The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Many of the show's creators, including producer Lauren Faust, have voiced support for the Internet subculture inspired by the series. Faust even commented on the naming of "Derpy Hooves," and referenced a conversation that took place on 4chan.
Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity have separate voice actresses for scenes that involve singing.
The show is primarily animated using Adobe Flash, greatly expediting the production cycle.
The show has acquired significant Internet awareness due to vague intellectual property licensing. Hasbro has not removed any video clips or episodes uploaded onto YouTube, while series creator Lauren Faust has openly condoned online viewership.
Geared as the flagship series for Hasbro's cartoon channel, "The Hub."
None of the ponies live with their parents. Pinkie Pie lives with and works for the Cake family.
Despite being an Earth pony, Pinkie Pie possesses several supernatural talents, including clairvoyance and implied teleportation.
When ponies applaud, they stomp. Twilight Sparkle, however, claps.
Background characters are often recycled and duplicated. Voice-work is also reused occasionally.
Ponyville is an Earth village originally populated by regular ponies and other Earth creatures.
Ponies only eat sweets, baked goods, and flowers. Spike, a dragon, eats gemstones.
Two pairs of characters share common voice actresses: Rainbow Dash & Applejack (Ashleigh Ball), and Fluttershy & Pinkie Pie (Andrea Libman).
One unnamed background pony seen in the first episode had offset eyes, possibly due to an animation fault or as a small joke. Fans took notice of this character and refer to her "Derpy Hooves" and "Ditzy Do." While her eyes were corrected later on, they were reverted to the original "derp eyes" for the fans, which now remain as her design.
Ponies are either pegasi - like Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy - unicorns - like Twilight Sparkle and Rarity - or Earth ponies - like Pinkie Pie and Applejack.
With the exception of Twilight Sparkle, every character of the main cast has three syllables to their name: Rain-Bow Dash, Ap-ple-jack, Rar-it-y, Flut-ter-shy, and Pink-ie Pie.
Princess Celestia is the highest reigning authority. Her status as "Princess" was a creative alteration on the part of Hasbro, which claims that most children associate queens with "evil." She is also not married.
Prior to rebooting the toy line, Hasbro lost the rights to most of the My Little Pony characters, except for Applejack and Spike. Upon viewing her fan-art gallery on deviantART, Hasbro hired Lauren Faust to create nearly all the characters that appear in the series, some of whom combine the names and personalities of characters from prior series; Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy were directly inspired by "Fire Fly," "Surprise," and "Posey," respectively.
Producer Lauren Faust claims that the main cast are in their early adulthoods, but have matured to the point of young teenagers.
Because of her boyish demeanor, coarse voice, and rainbow-colored mane, Rainbow Dash is often considered a lesbian by the Internet community. Lauren Faust has deliberately left this fact ambiguous.
The Princess Celestia figurine manufactured by Hasbro has pink fur, while her series counterpart is white. Additionally, many of the characters have various color schemes, depending on the retail outlet.
"Cutie Marks," the unique symbols that appear on a pony's flank after a life-affirming moment, were explored by Producer Lauren Faust, but present in every iteration of My Little Pony. The trio of fillies - the "Cutie Mark Crusaders" - who venture together to acquire their Cutie Marks were originally only Apple Bloom.
Following the Season One finale, Executive Producer Lauren Faust announced that she had stepped down as Executive Producer of the show, and served as Consulting Producer throughout pre-preduction of Season Two. She is officially no longer part of the development of the show.
In the iTunes Store banner, Twilight Sparkle is missing her front legs.
While Sweety Bell and Applebloom are related to Rarity and Applejack, respectively, Scootaloo is not related to Rainbow Dash.
Ashleigh Ball does all of her own singing. For Applejack, her voice is slightly altered in post-production.
Rainbow Dash and Applejack hoof-wrestle twice. In "The Ticket Master," they are evenly matched, but in "Fall Weather Friends," Rainbow is victorious.
Daniel Ingram composes using Logic Pro 8.
Up until "Find a New Pet," Rainbow Dash was the only main character to live alone. Twilight lives with Spike, Applejack has her grandmother, sister, and brother, Pinkie has a pet alligator named Gummy, Fluttershy has a rabbit roommate, and Rarity has a cat named Opalescence.
Tabitha St. Germain plays the most characters in the show. Along with numerous background characters she plays the main character Rarity as well as supporting characters that include Princess Luna, Photo Finish, Mrs. Cake and Derpy Hooves.
DJ-Pon3, a fan-named character associated with fan remixes, has been acknowledged by Hasbro and The Hub and has even appeared in the official toy line.
According to Lauren Faust, Twilight Sparkle's personality was modeled after her mother, who was smart but anti-social.
Zecora was originally named Shaman. The writers originally planned for her to serve as Twilight's mentor in Ponyville, but her role was largely stripped when the other episodes were being written.
Some names and places were changed in pre-production. Applebloom was originally Appleseed, while Big Mac was named Big Apple. The family lived at Big Apple Orchard. Ponyville was originally Fillydelphia.
Almost every episode in season one ends with a letter to Princess Celestia narrated by Twilight Sparkle. This is used as a device to instill a clear moral on friendship, which Lauren Faust claims was required by Hasbro. This trope was lampoon in "A Bird in the Hoof", when Princess Celestia claims a letter "won't be necessary," and in "Cutie Mark Chronicles," when Spike describes Twilight's letter as "cheesy." The idea was later scrutinized in "Lesson Zero," when Twilight couldn't write about a new lesson on friendship, and in "Super Speedy Cider Squeezer 6000" when Applejack claimed to have learned nothing. Ultimately the letters were largely scrapped during season two.
