

The animated client cuts were submitted for review on July 16, 2018.

Musical score was added on October 10, 2018.

Final revisions were made on October 31, 2018.

Characters

01 - Twilight Sparkle.png
Twilight Sparkle
02 - Pinkie Pie.png
Pinkie Pie
03 - Fluttershy.png
Fluttershy
04 - Rainbow Dash.png
Rainbow Dash
05 - Rarity.png
Rarity
06 - Applejack.png
Applejack
07 - Spike.png
Spike
Triple Pony Dare Ya N Y N Y N Y N
The Great Escape Room Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Mystery Voice N N Y Y Y Y N
Rarity's Biggest Fan Y N N N Y N Y
Ail-icorn Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Teacher of the Month N N Y Y N Y N
Starlight the Hypnotist Y Y N N N N N
Sundae, Sundae, Sundae N Y N N N N N

Home media

Currently, the animated shorts are only available on YouTube. Two of the shorts, however, are set to private mode (Triple Pony Dare Ya and Starlight the Hypnotist).

Screenshots

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