My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, or simply known as Equestria Girls, is a product line of fashion dolls and media franchise launched in 2013 by American toy company Hasbro, as a spin-off of the 2010 relaunch of the My Little Pony franchise and its Friendship Is Magic television series. Equestria Girls features anthropomorphized versions of My Little Pony characters from that period. It includes various doll lines, media tie-ins and licensed merchandises.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
My Little Pony - Equestria Girls logo.svg
Created byHasbro
Original workToys
Print publications
Book(s)(see Books sub-section)
Comics(see Comics sub-section)
Films and television
Film(s)
Short film(s)Summertime Shorts (2017)
Animated series
Television special(s)
Games
Video game(s)
  • Equestria Girls mobile app
  • Equestria Girls mini-game in Gameloft's MLP mobile app
Audio
Soundtrack(s)(see Music section)
Miscellaneous
Toy(s)My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

In addition to the Hasbro toys, Allspark Aniamtion (previously credited under Hasbro Studios), a subsidiary of Hasbro, have commissioned animated production tie-ins, including four films (Equestria Girls, Rainbow Rocks, Friendship Games and Legend of Everfree), eight television specials (three specials in 2017, Forgotten Friendship, Rollercoaster of Friendship, Spring Breakdown, Sunset's Backstage Pass and Holidays Unwrapped) and two series of animated shorts ("Summertime Shorts" and Better Together shorts).

The Equestria Girls setting is established as a parallel counterpart to the main world of Equestria in the 2010 incarnation of My Little Pony, populated with humanoid versions of the characters from the franchise; the Hasbro website described them as "full-time students and part-time magical pony girls".[1]

Development and releaseEdit

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, while aimed at younger children, had gained a surprising number of older fans in their 20s and 30s, known as "bronies". Among fanworks produced by this older crowd included re-imagined art of the Friendship Is Magic cast as human equivalents. Hasbro saw this art and came up with the idea of developing the spin-off with a similar re-imagining.[2]

The earliest known official use of the "Equestria Girls" name occurred during 2011, when the American television channel The Hub (a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro; now known as Discovery Family) released a promotional trailer for Hasbro Studio's Friendship Is Magic television series which featured a modified version of Katy Perry's "California Gurls";[3] however, the trailer has nothing to do with the later-launched franchise.

In December 2012, Hasbro registered trademark for the name "Equestria Girls" at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.[4] The franchise was briefly mentioned in the media earlier in February and March 2013.[5][6] In an interview in the February/March 2013 issue of the Kidscreen magazine, Hasbro's senior vice president of international distribution and development, Finn Arnesen, called My Little Pony a "top-priority" brand for the company; the film was described as "a new companion series" that would "[send] the pony heroes on a mission to a new world where they take on human form".[5] Equestria Girls was announced in May 2013 with a film and other media strategy,[7] and it was included in Hasbro's licensing program for My Little Pony announced in June 2013,[8] which began at the 2013 Licensing International Expo along with the company's other properties.[9] The spin-off was to be a part of the 30th anniversary of the My Little Pony brand.[7]

Along with the toys, Hasbro planned to produce related merchandise and media including films, apparel, and accessories. Hasbro's chief marketing officer, John A. Frascotti, called the franchise a "major strategic initiative" for the company.[7] The human-based toys were developed to appeal to girls in their teens as a means to extend the My Little Pony brand.[10] In addition, Hasbro will continue its licensing deals with book publisher Little, Brown and Company and comic book publisher IDW Publishing to publish related works.[8]

In the audio commentary included in the Rainbow Rocks home media, Meghan McCarthy commented that Equestria Girls was initially not intended to become an ongoing franchise, and the thought of a sequel did not cross her mind.[11]

PremiseEdit

Equestria Girls takes place in an alternate version of Equestria resembling modern-day Earth, whose population consists of humanoids with skins colored other than the usual human skin colors, with most being similar to their counterparts in the main My Little Pony toy line in terms of appearance and personality. Several locales in the parallel world serve as counterparts to the main cities and establishments in Equestria: for example, Canterlot High School, which corresponds to Canterlot in Equestria, is run by Principal Celestia and her sister, Vice Principal Luna, who are the equivalents of Princesses Celestia and Luna, the rulers of Equestria.

CharactersEdit

The entire franchise is primarily set in a fictional world parallel to the pony-inhabited fantasy setting of the 2010 incarnation of My Little Pony, accessible via a magic mirror. The toys and other series of media additionally feature alternate humanoid versions of pony characters in roles similar to the counterparts in Equestria; characters as depicted in the Friendship Is Magic television series who travel between worlds assume similar forms in the alternative setting.

Main charactersEdit

The main characters are collectively referred to in merchandise as the Equestria Girls. Beginning in Rainbow Rocks, they are also the members of a rock band named the Rainbooms.

