My Little Pony (TV series)

My Little Pony (TV series)
My Little Pony
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Format Animated series
Written by Michael Reaves
George Arthur Bloom
David Wise
Michael Charles Hill
Carla Conway
Gerry Conway
Tracy Mann Hill
Gordon Kent
Barbara Petty
Rebecca Parr
Martin Pasko
Linda Woolverton
Creative director(s) Jay Bacal
Voices of Bettina Bush
Scott Menville
Keri Houlihan
Susan Blu
Katie Leigh
Sherry Lynn
Nancy Cartwright
Ellen Gerstell
Composer(s) Robert J. Walsh
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 63
Production
Executive producer(s) Joe Bacal
Tom Griffin
Producer(s) Mike Joens
Jeff Hall
Running time 10 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Marvel Productions
(20th Century Fox Television)
Sunbow Productions
(Sony Pictures Television)
Distributor Claster Television, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Original run April 14, 1984 (1984-04-14) – September 23, 1987 (1987-09-23)
Chronology
Followed by My Little Pony Tales

My Little Pony is an American animated television series based on the My Little Pony toys released by Hasbro. The series featured as the first segment of a program called My Little Pony 'n Friends. The second segment would be an unrelated cartoon based on another Hasbro franchise - either Glo Friends, MoonDreamers or Potato Head Kids. The show was originally broadcast each weekday. Generally the 'My Little Pony' segments broadcasted Monday to Thursday form a 3-part story, or two 2-part stories, with standalone episodes broadcast on Fridays. Episodes that continue a story open with a brief narrated recap: 'previously, on My Little Pony...'. Almost every segment features a musical number somewhere in the storyline.

The series debuted in the fourth quarter of 1986, a few months after the release of My Little Pony: The Movie, which had introduced the Paradise Estate and many of the series' main characters. 1987 saw a few new episodes added, mostly centering around the new products in the My Little Pony toy line that year. Two previous television specials were also edited into segments of My Little Pony and Friends: Rescue from Midnight Castle, first aired 1984, and Escape from Catrina from 1985.

The complete series of My Little Pony segments have been released on DVD in Regions 1 and 4; none of the other segments have been released on DVD at the present time.

Contents

Synopsis

My Little Pony animation series
fictional chronology

My Little Pony
My Little Pony Tales
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Ponyland is a mystical land, home to all kinds of magical creatures. The Little Ponies make their home in Paradise Estate, living a peaceful life filled with song and games. However, not all the creatures of Ponyland are so peaceful, and the Ponies often find themselves having to fight for survival against witches, trolls, goblins and all the other beasts that would love to see the Little Ponies destroyed, enslaved or otherwise harmed.[1]

Characters

The Little Ponies of Paradise Estate included:

  • Earth Ponies that are brightly colored, talking versions of real horses
  • Pegasus Ponies with feathered wings and capable of sustained flight.
  • Unicorns, with horns that grant each of them a unique magic power. They are also able to teleport in a process known as 'winking in and out', though they can't displace solid objects, and thus are limited to winking through open air environments.
  • Flutter Ponies are shy but powerful creatures with magic in their gossamer wings. They live in a remote area of Dream Valley known as Flutter Valley.
  • Sea Ponies are brightly colored seahorse-like creatures who dwell in the rivers and lakes of Dream Valley. They vanish from the scene after the introduction of the Baby Sea Ponies.
  • Baby Sea Ponies are brightly colored seahorse-like creatures who dwell in Dream Valleys's rivers and wear floats that look like aquatic animals
  • Spike, a lone baby dragon who lives with the Ponies after being separated from his own kind
  • The Bushwoolies, a joyful species of furballs that think alike. They seem to be led by a blue Bushwoolie named Hugster.
  • The Furbobs, Cousins of the Bushwoolies. They walk on four legs primarily as opposed to Bushwoolies who seem to walk on the equivalent of two legs.
  • Stone Backs, a ferocious looking species that is sort of a dragon/armadillo cross. Sworn Enemies of the Furbobs until Megan helps the Furbobs realize that the two species can overcome their differences with love and understanding.
  • The Grundles, a small race of creatures ruled by the Grundle King. They used to live in Grundleland before it was smoozed and now live in Dream Castle.

Three human children often fly across the Rainbow to join the Little Ponies - siblings Megan, Danny and Molly. The group often say advice on magical matters from the Moochick, a wise but eccentric gnome who lives in the nearby Mushromp, and his rabbit assistant, Habbit.

Episodes

Original standalone episodes

# Title Director Writer U.S. Original airdate
1 "My Little Pony" April 14, 1984[2]

Tirek captures some of the little ponies to use as demons to pull his Chariot of Darkness at midnight. The rest of the ponies panic, fearing that they will be next. Firefly goes off for help and finds Megan, a girl who lives at a stable at the other end of the rainbow. Megan agrees to go to Pony Land with Firefly, but will they be able to rescue the little ponies in time?

