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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.


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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.
  • When referring to Trixie's exit, Pinkie Pie's line "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.

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 its 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: Better Together

School of Rock

  • The title is a reference to the 2003 film of the same name.

Queen of Clubs

  • In one of the yearbook photos, Applejack and several female students imitate the signature poses of the main cast of Sailor Moon, with Applejack wearing a cape and holding a rose like Tuxedo Mask.

Overpowered

The Finals Countdown

My Little Shop of Horrors

Display of Affection

  • Flanksy is a reference to real-life mysterious graffito Banksy.

A Little Birdie Told Me

Super Squad Goals

Unsolved Selfie Mysteries

Blue Crushed

  • The subtitle "Baewatch" is a reference to the syndicated TV series Baywatch.

Outtakes

Best in Show: The Victory Lap

Five Stars

  • The business-reviewing mobile app Screech is a parody of the real-life mobile app Yelp.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Choose Your Own Ending

Best Trends Forever

  • In the "Choose Rainbow Dash!" ending, Rarity briefly does an imitation of Rod Serling's typical introductions to episodes of The Twilight Zone.

Fluttershy's Butterflies

  • When Fluttershy pictures the audience as Applejack, it is a reference to the 1998 film The Waterboy.[specify]

Driving Miss Shimmer

Happily Ever After Party

  • In the "Choose Rarity" ending, Rarity and Cranky Doodle's "you're out of order!" exchange is a reference to Al Pacino's famous courtroom breakdown scene in the 1979 film ...And Justice for All.
  • The music in the "Choose Rarity" ending is a parody of the theme music from the Dick Wolf-created NBC franchise Law & Order.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Forgotten Friendship

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rollercoaster of Friendship

  • The image-sharing social media platform "Snapgab" is a reference to Snapchat.
  • One of the background characters at Equestria Land resembles the G1 character Megan Williams as she appears in My Little Pony 'n Friends.
  • Rainbow Dash dabs when Rarity introduces her to Vignette Valencia.
  • SkyTrain.[7][8][specify]
  • Applejack's reaction to Twilight's technical talk ("Magic, got it!") is very similar to Fry's reaction to Professor Farnsworth's scientific talk in the Futurama episode "When Aliens Attack".

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Spring Breakdown

  • Pinkie and Bulk Biceps recreate the "I'm flying" sequence from Titanic.
  • Twilight shouting "Pony face!" upon realizing she turned into a pony is similar to when Kuzco cries "Llama face!" upon realizing he turned into a llama in the Disney film The Emperor's New Groove.
  • The painting Twilight and Spike try to put up in the castle throne room bears a resemblance to Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory.
  • Rainbow Dash's exclamation of "It's hero time!" and tapping her magic geode on her wrist allude to Ben 10.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Sunset's Backstage Pass

  • The main concept of the special is patterned after the 1993 Harold Ramis/Bill Murray film Groundhog Day.
    • Sunset's alarm wakes her up to PostCrush's song the same way that Murray's character, Phil, always wakes up to "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher.
    • The scene of Sunset stepping in a mud puddle is a reference to Phil stepping in a puddle after getting "leeched" by Ned Ryerson.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Holidays Unwrapped

  • The title of the second short "Saving Pinkie's Pie" and its overdramatic portions and fictionalized depiction of war are a parody of the 1998 epic war film Saving Private Ryan.
    • The short's alternate title "The Thin Red Pie" is a reference to the 1998 film The Thin Red Line.
  • The title of the third short "The Cider Louse Fools" is a reference to the 1985 novel The Cider House Rules and its 1999 film adaptation.
  • The heist plot of the fourth short "Winter Break-In" is similar to those featured in the Ocean's series of films, parodied earlier in the season nine episode Sparkle's Seven.
  • The music that plays in "Winter Break-In" when the Mane Seven are giving out presents at the mall is similar to Jingle Bells.
  • The title of the fifth short "Dashing Through the Mall" is a reference to the first lyric in Jingle Bells, "dashing through the snow".
  • The music that plays at the beginning of "Dashing Through the Mall" is similar to Deck the Halls.
  • The title of the sixth short "O Come, All Ye Squashful" is a reference to the Christmas carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful".
  • The music that plays at the beginning of "O Come, All Ye Squashful" is similar to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
    • Also in "O Come, All Ye Squashful", the music that plays when Rarity makes costumes for herself and her friends is similar to "Last Christmas" by Wham!

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