  • Sunset Shimmer (voiced by Rebecca Shoichet) – A unicorn from Equestria who resides in the alternative universe as a student at Canterlot High. In the films, the character is depicted to be a renegade student of Princess Celestia's who was once corrupted but is later reformed. She is the main antagonist of the first film, but gradually puts her past behind her and completes her redemption. She is now the protagonist, leader of the parallel universe counterparts of the main characters. In Friendship Games, she helps save Twilight Sparkle's parallel universe counterpart from magical corruption. She is a guitarist and backup vocalist in the Rainbooms.
  • Twilight Sparkle (voiced by Tara Strong, singing voice by Rebecca Shoichet) – There have been two incarnations of Twilight Sparkle as appeared in Equestria Girls animations:
    • Princess Twilight Sparkle, the winged unicorn character as appeared in Friendship Is Magic, transformed into a humanoid teenager after traveling from Equestria. In Rainbow Rocks, she temporarily assumes a role of vocalist in the Rainbooms.
    • Twilight Sparkle (a.k.a. Sci-Twi), the alternate universe counterpart, made a brief appearance in a post-credits scene of Rainbow Rocks. The character formally debuted in Friendship Games as a student at Crystal Prep Academy who eventually transfers to Canterlot High School. She is a backup vocalist in the Rainbooms.
  • Spike (voiced by Cathy Weseluck) – In the Equestria Girls series, Spike the dragon is depicted as a dog with the ability to speak. Similar to Twilight, the character's Friendship Is Magic incarnation appears in the first two lineups, masquerading as a speechless animal. His alternate universe counterpart included in the Friendship Games lineup is "Sci-Twi's" ordinary pet dog who gains the ability to speak from exposure to Equestrian magic.
  • Applejack (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) – A Canterlot High student who works on her family's farm. She is the Rainbooms' bassist.
  • Fluttershy (voiced by Andrea Libman) – Fluttershy's alternate universe counterpart is a Canterlot High student who is a volunteer worker at the local animal shelter. She is the Rainbooms' tambourinist.
  • Pinkie Pie (voiced by Andrea Libman, singing voice by Shannon Chan-Kent) – An eccentric and friendly Canterlot High student. She is the Rainbooms' drummer.
  • Rainbow Dash (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) – A student/star athlete at Canterlot High, stated to be the captain of every sports team the school has. She is the Rainbooms' lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter.
  • Rarity (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain, singing voice by Kazumi Evans) – A Canterlot High student and a talented seamstress, much like her Friendship Is Magic counterpart. She is the Rainbooms' keytarist.

Supporting charactersEdit

Recurring counterparts of Friendship Is Magic charactersEdit

  • Principal Celestia – The principal of Canterlot High.
  • Vice Principal Luna – The vice principal of Canterlot High, and Celestia's younger sister.

The Equestria Girls counterparts of the minor, supporting and background characters in Friendship Is Magic television series also make appearances in the films and shorts. Such characters include Cheerilee, the Cutie Mark Crusaders (Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle), DJ Pon-3, Lyra Heartstrings, Octavia Melody, Photo Finish, Sweetie Drops and Trixie.