Originally untitled, this special was known as 'Rescue from Midnight Castle' in repeats and 'Firefly's Adventure' on VHS. 
2 "Escape from Catrina" 1985
The Little Ponies prepare for a "Welcome Back" party for their human friend, Megan. Meanwhile, little furballs called Bushwoolies are the slaves of a cat woman named Katrina and are watched over by a shape-shifting lizard named Rep. When they escape, she tries to make the Little Ponies her new slaves. 

My Little Pony 'n Friends, Series 1 (1986)

# Title Director Writer U.S. Original airdate
1-10 "The End of Flutter Valley" 15-26 September 1986
The Ponies are on their way to Flutter Valley for the "Sun Tuesday" celebration with the Flutter Ponies. Meanwhile, the Witches from the Volcano of Gloom are busy hatching a plan to destroy Flutter Valley and the Ponies. However, The Witches from the Volcano of Gloom ally with an army of giant bees to get their revenge on the Flutter Ponies. The bees steal the precious Sun Stone - if the Flutter Ponies can't get it back, their home will be destroyed. 
11-14 "The Ghost of Paradise Estate" 27 September-2 October 1986
A ghost comes to Paradise Estate to scare the little ponies.However, when it flies away, it becomes tangled in a tree, this convinces Megan it is not really a ghost. She introduces herself as Pluma, a shape-shifting bird.She told them about a creature who lived in Dream Valley before the Paradise Estate was built and is planning to destroy the Little Ponies' home. Megan and the others decide to help Pluma recover the Flashstone and save her grandfather. 
15 "The Great Rainbow Caper" 3 October 1986
A pair of monkeys called Gizmonks take Danny and Surprise prisoner until Megan turns over the Rainbow of Light to them. 
16-19 "The Glass Princess" Gabe Newell 6-9 October 1986
A Self-obsessed witchnamed Porcina wants to turn the world into glass, to see her reflection everywhere. Three captured ponies are the key to Porcina's plan and Megan and her friends must stop her using their own magic to destroy their friends. 
20 "Pony Puppy" 10 October 1986
The Ponies find a puppy and decide to keep her and build her a doghouse and name her Dinah. When the new puppy is reunited with her family the following Spring, the Ponies are sad to see her go, but they realize that even though friends come and go they will never leave their hearts. 
21-24 "Bright Lights" 13-16 October 1986
The Baby Ponies are delighted when rock star Knight Shade performs for them - but the concert is a front to steal their shadows and feed his dark master! 
25 "Sweet Stuff and the Treasure Hunt" 17 October 1986
Sweet Stuff wants to play games with everyone else, but feels left out because she is an Earth Pony and doesn't seem to be good at anything. She ends up surprising everyone (even herself!) when she joins a treasure hunt with the pegasi and is the only one able to answer the last riddle and win the game! 
26-29 "The Return of Tambelon" 20-23 October 1986
The ancient city of Tambelon disappeared 500 years ago. Now, it returns to Dream Valley and all of the unicorns mysteriously vanish. 
30 "Little Piece of Magic" 24 October 1986
The baby Ponies are bored and want Ribbon and Buttons to play a game with them. Ribbon suggests that they play a game of Make Believe and runs out to go get them a red ball to use in their game. She explains that the red ball is magic and can be anything they want it to be. While she's gone the baby Ponies take turns imagining what the red ball will be... 
31-34 "The Magic Coins" 27-30 October 1986
The ponies are delighted to discover a treasure chest of magic coins, until Ponyland becomes a drought after they wished it stopped raining. To undo the spell, they must appease the troll to whom the treasure really belongs. 
35 "Mish Mash Melee" 31 October 1986
After a magical mishap, Fizzy, Shady, Wind Whistler and Gusty must live each other's lives until they can restore the balance of nature. 
36-37 "Woe Is Me" 3-4 November 1986
The Little Ponies provide shelter to Woebegone, a wandering hobo who brings bad luck and disaster wherever he goes. 
38-39 "Fugitive Flowers" 5-6 November 1986
Posey finds some sentient flowers wandering around her garden and offers them shelter and water, but she has no idea what they have in store for her to repay her kindness! After the Flouries have taken Masquerade hostage and are on their way to sucking the life out of Dream Valley unless the ponies can stop them! 
40 "Would Be Dragonslayer" 7 November 1986
Spike is harassed by a young boy trying to become a knight. The Ponies help him to find a good deed that doesn't involve slaying their friend. 
41-42 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" 10-11 November 1986
The Ponies are delighted as snow falls in summer, not realizing that it's a plot by the Penguin King to freeze Ponyland and destroy those that can't survive the cold. 
43-44 "Crunch the Rockdog" 12-13 November 1986
A vicious dog carved from rock charges through Ponyland, turning everything it encounters to stone. 
45-46 "The Revolt of Paradise Estate" 14, 17 November 1986
A magic spell brings the Paradise Estate to life - and its furniture declares war on the Little Ponies. 
47-48 "Through the Door" 18-19 November 1986
A door is opened to the world of fairy tales, and the ponies meet such legends as Robin Hood, Aladdin's genie and Hercules. 
49-50 "Rescue from Midnight Castle" 20-21 November 1986
The untitled 1984 special, edited into two parts. The opening and closing credits were replaced with standard versions and the song 'A Little Piece of Rainbow' was removed. The second episode was mistakenly captioned 'Escape from Midnight Castle' in the version shown in Australia. 

