My Little Pony: Pony Life is an animated series based on Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise that premiered on Discovery Family on November 7, 2020, and on YouTube. It is a re-imagining of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, featuring the same main cast of characters and with all their voice actors reprising their roles, but it uses a new animation style and has a heavier focus on slice-of-life stories with a more comedic tone.
"The new MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE show looks at the funny side of friendship. The new center of the world is Sugarcube Corner – just like going to a friend's house after school, this is our ponies' home away from home. Here, Pinkie Pie serves up frosted cupcakes to the best customers in the world—her friends! PONY LIFE episodes feature hilarious, 'SLICE OF LIFE' stories that modern kids can relate to. The series is LOADED with magic, including a mysterious source of potions that Pinkie keeps hidden behind the bakery counter and breaks out when the need arises."
Development and production
Pony Life was first officially announced in a video uploaded to the My Little Pony Official YouTube channel on November 13, 2019. The video featured new toys slated for release as tie-ins with the series and the characters' new animated designs, set to Lizzo's "Good as Hell". The video was later set to private in December 2019.
A 60-second official trailer for the animated series was uploaded privately to the My Little Pony Official YouTube channel on June 1, 2020. The theme song was uploaded privately to the same channel on June 3. Both the trailer and theme song were made public on June 17 but were later set back to private. From June 18 to December 5, promotional videos were uploaded to the YouTube channel every week, usually on Thursday; since December 5, they have been uploaded on a semi-irregular schedule, always on Saturday but not every week.
|2019-11-13||MLP: Pony Life Announcement! 📣Fantasy Video||Private December 2019|||
|2020-06-01||Pony Life Trailer - 60s||Private June 1,
public June 17,
private June 17,
public June 18
|Pony Life Theme Song||Private June 3,
public June 17,
private June 17,
public June 18
|2020-06-18||Meet Rarity in Pony Life|||
|Meet Rainbow Dash in Pony Life|||
|Meet Fluttershy in Pony Life|||
|Meet Twilight Sparkle in Pony Life|||
|Meet Pinkie Pie in Pony Life|||
|Pony Life Trailer - 30s|||
|2020-06-25||Meet Applejack in Pony Life|||
|Rarity Best Moments|||
|Fluttershy Best Moments|||
|Pinkie Pie Best Moments|||
|2020-07-02||Rainbow Dash Best Moments|||
|Applejack Best Moments|||
|2020-07-09||Spike and the Pets Best Moments|||
|Twilight Sparkle Best Moments|||
|Crazy Potion Magic Moments|||
|2020-07-23||Crazy Potion Magic Moments 2|||
|Not Well Moments|||
|2020-07-30||Friendship Day Special|||
|Best Friendship Moments|||
|2020-08-06||The Scary Bighoof Walking|||
|Making Potions with Twilight Sparkle|||
|2020-08-13||Sing-along Goes Wrong|||
|The Giant Fluttershy Special|||
|2020-08-20||Fluttershy's Unboxing Vlog|||
|The Broccoli Cupcakes Mess|||
|2020-08-27||Pinkie Pie Squared|||
|Fluttershy Becomes Rainbow Dash - Flutterdash|||
|2020-09-03||Director Spike's Mockumentary|||
|2020-09-10||The Great Divide - Team Mane 6|||
|2020-09-12||Dress Up with Rarity - Rarity's Fashion Show|||
|2020-09-17||Twilight Sparkle and Applejack Are Trapped in a Potion Bottle|||
|The Mane 6 are Singing at the Closing Ceremony|||
|2020-09-19||Applejack of my Eye|||
|2020-09-24||Pinkie Pie's Birthday Surprise||Temporarily private|||
|Pinkie Pie Gets Trapped|||
|2020-09-26||Pinkie Pie's Birthday Surprise||Temporarily private|||
|2020-10-01||Twilight Sparkle's Crazy Shrinking Potion|||
|Pony Life Spooky Moments|||
|2020-10-08||Halloween Dress Up - Rarity's Fashion Show|||
|Halloween Makeover with Twilight Sparkle|||
|2020-10-15||Pinkie Pie's Halloween Makeup Special||Subsequently private|||
|Halloween Spooky Moment - The Big Scary Hoof||Subsequently private|||
|2020-10-22||Halloween Spooky Stories - The Cake Monster!|||
|Applejack's Halloween Dress Up Special|||
|2020-10-29||Happy Halloween with My Little Pony!|||
|Pinkie Pie's Halloween Spooky Moment|||
|2020-11-05||Fluttershy Kindness Moment - Friendship Day|||
|Pinkie Pie Laughter Moment - Friendship Day|||
