My Little Pony: References are Magic (2×01)
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My Little Pony: References are Magic (2×01)

December 3, 2019

Princess Celestia: This doesn’t make sense Discord: [laugh] Discord: Make sense, oh… What fun is there in making sense? Hi guys! Welcome back to my channel, I hope you’re ready for this second season of My Little Pony: References are Magic! Today, we’re focusing on the first 6 episodes of the show’s second season. Cheerilee: What do you suppose that represents? Apple Bloom: Confusion! Sweetie Belle: Evil! Scootaloo: Chaos! Sweetie Belle: It’s not chaos, you dodo! We’re getting off to a good start with this one, because it is not just any reference: indeed, Lauren Faust was largely inspired by Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation when she was creating Discord. The story says that, during this period, she was binge-watching Star Trek: TNG, so this explains that. While at first the production was only planning to hire a soundalike of Q’s actor, John de Lancie, they actually got John de Lancie himself for the part. Rainbow Dash: The first rule? Discord: The second rule is everypony has to play or the game is over, and I win. PICARD: Q. End this. Q: Moi? What makes you think I am either inclined or capable to terminate this encounter? So Q and Discord not only share the same actor, they also share their interest for games and messing around, as well as great powers which go with the finger snapping thing. When Discord put Ponyville upside down with his tricks, he also gave the rabbits very long legs. It echoes some of Salvador Dalí’s paintings, such as The Elephants, The Temptation of Saint Anthony), or Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening). Twilight Sparkle: Princess Celestia, you can count on– Pinkie Pie: Hold on a second! Eternal chaos comes with chocolate rain, you guys. Pinkie Pie: CHOCOLATE. RAIN! Although I’m not sure about this one, it could be a reference to the 2007 viral song “Chocolate Rain” by Tay Zonday. Tay Zonday [singing]: Chocolate Rain
A baby born will die before the sin
Chocolate Rain On top of that, Tay Zonday covered the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic theme song in 2013. What a… ‘coincidence’. Twilight: Pinkie! Pinkie Pie: [laugh] Here, Discord is doing The Running Man, which is a dance move that regains popularity now and again. One of its most famous occurrences is in Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation music video. Twilight Sparkle: [grunt] Think, Twilight, think! Twilight is kind of acting like Winnie the Pooh, though it isn’t very obvious and it might not have been done on purpose. Well I’m sure you get the idea for this one, but I’ll let director Jayson Thiessen tell you more about this reference. JT: And there was actually originally more to that ending. JT: And we were kind of laughing amongst ourselves as we were figuring out the story, JT: I was like ‘hey this is kind of like the ending to A New Hope’! JT: And then the board artist just took the liberty and went ‘I’m just gonna draw it’ – JT: He did it scene. for. scene. [Audience laughs and applauds.] JT: Exactly. [Audience laughs and applauds.] JT: There was more to it, ’cause he did it like every shot in that scene in A New Hope but eh… JT: We had to cut it down unfortunately. JT: We showed it to Lauren, and eh… JT: I was like ‘I don’t know how she’s going to react to this’, it was her ending. JT: But eh… she loved it! She laughed so hard, she reacted like you guys did. So… JT: We said ‘let’s try it’, sent it to the network, and they loved it too, so, it just got all the way through. Twilight Sparkle: [groans] It’ll be all over! My time in Ponyville! My advanced studies! Twilight Sparkle: Nono. You’re a good student. You can do this. Twilight Sparkle: Ooh! But what if I can’t? Twilight Sparkle: You can! You just have to keep it together. KEEP. IT. TOGETHER. This scene mirrors one from The Lord of the Rings SMEAGOL: We must get the Precious. We must get it back. GOLLUM: Patience, patience, my love. First, we must lead them to her. Twilight Sparkle: Keep it together. Twilight Sparkle: If I can’t find a friendship problem… I’ll make a friendship problem! Twilight’s line is clearly a reference to the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and both characters have that same horrid smile. The Grinch: If I can’t find a reindeer… I’ll make one instead. [Music] The soundtrack is similar to the famous piece of music ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ composed by Edvard Grieg in 1875. [Dramatic music] M.A. Larson, the episode’s writer, said that he referenced Thestrals from the Harry Potter series for Luna’s royal guards. Harry: What are they? Luna: They’re called Thestrals. Luna: They’re quite gentle really, but people avoid them because they’re a bit… Harry: Different… Rarity: I must! As Celestia is my witness, I shall never be sisterless again! Rarity’s line echoes that from the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. Scarlett: As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again! In this episode, Rarity and Sweetie Belle have a huge argument and, as a result, Sweetie Belle chooses to compete in the Sisterhooves social with Applejack. Sweetie Belle: You okay, Applejack? But AJ and Rarity switch places at the first mud puddle of the race, so Sweetie Belle can actually compete with her real sister without knowing it until the finish line. Sweetie Belle: Rarity…? This strategy of getting covered in mud to switch places can be found in the 1937 Marx Brothers film ‘A Day at the Races’. – Why, it’s number 7!
– Hi Hat’s the winner. These 3 ponies are clearly based on the main characters from the 1998 Coen Brothers film ‘The Big Lebowski’, in which bowling is an important theme. WALTER: Just for making the hand-off? DUDE: Yeah, they gave Dude a beeper… Applejack: Why, Apple Bloom, I think you’re ready to hit the rodeo circuit right now! Here, you can see a ponified version of Grant Wood’s 1930 painting ‘American Gothic’ hanging on the wall. The 2 characters, the pitchfork, the same type of house, the same window… it really is a faithful reproduction. [Tapping] Applejack: [grunting] Apple Bloom! Apple Bloom, what is all that awful… Applejack: tapping? In this episode, Apple Bloom gets A LOT of cutie marks, and among them can be found a red shoe, which makes her dance against her will. Apple Bloom: Help me! It is a reference to Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Red Shoes’, in which the main character puts on red shoes that make her dance day and night unceasingly. Apple Bloom: I’m sorry, Applejack! I dunno how to make it stop! This is the second ponified version of a piece of art in the episode: the statue Apple Bloom just made is a ponified version of Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus Twilight Sparkle: We were just on our way to see if you had a cure! Applejack: But magically you’re here! Was your zebra sense a-tinglin’? Zecora: My ‘zebra sense’ did not bring me round… It is the second reference to the Spider-Sense in the series, since we already had one in season 1 with the Pinkie Sense. Spider-Man: According to my calculations, I have no idea how to reverse this. Spider-Man: Spidey-Sense no likey. – This one?
– No…
– This one?
– Definitely not
– This one? Pinkie Pie: Yesterday I told Mrs. Cake that I ate two corn cakes, but I really ate three! Pinkie Pie: Okay, six! I ate six corn cakes! Pinkie Pie: [cries] Make it stop! Oh, make it stop! I hope you enjoyed this first episode of season 2! Tell me in the comments which reference was your favourite! If you liked this video don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and to share it on your favourite social network. You can also subscribe to my channel if it isn’t already done and follow me on Twitter @PoneyPastel! Take care and see you next time, bye!

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  1. My fav from these episodes is when the Mane 6 first meet Discord at the maze entrance. He arrives much like the terminators did when they time traveled, crouched into a ball, and surrounded by glowing energy.

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