Equestria Girls-only charactersEdit

  • Flash Sentry – Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, who takes a romantic interest in Twilight Sparkle. His Equestrian counterpart, a royal pegasus guard at the Crystal Empire, also appears in the first film and Forgotten Friendship, and has brief appearances in Friendship Is Magic. Both versions are voiced by Vincent Tong.
  • The Dazzlings – A trio of villainous sirens introduced in the Rainbow Rocks film. They are composed of the leader Adagio Dazzle (voiced in the film by Kazumi Evans) and her two backup singers, the airheaded Sonata Dusk (voiced by Maryke Hendrikse, singing voice by Madeline Merlo) and abrasive Aria Blaze (voiced by Diana Kaarina, singing voice by Shylo Sharity). In Rainbow Rocks, the trio serves as the antagonists, having been banished to the human world by Star Swirl and aiming to control the residents of the parallel world through their enchanted singing.
  • Principal Abacus Cinch – Cinch (voiced by Iris Quinn) appears in Friendship Games as the main antagonist. She is portrayed as the strict principal of Crystal Prep Academy, a prestigious school that rivals Canterlot High School, and is obsessed with maintaining her school's reputation by manipulating her prized student, the human counterpart of Twilight Sparkle.
  • The Shadowbolts – The Shadowbolts are Crystal Prep's sports team that opposes Canterlot High's Wondercolts team. Apart from the counterpart of Twilight Sparkle, the team includes the blunt Sugarcoat (voiced in the film by Sienna Bohn), two-faced Sour Sweet (voiced by Sharon Alexander), hyper-competitive Indigo Zap (voiced by Kelly Sheridan), disdainful Sunny Flare (voiced by Britt Irvin), and rocker girl Lemon Zest (voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent).
  • Gloriosa Daisy – A counselor at Camp Everfree, who eventually transforms into a creature named Gaea Everfree after exposure to Equestrian magic. She is introduced in Legend of Everfree. In the film, Enid-Raye Adams voices the character, and Kelly Metzger provides her singing voice.
  • Timber Spruce – Timber Spruce is another counselor at Camp Everfree. He is introduced in Legend of Everfree alongside Gloriosa Daisy. In the film, he is voiced by Brian Doe.
  • Juniper Montage - The main antagonist of the 2017 Equestria Girls specials Movie Magic and Mirror Magic. In Movie Magic, she sabotages her uncle's movie production in the hopes of being cast as the lead actress. In Mirror Magic, she finds an enchanted mirror that corrupts her into a monster. She is voiced by Ali Liebert.
  • Wallflower Blush - The main antagonist of Forgotten Friendship. Ignored by the school population at large and jealous of Sunset's transformation from hated bully to beloved friend, she uses a mystical stone called the Memory Stone to erase Sunset's friends' good memories of her. She is voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent.
  • Vignette Valencia - The main antagonist of Rollercoaster of Friendship. She is the public relations director for the new Equestria Land amusement park and relies on social media to promote it. A wisp of Equestrian magic later enchants her smartphone, allowing her to create holograms. She is voiced by Tegan Moss.
  • PostCrush - A pop-rock duo introduced in Sunset's Backstage Pass as the main antagonists. The duo is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Kiwi Lollipop (K-Lo) (voiced by Lili Beaudoin, singing voice by Marie Hui), and drummer Supernova Zap (Su-Z) (voiced by Mariee Devereux, singing voice by Arielle Tuliao).

Toys and yearly line-upsEdit

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
TypeFashion doll
CompanyHasbro
CountryUnited States
Availability2013–present
  • Equestria Girls (2013): The first lineup to be released, it features humanized version of My Little Pony characters from the 2010 relaunch.
  • Rainbow Rocks (2014): The succeeding lineup named Rainbow Rocks, featuring music-themed toys and media, was first displayed at the 2014 American International Toy Fair.[12][13]
  • Friendship Games (2015): In January 2015, at that year's edition of The Toy Fair in London, some merchandise was unveiled labeled My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games.[14] Some vectors for the merchandise include Applejack and Fluttershy in archery outfits, an alternative universe counterpart of Twilight Sparkle, and five new characters introduced with the lineup: Indigo Zap, Lemon Zest, Sour Sweet, Sugarcoat, and Sunny Flare.[15] Mentions on the supporting products, alongside the film, was included in Hasbro's investor presentation at the 2015 American International Toy Fair.[16]
    Wondercolts and Shadowbolts dolls were released in late 2015 in two varieties: "School Spirit" classic and "Sporty Style" deluxe. In the Sporty Style assortment, the Wondercolts' Fluttershy and Applejack and the Shadowbolts' Sour Sweet and Twilight Sparkle come with a bow and a quiver of arrows. The Wondercolts' Rainbow Dash and Sunset Shimmer and the Shadowbolts' Indigo Zap and Sugarcoat come with motorcycle helmets and goggles. The Wondercolts' Pinkie Pie and Rarity and the Shadowbolts' Lemon Zest and Sunny Flare come with roller skates. A motocross bike was released in 2015.[17]
  • Equestria Girls Minis (2015): A lineup featuring caricatured Equestria Girls characters.
  • Legend of Everfree (2016): First mentioned in a Hasbro 2016 Entertainment Plan presentation in August 2015 along with the tie-in film of the same title, a tentative image was shown of new character whose name was not mentioned at the time.[18][unreliable source?] In February 2016, at the 2016 American International Toy Fair, some Legend of Everfree merchandise was revealed. Dolls unveiled were available in four styles — "Geometric Assortment", "Crystal Gala Assortment", "Crystal Wings Assortment", and "Boho Assortment". A new character by the name of Gloriosa Daisy was also revealed during the presentation.[19][unreliable source?] The toys were released in July 2016.
  • Equestria Girls: Better Together (2017–present): An updated lineup featuring newly-re-styled caricatured Equestria Girls characters.

MediaEdit

Animated productionsEdit

Hasbro Studios/Allspark Animation productionsEdit

The animated films and their related shorts, all produced by DHX Media's 2D animation studio in Vancouver, Canada for Hasbro Studios, revolve around the main cast of Friendship Is Magic, normally ponies, as teenage human characters in a high school setting in an alternate universe. The first two films were written by Meghan McCarthy and directed by Jayson Thiessen; the third film was written by Josh Haber and directed by Ishi Rudell; the fourth film was written by Kristine Songco and Joanna Lewis, and directed by Ishi Rudell.

