Dec 16, 2019
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…
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.]