This episode stars Weird Al Yankovic. Need I say any more?
Not only is this the best episode of the season by far, it has some of the best music of the season, if not the entire series. Such a musical guest as Weird Al deserves only the most musical episodes, and the musical numbers in it hardly disappoint—well, actually a few of the songs, most notably the very first and last ones, sound rather similar to previous songs in the series. Even then, the music is what you would expect from a guest appearance of Weird Al, what with its energetic pacing and over-the-top humor.
What really impressed me is that, surprisingly enough, none of the songs were written by Weird Al himself. Yeah. Go figure! An episode where Weird Al sings most of the songs has none written by him. Even then, the songs sound exactly like those he would write, especially the Goof-Off Song, which is itself a tribute of his polkas. The fact that these songs manage to perfectly emulate Weird Al’s style shows the range that songwriter Daniel Ingraham has.
What else is there to say? With a guest like Weird Al, you know you’re in for fun, and that’s exactly what this episode was—fun!
With that said, here's the episode along with my thoughts on it:
Nice to see Appleloosa again. Also nice to see that the ponies and buffalo are continuing to live together in harmony. What brings people together better than a party?
At first, I was wondering why Weird Al's character was named Cheese Sandwich--but then I saw this animation with the cheese sandwich reverberating like an accordion. Pure genius!
What's with eccentric earth ponies having weird pony senses?
Song #1: Meh, I feel it's too similar to "Morning In Ponyville" from "Magical Mystery Cure", but otherwise, it's a good starting song and fits into Pinkie's character perfectly.
Obligatory (if not upside-down) CMC cameo!
Oh look, it's the marketplace where everyone was being a total dick to poor Fluttershy in "Putting Your Hoof Down"! Good thing to know none of the mean pony vendors are there.
"We chose Pound and Pumpkin's name." Wait, if you knew you were having twins, then why was every pony else surprised?
LOL! I guess this is payback for stealing the CMC's shakes in "One Bad Apple" (Then again, it would have to be Babs Seed who received the comeuppance here, and Silver Spoon would not benefit from it.)
I guess Pinkie wanted a ton of brown paint.
You too can create a detailed painting of your best friend if you dance and throw paint around haphazardly!
"Parties are serious"...business! Finished that for you. (Oh, and obligatory Pinkie Pie promise callback is obligatory.)
An eccentric earth pony with a special sense who loves to plan parties? Gee, it's almost as if he's a shameless male clone of Pinkie Pie. (But then, he would be Bubble Berry.)
"A pair of pony party planners in Ponyville? what could be more perfect?" That aliteration!
I'm with the MysteriousMrEnter: who moves to another town on their birthday?
Song #2: It certainly fits Weird Al's character, and is a good introduction to him.
Yes, I'm sure the funeral director is quite the party animal. Nothing more cheerful than a person in charge of cleaning up corpses.
Hey look: a pig that flies! (And, aw! Colt Cheese Sandwich is adorkable!)
Hey look, the Weird Al character is playing an accordion!
Weird Al hitting on a R63 version of himself? Nothing creepy about that!
I'm not sure what celebration would call for a large floating pizza in the middle of a lake or would concern fugglehorns...but I totally want to attend.
Forget the Party Cannon! Party Bomb is best party-based weapon.
Hey, that's not how you play DDR!
Looks like he got his own hippopotamus for Christmas...er, I mean his birthday!
"Pinkie Pie's parties are fun and sweet and all, but this party is going to be...epic!" Um, RD, Pinkie Pie is in earshot. (And saying "No offense" doesn't cut it.)
What, we don't get the flat mane? Hasbro, I am disappoint!
Derpy seems to be hanging up those streamers nicely...especially for someone as clumsy as herself.
Hey! That's not how you water flowers!
Twilight Sparkle does the safe thing and backs away slowly.
Song #3: Not exactly the best sad song ever, but it did make me feel sympathy for Pinkie, and that's hard to do.
Must not make reference! Must not make reference! Must not make reference!
Well, at least she's a better mail mare than Derpy!
It's as if Frozen's Elsa and The Guardian's Jack Frost had a child and that child turned into a pony and took up a job as a construction worker!
If "Just For Sidekicks" taught us anything, it's that past events can be easily conveyed through photographs.
There is symbolism in this somewhere!
And this is why Derpy was banned from Golden Corral!
I know Pinkie is serious about trying to get her title back as best party pony, but does she have to look evil about it?
Not sure how a sculpture like that can stand with such as narrow base at the bottom. Wouldn't it tip over?
It's like Twilight's bulgy eyes from "Crystal Empire" had a one-night stand with Pinkie Pie's angry face from "Over A Barrel" and this is their bastard child!
Yes, they are shocked to discover they are in an anime-style frame.
"Okay, who replaced my sombrero with this fez?"
Clearly, Cheese is more properly fitted for a goof-off than Pinkie.
At this point, are you really going to question anything in this episode?
"I was born ready!"
"I was ready before I was born!"
Song #4: This song! Oh this song! What is there to say about it other than it's the best song of the episode, if not the entire season? There are just too many good things about it. The fact that it matches the style of Weird Al's polkas...
...or the live action segments...
...or the Weird Al remix of "Smile, Smile, Smile!"
You think he's compensating for something?
Yes, I would only be mildly annoyed if a large piñata came barreling down upon me to and crushed my body.
Well, at least she doesn't carry as much as Rarity...or force her sister/dragon slave to carry it all.
Um, why is Spike apologizing? He didn't do anything.
Pinkie Pie feels much better after her friends point out the blatantly obvious to her.
Song #5: It's a nice reprise from the original song. Though it does raise some questions.
We get to see Manehattan again--in the same season, no less!
Oh look, we get to see all the filly and colt versions of our favorite background characters!
BonBon with glasses is cute. So is Colgate with braces.
So if Pinkie Pie was his inspiration for throwing parties, why is he just mentioning this right now. Could have prevented all of this mess if he mentioned it earlier.
Song #6: Well, it's catchy to say the least, but it sounds too similar to "This Is Our Big Night" from Equestria Girls.
You have to wonder how Dash is able to afford all of this. I mean, there's a roller coaster! I'm not sure if a weather pony makes enough money to afford that.
Judging from this cake, Dash is 21 years old. But if we assume that the candles are evenly distributed around the cake, she seems to be 40. Wow, she is young and energetic for 40!
What? No candy?! Worst. Piñata. Ever!
When did Rarity become an alicorn?
Not sure how a rubber chicken can shine a rainbow reflection.
Of course he would have a second one!