Ep. 1 Friendship is Magic (pt. 1) While Spike converses with Fluttershy, he describes his birth egg as "purple and green." A later scene in Episode 23 shows him hatching (at the will of Twilight Sparkle) from a purple-spotted egg.
Ep. 7 Dragonshy "Hop, Skip, and Jump" was originally longer and had more lyrics.
Ep. 12 Call of the Cutie When Rainbow Dash talks with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, she boasts that she was the first member of her class to earn her mark. However, in Episode 23, two of her racing competitors already have theirs.
Ep. 14 Suited for Success Rarity's musical number "Stitching it Together" is actually a parody of the song "Putting it Together" by the musical theater group Sondheim.
Ep. 15 Feeling Pinkie Keen This episode is reputed to have religious overtones; the relatively secular and rational Twilight Sparkle is openly dismissive of Pinkie Pie's inexplicable ability to predict the future, before concluding that "just because you don't understand something doesn't make it not true...sometimes it takes a friend to show you the way." Lauren Faust claims this was unintentional.
Ep. 19 A Dog and Pony Show In the iTunes release of the episode, when the ponies fall down into the hole, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are missing when they reach the bottom. All five are present in the broadcasted version.
Ep. 20 Green Isn't Your Color Photo Finish is based on Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine.
Ep. 26 The Best Night Ever For the musical number "At the Gala," a twenty-piece choir was recruited to sing the back vocals.
Ep. 26 The Best Night Ever The Wonderbolt "Soarin'" was named after Amy Keating Rogers' son.
Ep. 1 The Return of Harmony (pt. 1) It has been suggested that the chocolate milk rain, or as Pinkie Pie put it "chocolate rain", is a nod to the popular Tay Zonday song of the same name as well as a nod to the show's massive Internet following.
Ep. 2 The Return of Harmony (pt. 2) The ceremony at the end of episode was originally meant to be a shot-for-shot remake of the ceremony scene from "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope", even including a Star Wars-style circle screen wipe into the end credits.
Ep. 2 The Return of Harmony (pt. 2) This episode marked the first time the usual ending/credits theme was replaced with a completely different song.
Ep. 3 Lesson Zero From this episode and onward, the theme song is altered a little bit. The lyrics did not change, but the music is a bit higher and when Rainbow Dash spins through the clouds, there is a 'whoop' sound. Also the animation changed with an addition of a train station and a steam-engine train.
Ep. 4 Luna Eclipsed Rarity was originally meant to appear in "Luna Eclipsed" but was cut. She was scripted to give Luna one of her trademark makeovers.
Ep. 5 Sisterhooves Social Twilight Sparkle does not appear in this episode, marking her first absence in the series. The letter addressed to Princess Celestia was authored by Rarity and Sweetie Bell, with Spike taking notation.
Ep. 11 Hearth's Warming Eve Tara Strong was sick when recording for this episode. As such, much of her lines were delivered plainly, while any instances that required yelling were recycled from previous episodes.
Ep. 12 Family Appreciation Day No letter was written to Princess Celestia, as no moral was explicitly stated.
Ep. 12 Family Appreciation Day Marks the second episode in which Twilight Sparkle does not feature.
Ep. 13 Baby Cakes "Piggy Dance" was originally recorded for "Best Night Ever", but was cut due to time.
Ep. 13 Baby Cakes When Applejack questions how two Earth ponies could give birth to a pegasus and a unicorn, Mr. Cake explains a convoluted ancestry he and his wife share. He then begins to look around nervously and asks "That makes sense, right?" This is likely either an in-joke that the plot-line was contrived to allowed for greater amounts of chaos to ensue, or that Mrs. Cake was adulterous.
Ep. 14 The Last Roundup Derpy's cameo in the episode was ultimately changed due to a controversy regarding her depiction, which some viewed as "offensive" to the handicapped.
Ep. 15 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 The Flim Flam Brothers' Song shares many similarities with "Ya Got Trouble" from the 1963 musical "The Music Man". Most notably--in addition to the identical use of staccatos and theme of smooth talkers trying to win over a small town--at one point in the song the ponies chant "cider, cider, cider" in the same manner the people of River City chanted "trouble, trouble, trouble".
Ep. 18 A Friend in Deed The song "Smile, Smile, Smile" was leaked onto the Internet months before the offical broadcast of the episode. At one point, the show's composer Daniel Ingram considered scrapping the song after it was leaked.
Ep. 24 MMMystery on the Friendship Express Applejack was originally guilty of stealing a bite of cake, too. When Twilight applauds her for showing restraint, she confesses. This was cut for time.
Ep. 25 A Canterlot Wedding (pt. 1) Wild Fire, the personal "ponysona" of MLP's senior storyboard artist Sabrina Alberghetti, makes a cameo during Twilight's Cadence flashback. She is the brown-haired pony fseen arguing at the cafe.
Ep. 3 Too Many Pinkie Pies During the paint-drying test, one of the Pinkie clones distorts her face to resemble her appearance from the Generation 3 toyline.
Ep. 8 Apple Family Reunion The shooting stars seen near the beginning and at the end of the episode represents Applejack's parents; Lauren Faust originally wrote Applejack to have no living parents by the time of the series.
Ep. 13 Magical Mystery Cure Twilight's alicorn appearance was leaked months before the episode aired, but was debunked at the time as a rumor.