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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks poster
Directed by Jayson Thiessen[1]
Ishi Rudell (co-director)[2]
Produced by Devon Cody
Written by Meghan McCarthy[3][4]
Music by William Anderson (score)[5]
Daniel Ingram (songs)[6]
Release date(s) September 27, 2014 (limited theatrical run) (scheduled)[7][8][9][10]
October 28, 2014 (DVD/Blu-ray release) (scheduled)[11][12]
Running time 75 minutes[13] (Theatrical)
72 minutes[11] (DVD/Blu-ray)
Studio Hasbro Studios
DHX Media
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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is the upcoming sequel to the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic animated film My Little Pony Equestria Girls. It will feature a Battle of the Bands storyline and will be released theatrically[14] on September 27, 2014.[9]


Development

This film was announced by Hasbro as part of a press kit at the 2014 International Toy Fair.[15] When asked about the film on an AMA for Reddit, Tara Strong also confirmed it saying, "It'll be adorable."[16]

On February 13, 2014, Meghan McCarthy tweeted that she worked on the film in Summer 2013.[3]

On the same day as McCarthy's tweet, songwriter Daniel Ingram tweeted that there will be a total of twelve songs in the film, the greatest number of songs yet featured in an MLP episode or film.[6]

Summary

Summary from Hasbro

"[M]usic rules and rainbows rock as Twilight Sparkle and pals complete for the top spot in the Canterlot High "Mane Event" talent show. The girls must rock their way to the top, and outshine rival Adagio Dazzle and her band The Dazzlings, to restore harmony back to Canterlot High."[17]

Summary from Screenvision

"Canterlot High is hosting a musical showcase and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when a new girl group, The Dazzlings, arrives at CHS, they convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands.

"As tensions mount between the competing musical acts, a reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that the Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High. The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to return to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school."[18][19][20]

Summary from Yahoo! TV

"In the new movie, human versions of pretty ponies Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy (yes, in case you missed the first flick, they're real girls now!) are set to perform with their new band, the Rainbooms, at the Canterlot High "Mane Event" musical showcase.

But — shades of Jem! — there's a new mean girl group in town, headed by the not-so-sweet Adagio Dazzle, who wants to turn the friendly showcase into a bona fide Battle of the Bands. But hey, what's wrong with a little competition, right? Especially against a group called the Dazzlings?"[21]

Cast

Publicity and branding

Previews

My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks EXCLUSIVE Movie Clip01:25

My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks EXCLUSIVE Movie Clip

Rainbow Rocks sneak peek, released by Entertainment Weekly.

MLP Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks Comic-Con EXCLUSIVE Teaser01:13

MLP Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks Comic-Con EXCLUSIVE Teaser

Official Rainbow Rocks trailer, first shown at Comic-Con.

On February 13, 2014, Entertainment Weekly published an article about the film. Details about its plot were limited; however, the article included a trailer showcasing several clips and a new song by Daniel Ingram, all from the animated shorts.[23][24][25][10]

As part of the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con International "Hasbro Studios: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls" panel scheduled for July 25, 2014, "Guests from Hasbro Studios My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic airing on the Hub Network in the U.S. and My Little Pony Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series and a sneak peek into the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rock[sic] movie coming this fall."[26]

On July 24, 2014, Yahoo! TV posted not only a new trailer for the film, but also a song performed by Adagio Dazzle and the Dazzlings.[21]

Sneak peeks

On August 18, 2014, Hasbro posted a two-minute-long clip of the film featuring the Dazzlings on their animated shorts YouTube channel;[27] a week later on August 25, another clip was released.[28]

Live-action music videos

On February 20, 2014, Hasbro released a live-action music video on their official website depicting six young females as the Rainbooms in a rock band. Like the similar Magic of Friendship music video released to tie-in with the first movie, the Rainbow Rocks music video uses a rock version of Equestria Girls (Cafeteria Song) and shows the Mane 6's human counterparts in animated form doing the "EG Stomp".[29]

On August 4, 2014, Hasbro released a second live-action music video depicting the Rainbooms as well as the Dazzlings and DJ Pon-3 in a rock competition. The rock version of Equestria Girls (Cafeteria Song) from the previous video plays with lyrics from the Dazzlings' Under Our Spell included.[30]

Release

Theatrical

Like Equestria Girls before it, this film will be distributed to theaters in limited release on September 27, 2014.

A list of participating U.S. theaters is available on Screenvision's website, and participating Canadian theaters can be found on Cineplex Entertainment's website.

Home media

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 28, 2014, a little over a month after the theatrical release. Announced special features include a new featurette, the eight animated shorts that were released on YouTube, a sing-along song and more.[31]


Merchandise

Book versions

Two chapter books, one an expansion of the prequel animated shorts[32] and the other "The third exciting adventure in the Equestria Girls series! The girls rock a new story about friendship at Canterlot High. The follow-up to Through the Mirror and Rainbow Rocks", were posted on Hachette Book Group's website and enlist the books for respective April 8, 2014 and October 7, 2014 releases.[33][34]

Toys

Rainbow Rocks merchandise was showcased at the 2014 American International Toy Fair, including pony and human versions of the main cast and human versions of Octavia Melody, DJ Pon-3, Sunset Shimmer, Adagio Dazzle, Sonata Dusk, and Aria Blaze.

Soundtrack

Main article: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Wiki:Workshop/My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks - Original Music from the Movie

A vinyl release of the soundtrack album containing songs from this film is set for a release sometime in the future.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the film's transcript.

Dialogue in a Hasbro image

Pinkie Pie: Hey Twilight! Lets[sic] make some Music!
Twilight Sparkle: Hey Pinkie! I'm ready to ROCK!
[35][36]

Dialogue from the film

Aria Blaze: Ugh! I wish we'd never been banished to this awful place!
Adagio Dazzle: [sarcastically] Really? I love it here!
Sonata Dusk: For realsies? Because I think this place is the worst.
Aria Blaze: I think you're the worst, Sonata.
Sonata Dusk: Oh, yeah? Well, I think you're
Adagio Dazzle: Ergh! I'll tell you one thing, being stuck here with you two isn't making this world any more [through clenched teeth] bearable.
Rarity: Quite the eye-catching advertisement, if I do say so myself.
Pinkie Pie: And it smells like cake!
Fluttershy: It does? [sniff, sniff]
Pinkie Pie: I used frosting instead of paste!
Sunset Shimmer: Ugh! The old me really was just awful, wasn't she?
Applejack: Mmm...horrid.
Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy: Mm-hmm, uhhh, etc.
Pinkie Pie: Yep!
Sunset Shimmer: A demon. I turned into a raging she-demon.
Pinkie Pie: And tried to turn everyone here into teenage zombies for your own personal army! [squee]
Applejack: So how was the tour?
Sunset Shimmer: I don't know. I mean, these girls, they were... There was something off about them.
Pinkie Pie: Like off like this? Or off like this? Or... Oh, oh! Like—
Rainbow Dash: Maybe we should just let her tell us.
Pinkie Pie: Ohhhh. They're that kind of "off".

Gallery

Rainbow Rocks Mane 6 lineup

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks image gallery

See also

References

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