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Winter Wrap Up 

During Ponyville's annual outdoor spring cleanup, Twilight Sparkle struggles to find a way she can pitch in.

Directors:

Jayson Thiessen, James Wootton (co-director)

Writers:

Lauren Faust (developed for television by), Cindy Morrow
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Tara Strong ... Twilight Sparkle (voice)
Ashleigh Ball ... Applejack / Rainbow Dash (voice)
Andrea Libman ... Pinkie Pie / Fluttershy (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Rarity / Rainbowshine (voice)
Cathy Weseluck ... Spike / Mayor Mare (voice)
Shannon Chan-Kent ... Pinkie Pie (singing voice)
Rebecca Shoichet ... Twilight Sparkle (singing voice)
Kazumi Evans ... Rarity (singing voice)
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During Ponyville's annual outdoor spring cleanup, Twilight Sparkle struggles to find a way she can pitch in.

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TV-Y | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

24 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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Derpy Hooves, the fan-favorite pegasus with crazy eyes, and her clones can be seen briefly several times throughout the episode: in the audience at 01:46, flying around between 02:40 and 05:43, as well as in the crowd around the 20:20 mark. See more »

Quotes

Applejack: Nuts Twilight, you used magic.
Spike: The *nerve*. Can you believe her?
[Spike had previously suggested to Twilight that she try using magic to help clean up]
Applejack: That's not how we do it 'round here, Twilight, and especially not on MAH farm.
Twilight Sparkle: Well, see, I just wanted to...
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Connections

Featured in Spring Breakers (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Back to December
Directed by Yoann Lemoine
Lyrics by Taylor Swift
Music by Taylor Swift and Nathan Chapman
Performed by Taylor Swift
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Wintry coolness
17 July 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

That does not mean that "Winter Wrap Up" is an episode that left me cold, and am aware that it is a summary that could potentially mislead people. Quite the opposite, it actually left me very warm inside. That summary actually means in my book that the episode does such a great job making wrapping up winter and preparing for spring cool and fun, as well as emotionally investable, when in real life that is not always the case.

"Winter Wrap Up" for me is one of the best episodes of the first season of 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'. A show that when before watching and getting into it didn't strike me as one that would have the immensely popular reputation it has. Was not expecting when hearing of it to love 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic' but it turned out to be one of the biggest surprises at the time of starting to watch. Now consider it one of the best animated shows in recent years, it is easy to say from looking at the marketing that it would be a shallow, over-cute show with a limited audience, actually find it much more than that which is evidenced by the popularity from children and adults of all ages.

Really appreciated what "Winter Wrap Up" does with Twilight. She is not a character with a one-dimensional personality, messing up in an obnoxious way. Actually found myself relating to her, her good intentions and her want to fit in and feeling sorry for her. Her messing up is also to me very funny, even if it is easy to see why it would upset others. The character writing and their interaction is, and always has been, a major part of 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic's' success, and it shines here. While Twilight is the focus in "Winter Wrap Up", the other ponies are hardly side-stepped. The personalities are distinct and far deeper than the character designs suggest and it is so great that again the friendship theme is honoured.

Also loved the episode's message and the song. The message of not giving up holds a lot of emotional power and is an important and relevant one (that is another great thing about the show, the messaging and how they're handled). What's more, it's handled with a lot of maturity and is not laid on too thick, contributing a lot to why the ending is as powerful as it is. The song, even when listening to a lot of as unforgettable as you can get classical and operatic pieces, is infectiously catchy and is still in my head. One of the best songs of the first season, not just the melody but there are some clever lyrics and some surprisingly imaginative animation.

Speaking of the animation, that continues to be of a high standard and is getting better and better with every episode. It's vibrant, elegant and meticulously detailed. The music fits without being intrusive or repetitive and while the theme song is far from forgettable, there is a preference for the "Winter Wrap Up" song. The writing is both entertaining and sincere, not being simplistic for adults or too complicated for children. The story is fun, cool and investable emotionally. The voice acting is typically great, especially Tara Strong as Twilight.

In summary, one of the season's best. 10/10


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