Call of the Cutie

Call of the Cutie is an anime episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that was released on 01/07/2011
Apple Bloom is discouraged because she has not received her cutie mark yet, so she aggressively searches out her purpose in life so she can get it.
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Plot Summary

Call of the Cutie
Kanji
Romaji
Translation
Air Dates
January 7, 2011
June 17, 2013
Theme Music
English
Opening
My Little Pony theme song (version 1)
Japanese
Opening
Mirai Start
English
Ending
My Little Pony theme song (version 1)
Japanese
Ending
Kataomoi no Karaage
(List of theme music)

At the schoolhouse in Ponyville Apple Bloom's teacher, Cheerilie, is teaching her class about puberty... I.. I mean about "cutie marks". Cutie marks are the symbols that appear on a pony's flank when they learn about their special talent, trait, or purpose. While she is at the age where she should have one, Apple Bloom, along with her classmate Twisty, are the only two who have not earned theirs. Regardless, they are still invited to a Cute-ceañera: a party being held for celebrating the cutie mark of their classmate, Diamond Tiara, who along with her friend Silver Spoon frequently bully Apple Bloom and Twisty; calling them "blank flanks".

With her cutie mark yet to appear, Apple Bloom complains to her older sister, Applejack, that she wants hers before the party, lest she become the target of more humilation. Applejack tries to calm her sister, telling her that she and the rest of family at Sweet Apple Acres were all the last among their peers to get theirs. With this info, Apple Bloom decides that if a late cutie mark "runs in the family", and all of their cutie marks are apple-related, her possible talent must also have something to do with apple farming. So Apple Bloom accompanies Applejack into town to sell apples, where she tries her hand/hoof at being a salesman. But while her pitch is creative, her forceful approach doesn't earn her a cutie mark and instead annoys potential customers, as well as Applejack. Applejack suggests that she would feel more comfortable if she went to the party with Twisty , and sends Apple Bloom on her way. But when Apple Bloom goes to visit Twisty, she is surprised to see that she had just earned cutie mark. So now that Twisty had found her talent at making candy canes, Apple Bloom is now the only "blank flank" among her peers. Going to the party now would be disastrous: a never-ending gauntlet of insults and degradation. (Funny how I use such words to describe a basic kid show's plot.)

Rainbow Dash finds Apple Bloom moping around town, and offers to help the foal find her talent. Being the first filly in her class to earn a cutie mark, she assures Apple Bloom that getting one before the party will be no sweat. So she puts Apple Bloom through multiple activities, but she fails each one after the other. Once again, Apple Bloom thinks that she's doomed, until Pinkie Pie inexplicably shows up to offer her input. (She does that a lot.) She suggests that Apple Bloom would probably be good at eating cupcakes. So Pinkie takes her back to the Sugar Cube Corner where she instructs the filly on baking cupcakes. But Apple Bloom isn't good at that either, botching each batch. Twilight Sparkle stops by and Apple Bloom immediately pleads with her to make a cutie mark using her magic. But this also fails; Twilight tells her that not even magic can force a natural phenomenon such as a cutie mark.

Apple Bloom decides that she simply won't go to the party and begins to sulk out of the store. However, she completely forgets that the party is happening right now; there at the Sugar Cube Corner. She tries to sneak out but at the last second, Applejack arrives and unknowingly forces her sister out into the open. In a last ditch plan, she covers up her flank with a table cloth and lies to Diamond and Silver that she had found hers; Apple Bloom convinces the bullies hat showing it off would bring too much attention to her on Diamond's special day. In the clear, Apple Bloom starts to leave the party, but accidentally trips on her cloth, revealing her flank to the partygoers, and the stuck-up fillies.

The bullies once again, mock Apple Bloom for being a "blank flank". But out from under a table, two other fillies emerge to call out the bullies. The girls are Scootaloo, an orange pegasus, and Sweetie Belle, later revealed to be Rarity's little sister. To them, not having a cutie mark means that Apple Bloom is full of potential. As it turns out, the two girls are also without cutie marks; they also thought they were the only ones. Twilight walks in add adds that the three also get to enjoy the continued thrill of finding out who they are. In the end, the other partygoers shun the stuck-up girls and continue the party. Meanwhile, Apple Bloom becomes instant friends with the two fillies and suggests that they band together to find their own cutie marks, thus forming The Cutie Mark Crusaders. (Yay.)

Twilight Sparkle writes about the experience to Princess Celestia. This time, she writes about how the lesson of Apple Bloom. Sometimes, the one trait that you have, that you think won't grant you any friends, would actually be the thing that makes you special, and even earn you your closest friends.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Apple Bloom ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Michelle Creber ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Ikue Ōtani ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Diamond Tiara ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Chantal Strand ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Yumi Uchiyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Silver Spoon ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shannon Chan-Kent ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Asami Yoshida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Cheerilee ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Nicole Oliver ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Megumi Han ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Applejack ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Sora Tokui ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Doctor Whooves ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Brian Drummond ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Rainbow Dash ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Izumi Kitta ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Pinkie Pie ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Suzuko Mimori ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Twilight Sparkle ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tara Strong ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Miyuki Sawashiro ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sweetie Belle ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Claire Corlett ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Taeko Kawata ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Scootaloo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Madeleine Peters ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Mariya Ise ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Princess Celestia ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Nicole Oliver ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Kikuko Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Snails ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sweetie Drops ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Lyra Heartstrings ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Derpy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )

Credits

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Jayson Thiessen Director Jayson Thiessen is a Canadian director, artist and toy maker.
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.
Lauren Faust Consultant Lauren Faust is an American animator, producer, writer, and director.
Meghan McCarthy Writer Meghan McCarthy is a writer known for her work on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends 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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