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Friendship Games animated shorts
Friendship Games animated shorts logo EG3
Directed by Jayson Thiessen
Ishi Rudell (co-director)
Produced by Devon Cody
Written by Brian Lenard
Natasha Levinger (#1-2)
Ishi Rudell (#4)
Jayson Thiessen (#4)
Music by William Anderson (#1-5)
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Coinciding with the release of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, Hasbro released five animated shorts separate from the film.[1] The shorts were first announced at the 2015 New York Toy Fair. On July 31, 2015, the My Little Pony Facebook page posted some instructions for playing in the "Friendship Games Fantasy League" indicating that the shorts will be released every Saturday throughout August 2015.[2]

The European Spanish versions of the shorts were leaked onto the My Little Pony Equestria Girls YouTube channel on August 6, 2015. They were made private later that same day.

The first four shorts premiered on Discovery Family on August 29, 2015 in the following order: Pinkie Spy, All's Fair in Love & Friendship Games, Photo Finished, and The Science of Magic.


The Science of Magic

The Science of Magic
Character(s) Sunset Shimmer
Staff Natasha Levinger (writer)[3]
Music by William Anderson
Length 2:07

The Science of Magic is the first animated short released as a tie-in to My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games. It is the first to be published on the My Little Pony Facebook page, on August 1, 2015; the first to be published by the Hasbro Studios Shorts YouTube channel, on August 3, 2015; and the first to be published overall. The animation primarily focuses on Sunset Shimmer.

Summary

The Rainbooms gather in a Canterlot High School classroom for band practice and find Sunset Shimmer using lab equipment. Sunset wants to figure out how magic in the human world works and why her friends grow pony ears, wings, and tails whenever they play.

One by one, Sunset hooks her friends up to the lab equipment and records scientific data as they play their instruments. However, as each of the Rainbooms play, the magical surges blow up in Sunset's face. In the end, Sunset concludes that she has no idea how magic in the human world works.

Transcript

The Rainbooms: [conversing] Huh?
Rainbow Dash: Uh, I thought we were rehearsing.
Sunset Shimmer: Well, you are. Sort of. Back when I was Princess Celestia's student, I learned best by going out into the field and actually doing something. Studying ancient books is fine for some people, but I like to solve magical mysteries by rolling up my sleeves and getting my hooves... uh, hands dirty.
[glove snaps]
Applejack: I can relate to workin' hard outdoors, but what the hay does that have to do with us playin' music?
Sunset Shimmer: I'm trying to figure out how magic works here. Why you grow ears, tails, and wings when you pony up and what your instruments have to do with it.
Fluttershy: Um, are you sure we need to figure it out?
Sunset Shimmer: It'll be fun. Just start playing. You won't even know I'm here.
[Background singers]
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah, bah, bup, bah
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah, bah, bup, bah
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Applejack: [chomps apple]
[Background singers]
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah, bah, bup, bah
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah, bah, bup, bah
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah
[drum solo]
[Background singers]
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah, bah, bup, bah
Bah, bah, bah-da, bah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
[electricity crackle]
Sunset Shimmer: Finally, after all this testing, I've come to a definitive conclusion! [electricity crackles] [coughs] I have no idea how magic works in this world. [groans]


Pinkie Spy

Pinkie Spy
Character(s) Pinkie Pie
Rainbow Dash
Staff Natasha Levinger (writer)
Music by William Anderson
Length 2:13

Pinkie Spy is the second animated short released as a tie-in to My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games. It is the second to be published on the My Little Pony Facebook page, on August 8, 2015; one of several to be leaked in European Spanish by the My Little Pony Equestria Girls YouTube channel, on August 6, 2015; and the second to be published overall. The animation primarily focuses on Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash.

Summary

Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash sneak onto the Crystal Prep Academy school grounds to check out their competition for the upcoming Friendship Games. However, Pinkie's methods for being sneaky are not as covert as Rainbow would like. She nearly gives the two away by donning less-than-stealthy outfits and blowing colorful balloons.

Before long, Rainbow's frustrations with Pinkie reach a boiling point, and she gives herself away by yelling out loud, forcing the two to flee.

Transcript

[whistle blows]
Rainbow Dash: Crystal Prep High School. The competition!
[rustling]
Pinkie Pie: Hey, Rainbow!
Rainbow Dash: Gah! What are you doing?
Pinkie Pie: You said we needed to be sneaky while we check out the competition for the Friendship Games. Wanna see what else I have? Cat burglar! Dog burglar! Tree! Bunny suit! Camouflage!
Rainbow Dash: That's, like, the opposite of camouflage! Quick! Get down!
[whistle blowing faintly]
Rainbow Dash: We need to get a better view!
[balloons inflating]
Pinkie Pie: Best view in the house!
[whistle blows]
[balloons popping]
[whistle blows]
[balloon deflates]
Pinkie Pie: [sniffing] You smell like vanilla.
Rainbow Dash: We're trying to eavesdrop! That means they don't hear us!
Pinkie Pie: Ooh! I have just the thing!
Unnamed CPA student: [panting]
Rainbow Dash: What are you doing?! We're trying to spy on them! Do you even know what the word "spy" means? It means being sneaky! It means not being seen! It means being quiet!
[beat]
Pinkie Pie: Bush to Dash. Code red. You have been spotted. Ruuun!


