|My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Spring Breakdown|
|Directed by||Ishi Rudell|
|Produced by||Angela Belyea|
|Written by||Nick Confalone|
|Music by||William Anderson (score)|
Jessica Vaughn, Jess Furman, and Ethan Roberts (song)
|Release date(s)||March 30, 2019 (Discovery Family)
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Distributed by||Discovery Family (television)|
|credits • transcript • gallery • allusions|
animation errors • statistics • speculation
A teaser trailer for the special was shown at the 2018 My Little Pony San Diego Comic-Con panel.
According to co-director Katrina Hadley, the special was split into six parts instead of five, with each part having an approximate runtime of seven minutes and thirty seconds, and that "there will be no cut scenes as each part was timed and cut to be reassembled for broadcast on TV without losing any content."
Also according to Hadley, this special takes place between My Little Pony The Movie and season eight of Friendship is Magic; the crew did not know Spike was getting wings at the time of production.
The special was added to the Discovery Family GO! mobile app on March 31, 2019.
During spring break, the Mane 7 and several of their Canterlot High School classmates are on the luxury cruise liner, the Luxe Deluxe, which features an expansive selection of activities from swimming to petting zoos to all-you-can-eat buffets, and everyone is grateful to Twilight Sparkle for organizing it. While her friends are looking forward to a week of luxury, Rainbow Dash expects Equestrian magic to appear and turn the cruise ship into an exciting battle in which they save the day like they always do. However, the rest of the girls just want to relax and have fun on their vacation.
Pinkie Pie checks out the buffet and expresses interest in a special bundt cake dish, Fluttershy interacts with the petting zoo animals, and Applejack deals with a bad case of seasickness. Unfortunately, Rainbow Dash ruins everyone's good time—or makes their bad time worse—with her obsessive search for Equestrian magic. When she asks other people enjoying the cruise if there is any "bad magic" on the ship, she is pointed toward an indoor stage area filled with smoke, and a silhouetted figure ominously appears on stage.
The silhouetted figure is revealed to be Trixie, putting on a cruise magic show, much to Rainbow's disappointment. When Trixie expresses displeasure at the elderly audience members showing off their own magic tricks after seeing her stage magic, Rainbow gets the idea of drawing out dark Equestrian magic by using her and her friends' own magic. Meanwhile, Rarity shops for clothes in the cruise ship's onboard clothing store and meets a charming member of the ship's staff named Ragamuffin. Despite his difficulty pronouncing Rarity's name due to his thick Cockney accent, Rarity becomes instantly smitten with him.
Later, the rest of the girls get ready to perform music for the cruise pool party, and Twilight notices her friends' lack of enthusiasm. She learns that Rainbow Dash is ruining their spring break with her obsession with Equestrian magic and starts to feel guilty. When Rainbow arrives with the idea of using "rainbow lasers" during their upcoming show, Sunset Shimmer pulls her aside and tells her to stop looking for a magic problem that does not exist.
That evening, as the ship sails into stormy weather, the Rainbooms perform the song All Good. With her friends' approval, Rainbow Dash lights up the show by pony-ing up, but it causes a power outage that disables the ship's engines. When Rainbow Dash believes evil magic to be behind the outage, she exclaims "It's about to go down!", leading everyone to believe the ship is about to sink, creating cruise-wide panic.
With the cruise ship stranded in the middle of the ocean without power, Rainbow Dash continues to believe dark magic is behind it, and her annoyed friends refuse to join her to search for its source. Meanwhile, Twilight goes with the ship's crew below deck to try and turn the engines back on. Pinkie sneaks into the buffet that Rainbow Dash got her banned from to try and get a taste of the bundt cake, and Rarity finds Ragamuffin entertaining the cruise guests with Irish stepdance.
Alone at the ship's stern, Rainbow Dash notices the storm starting to get worse, and she sees a strange insignia glowing in the water. Believing her suspicions about evil magic to be confirmed, she races around the ship to gather her friends together and show them what she saw. But by the time she does so, the insignia in the water is gone, and Twilight theorizes it was little more than natural sea phenomena. Rainbow suggests taking a lifeboat out to where the glowing came from, but her friends refuse to acknowledge her obsession with being a superhero any longer, and she goes off on her own again.
The next morning, in the dining hall, Twilight feels guilty for being so harsh to Rainbow Dash, but Sunset argues they would be having a normal spring break if she had not brought Equestrian magic to the human world in the first place. The two decide to go find Rainbow and apologize, but they discover one of the lifeboats missing. When a call to Rainbow's cell phone goes straight to voicemail, they realize she sailed off into the raging storm by herself.
