My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Pinkie Pride”

Yes, yes, yes, yes!

This! This is why this show is worth watching: when it turns into a classic Looney Tunes cartoon. Not a mean one, just a genuinely amusing, vibrant, and funny one, with lots of catchy songs, bright colors, great visual flair, and everything else that entails.

This is a musical episode, in that it has more songs than actual speech, and this is pretty much the way to do a musical episode. I don’t think any other episode, except for perhaps the season three finale had as many songs. But whereas “Magical Mystery Cure” felt overcrowded with some good ideas left underdeveloped, the story of “Pinkie Pride” is just right for the length of the episode and I sat there with a big smile on my face the whole time.

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We start off with “Weird Al” Yankovic as a pony…

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

Holy shit.. Weird Al? For real? Yes, for real. And he’s pretty much playing a combination of himself and a male version of Pinkie Pie called “Cheese Sandwich”. Sounds like a killer combination to me, if for nothing else than just how random it is. He’s a party planner pony, and in fact is the most famous party planner in Equestria. He travels from town to town, organizing parties on a massive scale.

Cut to our own favorite private party planner, Pinkie Pie, who gets introduced in song! “Pinkie the Party Planner” is an upbeat, though pretty cheesy song. It’s cute enough, but not as good as what’s to come later.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

Pinkie is busy planning Rainbow Dash’s birthday. Well, not just her birthday, but also the anniversary of the day she moved to Ponyville. Wouldn’t that mean that every single birthday is also the anniversary of when she moved to Ponyville? Kind of takes the special out of it, doesn’t it?

Pinkie, though, just loves planning parties for her friends, and any excuse is a good excuse for a party in her mind, so she’s happy. That is, until Sandwich, Cheese Sandwich, shows up and offers to plan the party, and he all at once dazzles them with lots of weirdness and randomness through his fantastic song “Super Duper Party Pony”, where he of course plays the accordion. I mean, this is Weird Al we’re talking about.

The other Ponies are totally on board with this, and want him to plan the party so it can be extra special.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

But as becomes evident pretty quickly, Cheese Sandwich’s persona seems awfully similar to Pinkie Pie’s. Same random style, same weird hair and tail, same powers to completely mess with physics, only he’s a bigger party planner than she is. Which of course upsets Pinkie Pie, as she: a) had really looked forward to throwing this party, and b) is being completely dismissed in favor of a pony who acts exactly like her.

No wonder she feels like she’s being replaced, which leads to the song “Pinkie’s Lament”, where Pinkie Pie wonders if it’s time to call it quits, now that another pony has arrived, doing the same things as her, only better.

Eventually, however, the song leads to the revelation that Pinkie won’t stand for this, dammit! She’s thrown a lot of epic parties and won’t be tossed aside for a stupid copycat, so she challenges Cheese Sandwich to a goof-off.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

My god. I so hope that this will be a thing in real life from now on, people instigating goof-off battles on stage. You know, kind of like rap battles, but way more silly. If anyone reading this is thinking, “Hey, I know a con that would love to do this,” for god’s sake, invite me! I’ll bring my own rubber chicken, whatever you want! I could give the accordion a go, too. People have told me it’s easy once you already know how to play the piano.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

The goof-off between Pinkie Pie and Cheese Sandwich is of course awesome. The entire thing is done in song as the two constantly try to outdo each other with funny quirky visuals and upbeat fun musical cues. But it comes to an end when Pinkie Pie realizes they’ve gone too far and the one person they were supposed to make happy, Rainbow Dash, isn’t happy at all, so Pinkie Pie forfeits and prepares to leave.

But then comes another revelation as Cheese Sandwich manages to catch up to Pinkie and tell her that he never wanted to take her place. All he wanted to do was impress her, because Cheese Sandwich is in fact a big admirer of Pinkie Pie. She happens to be the one who inspired him to become a party planning pony in the first place, which is also what gave him his cutie-mark.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

The other ponies catch up as well, and tell Pinkie Pie that they could never have a party without her. To them, she’s simply irreplaceable. Pinkie Pie is naturally touched by all of this, because she had misjudged Cheese Sandwich, and now they happily plan Rainbow Dash’s party together.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

And… wow…That’s the kind of unrealistic party you can only get in a children’s cartoon! Not even Princess Cadence’s wedding looked this fancy.

Afterwards, Cheese Sandwich is ready to wander off to plan the next party somewhere else. That’s just how he rolls. Before he goes though, we get another part of the recurring plot for this season. See, in “Rarity Takes Manehattan”, Rarity’s eyes turned rainbow-colored and she later received a rainbow-colored thread spool from Coco Pommel.