Hasbro Studios lists the films as "TV specials" in the company's sales guide.[20] However, in the United States and Canada, the first two films, Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks, had limited theatrical screenings in select cities before they were released on home media (by Shout! Factory for the region) and broadcast on television. In the U.S., these films were screened in Screenvision theaters, without any rating from the MPAA, while in Canada, they were shown in Cineplex theaters, with classifications from provincial film boards. There are no box office records in either area are available for the two films. Internationally, there have been theatrical releases of the films in some areas, but in most cases the films were only shown on television before (or after) it was released on home media.

For the films Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games, a series of animated shorts released online accompanies each film. The shorts are also included in physical media releases of the films as a part of special features.

To maintain continuity of the films with the Friendship Is Magic television series, Hasbro used the same writing staff as the show, including the current story editor Meghan McCarthy, who considered the story to be "an extension of our mythology".[7] McCarthy stated that with the Equestria Girls setting, "we might explore different aspects of relationships that in the pony world don't quite work the same as they do when you set it in a high school setting", thus making the work more appealing to older girls that are in high or junior high school.[21]

In writing the script of the first film, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Meghan McCarthy went back to the self-titled two-part pilot episodes of Friendship Is Magic, where Twilight Sparkle is sent to Ponyville for the first time and forced to meet new friends. She wanted to do the same with the film, in this case putting Twilight into a new world where she would again be forced to make new friends to succeed in her quest.[22] Released in 2013, the film was premiered on June 15 as a part of Los Angeles Film Festival that year, before having limited theatrical releases in the United States and Canada the next day, and was released on home media on August 6.

The second film released in 2014, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, centers around Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer and friends' activities against evil sirens using music. On February 13, 2014, Meghan McCarthy wrote on Twitter that she had worked on the film during the summer of 2013.[23] That same day, songwriter Daniel Ingram also wrote on the service that there would be a total of 12 songs in the film;[24] however, only 11 songs were used in the film. The film had a limited theatrical release from September 27, 2014, before it was out on home media on October 28 that year.

Released in 2015, the third installment, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games, was first teased by Rainbow Rocks co-director, Ishi Rudell on December 12, 2014.[25] The film was first broadcast on September 26, 2015 on Discovery Family in the U.S. and Family Channel in Canada, and was released on home media on October 13 that year. In the film, the alternative universe counterpart of Twilight Sparkle, a student at Crystal Prep, is forced by Principal Abacus Cinch to disrupt Friendship Games (a sporting event held every four years with Canterlot High) with magic.

On October 3, 2015, CEO of Hasbro Studios Stephen Davis said that a fourth film, subtitled Legend of Everfree, was in development.[26][27] The film was released on Netflix on October 1, 2016, and the home media release followed on November 1, 2016. In the film, the protagonists follow the damages at Camp Everfree caused by a creature so-called Gaea Everfree.

The four films are then followed by the three 22-minute specials were released on Discovery Family starting on June 24 and ended on July 8, 2017 respectively.[28][29] It was then followed by a series of "Summertime" shorts.

A digital web series was launched on Hasbro's YouTube channel with its first episode posted on November 17, 2017.

Two one-hour specials aired on Discovery Family in 2018. The first being Forgotten Friendship, which aired on February 17, and the second being Rollercoaster of Friendship, which premiered on July 6. A third being Spring Breakdown, which aired on March 30, 2019, and a fourth being Sunset's Backstage Pass, which aired on July 27, 2019. A Christmas-themed special, titled Holidays Unwrapped, was released on November 2, 2019.

Feature film U.S. release date Director(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Duration Status
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls June 15, 2013[nb 1] Jayson Thiessen Meghan McCarthy Sarah Wall
Devon Cody
70 minutes Released
Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks September 27, 2014[nb 2] 71 minutes
Equestria Girls: Friendship Games September 26, 2015[nb 3] Ishi Rudell Josh Haber Devon Cody 72 minutes
Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree October 1, 2016[nb 4] Kristine Songco
Joanna Lewis
Angela Belyea 73 minutes
Equestria Girls: Forgotten Friendship February 17, 2018[nb 3] Ishi Rudell
Katrina Hadley
Nick Confalone Angela Belyea
Colleen McAllister
44 minutes
Equestria Girls: Rollercoaster of Friendship July 6, 2018[nb 3]
Equestria Girls: Spring Breakdown March 30, 2019[nb 3] Angela Belyea
Katherine Crownover
Colleen McAllister
Equestria Girls: Sunset's Backstage Pass July 27, 2019[nb 3] Whitney Ralls
Equestria Girls: Holidays Unwrapped November 2, 2019[nb 3] Anna Christopher Angela Belyea
Katherine Crownover
Special U.S. release date Director Writer(s) Producer Duration Platform Status
Equestria Girls: Dance Magic June 24, 2017 Ishi Rudell G.M. Berrow Angela Belyea 22 minutes Discovery Family Released
Equestria Girls: Movie Magic July 1, 2017 Noelle Benevuenti
Equestria Girls: Mirror Magic July 8, 2017 Rachel Vine
Dave Polsky
  1. ^ Premiere during Los Angeles Film Festival 2013.
  2. ^ Released in select theaters.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Television premiere on Discovery Family.
  4. ^ Availability on Netflix in the United States.
Digital web seriesEdit

