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A Dog and Pony Show 

When Rarity is kidnapped by Diamond Dogs, she makes them regret it even as her friends try to rescue her.


Jayson Thiessen, James Wootton (co-director)


Lauren Faust (developed for television by), Amy Keating Rogers


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Episode cast overview:
Tara Strong ... Twilight Sparkle (voice)
Ashleigh Ball ... Applejack / Rainbow Dash (voice)
Andrea Libman ... Pinkie Pie / Fluttershy (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Rarity (voice)
Cathy Weseluck ... Spike (voice)


When Rarity is kidnapped by Diamond Dogs, she makes them regret it even as her friends try to rescue her.

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11 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Rarity: [doorbell rings] Coming!
[door opens, Rarity's eyes are closed]
Rarity: Welcome to Carousel Boutique, where every garment is chic, unique and magnifique.
[opens her eyes and gasps]
Rarity: Sapphire Shores! The Pony of Pop!
Sapphire Shores: Good afternoon, miss Rarity!
Rarity: You yah... Y-y-you know my name?
Sapphire Shores: Well, of course I do, darling. I make it a point to know all of the up-and-coming designers and Clothes Horse magazine simply raved about you.
Rarity: Oh my stars. If I'm dreaming, do not wake me up. How may I help you, Miss ...
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »


My Little Pony Theme Song
Written by Daniel Ingram
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Rarity's dog trouble
2 September 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

After two disappointing episodes in a row with "Stare Master" and especially "The Show Stoppers", which followed on from one of Season 1's best episodes "Sonic Rainboom", there was both excitement and apprehension for the show's nineteenth episode "A Dog and Pony Show". After such a strong start, generally the second half of Season 1 has not been as good as the first, though there are enough great episodes to make it a quite solid if flawed season.

To my relief, actually did breathe a huge sigh of relief afterward, "A Dog and Pony Show" was a great episode. Not quite one of the season's best, or a show high point, but one of the season's second half's (when it became less consistent) better episodes without a doubt and a vast improvement over the previous two episodes. It is another Rarity-centric outing and does the character justice and continues to make her more interesting, with a different side to her that was both surprising and welcome.

Maybe there could have been a little more tension and sense of danger, did find it obvious too early Rarity's situation would not be as dire as initially thought.

Having said that, there were things that were surprising. It was interesting to see a different side to Rarity, her personality was stronger and she also did something that one doesn't see all the time, breaking the damsel in distress stereotype. The characters go through a fair share of abuse here, did worry that it would be mean-spirited and distasteful. It was a relief though that the slapstick centred around it is sharply timed and really quite funny actually. There are a couple of particularly great moments in "A Dog and Pony Show". Rarity's whining is very inventively handled without being irritating and makes the viewer feel a wide range of emotions, like being amused and feel sympathy for her (and the Diamond Dogs, their personalities well done, too surprisingly). Another highlight is Spike's fantasy, both very cute and entertaining.

What has always been good about 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic' is its messaging/morals. Having relevant and relatable messages and morals and mostly not laying them on too thick or being confusing. That is the case with the moral in "A Dog and Pony Show" about being girly doesn't mean that one is weak, which is very true. It is another well written episode, with a perfect balance of humour and pathos, both done brilliantly individually. Hilariously in the former and poignant in the latter and the episode excels in not going over people's heads while not dumbing down at the same time. As ever, the animation is colourful and elegant and the music dynamic. Tabitha St Germain is impeccable voicing Rarity.

In summation, great. 9/10

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