My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 2 Episode 13

Hearth's Warming Eve

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Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Dec 17, 2011 on The Hub
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Twilight Sparkle and her friends are invited to play the lead roles in the annual Hearth's Warming Eve pageant being held in Canterlot. The pageant portrays the founding of Equestria through the struggles faced by, and eventual unification of, the pegasi, unicorns and earth ponies.

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  • Hearth

    10
    This is a Winter play about how Equestria was made after the fight of the three tribes. It's at the ancient times of Starswirl the Bearded. A funny and light Christmas like episode. Notice that Unicornia are mentioned too. 10/10
  • A very special FiM Holiday Episode.

    10
    I have to say for the first Friendship is Magic Christmas Special, this was simply one of the best episodes of the season, and another winner episode. Our story opens with Twilight Sparkle and her friends going to Canterlot to do a play for the founding of Equestria. Spike comes out on stage and begins narrating they play and how long ago, the unicorns, pegasi, and earth ponies didn't get along and constantly fought each other. One day, a blizzard came and has created chaos in the land, prompting the leaders of each faction to come and discuss what to do. Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie play as the leaders for each faction, but they can't come to a decision as to what to do, and the meeting fails. Eventually, the three factions move to find new land, and find a new land with each faction claiming their territory. Rainbow Dash calls it Pegasopolis, Rarity calls it Unicornia, and Pinkie at first calls it Dirtville, but her aid, Applejack, tells her to call it Earth. The three factions find each other and fight again, and it brings with them a blizzard that forces them into a cave. The leaders continue to fight amongst each other until the blizzard gets so bad it freezes them, leaving the three aids of the leaders, played by Fluttershy, Applejack, and Twilight to try to find a way to survive. Twilight sees that there are some mystic ponies in the sky that feed on hatred and makes things colder. Just as the three aids are about to go down, Twilight's horn lows and shoots out a spell that takes out the mystic ponies, and unfreezes them. As time moves on, and the three aids get along, the blizzard goes away and the leaders melt out, and they all decide to become friends and share the land, and called it Equestria. Our episode ends with Twilight and the others fighting when a roar is heard and decide to get along. This was simply put one of the very best episodes of this show yet. I loved the moments with Pinkie Pie especially with her coming down the chimney and her entrance as leader. I also loved Spike being dramatic as narrator, and the musical number at the end was excellent. This was an excellent episode for Friendship is Magic and it's a must see.



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  • Christmas Review #8

    8.0
    Twilight Sparkle and her friends are invited to play the lead roles in the annual Hearth's Warming Eve pageant being held in Canterlot. The pageant portrays the founding of Equestria through the struggles faced by, and eventual unification of, the pegasi, unicorns and earth ponies. Oh man, I was really hoping to give this Christmas episode a 10 after last week's episode being so disappointing. Yeah, the past few episodes of this show have been getting weak and was hoping that this Christmas episode would make up for the weakness of the past few episodes. Still, I did like this Christmas episode but it's sadly not the greatest Christmas episode I've ever seen and the other shows have better Christmas episodes than this one. My biggest disappointment though is how this didn't even feel like a Christmas episode. I'm serious, the whole entire episode is just the ponies doing a play for Hearth's Warming Eve (a.k.a. Christmas) but it just didn't feel like a Christmas episode. Only thing that did give it a little Christmas feeling was the short musical number towards the end of the episode which I enjoyed. So yeah, my score is low due to that huge issue of mine and the episode was getting boring as it went on. The parts that did make me laugh was Spike being the narrator of the play, Pinkie Pie's line "I spy some pony eating a Gingerbread House" and then Pinkie Pie eats the Gingerbread House, Fluttershy being afraid to go on stage, and Pinkie Pie falling down the chimney. Pinkie Pie's entrance was also very cute. But yeah, if the writers do decide to make a second Christmas episode in the future, please make a storyline that actually feels like Christmas. Overall, a great Christmas episode of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" but it could have been better by coming up with a better Christmas storyline and it was by no means perfect. 8/10moreless
  • A Christmas special.

    9.0
    A very good episode, especially from our "good neighbor" Merriwether Williams. After the disastrous and down to the bottom episode the mysterious mare do well, the only thing you could expect is that she could improve a little bit; well she does and also surpass my expectatives, especially making Spike being the narrator and giving more milliseconds to Derpy, but she uses one of the most used tropes you could think of: "the leader is an idiot". .This is her great fault, her lack of originality compared to the other writers from the show.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Twilight (Clover the Clever) mentions that Stars Swirl the Bearded was her mentor. Star Swirl the Bearded is who Twilight dressed up as back in "Luna Eclipsed."

    • When the ponies start singing the Heart Carol, the flag behind them disappears.

    • When Rainbow Dash (Commander Hurricane) is frozen, her wings keep changing from sticking out to folded in between shots.

    • Derpy cameo: She pops out from behind the curtains before the play starts and waves to the audience.