Rainbow Dash went through a similar thing in “Rainbow Falls”, but there, she received a medal from Spitfire. And now we have Pinkie Pie receiving a rubber chicken from Cheese Sandwich, which also gives off a rainbow glow.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

I think everybody has put two and two together now, that these items are going to help unlock the box first introduced in “Princess Twilight Sparkle”, the season four premiere, but the question still remains: how is that going to work, exactly?

But there’s one thing I’ve noticed, which is that each item has been something that either a guest pony has made or was in their possession. So maybe it’s not the item itself that’s important, but the new friend they received it from? I mean, the show is called “Friendship is Magic” for a reason, right?

Anyway, as you can already tell, I highly, highly enjoyed this episode. It made me happy, left me beaming, and I had to rewatch it immediately. Weird Al is just great as Cheese Sandwich, and his sometimes deadpan voice is a great contrast to Pinkie Pie’s always high-pitched voice. The two work really well together on screen, and it’s nice to see that once again, the drama doesn’t get too big and wild, but ends on a pretty nice, upbeat note, with the two becoming friends.

I actually tried something like this in real life, where I met up with a girl who I admired greatly due to her musical talent. She started to get very angry at me, because she felt like I was intruding and following her around for no reason, but as we both got drunk, I managed to tell her that I only did it because I thought she was so freaking awesome. She was moved and we’ve been great friends ever since. Things like this also happen in real life, is what I’m telling you.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Pride"

For being a highly enjoyable episode, I give this one four and a half out of five ponies. It’s a near perfect episode for this show.

Inspired by this musical episode, I’ll end on a song:

Happy, happy, happy
And before I am through
I will eat a muffin cake and send happy thoughts to you.

Pony, pony, pony
Weird they do best
Thanks for coming here, and being the greatest guest.

Dancing, dancing, jumping!
Party all day long.
Now it’s time to end this dance and end this stupid song.

(Lyrics by Sofie Liv.)

[—Editing/cleanup/revisions to this article provided by Dr. Winston O’Boogie and Elliot Hodgett.]

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  • drumstick00m

    Pinkie Pie and Weird Al. Calling it now: future group cosplay. NOT in THAT way please.

    • Sofie Liv

      There are all ready soooo many people out there pairing these two.

      Though admittedly, it’s a pairing I can life with, because it’s a pairing that makes sense.. for christs sake.. STOP PAIRING THE MAIN SIX! No, Applejack and Rarity would not make a good couple, they would make a TERRIBLE couple.
      Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are adorable as friends, but freaking stop making them a couple! -_-;

      • drumstick00m

        See also: ANY version of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Call it personal experience. It does not work.

        That is all I am going to say about that.

        • Sofie Liv

          I don’t know, in the new “Sherlock.”
          They do have a kind of couple relationship blatantly stated, and well.. it may be plutonic love, because John likes them ladies so much, and Sherlock don’t get romance and is not interested.
          But Miss Addler was right when she called them a couple, John even had to go.
          “… damn.”

          Mary is also compleately accepting that because she is with John and wants to make it work, they now have to be a couple of three.. fortunately she don’t mind, so that’s good X)

          But otherwise… no.. noooo. Victorian Watson and Sherlock.. dude no.

