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Sleepless in Ponyville is the sixth Season 3 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This episode marks the first time Twilight is absent in an episode where Rainbow Dash is present.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on December 26, 2021 at 8:30 a.m., during the final marathon.

Synopsis

Rainbow Dash's scary campfire stories are giving Scootaloo nightmares and she's afraid to go to sleep. But if Scootaloo wants the nightmares to go away, she'll have to face her greatest fear –- her idol finding out she's a scaredy pony.

Production

Before this episode, there were two canceled ones in development titled "Mayor, Maybe Not" and "Dreamweaver". The former was listed on the schedule first, as episode #7 of Season 3, on July 19, 2011, then the latter was listed the next day, on July 20, as episode #8.

Dreamweaver was originally to be Rarity's only episode for Season 3. Sadly, it was rejected just one week after its announcement, on July 27, 2011, resulting in Rarity getting no episodes whatsoever for this season.

Two days later, on July 29, 2011, Meghan McCarthy wrote the premise for a new episode titled "Sleepless in Ponyville", with the episode listed as #307 in the episode order. The full outline was written by Corey Powell (a new writer at the time) from August 2–10. Meanwhile, Merriwether Williams wrote a full outline for Mayor, Maybe Not on August 11, but then the episode got canceled on August 19, moving up Sleepless in Ponyville to #306.

Powell wrote the first full script for Sleepless in Ponyville from August 12 through September 6. He revised the script from September 14 through October 4, and again on October 28. Voice recording began on November 17.

The full animatic was submitted for review on March 2, 2012.

A rough cut of the animated episode was submitted for review on July 5, 2012.

Production was officially complete on August 28, 2012.

Characters

This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
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Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo
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Rainbow Dash
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Applejack
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Rarity
Other characters
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Princess Luna

Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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Season Three
(February 4, 2014)
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Spooktacular Pony Tales
(September 9, 2014)
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