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An outfit that Rarity wears here are alluded to The Beatles wore on the cover of their 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album."

This page shows a list of allusions to the franchise of the Equestria Girls series and generations, works of fiction, people, places, events, and other cultural touchstones in the series My Little Pony Equestria Girls.


Development

Re-use of sound assets

  • Fluttershy's nervous squeal is used in My Little Pony Equestria Girls when she gives out fliers to help the animal shelter.
  • The main cast's laugh is used in My Little Pony Equestria Girls, shortly after the conclusion of the reprise of This is Our Big Night.
  • Rainbow Dash's exclamation of "So awesome!" is used in My Little Pony Equestria Girls when Twilight Sparkle refuses to hand the element of magic over to Sunset Shimmer.
  • The sound used for Fluttershy's grin is used in Rainbow Rocks.
  • Segments of the Cutie Mark Crusaders theme song are from Friendship is Magic.
  • Rarity's gasp is used in Rainbow Rocks when she gasps at her spilt nail polish.
  • Twilight's line "Never mind. It's not important." is used in Rainbow Rocks.
  • Pinkie Pie's line when referring to Trixie's exit, "She's gone! Oh, wait, there she is," is used twice in Rainbow Rocks.
  • Rarity's scoffing sound from Equestria Girls is reused once in Friendship Games.

Other

  • When Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy introduce themselves, they pay homage to when Twilight Sparkle first meets Fluttershy's pony counterpart.


Films

My Little Pony Equestria Girls

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Rainbow Rocks animated shorts

Music to My Ears

Guitar Centered

Hamstocalypse Now

  • The title is a play on the title of the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now.
  • Fluttershy leading the hamsters into the habitat is an allusion to the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
  • Rarity names one of the hamsters Emilia Furhart, a reference to famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Pinkie on the One

Player Piano

A Case for the Bass

Shake your Tail!

Perfect Day for Fun

  • In a photo showing Twilight, Pinkie Pie and Rarity having fun on the carousel, Pinkie Pie is shown riding a carousel horse version of herself.

My Past is Not Today

  • The shot of Sunset letting her leather jacket blow away in the wind is similar to the shot of Elsa letting her cape blow away in the wind in the 2013 film Frozen.

Friendship Through the Ages

  • Each of the Main Six's attire as well as their respective backdrop represents a different music period: Twilight Sparkle in the 1950s, Fluttershy in the 1960s, Rarity in the 1970s, Rainbow Dash in the 1980s, Applejack in the 1990s, and Pinkie Pie in the 2000s.
  • The background scenery shown during Rarity's verse is reminiscent of the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.
  • Rainbow Dash smashes her guitar at the end of her verse, which was a trademark of Pete Townshend of The Who.
  • The scene of the Rainbooms singing together on a darkened background is a reference to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" music video.
  • The scene where Sunset Shimmer is singing while on a spinning record is a reference to the opening sequence of Happy Days.

Life is a Runway

  • The title of the animated short alludes to Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway."
  • When Rarity gives Cheerilee a new look, she has pigtails tied with green flowers, like her G3.5 look.
  • Once again, Rarity does Gene Kelly's lamppost dance from Singin' in the Rain.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Friendship Games animated shorts

All's Fair in Love & Friendship Games

  • The title is a parody of the proverb "All is fair in love and war," which is often attributed to John Lyly's Euphues.
  • One brief scene of Lyra and Sweetie Drops facing each other before the contest mirrors the character placement and on-screen display of early arcade fighting games such as Street Fighter II.
  • When Lyra and Sweetie Drops face off, one shot is posed and staged almost identically to a shot in the 2013 anime television series Kill la Kill, during the fight sequence between Satsuki Kiryuin and Ryuko Matoi in episode 3 where the two characters are viewed in silhouette against a pure white background, with Lyra taking the place of Satsuki (the combatant leaning back) and Sweetie Drops standing in for Ryuko.
    • Additionally, two subsequent close up shots of Sweetie Drops' and Lyra's feet (respectively) when they launch at each other mirror two shots of Ryuko and Satsuki (respectively) launching themselves at one another.[5]

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree

Equestria Girls specials

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Movie Magic

  • Pinkie Pie's favorite movie, Stormy with a Side of Pudding, is a parody of the children's book and animated film adaptation Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
  • The special makes several references to the Indiana Jones film series:
    • The Daring Do nightclub outfit resembles the outfit worn by Willie Scott at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
    • During the Daring Do film sequence at the end of the special, "Crystal Lullaby" holds a small golden relic similar to the one at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    • Also during the Daring Do film sequence, two extras appear carrying a prop that resembles the Ark of the Covenant in the above film.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Mirror Magic

My Little Pony Equestria Girls

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Rainbow Rocks animated shorts

Music to My Ears

Guitar Centered

Hamstocalypse Now

  • The title is a play on the title of the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now.
  • Fluttershy leading the hamsters into the habitat is an allusion to the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
  • Rarity names one of the hamsters Emilia Furhart, a reference to famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Pinkie on the One

Player Piano

A Case for the Bass

Shake your Tail!

Perfect Day for Fun

  • In a photo showing Twilight, Pinkie Pie and Rarity having fun on the carousel, Pinkie Pie is shown riding a carousel horse version of herself.

