6 More Great Cameos on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Hello, everypony! Welcome to another List of Six about one of my favorite cartoons, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. If you didn’t know, I’m a total brony, but not in any of those weird, private ways. Those people are entitled to their own lives, I just like the show. It’s well-made, has relatable and interesting characters, and is clearly put together by a bunch of pop-culture loving geeks like me! Why do I say this? Because the animators like to cram a ton of awesome pop culture references into the background of nearly every episode! I chronicled some of the best cameos in a previous List a few years ago.
And now I’m back to do it again!
Since writing the last list, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has kept producing new episodes and seasons like any other non-cancelled show. And with age comes daring do, it seems, because there have been even more cameos than before! Heck, some of the pop culture reference characters have even joined the show and gotten speaking parts. I’ve gotten a couple henchies commenting to let me know about some of the new cameos, so I’ve decided to whip up another awesome cameo list!
Join me after the jump and enjoy!
6. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Kids love classic Steve Martin and John Candy comedies from the ’80s, right? Welp, that’s definitely Neal Page and Del Griffith in the back of a train car in the Season 5 episode Hearthbreakers. Apple Jack and Pinkie Pie are heading home for the holidays, just like these two sad sacks. And if you look closely enough, you can even see that Del’s cutie mark is a set of shower rings. Now that is good pop culture reference. And who knows, maybe the kids watching will ask their parents some curious questions, and we’ll get more people watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Couldn’t hurt.
5. Pulp Fiction
My Little Pony isn’t afraid to get a little R-rated. How else can you explain Jules and Vincent enjoying at meal at this pony diner? Are they arguing about the pony version of Big Macs? Are they on their way to shoot a bunch of people? At which point in the Pony Pulp Fiction timeline does this episode take place? How many people have they killed so far? And what other Tarantino characters can we expect to see in the future? The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, perhaps?
4. Grand Budapest Hotel
Bless you, My Little Pony, bless you. I am a huge Wes Anderson fan, and this is just great. Rainbow Dash is attending a fan convention for her hero Daring Do, an Indiana Jones-inspired adventurist. At the convention, she meets Quibble Pants, a fanboy who gets a little too nit-picky about some of Daring Do’s more recent adventures. Quibble Pants is voiced by Patton Oswalt, the king of nit-picky fanboy rants. And if you have listened to Patton’s latest stand-up special, you’ll know how cool this cameo probably was for him and his daughter.
And if that wasn’t awesome enough, this Daring Do convention is apparently taking place in the Grand Budapest Hotel.
That’s M. Gustave at the concierge stand in the center, and you can even see Zero down in the bottom right. It’s beautiful. Rainbow Dash goes there to complain about Patton Oswalt, but she gets nowhere. Gustave was only really interested in the older, richer clients anyway.
3. Professor Snape
I don’t know the turn around time on a My Little Pony episode, so I don’t know if this was done to honor the late Alan Rickman, but that’s definitely Severus Snape. Or, rather, that’s Professor Flintheart, a grumpy teacher pony in the Season 6 episode A Hearth’s Warming Tale. This is the show’s A Christmas Carol episode, where we hear the story of a grumpy pony who is visited by three ghosts to teach her to the true meaning of Hearth’s Warming. When the Spirit of Hearth’s Warming Past takes her to visit her childhood, we see her evil magic instructor, Professor Flintheart, telling her to grow up and not be a dorky little kid. What a jerk! Something tells me he didn’t redeem himself in the battle against Pony Voldemort.
Detective episodes are always a hoot, and My Little Pony tapped that well in Season 5 with Rarity Investigates! The fashion maven pony Rarity goes full film noir mode to prove her pal Rainbow Dash did not commit a crime, completely with cuts to black and white and heavy-handed narration. And it was nice of the showrunners to tip their hats to famous detectives Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson…except they totally went with the modern versions from the BBC show Sherlock. That’s definitely Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the background up there. Of course, considering Sherlock is the superior Holmes adaptation these days, I say by all means. Gotta stay hip with today’s young audience.
1. J. Jonah Jameson
Is there any greater fictional journalist than J. Jonah Jameson? Yeah, probably, but Jameson has got to be one of the most fun! The flat top, the mustache, the whole spiel; the guy is a legend for all the right reasons. In the Season 6 episode The Saddle Row Review, Jameson is the obvious inspiration for the newspaper reporter pony Buried Lede (let’s not get into pony naming conventions right now). He’s interviewing Rarity and her friends about the new shop Rarity opened in Manehattan. He doesn’t ask her for pictures of Spider-Pony, but you can tell it’s on the tip of his tongue.