A Bird in the Hoof

A Bird in the Hoof is an anime episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that was released on 04/08/2011
Without asking permission, Fluttershy borrows the Princess's sick bird in order to heal it, and the ponies must work together to get it back before she notices.
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Plot Summary

A Bird in the Hoof
Air Dates
April 8, 2011
August 28, 2013
Theme Music
My Little Pony theme song (version 1)
Mirai Start
My Little Pony theme song (version 1)
Kataomoi no Karaage
(List of theme music)

The folk of Ponyville are holding a gathering at Sugarcube Corner in honor of their royal guest: Princess Celestia. Twilight Sparkle manages to invite all of her friends, though Fluttershy arrives late since she was caring for an injured mouse. At the party, Twilight and the store owners--Carrot Cake and Cup Cake--stress themselves to leave good impression for the princess; this includes refilling her teacup every second and keeping Pinkie Pie's behavior in check. Fluttershy is formally introduced to the princess and her pet bird, Philomena. Fluttershy is shocked to see that the bird is visibly sick and in poor shape, but keeps quiet about it. When Celestia is called away and the guests start to leave, the camera pans over to show that the bird has gone missing.

The culprit turns out to be Fluttershy, who has taken Philomena back to her cottage to try and nurse her back to health. However, this proves hard to do since the bird refuses medication and doesn't respond well to initial treatments and Fluttershy notices that despite trying everything she knows, Philomena's health is getting worse. Later, Twilight shows up to thank her for her good behavior, but is shocked to find the royal pet in her friend's possesion Twilight, though understanding Fluttershy's good intentions, demands that they return the bird before anyone notices. Understanding that she cannot do anything more for her patient, Fluttershy agrees.

But as they begin to leave, Twilight is greeted by Celestia's royal guards have shown up. Since she is a pupil of Celestia, the guards inform Twilight that Celestia is aware that her bird has gone missing and that the two are out searching for it. (Peace time in Equestria sucks.) Twilight manages to drive them away, but is now visibly panicked. As Fluttershy begins to leave, Twilight stops and tells her that it is now too dangerous to go out while the guards are out searching for the bird. She warns her that at this point she may be punished greatly for stealing Philomena. Twilight asks Fluttershy how she was caring for her in the first place, and learns about all her failed efforts; Twilight tells her that she should stop being a pushover and employ some 'tough love'. But when she tries to force Philomena to eat the soup Fluttershy had prepared earlier, the bird escapes.

The girls chase off after Philomena while avoiding the attention of the royal guards. They chase the bird into town where they catch up with her, and the rest of the gang, at the town's fountain. On top the fountain, Philomena croaks and falls over. Fluttershy launches herself over to catch her, but the bird bursts into flames and leaves nothing but ash in Fluttershy's hooves. Celestia arrives at the scene and is surprised at what she sees. Fluttershy and Twilight both try to take the blame for what happened, but Celestia simply walks over to the ashes and tells the pile to stop scaring the girls. Out from the ashes, Philomena arises in a majestic form; much to the surprise of the girls. Fluttershy is told that Philomena is really a phoenix, and that she was simply going through one of her rebirth phases. (Which Celestia admits are rather "melodramatic") Fluttershy learns that she shouldn't have jumped to conclusions and if she had simply asked, she would not have had to go through all the trouble.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Fluttershy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Emiri Katou ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Rainbow Dash ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Izumi Kitta ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Twilight Sparkle ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Miyuki Sawashiro ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tara Strong ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Pinkie Pie ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Suzuko Mimori ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Spike ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Motoko Kumai ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Cathy Weseluck ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Mr. Cake ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shinobu Matsumoto ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Brian Drummond ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Mrs. Cake ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Asami Yoshida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tabitha St. Germain ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Princess Celestia ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kikuko Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Nicole Oliver ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Rarity ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mikoi Sasaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tabitha St. Germain ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Applejack ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sora Tokui ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Lyra Heartstrings ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sweetie Drops ( x ) ( x ) ( x )


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James Wootton Director James "Wootie" Wootton is a television director know for his work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Ed, Edd n Eddy.
Jayson Thiessen Director Jayson Thiessen is a Canadian director, artist and toy maker.
Lauren Faust Consultant Lauren Faust is an American animator, producer, writer, and director.
Charlotte Fullerton Writer Charlotte Fullerton is a writer known for her work on Ben 10, Kim Possible and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Rob Renzetti Writer Rob Renzetti is an animator and director known for his work on My Life as a Teenage Robot and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Daniel Ingram Music Daniel Ingram is a composer known for his work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Martha Speaks.
William Anderson Music William Anderson is a composer and musician known for his television work.
Sarah Wall Producer Sarah Wall is a producer known for her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Martha Speaks.


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