|2020-11-12||Rarity Generosity Moment - Kindness Day|||
|Rainbow Dash Loyalty Moment - Kindness Day|||
|2020-11-19||Applejack Honesty Moment - Kindness Day|||
|2020-11-25||A Camping We Will Go|||
|2020-12-05||Pinkie Pie's Cake for the Competition!||Subsequently private|||
|2020-12-19||Fluttershy Meets Dol-FIN-ale|||
|2021-01-09||Rainbow Dash, Being the Worst|||
|2021-02-04||Fluttershy Valentine's Day Moment|||
|2021-02-13||Pinkie Pie's Pancake Day Special|||
|2021-02-27||Pony Life Potion Mystery|||
Toys and merchandise
Both pony and Equestria Girls toys and merchandise are released as tie-ins to Pony Life. Initial releases include a brushable Rarity figurine with hair that grows and changes color, and a first wave of brushable "Potion Ponies" that come with surprise accessories. The "Potion Ponies" line feature a new character Potion Nova as well as releases of Trixie, Twilight Sparkle, and Pinkie Pie. The rest of the Mane Six are split between Waves 1 and 2, with Wave 1 releasing Applejack and Fluttershy, and Wave 2 releasing Rainbow Dash and Rarity. In addition to the brushables, two "Fashion Style" ponies, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, featuring surprise accessories and tinsel were released. A Rarity figure was added later.
Equestria Girls dolls released during this time feature Pony Life-inspired packaging. Dolls of the princesses are bundled with articulated, non-brushable pony versions and feature a large range of accessories.
A Q4 release features Fashion Style dolls of the Mane Six and princesses. These feature surprise accessories and crowns for the princesses.
Three waves of blind bag figures were released. The first set is themed after unicorns and features animal characters alongside unicorns and Alicorns. The second set has a balloon theme. The third set features new molds that are polygonal and come with rings. These rings feature a peg which the figure could be placed on top of. Masquerade (not to be confused with S01E26 Unnamed Earth Mare #1), Locket Key, Magic Mimics, Bright Sun, Fizzleshake, and Sweet Sugar Pop are inspired by the Generation 1 "Twinkle-Eye" ponies Masquerade, Locket, Mimic, Bright Eyes, Fizzy, and Sweet Pop, respectively; Sunny Starscout, Izzy Moonbow, Hitch Trailblazer, and others are Generation 5 ponies.
Like My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, most of the characters are ponies classified into three types: Earth ponies, Pegasi, and unicorns. The animation style used in Pony Life gives the characters a "chibi-fied" appearance, with large heads and small bodies.
- See also: Pony Life animated media#Episodes
The series was originally scheduled to premiere on Discovery Family on June 13, 2020, at 11:00AM EST/8:00AM PST, but was then rescheduled to Summer 2020. A September 10, 2020, promo also indicated a YouTube release. Discovery Family announced on Twitter on October 12, 2020, that the series would premiere on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 11:30AM EST/8:30AM PST. Unlike Friendship is Magic, each episode of Pony Life has a runtime of 11 minutes.
- See also: Stop Motion Shorts
In addition to television content aired on Discovery Family, Pony Life will also have short form content uploaded to the My Little Pony Official YouTube channel.
A series of stop motion shorts is being released to promote the new series.
- See also: International edits
The show premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada on June 21, 2020. On August 1, 2020, the show started airing on Boomerang in Australia and New Zealand. On August 29, 2020, it started airing on Gulli in France. On September 1, 2020, it started airing on Tiny Pop in the United Kingdom. On September 7, 2020, it started airing on MiniMini+ in Poland. On September 21, 2020, it started airing on 9Go! in Australia.
On September 25, 2020, the show started airing on Nelonen in Finland. On September 28, 2020, it started airing on Carousel in Russia. Carousel's webpage for Pony Life uses fanart of the Mane Six, Spike, Starlight Glimmer, Trixie, and Sunset Shimmer. On October 3, 2020, the show premiered on Boomerang in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan. On October 10, 2020, it premiered on Disney Channel in Germany and on PLUSPLUS in Ukraine.
- Official Pony Life character page on Hasbro.com