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The Return of Harmony is the first Season 2 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Like Friendship is Magic, it is a two-part story.

Synopsis

Part 1: The peace of Equestria is threatened when Discord, spirit of Chaos, escapes from his imprisonment in stone. Twilight and her friends must defeat him using the Elements of Harmony. If only they can find them! Part 2: Discord's mischief causes a rift between the six friends and renders the Elements of Harmony useless. Twilight needs to rekindle their friendship in order to use the Elements against Discord.

Production

Development of The Return of Harmony started on March 23, 2010, when it was originally titled "Seeds of Chaos", and was going to be a direct-to-DVD special following Season 1. Another episode called "Label Pains" was in pre-production with it, but that episode never got an outline, unlike Seeds of Chaos.

On April 29, 2010, Seeds of Chaos was listed as a two-parter in the Season 1's script status report. M.A. Larson wrote a full outline for the episodes on May 28, 2010, then the first full script on June 23, with revisions made by Larson alone from July 15 through August 20.

Both episodes moved to Season 2 on August 6, 2010, then were re-titled "A Maze-ing Adventure" on August 19, almost two weeks later.

The full animatics for this episode were submitted for review on November 3, 2010 for part 1 and November 9 for part 2. Both episodes were re-titled again to "The Return of Harmony" on February 9, 2011.

The first fully animated version was submitted for review on March 3, 2011 for part 1 and March 11 for part 2.

Production was officially complete on May 3, 2011 for part 1 and May 9 for part 2.

Characters

This episode features the following 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
Other characters
10 - Discord
Discord
11 - Princess Celestia
Princess Celestia
09 - Cutie Mark Crusaders
Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo
07 - Spike
Spike

Home media

DVDs with this episode:

Mylittlepony season2
Season Two
(May 14, 2013)
Mylittlepony vol11
Cutie Mark Quests
(June 30, 2015)

Videos

"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" - Season 2 Premiere Clip

"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" - Season 2 Premiere Clip

September 12, 2011

"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" - Season 2 Clip

"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" - Season 2 Clip

September 15, 2011

"The Return of Harmony - Part 2" - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

"The Return of Harmony - Part 2" - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

September 22, 2011

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