10) “THE PERFECT PEAR” from MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC
Since the first episode, fans have wondered what happened to Applejack’s (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) parents. Seeing this honest young farm pony run the family’s apple farm by herself alongside her Granny Smith (Tabitha St. Germain), Bronies have speculated on who her mother and father are and how they died. After six and a half seasons, they finally discover how Applejack’s parents fell in love.
The return of Granny Smith’s arch rival Gran Pear (guest voice William Shatner) spark memories of the Apple/Pear rivalry. While tracing back the origins of this rivalry, Applejack, her little sister Apple Bloom (Michelle Creder) and their big brother Big Macintosh (Peter New), they find out their mother is Gran Pear’s Daughter, Pear Butter (Felicia Day)! Which means they’re (gasp), PART PEAR!!! So, begins the origins of how Butter fell in love with Bright Mac (Bill Newton) and the effect the rivalry had on their relationship.
Why are cartoons better at portraying romance than most live action movies? The love between the cartoon couples like Homer and Marge Simpson and Belle and the Beast feel way more believable than Edward and Bella or Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Day and Newton bring such charming chemistry that you fall in love with these characters too. This results in many adorable moments between these two. And Pear Butter’s song “You’re in My Head Like a Catchy Song” absorbing into your subconscious upon first hearing.
But in between these flashbacks in the lingering reminder of their deaths. While the show never says they’re dead, they still imply it. This results in a couple heartbreaking scenes, especially when you see Bright’s old friend Burnt Oak (Bill Mondy) tear up when Big Mac asks about his father. But that doesn’t compare the heartbreaking moment when Grand Pear disowns his daughter.
Not bad for Girl’s show, huh?