A YouTube-exclusive series was originally going to premiere sometime in 2018;[30] however, it was moved up to a November 17, 2017 release instead.[31] The first season consisted of 37 episodes. It ended on October 5, 2018. The series is broadcast on Hasbro's official YouTube channel every Friday; the TV specials are broadcast on Discovery Family and were later uploaded to the YouTube channel in weekly installments. Season 2 premiered on January 11, 2019.

One-hour specialsEdit
Forgotten FriendshipEdit

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Forgotten Friendship is an animated fantasy television special directed by Ishi Rudell and written by Nick Confalone. It is the first one-hour special. Originally aired on February 17, 2018 on Discovery Family, it features the core voice cast from the previous films/shorts/specials – Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Cathy Weseluck. The story follows Sunset Shimmer's discovery that her friends' memories of her have been mysteriously erased; she returns to Equestria and seeks help from Princess Twilight Sparkle to find the cause before the memories vanish for good. The special is 44 minutes long, edited down from a 50-minute original cut of five episodes on Hasbro's YouTube channel.

Youtube version
Overall Episode Title Original airdate Duration Overall duration
1 A Friendship to Remember March 9, 2018 10:16 10:16
2 Homecoming March 16, 2018 9:57 20:13
3 Wiped Out March 23, 2018 9:21 29:34
4 Good Cop, Great and Powerful Cop March 30, 2018 9:28 39:02
5 Unforgettable April 6, 2018 9:50 48:52
Rollercoaster of FriendshipEdit

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rollercoaster of Friendship is an animated fantasy television special directed by Ishi Rudell and written by Nick Confalone. It is the second one-hour special. Originally aired on July 6, 2018, on Discovery Family as part of its "Summer Surprises" programming block. It features the core voice cast from the previous films/shorts/specials – Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, and Cathy Weseluck. The story follows Rarity's acceptance of a summer job as a costume designer for a new amusement park and the strain that it puts on her friendship with the other girls, particularly Applejack.

YouTube version
Overall Episode Title Original airdate Duration Overall duration
1 All Bite & No Park August 31, 2018 10:16 10:16
2 Frenemy Request September 7, 2018 9:50 20:06
3 Applejack Investigates September 14, 2018 9:48 29:54
4 Captured Images September 21, 2018 7:17 37:11
5 No Filter September 28, 2018 10:57 48:08
Spring BreakdownEdit

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Spring Breakdown is an animated fantasy television special directed by Ishi Rudell and Katrina Hadley, and written by Nick Confalone. It is the third one-hour special. The special aired on Discovery Family on March 30, 2019. It features the core voice cast from the previous films/shorts/specials – Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, and Cathy Weseluck. In this special, the girls take a luxury cruise for spring break, but wayward magic imperils the passengers and forces Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle, and Rainbow Dash to visit Equestria for help from Princess Twilight.

YouTube version
Overall Episode Title Original airdate Duration Overall duration
1 Bon Voyage April 12, 2019 7:43 7:43
2 Sea Legs April 19, 2019 7:44 15:27
3 Tropical Depression April 26, 2019 7:43 23:10
4 Friend Overboard May 3, 2019 7:43 30:53
5 Hoofin' It May 10, 2019 7:44 39:37
6 That Sinking Feeling May 17, 2019 7:41 47:18
Sunset's Backstage PassEdit

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Sunset's Backstage Pass is an animated fantasy television special directed by Ishi Rudell and Katrina Hadley, and written by Whitney Ralls. It is the fourth one-hour special. The special aired on Discovery Family on July 27, 2019. It features the core voice cast from the previous films/shorts/specials – Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, and Tabitha St. Germain.

