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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Summertime Shorts
Created by Hasbro
Based on
Written by Various
Directed by
  • Ishi Rudell
  • Katrina Hadley
Voices of
Composer(s)
  • John Boyd
  • Mason Rather
  • Bill Sherman
  • Daniel Ingram
  • William Anderson (score)
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 2-3 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Boulder Media Limited
  • DHX Media/Vancouver (music videos)
  • Hasbro Studios
Release
Original network Discovery Family
Original release July 30 (2017-07-30) – August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)

In 2017, Hasbro Studios released two series of animated shorts that are tied in with My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, an anthropomorphic spin-off franchise of the 2010 relaunch of Hasbro's My Little Pony toyline. One, titled Canterlot Shorts, was produced by Boulder Media in the Republic of Ireland and the other, a series of music videos, was produced by DHX Media in Canada. Discovery Family bills the two series together as Summertime Shorts.

Voice Cast

See also: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls#Characters

Shorts

Canterlot Shorts

Although the title card for this series has nothing but an Equestria Girls logo, the shorts are referred by Hasbro as Canterlot Shorts. The shorts were all written by Gillian M. Berrow (who also wrote the novelization of first Equestria Girls film as well as most of the Friendship Is Magic novels) and were produced by Boulder Media in the Republic of Ireland (which Hasbro Studios acquired in 2016).

Title Writer Original airdate
"Make Up Shake Up" Gillian M. Berrow July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)
While getting ready for the CHS Fall Formal, Applejack reluctantly agrees to let Rarity do her makeup. The end result is so garishly overdone that she persuades Rarity to take it off a little at a time until she is back to her normal appearance.
"A Photo Booth Story" Gillian M. Berrow July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)
At the CHS Fall Formal, the girls have their picture taken by Photo Finish, who insists that they use silly costumes and props to liven up the shoot. They have fun goofing around until Rarity's new pixie wings catch fire under the lights, and Photo declares that the shoot is her best work ever.
"Raise This Roof" Gillian M. Berrow July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)
At the CHS Fall Formal, Applejack hears her favorite song being played and has Apple Bloom do a line dance with her. Seeing a chance for a dance-off, Rainbow Dash has a hip-hop track put on and starts breakdancing with Scootaloo. The challenge shifts back and forth, with the two younger girls being pushed to the sidelines as the older ones' enthusiasm gets the better of them. Apple Bloom and Scootaloo show them both up by doing a funky dance of their own, for which Pinkie Pie awards them a trophy. Applejack and Rainbow Dash gracefully accept defeat, but the latter still asks the girls for a rematch.
"Steps of Pep" Gillian M. Berrow July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)
Pinkie Pie recruits Fluttershy to join the CHS cheering club and tries to get her to raise her soft voice as they cheer on the soccer team. They move on to root for a vocal quartet and then a chess match, to which Fluttershy's quietness is perfectly suited.
"Pet Project" Gillian M. Berrow August 5, 2017 (2017-08-05)
After visiting Fluttershy at her job in a pet grooming salon, Sunset Shimmer decides to get a pet of her own so she can take part in a photo shoot with the other girls' pets (including Pinkie Pie's stuffed alligator doll Gummy). Fluttershy shows her around an animal shelter, and she adopts a tiny yellow gecko and names it Ray, returning just in time for the photo shoot.
"Subs Rock" Gillian M. Berrow August 5, 2017 (2017-08-05)
Principal Celestia decides to fill in as substitute teacher for Twilight and Rarity's class. However, she is constantly interrupted by situations that include a cafeteria emergency and Rainbow Dash kicking a soccer ball against the outer wall of the building. By the time she takes care of all the problems, she is exhausted and the class ends.
"The Art of Friendship" Gillian M. Berrow August 12, 2017 (2017-08-12)
Struggling to pick an idea for her painting in art class, Pinkie Pie takes Sunset Shimmer's suggestion to "get the creative juices flowing". She drinks some juice in the cafeteria, dresses up as a bird to watch and annoy the ones in her neighborhood and then plays a drum solo that ends with her pounding on a bucket in the art classroom, driving everyone to distraction. When Sunset explains that she likes to paint things that make her happy, Pinkie acts on that idea and sloshes paint all over herself and the other students' projects, resulting in her quickly turning out a simple portrait of Sunset.
"The Canterlot Movie Club" Gillian M. Berrow August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20)
Apple Bloom, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle are about to watch the new Daring Do movie when Pinkie Pie asks them for help in finding her stuffed alligator Gummy. Seeing a chance for adventure, the girls search the movie theater lobby and the trash cans behind the building, to which they then spot Gummy as one of the prizes inside a claw game. Scootaloo plays the game and successfully extracts Gummy, and the girls give the doll back to Pinkie just in time for the start of the movie.
"Leaping Off the Page" Gillian M. Berrow August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
Rainbow Dash settles in to read one of her Daring Do novels and imagines herself as the protagonist. She flees through the jungle from a rival whose voice consists only of car honks, then encounters a bird whose call is a cell phone's ringtone. As the statue she is standing on crumbles under her feet, she snaps back to reality - now sitting on top of her wardrobe - as Twilight Sparkle and Rarity arrive in her bedroom. She was so engrossed in the story that she ignored both the honking of Applejack's horn and the ringing of her own phone before climbing onto the wardrobe. Rainbow climbs down, tosses the book aside, and leaves to join the girls to see a movie.
"Epic Fails" Gillian M. Berrow August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
While the girls are eating lunch, Rarity shows them a gossip magazine that contains pictures of Countess Coloratura suffering an embarrassing fall during yoga class. They privately reflect on their own humiliating moments: an experiment blowing up and coating Twilight Sparkle and Spike in sludge, Applejack and Pinkie Pie accidentally burning a batch of pies and inadvertently setting off the smoke detector and sprinklers, Rainbow Dash knocking out a display at a sporting-goods store with a botched soccer kick, Fluttershy getting a bizarre hairdo from a flock of birds and Rarity and Sunset Shimmer both embarrassing themselves in front of a boy over a piece of lettuce stuck in Rarity's teeth. As the girls leave the cafeteria, they slip on a patch of wet floor and fall in a heap in full view of the other students, but they laugh off the fumble.

