This Day in Television History – December 15th, 2012 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Wonderbolts Academy” Airs

Rainbow Dash is one step closer to achieving her life-long dream in an episode that aired four years ago today.

“Wonderbolts Academy” is the 7th episode of the 3rd season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Merriwether Williams and directed by James Wootton, it first aired on The Hub network on December 15th, 2012.

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Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust race through the skies! Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, Rainbow Dash is excited about the chance to get into the Wonderbolts Academy, as one of her lifelong ambitions is to become a part of that elite group of fliers. While there, she gets to know another speedy Pegasus named Lightning Dust, who may be even more ambitious than she is—to the point of being dangerous!

This episode marks the first use of 3D graphics in the series, used with a cel-shading technique for the machine that spins ponies around. Spitfire, the Captain of the Wonderbolts, is prominently featured in the episode, voiced by Kelly Metzger.

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