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The Mane Attraction
Applejack on stage with Coloratura and the CMC S5E24
Season №: 5
Season episode №: 24
Overall episode №: 115
Original airdate: November 21, 2015
Written by: Amy Keating Rogers
Storyboard: Mike West and John Young
Featured characters: Coloratura
Svengallop
Songs: Equestria, the Land I Love
The Spectacle
The Magic Inside
Equestria, the Land I Love (Reprise)
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The Mane Attraction is the twenty-fourth episode of the fifth season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the one hundred and fifteenth episode overall. It features a guest appearance by Tony Award-winning actress Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). The title is a play on the phrase "the main attraction".

An old friend of Applejack's, Coloratura, has become a huge pop star and Applejack fears that the singer's manager does not have her best interests at heart.


Production and development

Lena Hall recorded her dialogue for this episode on October 27, 2014.[1] The same day, Amy Keating Rogers revealed on Twitter that she wrote the episode.[2]

On April 14, 2015, Rogers pointed out that this episode would be her last for the series.[3]

An animatic clip from the episode was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 10, 2015. The clip features Hall's character and song for the episode.

The episode was released early on YouTube by the channel HasbroEpisodes, eight hours before its scheduled air time.

Background designs for the episode were designed by Rebecca Dart, Kora Kosicka, Charmaine Verhagan, Fernanda Ribeiro, and Matt Herring.[4]

According to Rogers, several scenes had to be shortened for time such as Svengallop's downfall,[5] in which he is outright fired by Coloratura rather than voluntarily abandoning her.[6]

Some working titles for this episode include "The Fame Game", "Pony Face" (a parody of Lady Gaga's song "Poker Face"), "Glitter and Eat Hay" (a parody of "Glitter and Be Gay" from the Leonard Bernstein operetta Candide), "Ornamentation Complication", "Elation Fixation", and "Pony of Pop".[7]

The song The Magic Inside has been nominated for "Outstanding Original Song" at the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards.[8]

Summary

Prologue

Ponies shocked about Applejack's question S5E24

Gasp! Applejack doesn't know Countess Coloratura?!

The episode opens with Applejack overseeing the organization of the Helping Hooves Music Festival, with help from her friends. Twilight Sparkle mentions that they have a long list of performers lined up, but thanks to Pinkie Pie, they have managed to book the most popular pop singer in Equestria: Coloratura.
"Who in the hay is "Countess Coloratura"?"
— Applejack

Countess Coloratura

Rara Singing "Equestria, a Land of Friends…" S5E24

Rara performing Equestria, the Land I Love with great passion.

Though Applejack doesn't know who Countess Coloratura is, she remembers befriending a pony named Coloratura at Camp Friendship when she was a filly. As fellow campers, the two were close and performed together in a talent show, and Applejack knew Coloratura by the nickname "Rara". Even though they eventually lost touch, Applejack remembers Coloratura as a kind pony and dismisses the idea of her becoming a demanding diva.

When Countess Coloratura arrives in an extravagant manner, Applejack tries to approach her, but her manager Svengallop's intervention causes her to act aloof and pompous. Svengallop demonstrates his exceedingly high standards further in his interactions with Pinkie Pie when he judges the festival preparations.

Applejack confides in Rarity that she hardly recognizes the pony she once knew, but Rarity insists she'll change her mind once she sees Countess Coloratura perform.

Glitz and glam

Coloratura sings "Glitter eyes" S5E24

Countess Coloratura performs The Spectacle.

In her rehearsal for the Music Festival, Countess Coloratura performs a techno-pop song with backup dancers and strobe lights. Her spectacle is met with mostly positive reception, but Applejack finds it too flashy, and all of Svengallop's praise is toward the "bells and whistles" rather than Coloratura's singing.

When a meet-and-greet with school foals is next on Coloratura's schedule, Svengallop suggests skipping it, but Coloratura refuses, saying that meeting school ponies is her favorite part of any event. Coloratura happily meets the foals of Ponyville and announces a contest in which the winners will sing on stage with her during the festival. Applejack is pleased that a glimmer of her old friend still remains.

Svengallop threatens to pull Coloratura from the festival S5E24

Svengallop is a very demanding pony.

Meanwhile, Svengallop meets with Pinkie Pie and piles more hard-to-meet demands upon her, threatening to pull Coloratura out of the festival if his demands are not met. Applejack overhears and brings it to Coloratura's attention. Coloratura is in disbelief at Applejack's accusations toward Svengallop, and she thinks Applejack is simply jealous of her fame. The two have a heated argument, after which Coloratura renounces her childhood nickname.

Exposing Svengallop

Countess Coloratura "that's how you've been managing things?" S5E24

Svengallop exposed.

As Applejack helps Pinkie Pie meet Svengallop's demands, she tries to think of a way to convince Coloratura that her manager is manipulating her. She approaches Coloratura once more and asks for a chance to prove her accusations.

