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Synopsis:

Rarity is enjoying a normal day at work when Pinkie Pie bursts in, saying she is stuck with no idea of what gift to give a friend of hers. She has the idea for a storybook called “The Princess’ New Dress” but she doesn’t remember it. Rarity remembers the story as one of her favorites, but Sweetie Belle accidentally destroyed her copy years ago so she can’t give it to her. Instead, she suggests that Pinkie Pie make one herself to make it more special. Soon after seeing how crazy Pinkie Pie is being in her concepts and ideas, Rarity decides to help, and is soon being driven nearly crazy by Pinkie’s wildness, sense of humor, lack of focus, and practical insanity as she insists on doing the story in nonsensical and nearly meaningless ways. Yet in spite of all of that, she keeps her cool as she admires Pinkie’s nature and the story is completed as a unique creation. As soon as it’s done, however, Pinkie automatically presents it to Rarity; saying it was meant as a gift for the anniversary of when they met. Rarity is touched not only by the unique gift but the experience of making it, and the two head out to celebrate with “BFF smoothies”.

Review:

All in all, this story has much of the same feel as the previous arc, in which the storytelling format itself is a medium shift. This one is more similar to a real comic but, similar to how the plotline of the story goes, it’s more like how the comic would be run if Pinkie Pie was in charge of it.

Similar to the “Friends Forever” issue that featured Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie, this issue features Pinkie at some of her craziest and, very slightly, I think takes her just a little too far. Although on the show she is usually wacky and cartoony, she can and does focus. Here she seems almost like an uncontrollable child at points and incapable of concentrating on her task at hand or, at minimum, concentrating enough to focus on it enough to actually get it done halfway decently. It seems as if she never would have been able to stay working on it long enough to finish making the book if Rarity wasn’t there to constantly rein her in. That might have been the point, but…it’s a tad OOC. That or one of those times like in the series where Pinkie’s energy and wildness started to cross over into being thoughtless. Nevertheless, it’s not as bad as that “Friends Forever” issue, so it’s a bit easier to overlook.

Aside from that, however, it is a cute and very creatively told storyline. I do think the photoshopped bits could have been confined to being done just one time as they lost their novelty on the second and third appearances, but all in all I like the variety of art styles and depictions throughout the comic, and I like that this plot was a nice excuse to do them all. While there may not have been a big moral at the end of this one, the story is very cute none the less with Rarity finding out she was helping make her own gift the whole time. It wasn’t quite as enjoyable as the previous arc, but it was still a nice story, so I still rate it pretty high.

Fun Facts:

This has actually been going on for several issues, but every time the art style in the story imitates another artist’s art style, there’s a caption that reads “After ______”, where the blank is the artist’s name. I only really noticed it here.

Although the title “The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows” from Season Five was itself a knockoff of the titles of episodes of “Friends”, the title to this story seems to be a knockoff of that in turn.

One of the exclusive covers for this issue features a parody of the Fonz from “Happy Days” and his famous jumping the shark moment, the instance that gave the world the meme “Jumping the Shark”, which refers to when a show is out of ideas and resorts to something cheap and extreme to try and get more episodes out of it.

This story has a full “title panel” in movie format with numerous credits to Pinkie Pie. Everyone else, like Rarity, is listed as a “minor cameo appearance”. 😛

“The Princess’ New Dress” is a knockoff of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

In the flashback when Sweetie Belle is practicing chemistry in Rarity’s old room, the book she’s reading is “How I Did It” by V. Frankenstein, an allusion to Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein”. Considering the decor of the room, it seems as if it took quite a while for Rarity to develop her taste in fashion. 🙂

Rarity’s depiction of the princess is her as an alicorn. It’s rather lovely.

When Rarity tells Pinkie “let’s get started”, she makes a fourth wall joke. “I thought we were already five pages in?” This is, naturally, the fifth page of the comic.

“A long, long time ago in a city far away” is a parody of the infamous starting line to the Star Wars films.

One of the books Pinkie Pie tries is “Crochet for the Thumb Deprived”…and leads to real life crocheted Pinkie and Rarity photoshopped into the story. O_O She ends up taping a real life paper horn and wings to make a princess. After that, she grabs boxes of clay-dough and ends up molding real life photoshopped clay Pinkie and Rarity. Finally, she glues real googly eyes onto real fruit.

I’m sure there’s some joke that artists would get about the giant portrait of Rarity, but…I don’t know much about art. :/

Pinkie Pie eats horn chips, not corn chips.

In one panel, Pinkie Pie is reading the comics “Tales from the Loft”, a parody of “Tales from the Crypt”, and “Heckcolt”, a parody of “Hellboy”. The next panel is done in the style of the latter.

Two pages of the comic are turned into a cut-out paper play for the reader to act out the last part of the story within the story. 🙂 The fake paper theater is called “Kazumi Theater”. (Kazumi Evans provides the singing voice for Rarity on MLP:FIM.) The mysterious fedora pony cameos here.

On page includes a parody of Chuck Jones’ art style for Looney Tunes, another “Peanuts” parody by Charles Schulz, and a generic anime “kawaii” style (no artist is listed for this one).

Rarity finally breaks the fourth wall and asks the audience for help, holding up a sign that reads “What color is the sky in her(Pinkie Pie’s) world?”

One page of the comic is devoted to one of the classic MAD Magazine fold-ins. It’s pretty clear what it makes even if you don’t fold it…but I’ll tell you the pumpkin and the ice cream cone become her tongue. 😛

Rating:

3.5 Stars out of 5