Welcome to Weekly Ponies, where Daniel Newton takes a look at My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the charming kid's show that's taken the internet by storm and somehow amassed a predominantly teen to adult male fan base. Created by Lauren Faust, who previously worked on shows including The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
Season 2, Episode 15: The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000
Summary: The future of Sweet Apple Acres is in peril when the Apples challenge the Flim Flam brothers to a Cider Making Contest. The winner takes the farm!
Air Date: Jan. 28, 2012
Run Time: 22
Warning: This article contains spoilers. We recommend watching the episode on YouTube or buying it through iTunes.
I can only imagine the fan-fiction that will spawn from the opening scene when Rainbow Dashwakes Fluttershy up... Anyway, time for a musical episode! You know, I'm generally not a huge fan of musicals, of the few I've seen I prefer older musicals. Films. Basically, I'm just not the biggest Glee fan in the world. That said, there's something great about the songs in Friendship is Magic, Winter Wrap Up is especially great while we're on the subject, and this week I think was a special treat with a great homage to "The Music Man" from 1962. A pair of twin unicorns--Flim and Flam--come to Ponyville to make a quick buck with their steampunky magic cider machine, dressed in bow ties, suspenders and all the rest of it. They look the part and sing the part, check out the full song embedded above.
So it's "cider season" in Ponyville (non-alcoholic... presumably?) and the Apple family are ready to sell their famously delicious cider to everyone. And I mean everyone; Ponyville camps out in front of the stand likes it's an iPhone launch. I felt really sorry for Rainbow Dash this week, desperately trying to get her hooves on one cup of cider and falling short right up until the very end, bless her. Because of the low supply of cider, the Flim Flam brothers show up and challenge the Apples to see who can make the most cider in an hour - winner takes the farm.Granny Smith, after being called a chicken (in what was possibly a Marty McFly reference?) puts the farm on the line to teach the unicorn duo a lesson. After a heated battle and some dirty tricks, the twins win, but because they disregard quality control to get the edge, their cider is awful and they're driven out of Ponyville. A-ha! Applejack was right from the beginning; good cider can't be rushed.
The best part of this episode--you know, other than the song--had to be Applejack's letter the Princess Celestia. I literally burst out laughing when she bounced happily across the screen saying she didn't learn a damn thing that day and knew she was right all along! It was one of those great moments you just didn't see coming. Her letter basically reads "Dear Princess, today I learned NOTHING because I'm AWESOME" and you coldn't help but love her for it. Best letter ever.
I think the reason the songs work so well in this show, other than the fact that they're brilliant, is because it's not overdone. Friendship is Magic isn't a musical first and foremost, it's a cartoon. If there were musical numbers in every episode they wouldn't be nearly as good as they are. From the singing to Applejack's letter to Derpy and "Doctor Hooves" (fan name) appearing in the episode, you can't go wrong.
You may know Psycosis for his blogs on Giant Bomb, the latest of which discusses his obsession with Friendship is Magic, but as well as blogging he regularly churns out these great remixes. Check out his YouTube channel for more.