Season 7, Episode 16: Campfire Tales
Written By Barry Safchik & Michael Platt
Sleepless In Ponyville…the first episode in the CMC Dream Trilogy and a fan favorite among the Bronies and Pegasisters in the My Little Pony fandom. It’s just a shame because we haven’t seen the crusaders and their sisters go on another camping trip since then…until today, let’s venture into the great outdoors with ‘Campfire Tales’!
When their sister camping trip is ruined by fly-ders, Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash tell Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo the stories of their favorite legends; inspired by the tales, the girls make the most out of their new situation. When this episode was announced, I was actually rather excited since ‘Sleepless In Ponyville’ was one of my favorite episodes of Season 3 and this had the potential to not only be a great follow-up as well as my first real exposure to anything from the My Little Pony comics…but how did it fare up?
When it comes to the story, let me be the first to say that I haven’t read any of the My Little Pony comics nor did I read the ‘Legends Of Magic’ series before going into this episode…so I wouldn’t really know for sure how much of the comic series that the show staff got right with this episode as I went into this episode not knowing anything about these new characters nor their backstories of how they became legends-nothing! So for my first exposure to anything from the comics in the show, I actually have to admit that it certainly does add quite a bit of world building to the world of Equestria and it actually has me curious as to seeing just how much of these legends may be more fact than fiction…and who knows, we might have the potential for a greater amount of cooperation between the show and the comics someday. But when the ‘Legends Of Magic’ are not being told, there are plenty of heartwarming and even humorous moments scattered throughout the episode and even quite a bit of continuity nods to Season 3’s ‘Sleepless In Ponyville’.
As for the animation…with an anthology-based episode like this giving us such distinctly stories and cultures and genres within the timespan of twenty two minutes, you can imagine that the animators at DHX really had a lot going for them when it came to this episode and what we got with this episode truly helps to make the team quite legendary as they knew to keep each tale being told different from the others in every way ranging from ancient Scandinavian with the legend of Rockhoof to the oriental with the legend of Mistmane to the ancient Greek with Flash Magnus and all of this combined actually adds more depth to the world of Equestria.
And when it comes to the characters, it seems all the more natural to have each of these three legends fit with whichever member of the Mane 6 was telling them like the legend of Rockhoof being told by Applejack to the legend of Mistmane being told by Rarity or the legend of Flash Magnus being told by Rainbow Dash…and judging by the cover of the ‘Legends Of Magic’ series, we still have three tales yet to be told including one about Starswirl The Bearded. If it takes a collaboration between the show and the comics to finally make this happen, I’m all for it…and might I suggest getting Patrick Stewart to supply the voice of Starswirl as long as this is what the show writers have in mind.
Overall, I may not have read the My Little Pony comics…but ‘Campfire Tales’ managed to tell the ‘Legends Of Magic’ series in a really great follow-up to a classic episode and I give it a rating of a 9 out of 10.