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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.
- 1 Development
- 2 Season one
- 2.1 Princess Probz
- 2.2 Cute-pocalypse Meow
- 2.3 How Applejack Got Her Hat Back
- 2.4 Bad Thing No. 3
- 2.5 The Trail Less Trotten; Death of a Sales-Pony
- 2.6 Bighoof Walking; The Fluttershy Effect
- 2.7 The Fast and the Furriest; Disappearing Act
- 2.8 Badge of Shame; Discord's Peak
- 2.9 A Camping We Will Go; Campfire Stories
- 2.10 Potion Mystery; Sick Day
- 2.11 Meet Potion Nova!; Pony Surfin' Safari
- 2.12 All Bottled Up; All That Jitters
- 2.13 I, Cookie; Keynote Pie
- 2.14 Ponies of the Moment; One Click Wonder
- 2.15 Zound Off; Unboxing Day
- 2.16 Don't Look a GIF Horse in the Mouth; The Root of It
- 2.17 The Mysterious Voice; The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies
- 2.18 Game Knight; Director Spike's Mockumentary
- 2.19 Whoof-dunnit; Dear Tabby
- 2.20 Pie vs. Pie; Superb Six
- 2.21 The Rarity Report; The Great Divide
- 3 Season two
- 3.1 Cute Impact; The Crystal Capturing Contraption
- 3.2 The Comet Section; Cotton Candy-Colored Glasses
- 3.3 Close Encounters of the Balloon Kind; The Tiara of Truth
- 3.4 Terrorarium; Bubble Trouble
- 3.5 Planet of the Apps; Back to the Present
- 3.6 Magical Mare-story Tour; Life of Pie
- 3.7 The Rarest of Occasions; Portal Combat
- 3.8 Playwright or Wrong; The Shows Must Go On
- 3.9 Magic is Ahoof; Journey to the Center of the 'Cord
- 3.10 One Last Wish; Wild Heart Beats
- 4 References
- The series' art style is inspired by cartoons produced by United Productions of America and various anime.
- 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!"
- 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.
- The title is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
- The title is a reference to the 1998 film How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
- The background music during Applejack's fantasy as an airplane pilot sounds similar to Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone".
- Rarity's crazed behavior and gravelly voice in Part 2 are similar to Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- The title and plot are a reference to the 1997 film Dante's Peak.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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
- YouHoof is a play on YouTube.
One Click Wonder
- The title is a play on "one hit wonder".
- Rarity receives an e-mail from someone in "Neigh-geria", referencing a well-known form of advance-fee scam commonly referred to as the "Nigerian Prince scam".
- During Pinkie's "hilarious original content in a bite-sized package" line, the tablet screens around her are references to famous real-life internet memes (from top to bottom, left to right):
- Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music
- Business Cat
- Yutaro Katori in The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird ("Is this a pigeon?")
- Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ("One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor")
- Success Kid
- Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Condescending Wonka)
- Homer Simpson in The Simpsons ("Homer Simpson Backs Into Bushes")
- 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 title is a reference to the idiom "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" and the GIF image format.
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 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies
- The title is a reference to the 1989 self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
- Rarity's line "to neigh or nay to neigh" is a reference to the famous monologue in William Shakespeare's Hamlet beginning with "To be, or not to be".
- 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.
- 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.
- The title is a reference to the real-life advice column Dear Abby and Rarity's voice actress Tabitha St. Germain.
- Mane of Thrones is a reference to/play on Game of Thrones.
- At one point, Rarity is dressed like Daenerys Targaryen from the series and calls herself "Rare-eesi", a play on Daenerys' alias "Khaleesi".
- Applejack's line "Oh, what a beautiful mornin'!", a reference to the song "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" from the musical Oklahoma!
- 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
- Herd Happily is a reference to Perd Hapley, a fictional television newscaster on NBC's Parks and Recreation.
- Rarity's "don't cry for me" line is a reference to the song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina".
- The title and plot are a reference to the 1998 film Deep Impact.
The Crystal Capturing Contraption
- Fluttershy's "Peter Pony" tongue twister is based on the real-life tongue twister "Peter Piper".
- Fiddler on the Hoof is a play on/reference to Fiddler on the Roof.
The Comet Section
Close Encounters of the Balloon Kind
- The title is a reference to the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
- Lamilton is a play on/reference to the 2015 musical Hamilton.
- The song Rarity sings is based on the song "The Room Where It Happens" from the musical.
The Tiara of Truth
- In Gummy's sugar-induced fantasy sequence, he gobbles up cubes of sugar in a manner similar to Pac-Man.
- Fluttershy's brunch fantasy sequence is based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with Angel Bunny dressed as the Mad Hatter.
- The rock music that plays during the Mane Six's fight against Hawthorne sounds similar to "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.
Planet of the Apps
- The title is a play on the science fiction franchise Planet of the Apes.
- Fluttershy's line "Take me to your leader!" is a popular catchphrase used in science-fiction.
Back to the Present
- The title is a play on the 1985 film Back to the Future.
- Ponies using banana-shaped phones is a reference to the children's song "Bananaphone" from the 1994 album of the same name by Raffi and Michelle Creber's father Michael Creber.
Magical Mare-story Tour
Life of Pie
- The title is a play on the 2001 Yann Martel novel Life of Pi.
- The episode's title card is even based on the novel's cover and 2012 film adaptation poster.
The Rarest of Occasions
- David Mane-et and Glengrassy Glen Crop are references to David Mamet and Glengarry Glen Ross.
- Coleslaw & Order is a reference to Law & Order.
- The title is a play on the Mortal Kombat video game franchise.
Playwright or Wrong
- A poster on the side of the Ponyville Theater building resembles the official poster for the Broadway musical Wicked.
The Shows Must Go On
- Rarity's line "Alas, poor teapot! I knew you well!" is a reference to a speech beginning with "Alas, poor Yorick!" in William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
- The posters on the Crystal Globe theater building are a reference to The Phantom of the Opera.
- Rarity's line "Lend me your ears!" is a reference to a speech beginning with "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
- Rarity's line "Parting is such sweet sorrow" is a reference to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
- Rarity's line "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater" is a reference to the Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Journey to the Center of the 'Cord
- The title is a play on the 1864 Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.
- Discord's final line "Aren't I a stinker?" is a reference to how Bugs Bunny would sometimes close out classic Looney Tunes cartoons with the line "Ain't I a stinker?"
One Last Wish
- The Pirates of Penprance is a play on The Pirates of Penzance.
- Jurassic Horse is a play on Jurassic Park.
- Independence Hay is a play on the 1996 film Independence Day.
- 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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