My Little Pony 'n Friends, Series 2 (1987)

# Title Director Writer U.S. Original airdate
1-4 "The Quest of the Princess Ponies" 1987
Lavan, a lava demon, kidnaps the Princess Ponies and steal their magic wands. As Lavan grows in power, Ponyland's magic is thrown into chaos. Can he be stopped before everything is destroyed? 
5 "Spike's Search" 1987
Spike goes in search of his roots and joins a dragon horde, but finds he does not agree with their bullying ways. 
6-7 "The Golden Horseshoes" 1987
When Mimic becomes afflicted with a mysterious illness, Megan and the ponies embark on a series of odd adventures to find the four golden horseshoes with the power to heal the ailing unicorn. 
8-9 "Flight to Cloud Castle" 1987
Heart Throb, Locket, and Twilight help a young man rescue his true love from an enchanted castle. 
10 "The Ice Cream Wars" 1987
The First Tooth Baby Ponies are put in charge of the Newborn Twins: Sniffles & Snookums and Milkweed & Tumbleweed. The unruly twins are temporarily subdued with the promise of ice cream, but first the First Tooth Baby Ponies must reunite the feuding ice cream makers Rocky Ripple and Fudgy McSwain, who have cut off Ponyland's ice cream supply. 
11-12 "Somnambula" 1987
The ponies prepare a surprise Welcome Home party for the Big Brother ponies, but the surprise they give them isn't at all what they intended! 
13 "The Prince and the Ponies" 1987
The ponies come to the aid of two wronged royals when they attend an exclusive party at the Palace de Branforr. Meanwhile, the First Tooth Baby Ponies learn to be careful what they wish for. 
14-15 "Escape from Katrina" 1987
The 1985 special Escape from Catrina, edited into two parts. The opening and closing credits were replaced with standard versions (which misspelled the original title) and the song 'Those Good (Before You Turned Bad) Old Days' was removed. 

Friends Segments

Glo Friends (26 segments)

  1. The Quest Pt. 1 - September 23, 1986 (1986-09-23)
  2. The Quest Pt. 2 - September 30, 1986 (1986-09-30)
  3. The Quest Pt. 3 - October 7, 1986 (1986-10-07)
  4. The Quest Pt. 4 - October 14, 1986 (1986-10-14)
  5. The Quest Pt. 5 - October 21, 1986 (1986-10-21)
  6. The Quest Pt. 6 - October 28, 1986 (1986-10-28)
  7. The Quest Pt. 7 - November 4, 1986 (1986-11-04)
  8. The Quest Pt. 8 - November 11, 1986 (1986-11-11)
  9. The Quest Pt. 9 - November 18, 1986 (1986-11-18)
  10. The Quest Pt. 10 - November 25, 1986 (1986-11-25)
  11. Baby Glo Worm Goes Bye-Bye - December 2, 1986 (1986-12-02)
  12. Two of a Kind - December 9, 1986 (1986-12-09)
  13. Make No Mistake, It's Magic - December 16, 1986 (1986-12-16)
  14. The Forest Brigade - December 23, 1986 (1986-12-23)
  15. The Caverns of Mystery - December 30, 1986 (1986-12-30)
  16. The Front Page - January 6, 1987 (1987-01-06)
  17. Bean Ball - January 13, 1987 (1987-01-13)
  18. The Masterpiece - January 20, 1987 (1987-01-20)
  19. Beware Tales of Gold That Lead To Thorny Trails - January 27, 1987 (1987-01-27)
  20. Glo Friends Meet The Glow Wees Pt. 1 - February 3, 1987 (1987-02-03)
  21. Glo Friends Meet The Glow Wees Pt. 2 - February 10, 1987 (1987-02-10)
  22. Glo Friends Meet the Glow Wees Pt. 3 - February 17, 1987 (1987-02-17)
  23. Glo Friends Meet the Glow Wees Pt. 4 - February 24, 1987 (1987-02-24)
  24. Easy Money Pt. 1 - March 3, 1986 (1986-03-03)
  25. Easy Money Pt. 2 - March 10, 1986 (1986-03-10)
  26. Wizard of Rook - March 17, 1986 (1986-03-17)

