Dragonshy

Dragonshy is an anime episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that was released on 11/26/2010
Fluttershy must convince a sleeping dragon to move out of town before the plume of black smoke it's producing covers all of Equestria!
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Plot Summary

Dragonshy
Kanji
Romaji
Translation
Air Dates
November 26, 2010
May 13, 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)

While tending to the animals at her cottage, Fluttershy's rabbit, Angel, directs her attention to a cloud of smoke bellowing over Ponyville. Fearing there may be a fire in the area, she goes into town to warn the villagers, but her soft voice and unassertive demeanor keeps them from getting the message. But then Twilight Sparkle arrives and manages to give them a formal warning on behalf of Princess Celestia; it turns out that it's not a fire that’s causing the smoke, but a dragon on a mountain's peak.

At the library, Twilight brings the girls together to share the details. She explains that a dragon has chosen to nap on a nearby mountain, and its snoring is causing a thick cloud of dragon smoke to bellow across the land. She has been warned that if the dragon does not leave, Equestria will be bathed in darkness for 100 years. So Twilight had been ordered by the princess to gather the girls, head up to the mountain's peak, and try to convince the dragon to leave without violence.

The girls gear up and meet back in town, ready to carry out the mission: all except for Fluttershy, who tries to convince Twilight that she should stay behind. Twilight believes that her knowledge of wild animals will come in handy and insists that she stays; also, Spike had volunteered to take care of her animals while she is gone. But Rainbow Dash argues that she should stay behind: Fluttershy is easily scared--even scared of her own shadow--so bringing her on such a quest would hold the group back.

Regardless, the girls arrive at the mountain and begin climbing. But as Rainbow Dash predicted, Fluttershy's fears keep them from making progress. First, Applejack is forced to take Fluttershy around the mountain since she refuses to climb, or fly, up a cliff-face. Next, she becomes too scared to jump over a gap, which turns out to only be a couple feet wide. Finally, she ends up causing an avalanche; the resulting rubbleblokcs thier path and adds more time to the trip.

Finally, the girls arrive at the entrance to the dragon's cave. All are given special instructions to deal with the dragon, even in the scenario where it becomes enraged. But Twilight knows it shouldn't come to that, which is why Fluttershy is here: her knowledge of animals will be useful in awaking the dragon and negotiating with it peacefully. But Fluttershy refuses to go into the cave: as it turns out, Fluttershy is scared of dragons. Despite having little fear of some of the most dangerous creatures in Equestria, and even being friends with Spike, a baby dragon, Fluttershy is absolutely terrified of fully-grown adult dragons. Despite efforts to boost her confidence, Fluttershy straight up refuses to go in and backs out at the most crucial moment.

Having come too far to back out now, Twilight enters the cave alone. She tries to convince the dragon to leave, telling him what the smoke is doing to Equestria. But when that fails, Rarity goes in to use her charms as a tactic. But this backfires when the dragon realizes that she simply trying to take some jewels from his hoard. Pinkie Pie goes in next, dressed in a ridiculous get-up, hoping that laughter would help liven him up: this immediately fails. Finally, Rainbow Dash tries using force, flying into the cave and bucking the dragon in his snout. This only manages to make the dragon mad.

The dragon exits the cave and breathes a powerful gust of smoke at the girls, blowing them into a rock. The rock crumbles, revealing a cowering Fluttershy, but once she sees what it had done to her friends, she finally confronts the dragon. She takes authority: chastising the dragon for his bullying, and for hurting her friends, to which the dragon pitifully responds, "but that rainbow one kicked me." Fluttershy apologizes for Rainbow's brash actions, but reminds him that it doesn't excuse him for what his smoke had done to the land and demands an apology. The dragon, now feeling bad for his ignorance, cries. Fluttershy comforts the dragon and reassures him that his actions was only from poor judgment, and that he only needs to find a new place to sleep. (Presumably in another pony country that no one cares about.)

The dragon leaves, and the ponies return to town. While Ponyville's weather peagusi clear up the remaining smoke, Twilight has Spike take a new letter--much to his relief, having been stressed by Fluttershy's pets. (Makes you wonder why he keeps volunteering to do this.) In the letter, she confirms the success of the mission and how it was all because of Fluttershy. Her bravery to face her fears for the girls had taught Twilight to never lose faith in your friends.

Points of Interest

Background Characters

  • Derpy appears amongst the numerous ponies Fluttershy tries to tell about the approaching smoke.
  • Lyra Heartstrings appears throughout the opening of the episode.
  • Sweetie Drops appears throughout the opening of the episode.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Twilight Sparkle ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tara Strong ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Miyuki Sawashiro ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Pinkie Pie ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Shannon Chan-Kent ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Suzuko Mimori ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rainbow Dash ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Izumi Kitta ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Rarity ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tabitha St. Germain ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Mikoi Sasaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Fluttershy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Andrea Libman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Emiri Katou ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Applejack ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ashleigh Ball ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Sora Tokui ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Spike ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Cathy Weseluck ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Motoko Kumai ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Derpy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Lyra Heartstrings ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sweetie Drops ( 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.
Ridd Sorensen Art Director Ridd Sorensen is an art director in the animation industry.
Stephen Davis Associate Producer Stephen Davis is a producer known for his television work.
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.
Chris Bartleman Executive Producer Chris Bartleman is a producer, director, production designer and co-founder of Studio B Productions.
Lauren Faust Executive Producer Lauren Faust is an American animator, producer, writer, and director.
Kirsten Newlands Executive Producer Kirsten Newlands is a producer known for her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Blair Peters Executive Producer Blair Peters is a producer and co-founder of Studio B Productions.

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