Sunset and Twilight head out on another lifeboat to find Rainbow Dash while their friends stay behind on the ship to try and get the engines back on, keep the other cruise guests calm, and provide lifejackets for everyone onboard. After some time speeding across the stormy waters, Sunset and Twilight eventually find a desert island and discover the missing lifeboat. Deeper in the jungle, they find Rainbow Dash sinking into a pit of quicksand.
After some overconfident boasting, Rainbow apologizes for ruining everyone's spring break and admits that there is no Equestrian magic on the loose. However, much to Sunset and Twilight's surprise, a large plant monster from Equestria appears over the quicksand and threatens to devour Rainbow. While Twilight keeps the monster at bay with her telekinetic geode powers, Sunset tries to get Rainbow out of the quicksand.
The monster momentarily breaks free of Twilight's magic and disturbs the top of the sand, and Sunset sees a portal glowing beneath the surface. Having an idea to escape the plant monster, Sunset shoves Rainbow down into the quicksand and through the portal before grabbing Twilight and jumping into it as well. The three find themselves in a dark underground cavern, and when Sunset illuminates the darkness with her unicorn horn, Twilight and Rainbow Dash discover they have been transported to Equestria and turned into ponies.
As ponies, Twilight is in a state of extreme panic over her new unicorn form, and Rainbow Dash struggles to get used to her newfound Pegasus speed. Sunset is concerned that more portals to Equestria are opening up around the human world, but Rainbow suggests using this excursion as a vacation to make up for the spring break she ruined, and Twilight sees this as an opportunity to study the Equestrian world.
Sunset, Twilight, and Rainbow Dash sneak through Ponyville, taking care not to draw attention or run into Rainbow's pony counterpart, until they finally reach the Castle of Friendship. Inside, they meet with Princess Twilight Sparkle and Spike, and Princess Twilight quickly realizes from their atypical method of entering that they came through a portal other than the Crystal Mirror.
Back in the human world, the rest of the Mane 7 and cruise guests deal with an even worsening lightning storm. Applejack and the ship crew finally get the engines back on, but the ship speeds out of control toward the island. The ship's hull is breached by the sharp rocks lining the island's outer rim, and it starts to sink into the ocean.
In the Castle of Friendship in Equestria, Princess Twilight and Spike tell stories to Sunset, Twilight, and Rainbow Dash about their and their friends' many adventures. Of particular note is the time the Mane Six defeated the Storm King and sealed his power away in the Staff of Sacanas. Rainbow Dash recognizes the Storm King's insignia as the same insignia she saw in the water from the cruise ship, and when Twilight and Sunset mention stormy weather accompanying the insignia sighting, Princess Twilight is alarmed to discover that some of the Storm King's magic found its way into the human world, manifesting as a giant magical lightning storm. Realizing their friends are in terrible danger, Sunset, Twilight, and Rainbow Dash race to save them.
That Sinking Feeling
Back in the human world, the rest of the Mane 7 and cruise guests panic as the ship continues to sink and the lifeboats are destroyed by lightning. Upon their return from Equestria, Sunset, Twilight, and Rainbow use the Staff of Sacanas to absorb the Storm King's residual magic and dispel the lightning storm. With the weather calm again, Rainbow apologizes for going off on her own and actively looking for trouble, but Twilight points out that if she had not done so, they would not have found what they needed to save their friends.
However, as an island parrot points out to them, the cruise ship is still sinking; when Sunset and Twilight are unable to start the lifeboat, Rainbow Dash uses her super-speed to push it toward the ship. Upon reuniting with their friends, they combine their magic to power up and work together to save everyone.
Twilight and Rarity lift the cruise guests and crew onto an artificially-made lifeboat, Fluttershy provides all the petting zoo animals with lifejackets while Rainbow ushers them to safety, Sunset reunites a scared little girl with her mother, Applejack helps people trapped in their rooms by the flooding water, and Pinkie Pie assists the kitchen chef that banned her from the buffet earlier. Once everyone is on the artificial lifeboat, Rainbow pushes everyone to shore as the ship sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
Though everyone is safe on the island, they are stranded without a ship to get home. Luckily, Sunset Shimmer has an idea. Back at Princess Twilight's castle in Equestria, Sunset enters with dozens of humans-turned-ponies hoping to return home via Crystal Mirror.
- For more quotes, see the special's transcript.
- Pinkie Pie: Spriiiiiiiiiing breeeeeeeeeeak!
- Twilight Sparkle: Did you see there's a petting zoo onboard?
- Pinkie Pie: Mmmm! Smoothies!