Potato Head Kids (23 segments)

  1. Abbad'Un In A Bottle - September 24, 1986 (1986-09-24)
  2. The Case of the Fouled Up Pharaoh - October 1, 1986 (1986-10-01)
  3. The Curse of the Silver Dragon - October 8, 1986 (1986-10-08)
  4. Follow the Chocolate Cake Road - October 15, 1986 (1986-10-15)
  5. The Great Candy Caper - October 22, 1986 (1986-10-22)
  6. The Grin-Ness Book of Records - October 29, 1986 (1986-10-29)
  7. Horse Hide and Seek - November 5, 1986 (1986-11-05)
  8. Left Foot Forward - November 12, 1986 (1986-11-12)
  9. One Potato, Zoo Potato - November 19, 1986 (1986-11-19)
  10. Pig Out - November 26, 1986 (1986-11-26)
  11. Poltergeist Potatoes - December 3, 1986 (1986-12-03)
  12. Pot of Gold - December 10, 1986 (1986-12-10)
  13. Potato Head Pirates - December 17, 1986 (1986-12-17)
  14. Potatolympics - December 24, 1986 (1986-12-24)
  15. Puff's New Job - December 31, 1986 (1986-12-31)
  16. Robin Potato Head - January 7, 1987 (1987-01-07)
  17. Romancing the Rock - January 14, 1987 (1987-01-14)
  18. Sam Spud, Private Eye - January 21, 1987 (1987-01-21)
  19. A Side Order of Soggy Spuds - January 28, 1987 (1987-01-28)
  20. Small's Potatoes - February 4, 1987 (1987-02-04)
  21. Spike Spiked - February 11, 1987 (1987-02-11)
  22. Surfin' Potato Heads - February 18, 1987 (1987-02-18)
  23. The Trash Can Derby - February 25, 1987 (1987-02-25)

Moondreamers (16 segments)

  1. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Child Pt. 1 - September 25, 1986 (1986-09-25)
  2. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Child Pt. 2 - October 2, 1986 (1986-10-02)
  3. All In a Night's Sleep - October 9, 1986 (1986-10-09)
  4. The Star of Stars - October 16, 1986 (1986-10-16)
  5. The Poobah of Pontoon - October 23, 1986 (1986-10-23)
  6. The Dreamkin - October 30, 1986 (1986-10-30)
  7. Minor Problems - November 6, 1986 (1986-11-06)
  8. Igon the Terrible - November 13, 1986 (1986-11-13)
  9. Stuck on Bucky - November 20, 1986 (1986-11-20)
  10. The Dreamnapping - November 27, 1986 (1986-11-27)
  11. Bucky's Comet - December 4, 1986 (1986-12-04)
  12. Dreamland Express - December 11, 1986 (1986-12-11)
  13. Whimzee Come Home - December 18, 1986 (1986-12-18)
  14. Zodies on the Loose - December 25, 1986 (1986-12-25)
  15. The Night Mare Pt. 1 - January 1, 1987 (1987-01-01)
  16. The Night Mare Pt. 2 - January 8, 1987 (1987-01-08)

Cast

Crew

  • Alan Dinehart - Voice Director ("Glo Friends" and "MoonDreamers" segments)
  • Ginny McSwain - Voice Director ("My Little Pony" and "Potato Head Kids" segments)

DVD releases

Related series

A very different set of My Little Ponies featured in the 1992 series My Little Pony Tales. This series is considered a spin-off, as it removed the more fantastic elements of the original series and had the ponies living essentially like human beings.

A new series of My Little Pony animated TV specials launched in 2005 with My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas. It was followed in 2006 by My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade and My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow. In 2007, My Little Pony: A Very Pony Place was released, featuring the mini-episodes Come Back, Lily Lightly!, Two for the Sky, and Positively Pink. The G3 line has other shorts as well: the pilot, "A Charming Birthday", "Dancing in the Clouds", "Friends are Never Far Away", "Pinkie Pie's Ladybug Jamboree", and "Greetings from Unicornia".

On October 10, 2010, a reboot to the 1986 series titled My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is released to promote the G4 line. This incarnation was developed for television by Lauren Faust.

References

  1. ^ "My Little Pony: The Complete First Season". DVD Talk. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/15186/my-little-pony-the-complete-first-season/. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.tv.com/my-little-pony/rescue-at-midnight-castle/episode/90572/summary.html?tag=ep_guide;summary

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