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The Show Stoppers 

The Cutie Mark Crusaders enter a talent contest, but their refusal to play their individual talents leads to a hilarious disaster.


Jayson Thiessen, James Wootton (co-director)


Lauren Faust (developed for television by), Cindy Morrow


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Episode cast overview:
Tara Strong ... Twilight Sparkle (voice)
Ashleigh Ball ... Applejack (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Rarity / Granny Smith (voice)
Cathy Weseluck ... Spike (voice)
Nicole Oliver ... Cheerilee (voice)
Michelle Creber ... Apple Bloom / Sweetie Belle - singing (voice)
Madeleine Peters Madeleine Peters ... Scootaloo (voice)
Claire Margaret Corlett ... Sweetie Belle (voice) (as Claire Corlett)
Shannon Chan-Kent ... Silver Spoon (voice)


The Cutie Mark Crusaders enter a talent contest, but their refusal to play their individual talents leads to a hilarious disaster.

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4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Derpy Hooves, the fan-favorite pegasus with crazy eyes, can be briefly seen twice as Scootaloo drives through Ponyville: at 02:06 and 02:10. See more »


At the end of the talent show, the little ponies are lined up on stage. Twist (white pony, red mane, glasses) is missing her cutie mark, which she got earlier in the season in the same episode that the Cutie Mark Crusaders were formed. See more »


Scootaloo: [singing in the style of an 1980s power rock ballad] Look, here are three little ponies/Ready to sing for this crowd/Listen up, 'cause here's our story/I'm gonna sing it...
Apple BloomScootalooSweetie Belle: very loud!
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Referenced in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013) See more »


Waltz from Swan Lake
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Not a show stopper
17 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic' when first hearing about it didn't sound like it would be my thing. Giving it a chance, it turned out to be one of the best, most addictive and most refreshing animated shows in recent years that has a big (and unfairly criticised at times) fanbase and can personally see why. Not all the episodes are great and each season had disappointments, but when the show was good and at its best it was fantastic.

Season 1 had brilliant episodes, especially as far as the previous episodes go "Sonic Rainboom", but some disappointed. "The Show Stoppers" is one of the disappointments, and even, as far as the previous episodes go, like it less than "Boast Busters" (boasting some of the worst and most inconsistent characterisation), "Feeling Pinkie Keen" (despite that episode's senseless message being worse) and "Stare Master" (somewhat bland and didn't like the treatment of Twilight).

"The Show Stoppers" is not an unwatchable episode, or at least not to me, despite being one of Season 1's lower rated episodes. It is though disappointing by 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic' standards, and a let down compared to "Dragonshy", "Winter Wrap Up", "Suited for Success", "Fall Weather Friends" and especially "Sonic Rainboom".

Despite the disappointment, there are good things. The animation is vibrantly coloured and it's not hard to see that much care went into putting detail and finesse to the backgrounds and drawing. The music avoids repetition, isn't too loud and the placement isn't random. Not everybody will like the theme song, have never had any problem with it myself. The Cutie Mark Crusadors theme is very catchy.

Love the different Cutie Mark Crusaders' talents, they are amusing, inventive and are plausible. Scootaloo's especially. The voice acting is very good as always, particularly Michelle Creber (though hers is a singing role).

However, there is too much focus on the Cutie Mark Crusaders. It is admirable that the episode tried to make them more interesting, but those for the Mane 6 are far more compelling and individual and some of the episode got rather too sugary sweet as a result. Somehow it didn't feel right having an episode focus too dominantly on characters that were not interesting enough yet. While the talents themselves were fun, didn't find myself as impressed with their consequences and how they went wrong which didn't come over as very funny and could be at times mean-spirited.

Writing has been much better in a vast majority of episodes before and since, there is a lack of maturity and wit here and the character interaction doesn't shine anywhere near as much as it does with the Mane 6. Which has much more range, chemistry and complexity thus feeling more real. The story could have done much more with its concept because it did feel pretty bland and predictable here. An example of how to make a pretty imaginative concept and execute it rather ordinarily. Was mixed on the message too, it is a good one but felt under-explored and the ambiguous ending may frustrate.

Overall, not unwatchable but should have been much more. 5/10

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