Youtube version
Overall Episode Title Original airdate Duration Overall duration
1 Part 1 September 17, 2019 7:44 7:44
2 Part 2 September 22, 2019 7:43 15:27
3 Part 3 September 24, 2019 7:44 23:11
4 Part 4 September 29, 2019 7:43 30:54
5 Part 5 October 6, 2019 7:43 38:37
6 Part 6 October 13, 2019 7:40 46:17
Holidays UnwrappedEdit

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Holidays Unwrapped is a Christmas-themed animated fantasy television special directed by Ishi Rudell and Katrina Hadley, and written by Anna Christopher. It is the fifth and final one-hour special to be produced by dHX Media. The special premiered on Discovery Family on November 2, 2019. It features the core voice cast from the previous films/shorts/specials – Tara Strong, Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, and Tabitha St. Germain.

Youtube version
Overall Episode Title Original airdate Duration Overall duration
1 Blizzard or Bust November 16, 2019 7:40 7:40
2 The Thin Red Pie November 22, 2019 7:40 15:20
3 The Cider Louse Fools November 29, 2019 7:40 23:00
4 Winter Break-In December 6, 2019 7:40 30:40
5 Dashing Through The Mall December 13, 2019 7:40 38:20
6 O Come All Ye Squashful December 20, 2019 7:40 46:00

Equestria Girls Minis shortsEdit

An online series of 15-30-second computer-animated shorts was uploaded onto the official website and official YouTube channel on February 11, 2016, to promote the Equestria Girls Minis toy line.

Title Release Date Starring Duration
"Pinkie Pie Slumber Party ft. Pinkie Pie" February 11, 2016 Pinkie Pie 15 seconds
"Pinkie Pie Slumber Party ft. Twilight Sparkle" Twilight Sparkle & Spike
"Pinkie Pie Slumber Party ft. Rarity" Rarity
"Pinkie Pie Slumber Party" April 8, 2016 The Equestria Girls 20 seconds
"Dance Off" August 15, 2016 Twilight Sparkle & Rainbow Dash 30 seconds
"Pillow Fight" November 7, 2016 The Equestria Girls 20 seconds
"Adventures at Canterlot High: Class w/ Principal Celestia" February 3, 2017 The Equestria Girls feat. Principal Celestia 15 seconds
"Adventures at Canterlot High: Sci-Twi's Lab" Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie,
and Photo Finish
"The Show Must Go On - Part 1" June 13, 2017 The Equestria Girls feat. Juniper Montage 15 seconds
"The Show Must Go On - Part 2"
"Beach Fun" March 22, 2018 The Equestria Girls feat. Trixie and Spike 15 seconds
"Fun at the Theme Park!" September 13, 2018 The Equestria Girls 15 seconds

PublicationsEdit

BooksEdit

The following juvenile fiction chapter books are originally published by LB Kids imprint of Hachette Book Group USA. The Orchard Book's imprint of Hachette UK, as well as The Five Mile Press in Australia, also published the books. The dates listed are the American publish dates.

No. Title Author Date
1Equestria Girls: Through the MirrorG.M. BerrowOctober 1, 2013
2Equestria Girls: Rainbow RocksPerdita FinnApril 8, 2014
3Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks - The Mane EventPerdita FinnOctober 7, 2014
4Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer's Time to ShinePerdita FinnMay 5, 2015
5Equestria Girls: Friendship GamesPerdita FinnOctober 6, 2015
6Equestria Girls: Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover SurprisePerdita FinnMay 17, 2016
7Equestria Girls: The Legend of EverfreePerdita FinnSeptember 6, 2016
8Equestria Girls: Magic, Magic Everywhere!Perdita FinnJune 6, 2017
9Equestria Girls: A Friendship to RememberPerdita FinnDecember 5, 2017

Other than the chapter books, the following books was also published by the LB Kids imprint.

Title Author Date
Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree - Save Our Camp!Louise AlexanderSeptember 6, 2016
Equestria Girls: Wondercolts ForeverSadie ChesterfieldJanuary 3, 2017
Canterlot High Stories: Rainbow Dash Brings the BlitzArden HayesApril 3, 2018
Canterlot High Stories: Twilight Sparkle's Science Fair SparksArden HayesJune 5, 2018
Canterlot High Stories: Pinkie Pie and the Cupcake CalamityArden HayesOctober 2, 2018
Make Your Own Magic: The Starswirl Do-OverWhitney RallsFebruary 5, 2019

ComicsEdit

A special short story, featuring the origins of Sunset Shimmer, was published in the IDW My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 2013 San Diego Comic Con comic variant in July 2013. It also included additional stories in a stand-alone issue, titled My Little Pony Annual 2013: Equestria Girls, released on October 30, 2013.[32][33]

An issue of IDW's Fiendship Is Magic features the sirens, the evil creatures that appeared in Rainbow Rocks.

