Pinkie Pie is super-excited that she won a Colta-Cola contest for free backstage passes to see the greatest and funniest clown in Equestria: Ponyacci. She invites Twilight Sparkle along to see him perform, but on arriving she sees an older and depressed stallion looking incredibly unhappy outside. She offers her own ticket to him thinking Ponyacci will make him laugh, but he declines saying even he can’t. The girls go to the show and see a hilarious performance, and afterward head backstage so that Pinkie can have her Ponyacci doll signed. Yet much to her surprise, when Ponyacci takes off his makeup, it’s revealed he’s the same depressed stallion from before. He admits that although he loves to make other ponies laugh, he’s getting too old and worn out to keep performing, and so he has to retire. Pinkie sinks into depression of her own and, in spite of Twilight telling her this is his decision and she should respect it, she plans a massive clown act of her own to try and cheer Ponyacci up into not retiring, writing one of her signature silly songs for it. After showing it off before Ponyacci, he dismays her on saying that he still intends to retire, but he compliments her performance and gives a series of critiques on how to make it better. Hearing the suggestions, Pinkie Pie suddenly gets the idea for him to teach a “school for clowns” to help other performers. Ponyacci loves the idea as it will enable him to continue to make ponies laugh without needing to continuously perform, and soon he opens “Ponyacci’s School of Clowning, Japes, and Buffoonery” in Ponyville. Pinkie writes to Celestia about the importance of helping others find ways to keep doing what they love.
This is another one that was big on panels and smaller on dialog. It’s not as short as Fluttershy’s Micro-Series, but it still comes off as not too terribly long. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it more than Fluttershy’s. While it is a lot lighter on allusions and gags and heavier on seriousness, the artistic style (more Japanese in nature) and the fact that, in spite of being not too terribly wacky, Pinkie is still “being Pinkie” helps to keep the mood very light even if the plotline isn’t all too light or silly.
It doesn’t have much more substance than the last arc, although I liked the fact that it was Pinkie helping out someone else. Perhaps that in and of itself gave a bit more weight. In a way, it’s a bit like an alternate version of Season Two’s “A Friend in Deed”, similar to how Twilight Sparkle’s arc was. But since I liked that episode, I kind of like this. Maybe it doesn’t hit one in the feels so much as Twilight Sparkle’s or the upcoming arc with Princess Celestia, but I still think it’s nice and there’s nothing majorly “wrong” with it. It seemed to evade a lot of the awkwardness of the last arc at any rate.
Again, this is a theme more for adults. We’ll reach the point in our lives where we’ll all get too old to do what we love. And when that happens, it would be great if we could find a new way to keep doing it forever.
So yeah, I rate it as a good one.
The artwork style in this is a bit more similar to manga.
Pinkie Pie’s approach is similar to the infamous scene in “Jurassic Park” with the Tyrannosaurus Rex approaching.
The contest Pinkie one was by drinking “Colta-Cola”, obviously a knockoff of “Coca-Cola”. There was a similar knockoff in Comic Arc #4.
The name Ponyacci is a knockoff of Pagliacci, the infamous opera. The part where Pinkie Pie tries to give him her ticket so that “Ponyacci” can cheer him up might be a knockoff of the Pagliacci Joke from “Watchmen”.
3 Stars out of 5