Sounds of Silence

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Sounds of Silence is the 23rd Season 8 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This episode marks the first appearance of the Allspark Animation logo.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on October 2, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.


Fluttershy and Applejack journey to the edge of the map on a Friendship Quest to help a group of ponies named Kirin -- who are so afraid of hurting each other’s feelings, they've taken a potion of silence.

Production timeline

November 21, 2016 An episode about "Kirans" was first planned, listed as #818 in the episode order.
December 7, 2016 Episode titled "Mistmane and the Kirins".
January 6, 2017 Episode pushed back to #823.
February 10, 2017 Episode title shortened to just "Kirins".
February 27–March 7, 2017 Episode retitled "Sounds of Silence". Premise written by Gregory Bonsignore. At that stage, it was confirmed that Applejack and Fluttershy were getting another map quest.
March 15, 2017 Outline written.
April 10, 2017 First draft of the script written.
April 28, 2017 Second draft of the script written.
May 11–26, 2017 Final draft written.
May 16, 2017 Lyrics for "A Kirin Tale" written.
June 9, 2017 Script locked polish.
June 19–28, 2017 Full demos for "A Kirin Tale" composed and performed.
July 12–22, 2017 Voice recording in session.
August 28–September 1, 2017 Final unmixed version of "A Kirin Tale" composed and performed.
October 19, 2017 Animatic submitted for review.
March 13, 2018 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
April 20, 2018 Final mix of "A Kirin Tale" composed and performed. Musical score added the same day.
May 18, 2018 Final revisions made to the episode.


Main characters
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Other characters
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Twilight Sparkle

Home media

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.

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