No.TitleUnited States release dateUnited States ISBN
My Little Pony: Annual 2013October 30, 2013ISBN 1631405152
Stories take place before the first Equestria Girls film, including an 8-page story original published in the 2013 San Diego Comic Con variant of the main series, issue #9 (in July 2013), telling the origin of the character Sunset Shimmer. In the short, Sunset is shown as Princess Celestia's prized student in magic arts, whom Celestia hopes to groom into a princess. However, when Sunset becomes corrupted by images she sees in a magic mirror, Celestia realizes that Sunset may be too greedy and vain. Sunset goes against Celestia's wishes and breaks into the dark magic wing of the library, learning about the mirror's function and magic that can transform her into a winged unicorn. Celestia discovers this and expels Sunset as her student, but Sunset manages to escape and pass through the mirror, ending up in the parallel world.

In the main story, a prequel to the events of the film but told in flashback from a series of interviews, the five students, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash struggle as freshmen to Canterlot High. Pinkie cannot find a school club that makes her happy, while Rainbow Dash wants to be the star player of the Wondercolts soccer team despite her inability to play on the team. Meanwhile, Applejack is initially glad to see her cousins Babs Seed and Sunflower, but they ridicule her fashion while making friends with Rarity, the fashion expert. However, when Rarity asks Fluttershy, who has been worried about Sunflower's sick chihuahua dog but unable to speak up about it, to join them for lunch one day, Babs Seed and Sunflower refuse to allow her.

On the day of the first game, Pinkie has found her true calling, as leader of the school's glee club, and gets Fluttershy to help distribute cheering equipment to the crowd. When Babs and Sunflower refuse Fluttershy's help, both Applejack and Rarity decide to abandon the two and join Fluttershy. The crowd helps Rainbow Dash to remember the team spirit and foregoes her ego to help her team to win. The five become fast friends, though all this is detailed in the present by Sunset to be used for her own gains.

  • Ted Anderson, Katie Cook (story)
  • Tony Fleecs, Andy Price (art)
  • Heather Breckel, Lauren Perry (coloring)
  • Tom B. Long (lettering)
  • Bobby Curnow (editor)
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday SpecialDecember 17, 2014
As the holidays approach at Canterlot High, Sunset is reminded that she is far distant from her family. Applejack hatches a plan with the rest of her friends to help cheer Sunset up with a series of slumber parties. During the first one, Applejack gets a call from Apple Bloom, who teasingly refers to her by an embarrassing childhood nickname. Applejack gladly explains its origins to the other girls, and Sunset writes to Twilight via her magic journal about the way her friends are helping to lift her spirits.

The next day, Applejack is shocked to discover that a social media user called "Anon-a-miss" has posted a message about the nickname and that everyone at school has read it and begun to tease her. The situation worsens after the next slumber party, held at Rarity's house when Anon-a-miss posts photos that the girls took of one another while trying on silly outfits. They begin to suspect Sunset, as she was the only person present at both events and the colors on Anon-a-miss' social media page now match the ones she favors. Soon, embarrassing secrets about other students begin to show up online, causing the student body as a whole to turn against Sunset.

When Sunset writes to Twilight for help, Twilight reminds her of the Windigos in Equestria, which feed on hatred and distrust between friends and reminds her of the importance of family. Sunset shows these messages to the other girls the next day and asks them if they honestly believe that she could be responsible for stirring up this trouble. The mention of family prompts Sunset to question Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity about the events leading up to their secrets being exposed. Their answers lead her to realize Anon-a-miss' identity, and she is proven right when Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle confess their involvement. Apple Bloom had created Anon-a-miss as a way to get back at Applejack for spending so much time with Sunset rather than her family, and the other two soon joined in, with other students feeding them fresh gossip. They delete the profile, and everyone gets back on good terms with one another in time for the final party at Sweet Apple Acres.

  • Ted Anderson (story)
  • Tony Fleecs (art)
  • Heather Breckel (coloring)
  • Bobby Curnow (editor)
  • Neil Uyetake (lettering)
My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic Issue 3April 15, 2015ISBN 1631403397
In ancient Equestria, the sirens - Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze, and Sonata Dusk - have been feeding off the emotions brewed by the discord created by their singing in smaller towns but have turned their attention to the populous Canterlot. They arrive at the height of a multi-day musical competition. Their first attempt to sing with their traditional song is cut short as their song is far outdated, and Adagio comes up with singing "pop music" at the next chance. Their new song quickly enraptures the audiences, except for the wizard, Star Swirl the Bearded. Recognizing that their singing is turning the ponies of Canterlot against each other, Star Swirl finds the only way to fight back is to counteract the sirens with his own music. The Sirens and Star Swirl begin to try to one-up each other over several days until Star Swirl finds he cannot hope to best the Sirens in musical ability. Remorsefully he uses the magic mirror to banish the sirens to a world without magic, hoping the trio will come to use their powers for good. In this new world, the sirens find themselves in the humanized forms, their magic weak but still strong enough to feed on with the power of their song.
  • Jeremy Whitley, Christina Rice, Ted Anderson, Heather Nuhfer, Katie Cook (story)
  • Brenda Hickey, Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska, Andy Price (art)
  • Amy Mebberson, Sara Richard (cover artist)
  • Bobby Curnow (editor)
  • Neil Uyetake (lettering)

Live-action music videosEdit

Up until the Friendship Games lineup, Hasbro has been releasing a series of live-action music videos to promote the toy line. The videos feature the female dancers, dressed as the protagonists, dance to the renditions of the song "Equestria Girls", a number heard in the first Equestria Girls film.