My Past is Not Today

  • The shot of Sunset letting her leather jacket blow away in the wind is similar to the shot of Elsa letting her cape blow away in the wind in the 2013 film Frozen.

Friendship Through the Ages

  • Each of the Main Six's attire as well as their respective backdrop represents a different music period: Twilight Sparkle in the 1950s, Fluttershy in the 1960s, Rarity in the 1970s, Rainbow Dash in the 1980s, Applejack in the 1990s, and Pinkie Pie in the 2000s.
  • The background scenery shown during Rarity's verse is reminiscent of the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.
  • Rainbow Dash smashes her guitar at the end of her verse, which was a trademark of Pete Townshend of The Who.
  • The scene of the Rainbooms singing together on a darkened background is a reference to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" music video.
  • The scene where Sunset Shimmer is singing while on a spinning record is a reference to the opening sequence of Happy Days.

Life is a Runway

  • The title of the animated short alludes to Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway."
  • When Rarity gives Cheerilee a new look, she has pigtails tied with green flowers, like her G3.5 look.
  • Once again, Rarity does Gene Kelly's lamppost dance from Singin' in the Rain.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Friendship Games animated shorts

All's Fair in Love & Friendship Games

  • The title is a parody of the proverb "All is fair in love and war," which is often attributed to John Lyly's Euphues.
  • One brief scene of Lyra and Sweetie Drops facing each other before the contest mirrors the character placement and on-screen display of early arcade fighting games such as Street Fighter II.
  • When Lyra and Sweetie Drops face off, one shot is posed and staged almost identically to a shot in the 2013 anime television series Kill la Kill, during the fight sequence between Satsuki Kiryuin and Ryuko Matoi in episode 3 where the two characters are viewed in silhouette against a pure white background, with Lyra taking the place of Satsuki (the combatant leaning back) and Sweetie Drops standing in for Ryuko.
    • Additionally, two subsequent close up shots of Sweetie Drops' and Lyra's feet (respectively) when they launch at each other mirror two shots of Ryuko and Satsuki (respectively) launching themselves at one another.[10]

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree

Equestria Girls specials

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Movie Magic

  • Pinkie Pie's favorite movie, Stormy with a Side of Pudding, is a parody of the children's book and animated film adaptation Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
  • The special makes several references to the Indiana Jones film series:
    • The Daring Do nightclub outfit resembles the outfit worn by Willie Scott at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
    • During the Daring Do film sequence at the end of the special, "Crystal Lullaby" holds a small golden relic similar to the one at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    • Also during the Daring Do film sequence, two extras appear carrying a prop that resembles the Ark of the Covenant in the above film.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Mirror Magic

IDW comics

My Little Pony Annual 2013

  • The mirror that Celestia shows Sunset Shimmer is similar to the Mirror of Erised from Harry Potter.
  • In the final panel of page 8, the flyer by Sunset Shimmer's foot tells students to bring submissions to 'Megan, Danny or Molly', the main human characters of the classic My Little Pony television series.
  • On page 36, one of the outfits Applejack tries on is the yellow and black striped jumpsuit made famous by Game of Death and Kill Bill.

My Little Pony Annual 2014

  • The cover appears to be based on the bottom panel on page 24 in Batman #686.
  • The first panel is modeled after the introduction of every episode of The Powerpuff Girls, "The city of Townsville..."
  • Long-Face is, according to Ted Anderson, a cross between DC Comics' Two-Face and the Scarecrow.
  • Maretropolis' Mayor Blossom is named after Blossom of the Powerpuff Girls, and her mane and wardrobe are reminiscent of the Mayor from the same series.
  • The name of Balkham Asylum is a play on DC Comics' Arkham Asylum.
  • Hum Drum calling his friends jerks on page 27 is a reference to Uncanny X-Men issue #168 in which Kitty Pryde declares "Professor X is a jerk!"
  • On page 31, the Mane-iac mentions a city called Trotham, a play on DC Comics' Gotham.
  • The comic concludes with the narration "Same pony time, same pony channel," a reference to the Batman television series' closing episode narration.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special

  • The social network MyStable is a parody of MySpace.
  • On page 9, Fluttershy says "Use your limit break, Mr. Fuzzles!" "Limit break" is a video game term originating from Final Fantasy VII.
  • On page 18, Rarity says to Applejack from the car, "Get in, AJ! We're going slumber partying!" This is a reference to a line delivered by actress Rachel McAdams in 2004's Mean Girls: "Get in, loser! We're going shopping!"


Merchandise

Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror

  • Pinkie Pie makes mention of "Canterlot Idol," a reference to the reality television series American Idol.


References

  1. In Topic: Equestria Girls (2013-06-19). Retrieved on 2013 June 21. Archived locally.
  2. Jayson Thiessen via Twitter (2013-07-28). Retrieved on 2013 July 31.
  3. https://derpibooru.org/385521
  4. https://derpibooru.org/357296
  5. Fanmade collage for clarification/confirmation
  6. In Topic: Equestria Girls (2013-06-19). Retrieved on 2013 June 21. Archived locally.
  7. Jayson Thiessen via Twitter (2013-07-28). Retrieved on 2013 July 31.
  8. https://derpibooru.org/385521
  9. https://derpibooru.org/357296
  10. Fanmade collage for clarification/confirmation