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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has some fantastic references in their show. Some of the show references are subtle, some are in your face blatant. Some of my favorites are references to the original My Little Pony but I’m going to talk about some of the pop culture references  that have appeared. They also name many of the episodes after movies and tv shows, like the Secret of My Excess is named after a Michael J Fox movie, The Secret of My Success.

These are my favorite episode references:

10. Three’s a Crowd (S4, E 11)

In “Three’s A Crowd”  there are to many references to mention. My favorite is when Discord turns into Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This is such an inappropriate reference for a children’s show but at the same time, they won’t know till their older. If you haven’t heard of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it was written by Hunter S. Thompson. The story was based loosely off drug bings and experiments with LSD. Knowing Discord is the embodiment of chaos, it fits that he would turn into this particular character.

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9. Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 (S2, E15)/ Slice of Life – (S5 E9) for Time Turner

There is a back ground character named Time Turner. The fans have dubbed him Dr. Whooves. He was so popular fans started writing Dr. Whooves fan fiction and animating their own cartoons. In the episode “Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000,” the creators actually let him turn the time piece in the competition between Apple Jack and the Flim/Flam brothers. The fan community went insane. They lost their minds! I was pretty excited myself. In Episode 100, he has a major part of the episode. It was adorable and he wore the Tom Baker scarf. There were so many Dr. Who references, including his lab!

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8. The Mysterious Maredowell (S2 E8)

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7. Super speedy cider squeezy 6000

6. Cheese Sandwhich as the stranger

5. Rarity is Audrey Hepburn

4. The Diamond Dogs

3. The Big Lebowski ponies

2. Power Ponies

1. Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep

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I am a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This show is math. Growing up I loved the original My Little Pony. I still have my original Apple Jack. Needless to say, that was the 1980’s and everything was different back then. Animation didn’t really work on two levels. You either had a cartoon for adults or a cartoon for a certain age demographic of children. There were no in between cartoons at the time.

(Although, cartoons were originally created for adults. Reference Betty Boop.)

The new My Little Pony was developed by Lauren Faust. Her previous projects include the brilliant Power Puff Girls, Code Name Kids Next Door and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. These cartoons work on two levels, there are jokes kids just won’t get. She also makes a Big Lebowski reference in each one of her shows.  (Fosters ; MLP: FIM ; Powerpuff). I knew My Little Pony was going to be awesome, and it is. Then they came out with the summer movie that bridged the season break, Equestria Girls.

There had been rumors for a long time about this movie. A secret show  was being developed involving the ponies as humans in high school was being developed. Drama ensued on the Facebook and fan pages for My Little Pony. Everyone was up in arms that they would change our ponies into human girls! How dare they!

The movie was released in theaters and on DVD as short time afterwards. Slowly, the community took a chance and were won over. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls has been embraced by the community. Here is the plot.

Twilight Sparkle is having a hard time adjusting to becoming an princess. When she is asked to meet up in the Crystal Empire with Celestia, Luna and Cadence, Twilight’s crown is stolen. The thief, Sunset Shimmer, takes the crown through a portal to another realm. Celestia owns up to knowing the thief. Sunset Shimmer was Celestia’s former student gone evil and banished to the other realm for her own good. Celestia sends Twilight Sparkle through the portal with Spike but none of her other friends. On the other side of the portal Twilight Sparkle learns she has to win the crown as part of the fall formal. To do so, she needs to reunite the fragmented social groups of then entire school and get back through the portal before the moon changes!

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I bought this on DVD and I don’t regret it. The music is great, the story actually works really well. The movie has the same great story telling and characterization and voice acting that the MLP:FIM has. It was like watching a long episode of the show! It was also fun trying to pick out the different characters in their human forms. Everyone looked so familiar! There were a number of cameos. My favorites were Derpy in the lunch room and Trixie at the vending machine.

The fans were hilarious when this came out because Twilight Sparkle gets a boyfriend. Turns out he has a pony version on the other side of the portal. He’s the new palace guard named Flash Sentry. Thousands of Bronies had their hearts broken. No one wants to accept she might have a love interest in the new season. Oh boys. She’s not your waifu!

I loved this movie. I also used it while babysitting to occupy my friends daughter. It was awesome, she stared at the TV comatose. She loves Monster High and she just couldn’t handle the excitement because the character figures are really similar to Monster High. She enjoyed it as well. Watch it with your kids or younger siblings!

The new season of MLP: FIM starts at the end of November.