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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
by Garon Cockrell
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “A Pony For Every Season” DVD Review
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Nov. 13, 2013 12:01 a.m.

















The new My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic DVD,

A Pony For Every Season, is a

collection of six episodes, each focusing on a different one of the main

characters.








“Wonderbolts Academy”








The first episode focuses

on Rainbow Dash, who is excited to be admitted to Wonderbolts Academy. Pinkie

Pie is perhaps even more excited for her, and demands that Rainbow Dash write

often. Rainbow Dash, more than a bit cocky, takes off. But she may have met her

match in Lightning Dust, another of the recruits. Meanwhile Pinkie Pie is

freaking out while waiting for a letter from Rainbow Dash. Rainbow Dash learns

the difference between pushing oneself and being reckless.








“Look Before You Sleep”








In Rarity’s episode,

“Look Before You Sleep,” Rarity and Applejack get caught in a downpour. This of

course upsets Rarity, as getting her hooves muddy serves no purpose whatsoever.

Applejack gets annoyed at Rarity’s fussiness. Twilight invites them both to

stay for a slumber party, and consults a special book on how to conduct a

sleepover. They tell ghost stories, Rarity and Applejack using that opportunity

to point out each other’s faults (a very funny scene). Applejack wants to tell

the terrifying tale of the prissy ghost

who drove every pony crazy with her unnecessary neatness
.” Rarity counters

with “the horrifying story of the messy,

inconsiderate ghost who irritated every pony within a hundred miles
.” Twilight

jumps in with “The Legend of the Headless

Horse
,” which is great.








“Apple Family Reunion”








In Applejack’s episode,

everyone is coming to the new family reunion, leading to a nod to Jaws when Granny says “I think we’re going to need a bigger cider

truck
.” Applejack is in charge of organizing the reunion, and is determined

to make it the most memorable reunion ever. The other ponies help with the

preparations, and there are lots of funny little moments. Applejack has planned

a bit too many things, tiring everyone out, and momentarily forgetting where

the real magic of a family reunion lies. This episode has a musical number

about building a barn.
















“Keep Calm And Flutter On”








Fluttershy’s episode also

features Discord, voiced by John de Lancie. Princess

Celestia comes to town and brings along Discord, who is still a stone statue,

because she believes the ponies can reform Discord so that he’ll use his magic

for good rather than evil. Princess Celestia thinks Fluttershy will be key to

his transformation. The ponies release Discord, who is – as before – a lot of

fun. He becomes Fluttershy’s houseguest and friend. Fluttershy sweetly tells

the others, “I’m earning his trust by

giving him a little space to be himself
.” When Discord animates a gravy

boat, Pinkie Pie is delighted: “What a

cute little gravy boat you are, yes you are, yes you are
.” This is one of

the collection’s two best episodes.








“Winter Wrap Up”








Twilight Sparkle says the

first day of spring is tomorrow, so it’s time to clean up winter, but without

magic. Spike says it’s ridiculous. Everyone is busy with a chore, and Twilight

wants to help. When Twilight does a less than stellar job building a bird’s

next, Spike comments, “That nest needs to

be condemned
.” Twilight tries to help each pony, but can’t seem to get

things right. But of course, she eventually uses her personal strengths to

help.








“Too Many Pinkie Pies”








Oh, there can never be

too many Pinkie Pies. But others don’t necessarily feel that way. When Pinkie

Pie hugs Twilight, she interrupts a spell turning an apple into an orange.

Instead, it’s misdirected, turning a bird into an orange. Always seeing the

bright side, Pinkie Pie says, “What a

cute orange birdie
.” Pinkie Pie realizes she’s missing out on some of the

fun in town, so rushes around, but can’t be everywhere at once. So she goes to

the magic mirror pond and doubles herself. And then, well, you can guess what

happens. This is one of my personal favorite episodes, and it was also included

on another collection, Pinkie Pie Party, which was released in January of this year.








My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “A Pony For Every Season” is

scheduled to be released on DVD on November 19, 2013 through Shout! Factory.






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