All's Fair in Love & Friendship Games

All's Fair in Love & Friendship Games
Character(s) Lyra Heartstrings
Sweetie Drops
Staff Jim Miller (storyboard)[4]
Music by William Anderson
Length 2:09

All's Fair in Love & Friendship Games is the third animated short released as a tie-in to My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games. It is the third to be published on the My Little Pony Facebook page, on August 15, 2015; one of several to be leaked in European Spanish by the My Little Pony Equestria Girls YouTube channel, on August 6, 2015; and the third to be published overall. The animation primarily focuses on Lyra Heartstrings and Sweetie Drops.

Summary

Lyra Heartstrings and Sweetie Drops are having a friendly conversation, when Sandalwood informs them that the tryouts for the Friendship Games are underway and there are limited spots on the Wondercolts team. Suddenly, Lyra and Sweetie Drops' competitiveness come out.

On the field, Lyra and Sweetie Drops compete in a rather random and non-sequitur series of competitions, such as dancing, hot dog eating, arm wrestling, sculpting, and pottery. Things come to a head when Lyra imitates a peacock and Sweetie Drops imitates an owl. Sandalwood then tells them that Vice Principal Luna posted the full team roster. To their surprise, they both make the team.

Transcript

[bell rings]
Sweetie Drops: And then I said...
Lyra Heartstrings: "It tastes like marshmallows"?
Sweetie Drops: Yeah, so that made me...
Lyra Heartstrings: ...feel like you were on a camping trip?
Sweetie Drops: Yes! Just like—
Lyra Heartstrings and Sweetie Drops: That time we went to the amusement park in eighth grade!
Sweetie Drops: [gasps] You know me so well!
Lyra Heartstrings: [scoffs] You know me so well!
Sandalwood: Dudes, the tryouts for the Friendship Games are about to start!
Sweetie Drops: O...
Lyra Heartstrings: M...
Lyra Heartstrings and Sweetie Drops: Goodness!
Sandalwood: There are limited spots on the CHS team! So bring your A-game! [laughs]
[students cheering]
[students gasping]
[disco music]
[record scratch]
[tap dance music]
[8-bit video game music]
Japanese Voice-Over Guy: Compete!
Sweetie Drops: Yah!
Lyra Heartstrings: [yells]
Sweetie Drops: [growls, yells]
Lyra Heartstrings: [growls]
Sweetie Drops: [yells]
Lyra Heartstrings: [gulping]
Sweetie Drops: [grunts]
Lyra Heartstrings: Ha!
Sweetie Drops: [grunts]
Lyra Heartstrings: [squawking]
Sweetie Drops: Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Lyra Heartstrings: [squawking]
Sweetie Drops: [louder] Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Micro Chips: Is it just me or did things take a turn towards Weirdsville?
Sweetie Drops: [louder] Hoo!
Lyra Heartstrings: [squawking even louder]
Sweetie Drops: Hoo!
Lyra Heartstrings: [squawking]
Sweetie Drops: Hoo!
Lyra Heartstrings: [squawking]
Lyra Heartstrings and Sweetie Drops: [squawking and hooting]
Sandalwood: Aw, dudes, Vice Principal Luna just posted the roster for the Friendship Games team!
[students chattering]
Lyra Heartstrings: [exasperated] You made the team!
Sweetie Drops: [exasperated] You made the team!
Lyra Heartstrings: Best!
Sweetie Drops: Friends!
Lyra Heartstrings and Sweetie Drops: Forever! [laughing]


Photo Finished

Photo Finished
Character(s) Photo Finish
Staff Ishi Rudell (writer)
Jayson Thiessen (writer)[5]
Music by William Anderson
Length 2:16

Photo Finished is the fourth animated short released as a tie-in to My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games. It is the fourth to be published on the My Little Pony Facebook page, on August 22, 2015; one of several to be leaked in European Spanish by the My Little Pony Equestria Girls YouTube channel, on August 6, 2015; and the fourth to be published overall. The animation primarily focuses on Photo Finish.

Summary

Vice Principal Luna asks Photo Finish to take some pictures for the CHS yearbook. With her entourage, Violet Blurr and Pixel Pizzaz, Photo Finish takes pictures in the cafeteria, the gymnasium and the library. Every single one of the subjects she takes photos of are visibly uncomfortable with her methods.

After she finishes, Luna informs Photo Finish about the complaints against her, but changes her mind when she is impressed with the final photos. Photo Finish then proceeds to take pictures of Luna.

