Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

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Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
My Little Pony film
DirectorJayson Thiessen
Ishi Rudell
WriterMeghan McCarthy
ProducerDevon Cody
Sarah Wall
EditorRachel Kenzie
MusicWilliam Anderson
Prod. companyDHX Media
Hasbro Studios

Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is the second film in the Equestria Girls film franchise as well as the third theatrical film in the My Little Pony franchise, after the 1986 My Little Pony film and the previous installment in the Equestria Girls franchise. The film stars the titular Equestria Girls, now informally lead by Sunset Shimmer following her redemption as they must compete in a battle of the bands competition with the devious Dazzlings.


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Former Canterlot High School bully and student of Princess Celestia, Sunset Shimmer, who has reformed after being defeated by the magic of Twilight Sparkle's crown, is ostracized by most of the school despite her efforts to atone. Her only friends are the counterparts of: Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity, who have formed a rock band called "the Rainbooms" to participate in the school's upcoming musical showcase. The five girls discover that the magic left over from Twilight's crown has given them the ability to grow pony-like ears, tails, and wings when they play their instruments.

Hoping to make a fresh impression, Sunset gives a school tour to three new students – Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze, and Sonata Dusk – and informs them of the showcase, unaware that they possess magical powers. Calling themselves "the Dazzlings", the trio performs a song that turns the other students aggressive and competitive towards one another, convincing them to turn the showcase into a battle of the bands. Sunset and her friends are protected from the song by their magic, but fail to convince Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna of the danger. Sunset remembers a magical book kept by Princess Celestia, her mentor from Equestria, which she uses to send a message requesting Twilight's help.

Receiving Sunset's message, Twilight deduces that the Dazzlings are sirens from Equestria that feed on negative emotions to fuel their singing powers for their goal of world conquest. Twilight uses the book's magic to reactivate the portal, allowing her and Spike to return to the parallel world. Twilight and the girls attempt to lift the Sirens' spell, but it takes no effect. Concluding that they must perform a musical counter-spell, the girls enter the battle of the bands to give Twilight time to complete the spell. The Rainbooms face hostility and sabotage from the other bands throughout the competition, which raises tensions among themselves

Desperate for time in the semi-final round against Trixie's band, Rainbow Dash performs an egotistical song to substitute the counter-spell and unknowingly nearly transforms. Sunset impulsively ruins her performance to keep her from exposing their plan to the Sirens, which angers the girls. The Sirens intervene to allow the Rainbooms' advancement to the final round anyway, which prompts a jealous Trixie to trap the Rainbooms beneath the stage to take their place. The girls enter a five-way argument (Rarity over Applejack not caring about her costume ideas for the band, Fluttershy over Rainbow Dash taking all the credit for the band and not playing any songs that she wrote, and Pinkie Pie because being in the band isn't fun at all), allowing the Sirens to absorb their magic. Realizing that their constant fighting is interfering with the counter-spell, Sunset convinces the girls to resolve their differences, while Twilight reasons that playing together as friends will make the counter-spell work.

Spike rescues the girls with assistance from DJ Pon-3, whose headphones' music protects her from the Sirens' spell. DJ Pon-3 provides a sound system that the Rainbooms use to engage the Sirens in a musical battle. Overwhelmed by the Sirens, the Rainbooms are joined by Sunset and with her help, the Rainbooms destroy the Sirens' pendants, the sources of their powers, leading to the Sirens being booed offstage. Afterward, Twilight and Spike return to Equestria, while Sunset uses Celestia's book to remain in contact with Twilight.

During the credits, Sunset is seen having now been accepted by the rest of the school. In a post-credits scene, the human world's version of Twilight is shown investigating the strange magical activity around Canterlot High.




Performer Character(s) Job
Tara Strong Princess Twilight Sparkle, Sci-Twi Actor
Ashleigh Ball Rainbow Dash and Applejack Actor
Andrea Libman Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy Actor
Tabitha St. Germain Rarity, Luna, Photo Finish Actor
Cathy Weseluck Spike Actor
Rebecca Shoichet Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle (singing) Actor/Singer
Kazumi Evans Adagio Dazzle, Octavia Melody, Rarity (singing) Actor/Singer
Maryke Hendrikse Sonata Dusk Actor
Madeline Merlo Sonata Dusk (singing) Singer
Diana Kaarina Aria Blaze Actor
Shylo Sharity Aria Blaze (singing) Singer
Vincent Tong Flash Sentry Actor
Kathleen Barr Trixie Actor
Nicole Oliver Celestia Actor
Michelle Creber Apple Bloom Actor
Ingrid Nilson Maud Pie Actor
Peter New Big McIntosh Actor
Lee Tockar Snips Actor
Richard Ian Cox Snails Actor
Brian Drummond Delivery Pony Actor


Major crew members include:



Other media

Web shorts

Two series of animated shorts were produced in Rainbow Rocks, the 'prelude' series and 'encore' series. The 'prelude' series was released from March 27, 2014 to June 19, 2014 with a total of 8 episodes. The following year, on May 30, 2015, they aired on Discovery Family, making their television debut.

# Short Director Writer Release
1 Music to My Ears Ishi Rudell Cindy Morrow March 27, 2014
2 Guitar Centered Ishi Rudell Amy Keating Rogers April 4, 2014
3 Hamstocalypse Now Ishi Rudell Josh Haber April 11, 2014
4 Pinkie on the One Ishi Rudell Josh Haber April 25, 2014
5 Player Piano Ishi Rudell Amy Keating Rogers May 9, 2014
6 A Case for the Bass Ishi Rudell Natasha Levinger May 23, 2014
7 Shake Your Tail Ishi Rudell Amy Keating Rogers June 6, 2014
8 Perfect Day fun Fun! Ishi Rudell Daniel Ingram and Amy Keating Rogers June 19, 2014

Hasbro released the three "encore" videos on March 31, 2015, but reuploaded them on April 2, 2015. Despite the branding, these tracks were instead intended to be a lead up to Equestria Girls: Friendship Games. A lyrics were by the team of Katrina Hadley, Daniel Ingram, Brian Lenard, Jayson Thiessen and Michael Vogel, and were all directed by Rudell.

# Short Link
1 "My Past Is Not Today" Link
2 "Friendship Through the Ages" Link
3 "Life Is a Runway" Link





Two novels were based off the book.

# Book Author Publisher Pages Ref
1 Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books 192 [1]
2 Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks - The Mane Event Perdita Finn Little, Brown Books 240 [2]

Both books were compiled into the Equestria Girls: Friendship Through the Ages Boxed Set.[3]



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