With the first lineup, Hasbro released a live-action music video, titled Magic of Friendship, on Entertainment Weekly website on August 30, 2013, depicting seven teenage girls, as the six protagonists and Sunset Shimmer, doing a new dance routine called "The EG Stomp" in a school cafeteria to a shorter Toy Commercial version of the "Equestria Girls" song.[34]

On February 20, 2014, Hasbro released a new live-action music video on its official website to coincide with the Rainbow Rocks lineup, depicting the protagonists in a rock band. The music video, also titled Rainbow Rocks, uses a rock version of the "Equestria Girls" song and portrays the protagonists performing the "EG Stomp".[35] Through the Equestria Girls YouTube channel, another music video was released on August 4, 2014. It depicts four more teenage girls, each one dressed as the Dazzlings and DJ Pon-3 respectively.[36] On February 2015, another music video titled "Rainbooms Remix" was released.

On August 14, 2015, the same year the Friendship Games lineup was launched, Hasbro released a live-action music video on its website, depicting five of the six protagonists as well as Sunset Shimmer in a sporting competition against Crystal Prep's Twilight Sparkle.[37]

Video and website gamesEdit

On October 15, 2013, Gameloft's My Little Pony mobile game was updated to include the Equestria Girls mini-game.[38][better source needed]

A Rainbow Rocks missile command-type mini-game was added to the Hasbro Arcade mobile app on April 8, 2014. On October 29, 2014, the mini-game was updated to include the Dazzlings with two songs from the movie and one song from one of the live-action music videos.[39][better source needed]

On June 7, 2014, a Rainbow Rocks game titled "Repeat the Beat" was released on Hasbro's Equestria Girls website;[40][better source needed] almost two months later, two more games have been released on July 31, 2014, one of them being "Equestria Girls: Battle of the Bands"[41][better source needed] and the other being "Equestria Girls: V.I.F. (Very Important Friend)".[42][better source needed]

On August 4, 2015, a Friendship Games game titled "Archery Game" was released on Hasbro's Equestria Girls website.[43][better source needed]

Other merchandisesEdit

SoundtracksEdit

  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Soundtrack (2013)
  • Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks – Soundtrack (2014)
  • Equestria Girls: Friendship Games – Soundtrack (2015)
  • Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree – Soundtrack (2016)

The My Little Pony 2015 Convention Collection released for San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 contains select songs from the first two films: Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks.

ReceptionEdit

There has been criticism over the anthropomorphism approach of the toy line, as well as the franchise overall. Prior to the Equestria Girls film's release, several mothers spoke to the New York Daily News stating concerns about the humanized characters, describing them as "too sexy", "anorexic", "going back to the original Barbie" or "looking like Bratz dolls", and several feared allowing their children to be influenced by the looks.[44] However, some considered it reasonable with other current media such as The Little Mermaid, with one parent stating she felt that it isn't "any worse than Ariel in a bikini top for two hours".[44] Slate's Amanda Marcotte considered that the characters' change to human form was to popularize Equestria Girls with the adult fanbase of Friendship Is Magic, who she claims "have expressed a strong interest in seeing the Ponies in sexy, humanized forms".[45] However, many of these adult fans expressed disappointment in the announcement of the franchise and the characters, considering Equestria Girls to be trying to pander to this older audience, and that the approach "goes against everything that Pony was trying to prove".[46] Craig McCracken, speaking for his wife Lauren Faust, Friendship Is Magic's creative showrunner for the first two seasons before stepping down, stated that McCracken felt she "wasn't the biggest fan" of Equestria Girls, opining that the approach of turning the pony characters into humans would have gone against the way she wanted to take the television series.[47]

The reception for the films and specials has generally been mixed to positive for retaining the quality of the original series but has also included criticism for being commercialized, having much tie-in merchandise. When reviewing the Friendship Games film, Mike Cahill of The Guardian gave the film two out of five stars, calling it "craven commercialism", but adding that "it's not unattractively designed, and its peppy collegiate spirit trumps the sappiness of Disney's Tinkerbell spin-offs".[48]

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