    • The flag the ponies put up at the end of the play has images of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, even though the play is supposed to take place long before they became rulers.

    • Towards the end, as Fluttershy (Private Pansy), Twilight (Clover the Clever), and Applejack (Smart Cookie) are freezing, Fluttershy expressed that she "really really really really disliked" Commander Hurricane. She referred to her as "her", even though in the beginning she addressed Commander Hurricane as "Sir". (However, in traditional military practice, a response to a female commander can use "Sir," although its use is uncommon and viewed as disrespectful in most cases.)

    • The flag that the ponies put up at the end of the play shows Princess Celestia with green hair, while in other illustrations of her, her hair is pink.

    • During the play, Rarity calls the part of the land she found Unicornia. This was also the name of a city from the My Little Pony film, My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Fluttershy (Private Pansy): Well, I don't hate you...I actually hate Commander Hurricane a lot more than I hate you guys.

      Twilight Sparkle (Clover the Clever) and Applejack (Smart Cookie): (giggling)
      Fluttershy (Private Pansy): Actually, I don't really hate her, I just really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really dislike her.

    • Rainbow Dash (Commander Hurricane): I planted my flag first!
      Rarity (Princess Platinum): Did not!
      Rainbow Dash (Commander Hurricane): Did too!
      Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): I planted mine earlier than first!

    • Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): The air! The trees! The dirt. This dirt is the dirtiest dirt in the whole dirt world!

    • Applejack (Smart Cookie): It's such a relief to me that you're in charge of this map.
      Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): Relief?! (rewinds) You don't need relief! If anypony needs relief around here it's me! I'm a chancellor! I'm a big shot! You're just my...umm...my w-
      Applejack (Smart Cookie): Secretary.

    • Pinkie Pie: I spy somepony eating a gingerbread house! (buys a gingerbread house and eats it) And it's me!

    • Rarity (Princess Platinum): Could you just stand back and give me my royal space?
      Rainbow Dash (Commander Hurricane): You mean like this, Your Highness?!
      (sticks hoof in front of her)
      Rarity (Princess Platinum): Indeed not! (points to ground) You see this invisible line?

    • Rarity (Princess Platinum): (to Twilight) I refuse to get my gown wet. I have no intention of arriving at my new land looking like a bedraggled earth pony, worse yet a rough-and-tumble pegasus! I, for one, have no intention of stooping down to their level...on the other hand, I have no trouble watching you stoop down.

      Twilight (Clover the Clever): (groans)
      Rarity (Princess Platinum): (while crossing stream) And do watch the gown, darling. It's worth more than all of the books in your library.

    • Spike: And so the paradise that the ponies had found was soon lost! Buried beneath a thick blanket of snow, and hard feelings. Instead of beautiful, it was blizzardy! Instead of wonderful, it was wintry! Instead of spectacular, it was snowtacular! Instead of-
      Random Pony: We get it! Move on!

    • Fluttershy (Private Pansy): What a view! I can see my future house from up here!

    • Rainbow Dash (Commander Hurricane): All I wanna know is why the earth ponies are hogging all the food!
      Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): Us?! We're not hogging all the food, you are!
      (silence)
      Oh wait, you're right. It's us!

    • Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): In the name of the earth ponies, I think I'm gonna call this new place, Dirtville!
      Applejack (Smart Cookie): How 'bout...Earth?
      Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): ...Earth! Congratulations to me for thinking of it!

    • Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): Oh my gosh! Hold on to your hooves! I am just about to be brilliant!
      Applejack (Smart Cookie): (under her breath) That'd be a first.

    • Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): Are you suggesting that I'm reading the map wrong?
      Applejack (Smart Cookie): Absolutely not, Your Chancellorness. It's just that there are holes in the map and-
      Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): Of course! How else could I see where I was going?
      Applejack (Smart Cookie): Yeah, uh-
      Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): Or talk? I need to be able to talk! I mean, how would we survive if I just suddenly shut up?
      Applejack (Smart Cookie): Heaven forbid that should happen, Your Chancellorship. It's just that the map is also...upside down.
      Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): I got a newsflash for you, Cookie: the Earth is round. There is no up or down.

    • Applejack (Smart Cookie): (regarding Pinkie using the chimney) Wouldn't it have been easier to use the door, Chancellor?
      Pinkie Pie (Chancellor Puddinghead): Maybe for you, Smart Cookie, but I am a chancellor! I was elected because I know how to think outside the box, which means I can also think inside the chimney! Can you think inside a chimney?

    • Twilight Sparkle: We're getting closer!
      Rainbow Dash: I can hardly wait!
      Fluttershy: I'm so excited, I... I feel like shouting! (quietly) Whoo-hoo!

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Spike mentions how Smart Cookie, Clover the Clever and Private Pansy sang what would become winter carols near the end of the play, the background music sounds similar to "Greensleeves", and old English folk song. The tune was popularly utilised in the Christmas carol "What Child is This?" composed in 1865.

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