- Twilight Sparkle: And an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet you can... eat all you... can eat at?
- Fluttershy: A goat on a boat? [laughs] Now I've seen everything.
- Rainbow Dash: Just looking for bad magic.
- Trixie Lulamoon: Sorry to disappoint you, but the bad magic of others always follows the amazing magic of moi.
- Rainbow Dash: What do you mean?
- Trixie Lulamoon: Ugh, I'm talking about the old grandpas in the audience who see my show and then try to impress their kids with a disappearing quarter trick on their way home!
- Rainbow Dash: Their magic only shows up in response to your magic! Huh! You're a genius!
- Trixie Lulamoon: Well, obviously.
- Pinkie Pie: [sighs] My whole life, I've been taught that you could only berry blast a butter biscuit on a bundt cake with two layers of chocolate. But this afternoon, I saw the truth. The buffet has a Triple Choco-Berry Blasted Butter Biscuit Bundt Cake.
- Twilight Sparkle: How was it?!
- Pinkie Pie: I don't know! 'Cause Rainbow Dash got me banned from the buffet!
- Rainbow Dash: [repeated line] Who's with me?!
- Sunset Shimmer: [sighs, gulps] Twilight worked really hard to plan this trip for all of us, and... uh, how can I say this without being mean?
- Rainbow Dash: Just say it! I can take it!
- Sunset Shimmer: You're ruining it for everyone!
- Rainbow Dash: Ouch! Your words just... punched my feelings.
- Sunset Shimmer: You said you could take it.
- Rarity: [sighs] It's like he fell out of a historical romance novel.
- Fluttershy: Is that how romance sounds?
- Applejack: The good news is now that it's dark, maybe my brain won't know I'm on a boat. [gags] Oh, no. It heard me. Blegh!
- Twilight Sparkle: [indignantly] Do you know which sorcerer can conjure the greatest magic of all? Mother Nature.
- Rainbow Dash: The magic came from that way! We sail out and find the source!
- Twilight Sparkle: And then?
- Rainbow Dash: Then it's go time!
- Twilight Sparkle: Which means?
- Rainbow Dash: We take no prisoners!
- Twilight Sparkle: Where would we take them?
- Rainbow Dash: Who?
- Twilight Sparkle: The prisoners. That's kidnapping! Are you even listening to yourself?!
- Twilight Sparkle: We're not superheroes!
- Rainbow Dash: Oh, oh! Excuuuuse me! We're just ordinary girls who have saved the world from complete destruction multiple times!
- Twilight Sparkle: Uh, yes.
- Rainbow Dash's voicemail: What up, nerds? It's Rainbow Dash having way too much fun being awesome to answer your call! So leave a message, if you're too old to text me!
- Twilight Sparkle: You're going after her?
- Sunset Shimmer: She wouldn't even be out there if I hadn't brought magic to this world in the first place. What about you? Are you in?
- Twilight Sparkle: Of course I'm in! A hundred percent on board!
- Sunset Shimmer: Then get on board.
- Twilight Sparkle: I just said I.... "On board".
- Pinkie Pie: I'll help keep people calm! Get cake. I mean, keep people calm!
- Rarity: And I'll inform the below-deck crew. Even though we're from two different worlds. One a lonely coal miner, the other a sophisticated beaut—
- Applejack: [gags]
- Rarity: I mean... [clears throat] I'll, uh, I'll, uh, I'll help Applejack.
- Sunset Shimmer: You forgot to untie the rope.
- Twilight Sparkle: Oh, yeah.
- Parrot: [squawks] "I'm going in that jungle!"
- Sunset Shimmer: "I'm going in that jungle"? The parrot must be repeating what she said. Let's go!
- Twilight Sparkle: In there?
- [thunder and lightning]
- [animal sounds]
- Twilight Sparkle: Anyone could've said that.
- Parrot: [squawks] "Or my name isn't Rainbow Dash!" [squawks]
- Twilight Sparkle: Ugh! Fine.
- Rainbow Dash: I've had a little time to think.
- Rainbow Dash: A lot of time, actually. And I spent most of it wishing I could make it up to you. Because you were right.
- Parrot: [squawking] "Twilight's wrong!"
- Rainbow Dash: Anyone... could've said that.
- Parrot: [squawks] "Or my name isn't Rainbow Dash!"
- Rainbow Dash: Ugh. Gotta stop saying my name all the time.
- [monster growling]
- Sunset Shimmer: ...And maybe that giant plant monster?
- Rainbow Dash: What giant plant monster?
- Twilight Sparkle: That giant plant monster!
- Twilight Sparkle: Where are we?
