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[phonograph static]
[heroic music]
Fluttershy: Oh! Be careful!
[heroic music continues]
Fluttershy: [whimpers]
[slow motion clicking]
[record scratch]
Fluttershy: [gasps] Are you okay, Angel?
Angel: [rattle, whimper, crying]
Fluttershy: I told you that entering the Ponyville Paw-kour Contest was a dangerous idea. You just rest here, and I'll have you all fixed up in no time. Oh, dear. I'm all out of bunny foot braces. I think we need to pay a visit to Dr. Fauna.
Angel: [whimpering]
Fluttershy: [straining] Oh, I was sure she would be here today.
Angel: [whimpering]
Fluttershy: Hello? [knocks on door] Is anypony there?
Dr. Fauna: [muffled] Fluttershy? Oh, am I glad to see you!
Fluttershy: [straining] I wish I could say the same, but the door's stuck, so I, um... can't see you.
[animals chattering]
Dr. Fauna: Ohhhh. Somebunny hurt his foot. Let's bandage that up so he can get back home. I'd like to keep him overnight, but as you can see, my place is just bursting with animals! [exhale] I don't think I can take in even one more critter right now!
Clementine: [sneezes]
Fluttershy and Dr. Fauna: Oh, dear.
[theme song]
[animals chattering]
Fluttershy: [gasps] You really have your hooves full here.
Dr. Fauna: [sighs] This place is like a zoo! Then again, it's normally like that, but still... I can't keep up!
[birds chirping]
Dr. Fauna: Oh. Now, does my favowite wittle bunny want a carrot pop?
Angel: [blows raspberry]
Dr. Fauna: [sighs] That's okay. I think the goats ate all of them anyway.
[goat belches]
Fluttershy: I just can't believe all these poor little animals are hurt. What happened?
Dr. Fauna: I'm flummoxed! Every day, there's more and more animals on my doorstep. Most of them just have minor ailments – hurt wings, stuffy noses, and such. But the trouble is even after they're all healed up, I can't seem to get these comfy critters to leave!
Fluttershy: Oh, dear.
[nail clippers clipping]
Fluttershy: They do seem to have made themselves right at home here.
Dr. Fauna: I wonder why they chose to flock to my office. It just doesn't make sense.
Fluttershy: Don't be silly, Dr. Fauna. You're the best vet pony in Equestria. At least that's what I've been telling everypony.
Dr. Fauna: Uh... you did what?
Fluttershy: Oh, no. Do you suppose it's my fault? I'm so sorry. I didn't mean for this to happen. I just know animals feel safe and happy under your care.
[ducklings chirping]
Dr. Fauna: Normally, I don't mind if a snake wants to slither in or a raccoon needs a rest, but now this place is so full, I have no space to treat any injured animals.
Fluttershy: That is a big problem... that I'm going to fix for you! I already have the perfect solution that'll make the critters happy and give you more space. Then you'll have all your ducks in a row!
Dr. Fauna: The sooner you fix it, the better!
Fluttershy: I'm on it!
Dr. Fauna: [sighs]
Fluttershy: I want to thank you all for rushing right over when I called.
[squirrel chittering]
Angel: [angry chittering]
Fluttershy: Dr. Fauna needs my help with a serious problem.
Twilight Sparkle: A friendship problem?
Fluttershy: No. Her vet clinic is a bit... maybe, um... overrun with adorable critters in dire need of a safe place to lay their heads, and... they don't have anywhere to go!
Rarity: Oh, that's just awful.
Fluttershy: I know!
Applejack: Yeah. Dr. Fauna's always fixin' Winona up when she ain't feelin' too fine, so helpin' her out is A-okay by me.
Rainbow Dash: Hah! Yeah!
Rarity: You can count on us!
Pinkie Pie: [simultaneously] Okie-dokie-lokie!
Twilight Sparkle: [simultaneously] Okay!