Transcript

Vice Principal Luna: Photo Finish, our yearbook photos this year could use a bit more... mmm, pizzazz. Would you like to take some pictures for—
Photo Finish: Say no more! I, Photo Finish, will kepture za magicks! I go!
Photo Finish: Shtop! Hold that pose! [snaps fingers] Ja! You are shtarving! Now take a bite! No! Do not bite it! Yes! Yes! No. No!
[camera snapping]
Photo Finish: Enough! I go!
[basketball bouncing]
Photo Finish: Shports! [snaps fingers]
[fan whirring]
Photo Finish: Jump! Jump! Like a beautiful gresshopper! Like a graceful gazelle! You are striving to place the orb of desire in the net of the future!
[camera snapping]
Photo Finish: Enough! I go!
[crash]
Photo Finish: Yes! Read! You are so very intrigued by the story! No, no! That book is out of order! It does not comply vith the Dewey Decimal System!
Cheerilee: Shhhh!
Photo Finish: Enough! I go!
Photo Finish: Drink! Drink! Play, play! Paint it! Paint it! Yes! No! Yes! No! Enough! I go!
Vice Principal Luna: Photo Finish, I have been receiving a number of complaints from students and faculty about you! Do you have anything to say for yourself?
Photo Finish: I say nothink. Photo Finish lets her work speak for itself.
Vice Principal Luna: These are really impressive! You may continue, but do try to be less disruptive.
Photo Finish: Hold that pose! Ja, ja! You have the authority! Sign the waiver! [indistinct]
Vice Principal Luna: Hold on! What the—?! [screams]


A Banner Day

A Banner Day
Character(s) Flash Sentry
Micro Chips
Sandalwood
Staff Timothy Packford (storyboard)
Music by William Anderson
Length 2:15

A Banner Day is the fifth animated short released as a tie-in to My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games. It is the fifth to be published on the My Little Pony Facebook page, on August 29, 2015; one of several to be leaked in European Spanish by the My Little Pony Equestria Girls YouTube channel, on August 6, 2015; and the fifth to be published overall. The animation primarily focuses on Flash Sentry, Micro Chips, and Sandalwood.

Summary

Vice Principal Luna instructs Flash Sentry, Micro Chips, and Sandalwood to make a banner for the Friendship Games. Flash suggests putting the sheet music of his latest song on the banner, while Micro Chips proposes a model of a DNA double helix, and Sandalwood wants to draw something related to peace and love. All three work on their separate ideas, but soon begin to clash leading up to a fight. One hour later, Luna returns and is impressed with the final result, which is a combination of all three ideas, and tells them to make several more banners identical to it.

Transcript

Vice Principal Luna: I'm sure you'll come up with the perfect sign that lets the Crystal Prep kids feel welcome but also conveys that we are stiff competition.
Micro Chips: One hundred percent!
Flash Sentry: Oh, yeah, sure!
Sandalwood: Totally.
Vice Principal Luna: I'll be back in an hour to see what you've come up with.
Flash Sentry: I got it! We should decorate it with the sheet music to my song "Love in a Flash". It'll show them we're talented while welcoming them in with the universal language of music.
Micro Chips: I was thinking we could paint a model of DNA. It shows that we're smart but invites them in with the very fiber of our being.
Sandalwood: But what we should do is portray peace through art. One love, bros.
[clattering]
[guitar music]
[techno music]
[new-age music]
Sandalwood: Dude!
Micro Chips: [gasps] What did you do?!
Flash Sentry: Watch the hair, man!
[thud]
[clank]
Sandalwood: You're harshing the flow!
Micro Chips: Hey, you did that on purpose! [gasps] My friendship algorithm!
Flash Sentry: Hey! You just projectile-scienced all over my chorus!
Micro Chips: Well, you guys painted all over my molecular structures!
Sandalwood: And how am I supposed to paint my spirit guide when there's DNA and a treble clef in the way?
Flash Sentry: Oh, I don't know! Ask your spirit guide!
All: You're ruining my design!
Vice Principal Luna: [clears throat] My, oh, my.
Micro Chips: We're really—
Vice Principal Luna: Proud of yourselves, I hope. This is wonderful!
Flash Sentry: It is?
Vice Principal Luna: It's inspiring but still warm and welcoming. I love how your work is literally enmeshed. Truly excellent work, boys.
Flash Sentry: Uh, thank you! This is just what happens when you allow love to lead the way.
Micro Chips: With song.
Sandalwood: Through the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms.
Vice Principal Luna: [chuckles] That's great to hear. Now just add "Welcome Crystal Prep", and I'd like to see five more by the end of the day. Thanks, boys!


Gallery

Sunset is a complete mess EG3

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games/Animated shorts image gallery


References

  1. Jim Miller (2015-08-15). Separate. Just like for Rainbow Rocks.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 August 15.
  2. Hasbro (2015-07-31). Want to participate in The Friendship Games?. Facebook. Retrieved on 2015 July 31.
  3. Natasha Levinger (2015-08-14). @ImperfectXIII I did write those, although it was a team effort as always! @TheBiggestJim @goldenrusset @WheelOfCheese to name just a few!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 August 14.
  4. Jim Miller (2015-08-15). So, the #EQG short I storyboarded is finally out. I made it kinda... weird. Sorry?. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 August 15.
  5. Ishi Rudell (2015-09-12). @nhSnork Lastly "Photo Finished" was our personal favorite because it was a writing collaboration between me and @goldenrusset. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 September 12.


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