- Rainbow Dash: Not about to get eaten. Good enough for me.
- Sunset Shimmer: It's... more complicated than that.
- Twilight Sparkle: PONY FACE!
- Twilight Sparkle: [gasps] All my things are horse things!
- Sunset Shimmer: 'Round here we call them "pony things".
- Sunset Shimmer: That wasn't quicksand back there. The sand was covering a portal to Equestria. I thought there was only one from school to Celestia's mirror, but who knows how many there are and where they might lead?
- Twilight Sparkle: Sorry, I wasn't listening. Because we're ponies!
- Rainbow Dash: We're here, we're ponies. Let's have some fun! Pony style! Whoa!
- Sunset Shimmer: Uh, that's not a thing we say.
- Princess Twilight Sparkle: It's wonderful to see you! What are you doing here?
- Sunset Shimmer: It's a long story.
- Princess Twilight Sparkle: Wait. How are you coming in the front door and not up from where I keep the mirror? [gasps] You found another portal between our worlds!
- Sunset Shimmer: I guess it wasn't that long.
- Twilight Sparkle: Oh, I like her.
- Sunset Shimmer: No reason to hurry back.
- [back on the boat]
- Fluttershy: Oh, I hope they hurry back!
- Princess Twilight Sparkle: Oh, you have to try Ms. Cake's chocolate fondue. It takes twenty minutes though.
- Twilight Sparkle: Ah, we have all the time in the world.
- [back on the boat]
- Pinkie Pie: We're running out of time!
- Pinkie Pie (pony): [screaming]
- Sunset Shimmer: Did you hear that? It sounded like Pinkie Pie yelling.
- [wheels squeaking]
- Pinkie Pie (pony): I was yelling, silly! Standing at the front door yelling, "Fondue delivery!" Oh, hey, Rainbow Dash, pony-with-glasses-who-I-don't-recognize. Here. You have to try this! It's a fresh batch!
- Rainbow Dash: Uh, ow! Too hot! It needs to be, like, twenty percent cooler.
- Twilight Sparkle: [grunts, munches] Mmm! I love this!
- [back on the boat]
- Rarity: I hate this!
- Trixie Lulamoon: Oh, no! I'm too powerful! I'm too powerful!!
- Twilight Sparkle: You ponies are, like, superheroes!
- Princess Twilight Sparkle: Oh, we're not superheroes.
- Twilight Sparkle: Sure, just ordinary ponies who save the world from complete destruction multiple times.
- Rainbow Dash: Sound familiar?
- Princess Twilight Sparkle: Okay. Nopony freak out, but I think that maybe there's a chance when we destroyed the Storm King, we didn't capture all his magic, and maybe it found its way into your world! It might be turning into a giant, magic storm and threatening your friends as we speak! NOPONY FREAK OUT!
- Twilight Sparkle: Weather update – sunny!
- Rainbow Dash: With a chance of awesome!
- Parrot: [squawks] "The ship is still sinking." [squawks]
- Sunset Shimmer: Guys! The ship is sinking!
- Twilight Sparkle: It's not your fault. The storm was Equestrian magic. Rainbow Dash was right all along. Whatever the seven of us are facing, however our lives are changing, we're going through it together. So, let's get everyone off this boat like the superheroes we are! Who's with me?
- Rest of the Equestria Girls: We are!
- Rainbow Dash: [grunts] See how easy that was?!
- Ragamuffin: [Cockney accent] Well, I s'pose this is goodbye.
- Rarity: Take care of yourself.
- Ragamuffin: You, too, Rar-i-ee.
- Rarity: Ragamuffin, don't let anyone tell you you can't be a dancer. [dramatically] For all coal turns to diamonds!
- Ragamuffin: [non-accent] That's the best advice I've ever heard!
- Rarity: Thank yo— Wait. What?
- Sunset Shimmer: I might have a way home. But it's... kinda weird.
- Sunset Shimmer: [singsongy] We're back!
- Katrina Hadley (2019-03-29). I assume it will. We split them into 6 parts this time around, all running approximately 7 minutes and 30 seconds. There will be no cut scenes as each part was timed and cut to be reassembled for broadcast on TV without losing any content.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019 March 29.
- We didn’t know spike was getting wings when we made the special. So I suppose yes.. Twitter (2019-03-30). Retrieved on 2019 March 30.
- Katrina Hadley (2019-03-29). They were never intended to be. It was just a device to give motivation to the SBs.Also we don’t plan that far ahead with storylines. Hasbro wanted a dance theme to make dance outfits for toys- so dance magic. They wanted a spring break on a boat so there could be cruise wear.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019 March 29.
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