Tanks for the Memories (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Tanks for the Memories is the fifth episode of the fifth season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the ninety-sixth episode overall.
To prevent her pet tortoise Tank from going into hibernation, Rainbow Dash tries to stop winter from coming to Ponyville.
Why It Rocks
- It is a pretty sad and meaningful episode, as is deals with the important issue of young animal owners coming to accept the fact that they may not see their pets for a whole season because they need to hibernate. It almost executes the issue of Tank going into hibernation as a death analogue.
- The scene where Rainbow Dash is cuddled with Tank and starts crying, finally coming to the reality of the matter, was extremely heart-wrenching, thanks to the emotional performance of Ashleigh Ball and the emotional animation.
- Ashleigh Ball was actually nominated for a 2016 Leo Award for Best Performance in an Animation Program or Series for this episode.
- It's pretty educational, as it teaches what hibernation is and why some animals need to go through hibernation.
- The song "I'll Fly" is pretty catchy and also marks Rainbow Dash's first solo song in the series.
- The ending. Tank builds himself a small burrow for him to sleep him, and after the Mane Six say their goodbyes, Rainbow Dash stays and reads a bedtime story to Hank, accepting that he is about to hibernate.
- The design and concept of the Rainbow Factory is pretty creative.
- At certain parts of the episode, Rainbow Dash is almost being an relatively unlikable jerk because she thought she was thinking about Tank, but she wasn't actually thinking about what was good for Tank, nor was she listening to her friends.
- The title is a play on the song "Thanks for the Memory" by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross; the title is not a reference to the Fall Out Boy song, nor is it a reference to The Big Broadcast of 1938.
- The title of the episode is the same episode title from the Pokémon episode of the same name from the Diamond and Pearl era (Season 11).
- According to Larson, the concept of lightning kept in glass jars was originally written for the season one episode Sonic Rainboom but was cut for time.