  • Arturo Garza Flores

    -One of the most understated things about this episode is how this story presents some of the best character moments that Pinkie has ever had, to the point where this episode tones down her usual silliness (with noticeable exceptions) in favor of a more pathological look at her. The focus of her character in this episode starts as more about her desire to have parties feeling denied and turns into a more personal theme. The moment where she forfeits from the goof-of and reaches the epiphany about how she only challenged Cheese to protect her title of best party pony, a rather selfish sentiment in retrospective, is one of her absolute best moments on the show. She had forgotten that the reason why she loves parties in the first place is because she wants to make others happy. It’s a reminder that Pinkie Pie is more than just another comic relief. In a lot of other cartoons, the default comic relief character is often portrayed as an unquestionable idiot. This episode emphasizes that there’s a real person behind Pinkie’s offbeat, happy-go-lucky nature, a person with real feelings that’s aware of her surroundings and can make mature, reasonable choices.
    -It must’ve been very tempting to make Cheese Sandwich
    a.) a villain
    b.) a character that was just Weird Al being Weird Al
    While the character we ended up with definitely falls near option b, there’s a lot more going on with him. While some may argue that it’s too convenient for the plot, I really enjoyed the revelation that Pinkie had been Cheese’s muse all along. Not only was it touching, it added a whole new layer to Cheese’s character (He may have the most implicitly sad backstory of any character on the show. I mean, he pretty much ran away from home because he felt no one loved him). Combining that with just how much fun he is, we have here easily one of the best characters the show has had, main or otherwise.
    -It’s definitely conforting watching Amy Rogers back as a writer on the show. While she was never my favorite writer, there was always something about her that made her a noteworthy presence on the show. Looking back at her body of work in previous seasons, while her stories weren’t always the strongest (with exceptions), she more than made up for it with some of the funniest and most charming episodes around. This episode is easily her best effort on the show yet, a perfect combination of everything that makes her great. Not only did this episode charm the pants off me, it’s also full of amazing songs and tons of heart.
    -I’ve always argued that director Jayson Thiessen doesn’t get enough credit for his work in the show, given how he’s part of why the show’s animation is so good. He clearly has a passion for what he does, taking into consideration the live action homemade rubber chicken he made for this episode (and also the felt animation from “Friend in Deed”). I’ve also said that I’ve been waiting for whther or not he can prove he can also write and thusly establish himself as an animation auteur. I was excited to see him getting a writing credit for this episode (even if it’s only story credit), and it makes me wonder whether or not he may jump at the chance of writing a full script.

  • JD

    Weird Al,Wonder if he wrote any of the songs.
    Thanks for pointing out the items they have received i didn’t make the connection to the overall plot.

    • Nope! Not one song. The lyrics of the songs were all written by Amy Keating Rogers (who wrote the episode) and Daniel Ingram except for The Goof-off song which was all Ingram. Weird Al didn’t even play the accordion either! The orchestrator Steffan Andrews did. Most of what Weird Al did was sing and act as Cheese Sandwich and just be there being awesome! Ironically, even though score composer William Anderson was in Weird Al’s band in the 80s and 90s, he didn’t provide any background score for this episode! So pretty much everyone who you’d think involved in the show who’d know Weird Al’s music best (Al and Anderson) and no involvement in writing the music! It was all done by other crew members! Again, it goes to show you the musical talent behind this show!

      • JD

        He did well.

  • Cristiona

    I’ll admit, Pinkie is easily my least favorite of the mane six, and I’m generally more annoyed than charmed by her episodes (except that one where she goes insane), but this was a very solid episode, and it moved at a great clip; possibly the best pacing of any episode to date.

    • Sofie Liv

      What about “Pinkie Apple Pie.” I though that was the one single episode where Pinkie Pie got to shine the most and just be all around charming.
      Even if she isn’t always.. I admit that, some-times.. she’s to much.

      • Cristiona

        That seemed more about the Apple family than Pinkie Pie to me.

        I kind of liked the one where she terrorized the donkey, but only because I was rooting for him. Of course, when she ended up destroying a (seemingly) irreplaceable item of indescribable personal value, I was completely done with her. Destroying his property, even accidentally, because he didn’t want to be your friend? The fact that she spent the episode being a hyperactive annoyance didn’t help either.

        Then again, unlike Rainbow Dash, I don’t consider “random” to be especially endearing or amusing.

  • danbreunig

    This was the first I’ve seen real pathos in Pinkie Pie, of all characters. I truly felt sad for her when she questioned her relevance to the group, not least of all because I can relate to that quite well–I think nearly all of us do at some point. Your anecdote there: “[Good] things like this also happen in real life, is what I’m telling you…”–those don’t happen to everyone. It goes to show even she can hurt. Still, this is one of my favorites so far (I’m quickly catching up–already in the middle of season 2 thanks to a tip elsewhere [wink]), and normally I don’t enjoy episodes that are more musical than straight story, but I’ll make an exception here because this was a solid episode of fun, and the songs are so up Weird Al’s alley that they sound like they could be his own originals with his particular style of humor.

    • Sofie Liv

      There’s also a point in “To many pinkie pies.” which I do think is Pinkies best emotional moment in any-thing.
      But yeah, it’s not always you realise she has any depth.

      My favourie appearance of hers is though still in “Pinkie Apple Pie.” because she just genuinly ligtens up the episode so much, and the way she doesn’t care that the apples are arguing and goes on being happy is just.. inspiring some-how.

      Weird Al was so great in this episode, it was absolutely ridicoulus how well he blended into this univers, and yeah, nice giving him a little depth there, it was really cool done.