During the festival's final preparations, Coloratura talks with Svengallop and considers cancelling the contest with the school foals. Svengallop is delighted to hear this, finding the contest to be "pointless". As he meets with Pinkie Pie again to make some show adjustments, Twilight spies on them backstage. Svengallop tells Pinkie to cancel the school foals contest, callously referring to them as "brats" and once again threatening to pull Coloratura from the festival if Pinkie does not deliver.

When Svengallop returns to the stage, Twilight magically broadcasts a recording of his conversation with Pinkie Pie to the crowd, and Svengallop is exposed. Confronted by a furious Coloratura, Svengallop angrily leaves her to her own devices.

I am just a pony

Rara singing "right before my eyes" S5E24

Coloratura gives a tearful performance of The Magic Inside.

That evening, without a manager for guidance, Coloratura is incredibly nervous about her performance. Applejack tells her that Svengallop was only promoting a false persona and using her to enjoy the perks of stardom, but a true perk of friendship is being able to be true to oneself.

Twilight welcomes Countess Coloratura to the stage, and as the curtains open, Coloratura appears without the veil and makeup that were signature of her stage persona. With a piano and backup orchestra, "Rara" sings a heartfelt song that brings both herself and Applejack to tears. Her performance is met with overwhelming applause.

In a show of her gratitude to Applejack for reminding her who she is, Coloratura invites the Cutie Mark Crusaders to the stage to sing a reprise of the song she and Applejack wrote together years before.

Quotes

Pinkie Pie: Twilight! Applejack! Rainbow Dash! Rarity! Fluttershy! Spike! Pinkie Pie! Oh wait, that's me.
Applejack: Who in the hay is Countess Coloratura?
Sweetie Drops and Lyra Heartstrings: [gasps]
Amethyst Star: [gasps]
Fluttershy, Noteworthy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Royal Riff, Spike, Sprinkle Medley and Twilight Sparkle: [gasps]
[poing]
Pinkie Pie: My frizz has been freaked!
Countess Coloratura: Hoofsies!
Svengallop: Did I not tell you to provide straws in all of Countess Coloratura's beverages?
Pinkie Pie: Uh, I don't think so. But lucky for you I have the biggest straw collection in Equestria! I call this straw Fernando.
Rarity: Trust me. Once you see Countess Coloratura perform, you simply won't believe it!
Applejack: Rarity was right! I don't believe it.
Countess Coloratura: Is this the little sister you wrote to me about, AJ?
Apple Bloom: Hold on, Applejack. You wrote to Countess Coloratura about me?!
Countess Coloratura: AJ said you were the best little sister ever, Apple Bloom!
Svengallop: Cancel the contest for the fillies and schedule me a spa treatment! Now that I don't have to oversee a rehearsal with those brats, I have time for the works! You know the drill! Deliver, or the diva ditches your dippy charity!
Applejack: Now, why's it gonna be so terrible?
Coloratura: Because Svengallop was in charge of everything! The lights, the visuals, the sound! Without Svengallop, I have nothing!
Applejack: Now now, don't go gettin' yourself into a tizzy there, Rara. Svengallop turned you into Countess Coloratura, and acted like your friend so he could enjoy the perks that came with bein' a star! But the real perk of friendship is gettin' to see your friend bein' true to theirself! And Rara, when you're simply yourself, you're the brightest star I've ever seen shine.
Coloratura: This song may be familiar, but yet, it's totally different. Kind of like me, Rara.

Gallery

Countess Coloratura's technopop performance S5E24

The Mane Attraction image gallery

References

  1. Lena Hall (2014-10-27). Everypony!.... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 November 5.
  2. Amy Keating Rogers (2014-10-27). And I was the lucky gal.... Retrieved on 2014 November 5.
  3. Amy Keating Rogers (2015-04-14). @jordanolling @M_A_Larson @mabsvoice This is not.... Retrieved on 2015 April 22.
  4. Jim Miller (2015-11-21). Our fantabulous design crew designed a lot of cool stuff for this episode. @R_Dart @kkosicka @charmainevee @fe_rib & Matt Herring!. Retrieved on 2015 November 21.
  5. Amy Keating Rogers (2015-11-21). @MLPRainbow20 Yeah, we didn't really have time to go into.... Retrieved on 2015 November 21.
  6. @immblueversion @MLPRainbow20 In the 1st draft Rara fired him outright. I think he returns to Manehattan but nopony falls for his BS again.. Twitter (2015-11-23). Retrieved on 2015 November 23.
  7. Amy Keating Rogers (2015-11-23). Coming up with the title for The Mane Attraction. "Glitter & Eat Hay" is a play on "Glitter & be Gay" from Candide.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 November 23.
  8. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Award Nominations. The Emmy Awards (2016-03-24). Retrieved on 2016 March 24.
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