Fluttershy: Oh, that's great news! Because it means you'll all be helping me with something special, too. Something that's been a dream of mine for a long time.
Pinkie Pie: Oh, goody! Is your dream to make a bouncy castle shaped like a gigantic bundt cake?
Fluttershy: Um, no. Not exactly.
Pinkie Pie: Huh. Just me then.
Rainbow Dash: So? What is it, Fluttershy? Spill!
Fluttershy: My dream is to build a real animal sanctuary.
[bird chirps]
Fluttershy: A beautiful habitat where every animal – whether sick or scared or even just lonely, feathered or furry, scaly or slimy – every critter would be welcome. My sanctuary can be the one place in Equestria they call home 'til they feel ready to take on the world.
[animals cheering]
Harry: [blows nose]
Twilight Sparkle: Wow, Fluttershy! I've never heard you speak with such conviction.
Rarity: Oh! That was exquisite!
Rainbow Dash: Pretty awesome.
Fluttershy: Oh, thank you, everypony. You all taught me so much about building my confidence over the years. It's because of your friendship that I finally feel able to make my dream project a reality. But I can't build the sanctuary alone. Will you join me?
All except Fluttershy: [eager agreement]
Applejack: I'm happy to offer my extra hooves to ya. Huh. But come to think of it, I actually know a filly who'd be more help than I would. She's a friend of mine from Winona's sheep-herdin' competitions – Wrangler! Heh. She's an expert in animal enclosures.
Fluttershy: How lovely!
Pinkie Pie: Ooh-ooh-ooh! I know somepony, too! Hard Hat is the best construction pony in Ponyville. He can build anything you could ever, ever, ever want!
Rarity: Hearing you all mention these experts, I am reminded that I too have the perfect pony to help capture the essence of your vision. To give it some style, some flair! [chuckles]
Fluttershy: Is it you, Rarity?
Rarity: [chuckles] No! No. Um, I was referring to the premiere interior designer of the Canterlot elite – Dandy Grandeur. He helped me when I was setting up my Canterlot boutique. I know that he'd be thrilled to work with you.
Fluttershy: Wow, everypony! Thank you! I can't wait to meet all of them and hear their ideas. We're right on track to building the most wonderful sanctuary in Equestria!
Rupert: [hissing]
Fluttershy: Thank you, Rupert. Ahem. It's wonderful that you all could join me to discuss the Ponyville sanctuary project. My friends have so many nice things to say about each of your talents. This is a big project, so I'm happy to have such experienced ponies working on it with me.
Dandy Grandeur: Rarity has impeccable taste in design and friends, so I can't wait to work with you, you know?
Fluttershy: I-I think so.
Wrangler: Yee-haw! I'm just lookin' forward to helpin' ya out, ma'am! And the animals.
Fluttershy: Of course.
Hard Hat: So, uh, Pinkie Pie said you drew up some blueprints?
Fluttershy: Um, not exactly. It's more of a dream board.
Hard Hat: Hmmm, that sure doesn't look like an animal hospital.
Fluttershy: Well, that's because it's not. It's a sanctuary. A place that is safe but not restrictive. Cozy but natural. A place where the animals can come and go as they please.
[mouse squeaking]
Fluttershy: So, can you build it?
Wrangler, Hard Hat, and Dandy Grandeur: [chuckling nervously] Uhhh...
Fluttershy: I want the sanctuary to have an open floor plan. No walls. More like an enclosure that melts into the trees. With a gate in the back. That way, the animals can return to the forest right when they feel ready.
Pinkie Pie: Sneaky! I like it!
Hard Hat: You know, uh, I designed the Ponyville Hospital. I could do the exact same thing right here. I still have the blueprints. Though it'll take a while to clear all these trees.
Fluttershy: But I don't want to clear the trees. I want to use them.
Hard Hat: Are you sure? What you're talking about doesn't really seem like a cohesive structure. Or any structure I'm familiar with.
