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Pinkie Pride 

A party planner named Cheese Sandwich is hired to plan the party for Rainbow Dash's "birth-aversary," leaving Pinkie Pie feeling rejected.


Jayson Thiessen, Jim Miller (co-director)


Lauren Faust (developed for television by), Jayson Thiessen (story) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Tara Strong ... Twilight Sparkle (voice)
Ashleigh Ball ... Rainbow Dash / Applejack (voice)
Andrea Libman ... Pinkie Pie / Fluttershy (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Rarity / Cup Cake / Banner Vendor (voice)
Cathy Weseluck ... Spike (voice)
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Cheese Sandwich (voice)
Shannon Chan-Kent ... Pinkie Pie (singing voice)
Brian Drummond ... Carrot Cake / Art Supply Vendor / Other Vendor (voice)
Chantal Strand ... Diamond Tiara (voice)


An elated Pinkie Pie is planning the biggest and best birthday party ever for Rainbow Dash, but when a strange new party planning pony named Cheese Sandwich rides into town, plans change. Soon, everyone is so excited about Cheese Sandwich's party that they forget about Pinkie Pie, causing her to question her own talents and abilities; however, Pinkie Pie's pride won't let her go down without an amazing, daring duel. Special guest (voice) appearance by 'Weird Al Yankovic'. Written by Brony Dad

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Writer Amy Keating Rogers based the lyrics of the songs in this episode on a number of other songs. "Pinkie the Party Planner" is based on "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast (1991), "The Super Duper Party Pony" is based on "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins (1964), "Pinkie's Lament" is based on "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" from Evita (1996), "The Goof Off" on "Together (Wherever We Go)" as performed on The Brady Bunch (1969), and "Make a Wish" was based on Pink's "Raise Your Glass". See more »


In one scene of "Make a Wish", when Twilight, Rarity and Applejack dance with Pinkie onstage, Rarity can be seen with wings. See more »


Pinkie Pie: So, are you in, Cheese? Or are you... BONELESS?
Cheese Sandwich: Nopony calls me "boneless"!
[to his rubber chicken]
Cheese Sandwich: Right, Boneless?
Pinkie Pie: Then the goof-off is on for high noon!
Twilight Sparkle: Um, Pinkie? It's already 3 o'clock.
Pinkie Pie: Oh. Oh, well then. Make it 3:10 to goof-off!
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References 3:10 to Yuma (1957) See more »


Pinkie the Party Planner
Music by Daniel Ingram
Lyrics by Amy Keating Rogers and Daniel Ingram
Orchestrated by Steffan Andrews
Arranged by David Corman
Performed by Shannon Chan-Kent, Brian Drummond, Tabitha St. Germain, Chantal Strand, and choir
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Birth-aversary of pride
24 September 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

"Pinkie Pride" is a perfect example of Pinkie Pie being a great character when she's funny and likeable, with writing that plays to her strengths and doesn't exaggerate her flaws. Personally do like her generally, though she actually is not my favourite of the Mane 6, and she does have great episodes centered around her. But there are some episodes before and since where she didn't do much for me and where the writing for her was problematic.

Season 4's "Pinkie Pride" is not one of the episodes where she doesn't work and her writing is problematic. This is one of the show's finest examples of Pinkie Pie being fun, likeable and easy to relate to. If there has to be a prize for the best Pinkie Pie-centric episode, "Pinkie Pride" gets my personal vote. It is also one of the best episodes of Season 4, other high points being "Rarity Takes Manehattan" and the season finale two parter. Despite liking the season very much on the whole, few episodes fit my definition of "not being able to find anything wrong with it". "Pinkie Pride" is one of those episodes.

The animation is terrific. Not just typically rich in background detail, very vibrant and atmospheric in colour and with character designs that never look awkward or ugly, but it is also very inventive. A lot goes on visually but it doesn't feel cluttered and is done imaginatively. Also absolutely loved the songs, there are many and all of them work and never does it feel like there are too many. They are very catchy and full of a wide range of emotions, as well as not stopping the flow of the narrative and being necessary to and moving forward what goes on.

Loved the writing as well, a seamless mix of humour and drama in a way that's very clever, lots of fun and has heart and soul. The dialogue is very intelligently written and has a natural rhythm, didn't find it chaotic at all. The story is always absorbing and is full of energy, a lot happens but it doesn't make the mistake of other "very eventful" 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" episodes of feeling too rushed or trying to cram in too much in a short space of time that brought the still in many ways impressive "Magical Mystery Cure" down.

Cheese Sandwich is a revelation of a character, very cool, nice comic timing and the character has development and goes on a journey rather than being a one-dimensional missed opportunity, one that has flaws but is also easy to like regardless. One of my favourite secondary characters of Season 4 and of the early seasons easily. "Pinkie Pride" contains some of Pinkie Pie's best and most interesting character writing, this is an episode that doesn't overdo her silliness or make her annoying. She is amusing but the decision to tone her down and bring a more emotional and empathetic side was appreciated and worked wonders, it made her endearing and impossible to dislike.

Voice acting is great, Andrea Libman cannot be faulted as Pinkie Pie and Shannon Chan-Kent sings beautifully (even if the differences between Pinkie Pie's speaking and singing voices are too obvious, the only thing that may distract some but not me that much). Weird Al Yankovic sounded as though he was having fun.

Overall, brilliant and gets my vote as Pinkie Pie's best episodes, one of the standouts of Season 4 and come to think of it also one of the show's best. 10/10

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