Music videos

A series of music videos were produced by DHX Media's 2D animation studio located in Vancouver, Canada, which have produced the Equestria Girls animated films and specials.

Title Writer Original airdate
"Mad Twience" John Boyd July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)
In a take-off of Frankenstein, Twilight Sparkle works on a secret project in her home laboratory during a stormy night with help from Spike. After a long session of poring over notes and schematics, debugging computer code and assembling hardware, she unveils the end result - a robotic puppy friend for Spike to play with.
"Monday Blues" John Boyd August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)
Monday morning starts very differently for Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle, with Sunset oversleeping and Twilight quickly getting ready. A storm hits as soon as they leave their homes to go to school, and both encounter various frustrations and obstacles along the way. When they arrive at Canterlot High, they find that the rest of their friends have had their own troubles in getting to school. The girls share a laugh over their misfortunes, and Pinkie Pie takes a selfie of the group with her cell phone.
"Shake Things Up!" Mason Rather August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
Working at her part-time job at a juice bar in the Canterlot Mall, Applejack is bored and tired of making the same drinks every day. While slicing apples, she comes across a beet and decides to get creative with her drinks, mixing up new combinations of fruits and vegetables. Her flashy drink-mixing skills slowly draw in a crowd of customers who enjoy the new products.
"Get the Show on the Road" Bill Sherman & Chris Jackson (song only) August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
The Rainbooms are about to go on tour, but the bus Applejack finds for them to use is a broken-down wreck. With Twilight Sparkle's planning and the help of their powers, they repair and repaint it in short order.
"Coinky-Dink World" Mason Rather September 22, 2017 (2017-09-22)
Pinkie Pie works as a waitress in a 1950s diner and attempts to play matchmaker to two nerdy patrons.
"Good Vibes" Daniel Ingram September 22, 2017 (2017-09-22)
A glum Flash Sentry helps Trixie carry a load of props through the Canterlot Mall, setting off a domino effect of good deeds that improves a bad day for the Equestria Girls and some of their friends. The effect comes full circle when Sunset Shimmer gives Flash her order of take-out sushi to cheer him up.

Release

In the United States, the shorts were shown on Discovery Family (a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro) as part of Discovery Family's "Summer Splash" seasonal event where they are collectively known as Summertime Shorts. Internationally, Hasbro has been releasing each short every Friday since August 11, 2017 via their official YouTube channel, starting with "Mad Twience" and ending with "Epic Fails" on November 10.

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