Fluttershy: Critters don't live the same way ponies do. I know this is unconventional, but that's because we're trying to do something that's never been done before. I really believe it'll work.
[birds chirping]
Hard Hat: Hmm. All right then. I'll see what I can do.
Pinkie Pie: See, Fluttershy? Whatever you want.
Fluttershy: Good.
Hard Hat: [to Steam Roller and Jack Hammer] I know she thinks she knows what's best, but once she sees how much better it works with these plans, she'll thank us.
Steam Roller and Jack Hammer: Uh-huh, yup.
Dandy Grandeur: Which one do you like for the window treatments?
Rarity: Ooooh! Loving the print on those!
Fluttershy: Um, not to be rude, but there must be some mistake. We have no need for curtains at the sanctuary.
Dandy Grandeur: And whyever not?
Fluttershy: Everything is gonna look natural in the animal habitats, not like it was made for ponies.
Dandy Grandeur: All those shades of brown and green? But... they're so... drab, you know? [chuckles]
Fluttershy: Drab? You're calling the colors of beautiful trees drab?
Dandy Grandeur: Exactly! The natural look is not in right now. This is better. Trust me.
Fluttershy: I appreciate your input, but I just know the animals would be happiest with dirt brown pillows and leaf green accents.
Dandy Grandeur: I'll... look into it.
Fluttershy: Thank you.
Rarity: When a client has a vision... [chuckles]
Dandy Grandeur: ...Sometimes they need me to steer them away from it. Especially if it's dirt brown.
Wrangler: And right there, we got your standard sheep-travelin' cage. Fits two critters, dependin' on size.
Fluttershy: Hmm.
Applejack: Uh, what is it, sugarcube?
Fluttershy: I'm looking for something less like a cage and more like a nice hug. Maybe if we lose that part.
Wrangler: Uh... Well then, it wouldn't be a cage.
Fluttershy: Exactly! Ooh! This is the perfect base for a little nest. I'll take a bunch of these and anything else the animals can burrow into.
Wrangler: You sure you don't want somethin' more secure for the critters?
Applejack: She does have a point there. You wouldn't want a bunny wanderin' into the wrong cave, would ya?
Fluttershy: No! No cages. I want to give the animals the freedom to come and go. It's the only way they'll feel comfortable.
Applejack: Well, she's the boss.
[construction noises]
Fluttershy: [gasps]
Hard Hat: Hey, whaddya think, Fluttershy? I told ya we'd be fast. Almost finished with the building already.
Dandy Grandeur: The color just pops, you know?
Wrangler: Quite roomy inside, really. And very safe.
Dandy Grandeur: Don't keep us waiting, Fluttershy. Do you love it, or do you love it?
Fluttershy: I... I... [angry] I don't love it! This is not going to work at all! A giraffe can't fit through this door! With these curtains blocking the light, how are the birds gonna sing in the sunshine? And this is the opposite of a nice hug! I know you all worked hard, but none of you did anything I asked for!
Hard Hat: [scoffs] That's not true. We used the trees just like you asked!
Dandy Grandeur: And that curtain fabric is organic! It's got natural fibers!
Wrangler: And I added pillows inside my cages. That should count as feelin' like a hug!
Fluttershy: I may not know much about construction or interior design or wrangling, but I am an expert at one thing: the care of animals! And what animals need is a sanctuary, not this!
Dandy Grandeur: Maybe your "vision" wasn't all that it was cracked up to be, you know?
Fluttershy: My vision isn't the problem here! I told you all exactly what I wanted, and none of you listened to me! So while I appreciate your efforts, I no longer require your services!
Dr. Fauna: Hello! Oh, the animals have been so excited for the sanctuary, they couldn't wait any longer! [laughs] Can we take a look inside?
Fluttershy: Oh, um, actually, it's, uh, not ready and... [gasps]
[raccoon family chittering]
[woodpecker pecking]
[goat bleating]
[cage closes]
[bear growls]
Fluttershy and Dr. Fauna: [shriek]
[structure collapses]
Fluttershy: [gasps]
Dr. Fauna: Oh, I'm so sorry, Fluttershy.
