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The following is a list of allusions to other My Little Pony generations, works of fiction, people, places, events, and other cultural touchstones in the series My Little Pony: Pony Life. Entries on this page must follow the similarity guidelines.

Development

  • The series' art style is inspired by cartoons produced by United Productions of America and various anime.[1]
  • Rainbow Dash's tendency to spin like a ball when she goes fast is similar to Sonic the Hedgehog's signature "Spin Dash" technique.
    • At the beginning of Potion Mystery, Rainbow Dash's mane is styled like Sonic's quills, she runs super-fast like Sonic, and her line "Gotta go dash!" is a play on Sonic's catchphrase "Gotta go fast!"

Episodes

Princess Probz

  • Princess Celestia calling Pinkie Pie's dessert "raw" is a reference to when Gordon Ramsay spouts similar dismissals to his contestants on cooking reality shows like Hell's Kitchen.

Cute-pocalypse Meow

How Applejack Got Her Hat Back

Bad Thing No. 3

The Trail Less Trotten; Death of a Sales-Pony

The Trail Less Trotten

  • The title is a reference to the 1978 M. Scott Peck book The Road Less Traveled.
  • The Trail Trotters organization and focus on earning badges is similar to both Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Fluttershy's line "I'll just be a pony standing in front of a dolphin" is a reference to a similar line in the 1999 film Notting Hill.

Death of a Sales-Pony

  • The title is a reference to the 1949 Arthur Miller stage play Death of a Salesman.
  • Fluttershy specifically mentions the William Shakespeare play Hamlet.
  • Pinkie Pie following a trail of crumbs in the woods to a house made of sweets is a reference to Hansel and Gretel.
    • The house having chicken legs is also a reference to the folktale of Baba Yaga.

Bighoof Walking; The Fluttershy Effect

Bighoof Walking

  • Edvard Munch's painting The Scream appears in Fluttershy's cottage.
  • The legend of Bighoof is nearly identical to the real-life legend of Bigfoot.
  • Marepedia is a play on Wikipedia.
  • "Scaryravioli" is a play on creepypasta.

The Fluttershy Effect

The Fast and the Furriest; Disappearing Act

The Fast and the Furriest

  • The title is a reference to the Fast & Furious film series.
    • The episode's title card logo is even modeled after the logo of the film series' first installment.

Badge of Shame; Discord's Peak

Discord's Peak

  • The title and plot are a reference to the 1997 film Dante's Peak.

A Camping We Will Go; Campfire Stories

A Camping We Will Go

  • The title is a reference to the 1777 folk song/nursery rhyme "A-Hunting We Will Go".
  • Applejack's "I don't know but I've been told" song is in the style of U.S. military sound-offs.

Campfire Stories

  • Rainbow Dash's line "You're making it sound like a kitchen nightmare!" is a reference to the reality television series Kitchen Nightmares.
  • Twilight's line "It was the best of times... it was the best of times!" is a reference to the famous opening sentence to the 1859 Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities.

Potion Mystery; Sick Day

Potion Mystery

  • Spike wearing sunglasses and going "YEEEEEAH!" with a city backdrop behind him whenever someone says a pun or play on words is a reference to the television series CSI: Miami and its theme song.

Meet Potion Nova!; Pony Surfin' Safari

Pony Surfin' Safari

  • The myth of the Cute Triangle is similar to the Bermuda Triangle and the urban/paranormal legends surrounding it.

All Bottled Up; All That Jitters

All Bottled Up

  • The alternate title "Bottle Episode" refers to a type of episode in television that is cheaply produced and restricted to use as few characters, effects, and sets as possible.

I, Cookie; Keynote Pie

I, Cookie

  • The title is a reference to the 1950 Isaac Asimov science fiction novel I, Robot and/or its 2004 film adaptation.
  • Pinkie shouting "It's alive!" is a reference to the 1931 film Frankenstein.
  • Pinkie being tied to the ground by the living cookies is a reference to the 1726 novel Gulliver's Travels.

Ponies of the Moment; One Click Wonder

Ponies of the Moment

One Click Wonder

Zound Off; Unboxing Day

Zound Off

  • The title is a play on "sound off".
  • Twilight giving a speech with "TWI" in large red lettering behind her is a reference to TED Talks.

Don't Look a GIF Horse in the Mouth; The Root of It

Don't Look a GIF Horse in the Mouth

The Root of It

  • Twilight's "massive immersive virtual reality simulation" is a reference to The Matrix.
  • Chums is a reference to the 1994 television sitcom Friends.
    • The Mane Six also hang out by a water fountain, referencing Friends' opening sequence.

The Mysterious Voice; The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies

The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies

Game Knight; Director Spike's Mockumentary

Game Knight

  • The title is a play on "game night".
  • Perfect Pitch-tionary is a reference to/play on Pictionary.

Director Spike's Mockumentary

  • When Rarity suggests making a "romantic Ponywood epic", the picture shown is a reference to a theatrical poster for the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.
  • Twilight mentions "The Day Before Tomorrow", a reference to the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.

Whoof-dunnit; Dear Tabby

Whoof-dunnit

  • The title is a play of "whodunit", a variety of mystery/detective story in which the main focus is determining the culprit of a crime.

Dear Tabby

Pie vs. Pie; Superb Six

Superb Six

  • The episode's plot is similar to the reality television series Queer Eye (originally titled Queer Eye for the Straight Guy).
    • The title and name "Superb Six" is a reference to the collective hosts of Queer Eye, the "Fab Five".

The Rarity Report; The Great Divide

The Rarity Report

References

  1. Alex Vetter (2020-06-23). Mainly UPA style with dash of inspiration from various anime and also PP and her personality. We are using a lot of curves and soft lines to reflect that, some of the trees even imitate her mane. The style really evolved with time and I can't thank enough my concept team for that. Twitter. Retrieved on 2020 July 20.
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