6 Even More Great Cameos on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
I finally got around to watching the series finale of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic the other day and it was nice. It’s no longer edgy to call oneself a brony, but I enjoyed all nine seasons of this colorful cartoon and it ended on a high note.
As has been a fun game on my blog, I like collecting all the fun and wild pop culture cameos that the creators of My Little Pony snuck into the show over the years. I’ve done two lists prior — here and here — featuring cameos of everyone from the cast of Mad Men to Kratos to even Grumpy Cat! The creators clearly had a lot of fun, and they slipped in a couple more cameos in the final few seasons.
So join me after the jump for another batch of nifty pop-ins on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!
During a musical number in the episode “Between Dark and Dawn” in season 9, royal ponies Celestia and Luna take in a stage play. And it’s Wicked! Simple as that. Elphaba the Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good Witch are seen on stage in the middle of a montage in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Wicked cameo. I still have to see the show myself. The music is banging! Here’s hoping this isn’t the only animated version of Wicked we ever get.
5. The Three Amigos
The Three Amigos movie was a staple of my childhood! Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short on a silly adventure as TV cowboys turned real life heroes? Phenomenal! And while the Amigos themselves didn’t show up in an episode, we got a quick nod to their iconic outfits in the season 9 episode “The Big Mac Question”. Anybody can make a Three Musketeers reference, but My Little Pony went for a Three Amigos reference instead!
4. Gordon Ramsay and more!
“You donkey!” Gordon Ramsay makes an appearance in the season 8 episode “Grannies Gone Wild” during a celebrity chef segment. The show then goes one step further by having Ramsay yell his signature angry catch phrase at the shows donkey character, Cranky Doodle Donkey, because of course that’s his name.
The Gordon Ramsay pony actually made his first appearance as a background character in the season 6 episode “Spice Up Your Life”. Along with Ramsay, that episode featured celebrity chef ponies like Rachael Ray, Julia Child, Mr. Food and more!
3. Dorothy and Toto
When faced with a scary tornado monster in the season 9 episode “Growing Up is Hard to Do”, the creators knew what they had to do: throw in a Wizard of Oz reference! Oh look, that’s the second Wizard of Oz reference on this list! Neat! Anyway, in the background of one of the tornado scenes at the Appleloosa County Fair, you can see a quick little cameo by Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto. Good for them!
And yes, that’s Gordon Ramsay in the background ducking behind his candy trolly.
2. Breaking Bad
The final two on this list are a bit of a twofer, since they appear at the exact same place. But they’re just too good and too unique to lump together! In the season 8 episode “Grannies Gone Wild”, there’s a bunch of characters in line for an amusement park ride. In the back of the scene is an obvious reference to Walter White from Breaking Bad! He’s got the Heisenberg hat, the goatee and some signature blue crystal meth at his Cutie Mark. So surely this is confirmation that hard drugs exist in Equestria. I wonder what kind of crossover viewers exist between My Little Pony and Breaking Bad. There’s me, obviously…but who else?
1. Rick and Morty
Further along in the line for the theme park ride are two ponies that resemble Rick and Morty, from that other popular cartoon! Why Rick would ever wait in line for anything is anyone’s guess, but the little glimpse nails the characters almost perfectly. This is the fun of a good My Little Pony cameo. Just a quick shot in the background, turn some random nobody ponies into a fun game for viewers. I bet the fan crossover between Rick and Morty and My Little Pony is a lot better. There’s me, obviously…and probably you too! Admit it!