Fluttershy: No. I'm the one who should be sorry. This didn't go at all like I had imagined.
[sweet music playing]
Fluttershy: Sleep tight, little one. It's going to be okay. I promise.
[mice squeaking]
Fluttershy: Now, now, every mouse has gotta wait their turn.
[mice squeaking]
Fluttershy: [sighs] I'm so sorry. I thought I'd have a beautiful sanctuary for you all to stay in by now. But I put my trust in the wrong ponies.
Dr. Fauna: It's okay, Fluttershy. I know you did your best, but we can make this work here. It'll be a bit, uh... tight. Heh. But with your help, we'll have these patients back on their paws in no time, even without a sanctuary.
Fluttershy: No!
[bear groans]
Fluttershy: I won't give up! These animals need me! And I'm gonna solve this once and for all! If this little lady can crawl all the way here from Western Equestria, I can find a way to build her a safe place to rest!
[animals cheering]
Dr. Fauna: [laughing]
Fluttershy: Oh! [joins in laughter] Oops. Everyone back to sleep now.
Fluttershy: Thanks for coming, everypony. As you know, building the sanctuary didn't go quite as planned.
Pinkie Pie: I know, right? Who would've guessed that Hard Hat wouldn't build whatever you want?
Rarity: I never would've invited Dandy to help if I thought he'd act in such a manner.
Applejack: [sighs] And Wrangler sure made a fool outta me, too. I'm sorry, Fluttershy.
Fluttershy: It's okay. You were all just trying to help. But I know that letting all the experts go was the right call.
Twilight Sparkle: So what are you gonna do now?
Fluttershy: Try again. I'm going to rebuild the sanctuary and do it my way this time.
Pinkie Pie: All right, Fluttershy!
Applejack: [simultaneously] You show 'em, filly!
Rarity: [simultaneously] That's the spirit!
Rainbow Dash: How about putting an awesome flying course for the birds right there?
Pinkie Pie: And a carrot cake stand here?
Twilight Sparkle: Ooh, a library cave?
Fluttershy: Everypony, stop! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts, but I need everypony to respect mine. Other ponies may be experts in their fields, but animals are my field of expertise. And if I say this is what I want, then this is what needs to happen! Oh, um, for the animals of course.
Pinkie Pie: Wow! We should call you "Flutterbold" now!
Rest of main cast: [laughing]
Fluttershy: To get things back on track, I called in a favor from an old friend. He'll be here any minute.
Twilight Sparkle: I thought you said no more experts.
Fluttershy: This is one expert I know I can trust to put the animals first. Plus there's nopony better at building.
[knock on door]
[door opens]
Big Daddy McColt: [laughs] I heard somepony needs construction help fer them critters!
Twilight Sparkle: Big Daddy McColt! [to the others] We met each other back when the map called me and Fluttershy to the Smokey Mountains!
Fluttershy: And he certainly knows his stuff when it comes to buildings and caring for animals.
Big Daddy McColt: Well, shucks. Let's not stand around talkin' about it. Let's build us a sanctuary!
[everyone cheers]
[building montage music from "The Hooffields and McColts" playing]
Fluttershy: Are you ready?
Dr. Fauna: Oh, I'm more excited than a beaver in a log pile!
Fluttershy: Okay, you can open your eyes! Welcome to Sweet Feather Sanctuary, a safe and cozy retreat for everycreature!
Dr. Fauna: [gasps] Oh, Fluttershy! This is amazing!
Fluttershy: Now you should have plenty of room at the clinic. Because once you've treated them, they can recover here! With my help, of course. It's okay, Lola. We all move at our own pace. Sometimes, all we need to do is believe in our dreams. And when we finally reach our goal, we'll know that it was worth what it took to get there, because the view will be even better than you imagined!