My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 1 Episode 23

The Cutie Mark Chronicles

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Apr 15, 2011 on The Hub
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Episode Summary

In this special flashback episode, we are shown how Twilight and her friends first got their cutie marks.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • My favorite CMC's episode

    Out of all the episodes involving the Cutie Mark Crusaders, this has to be the best one for the season. It starts with the three CMC's doing zip lining in an attempt to get their cutie marks, but fail to do so. Tired of their constant failures, the three little fillies go around to find Rainbow Dash to ask how she got her cutie mark, but keep running into her friends. Applejack tells them that she used to not want to work at Sweet Apple Acres and decided to go off to her Aunt Orange and Uncle Orange in Manehattan, but she gets so homesick and sees a rainbow leading back home and runs back to the farm and gets her cutie mark of the three red apples. The CMC then run into Fluttershy who tells that Rainbow Dash was in a race and Fluttershy accidentally fell of a cloud to the ground. She is saved by a group of butterflies save her and sees the other animals and learns to communicate with them. When an explosion that looks like a rainbow occurs it scares the animals, but Fluttershy tells them that it's okay and she finds that she loves animals ad gets her cutie mark of three butterflies. Next the foals run into Rarity who tells that she was designing dresses for a school play and wanted to make them more beautiful. One day Rarity's horn glowed and dragged her to a rock and believes that's her destiny. An explosion though that looks like a rainbow cracks the rock and reveals gems inside of it. Rarity uses the gems to create the costume for the play and gets her cutie mark of three diamond. Next, there's Twilight Sparkle who tells that she was practicing doing an entrance exam for Princess Celestia's Magic Academy. She was tasked to hatch an egg using only magic in front of three judges and her parents, but failed to do so. Just as she's about to leave, an explosion that looks like a rainbow causes Twilight's magic to overload and not only hatch the egg which had a very little baby Spike, but also grow him large and turn the judges and parents into plants. Princess Celestia realizes what's happened and calms twilight down. She is taken as the princess' apprentice and gets her cutie mark of a mgic spark. After sneaking away, the CMC then are joined by Pinkie Pie who tells how she got he cutie mark. Pinkie used to be a rock farmer where none of her family were happy not even her. One day an explosion that looks like a rainbow occurs and Pinkie looks to see a rainbow and gives a big smile. She decides that she wants to make every pony happy and throws her family a party. They are very happy about a party and Pinkie gets her cutie mark of three balloons. The CMC's finally find Rainbow and she tells them that she was in a race to stand up for Fluttershy. While racing she manages to do a Sonic Rainboom that spreads across Equestria which causes Rainbow to get her cutie mark of a cloud with a rainbow lightning bolt on it. The other ponies hear the story and say they got their cutie marks through a sonic rainboom and realize it was Rainbow who gave them their cutie marks. Applebloom and Sweetie Belle look in awe and hug Scootaloo while she screams. Our episode ends with Twilight learning that even friends you don't meet yet can create a special connection. This was the best episode involving the CMC's. I loved all the flash backs and the development the characters were given as well. I also loved Pinkie's joke of how Equestria was made and Twilight's hopping around. Overall, a very fitting episode for this show and one of the best.

    FINAL SCORE: 10/10moreless
  • An episode that explains so much, and ties in many stories in a fun, bright, and exciting fashion!

    Just bear with me on the names. Don't judge the show for them, they worked with what they had, and excelled on all fronts.

    Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Bell venture out to talk to Rainbow Dash about how she got her "cutie marks." In this world, cutie marks are a sign of maturity, and are earned through your actions of who you are. While trying to find Rainbow Dash, the trio run into nearly everyone else and get to hear their stories on how they got their cutie marks. What makes the story unique is that all the stories told tie into one, and have a neat end to them. It shows that all the main characters were connected even before they met each others.

    Great animation and superb voice acting really brings the show to life, and the great story didn't hurt either. It was a great episode to watch, and will easily keep young in's and older viewers hooked.moreless
  • I'm so glad that I watched this episode on YouTube

    Well, whenever I go on the "Episode Guide" to review the episodes of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". I read the short summary of this episode and it really interested me so I watched it on YouTube. I didn't want to wait til' the HUB channel was re-running this episode and I record it to watch this episode so I rushed to YouTube and watched this episode and it got me curious on how six of the ponies got their cutie marks. Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo are still trying to earn their cutie marks but they still don't get it so three of the ponies want to hear Rainbow Dash's amazing story on how she earned her cutie mark. Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo look for Rainbow Dash but on their way throughout this entire episode, they ran into Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Twilight, and Pinkie Pie. First, Applejack tells her story on how she earned her cutie mark. Then, Fluttershy tells her story on how she earned her cutie mark. Then, Rarity tells her story on how she earned her cutie mark. Then, Twilight tells her story on how she earned her cutie mark. Then, Pinkie Pie tells her story on how she earned her cutie mark. Finally, the Cutie Mark Crusaders (Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo) find Rainbow Dash where she tells her store on how she got the cutie mark. I thought that it was very interesting that Rainbow Dash is the reason why Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Twilight earned their cutie marks. I also loved to see how Spike began which was when Twilight was doing her entrance exam (or something like that). Overall, I didn't want to wait any longer and just had to watch this episode on YouTube and it was definitely worth it. 10/10moreless
Terry Klassen

Terry Klassen

Pinkie Pie's Father

Guest Star

Michelle Creber

Michelle Creber

Apple Bloom

Recurring Role

Claire Corlett

Claire Corlett

Sweetie Belle

Recurring Role

Madeline Ingram-Peters

Madeline Ingram-Peters


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Derpy cameo: She is in the crowd when Princess Celestia is rising the sun during Twilight's flashback.

    • The music playing during Pinkie Pie's cutie mark story during Pinkie Pie's party also played during the final minutes of "Swarm of the Century".

    • During Pinkie Pie's cutie mark story, seconds before Pinkie Pie gets her cutie mark, you can actually see her cutie mark on her body.

    • During Twilight Sparkle's cutie mark story, it is revealed that Spike was born out of the egg Twilight had to magically hatch during her entrance exam for Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns.

    • The name of the city Applejack's Aunt and Uncle Orange live in is called Manehattan, an obvious reference to Manhattan, the borough in New York City.

    • Scootaloo's wings are missing at the end when Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle are hugging her.

    • In this episode, we learn that Pinkie Pie's full name is Pinkamina Diane Pie.

    • A contest was made on the show's main website where you are shown three stories about how Rainbow Dash got her cutie mark and people got to vote which one they would like to see in the episode.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Pinkie Pie: (after telling her cutie mark story) And that's how Equestria was made!

    • Fluttershy: You'd never guess, but when I was little, I was very shy.

    • Scootaloo: Why don't we ever smash into Rainbow Dash?
      Pinkie Pie: You're looking for Rainbow Dash? If I was her, I'd be at the Sugarcube Corner! Of course, if I was anyone I'd be at the Sugarcube Corner. Hey! I have an idea. Wanna go to the Sugarcube Corner?

    • Twilight Sparkle: Dear Princess Celestia, today I learned something amazing. Everypony everywhere has a special magical connection with her friends, maybe even before she's met them. If you're feeling lonely and you're still searching for your true friends, just look up in the sky. Who knows, maybe you and your future best friends are all looking at the same rainbow.
      Spike: Gross! When did you get to be so cheesy?
      Twilight Sparkle: Just write it, Spike.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Twilight Sparkle's mother closely resembles the original Twilight from the first generation My Little Pony series.

    • "Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns" is similarly named to "Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters", from the X-Men comic series.