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After weeks of waiting, the mane event is finally almost here. Tomorrow morning, Twilight Sparkle will finally earn her wings and become a princess in Friendship Is Magic‘s third season finale. (Well, technically the coronation won’t happen until later in the episode…but who’s counting?)
First, though, the unicorn will have to grapple with a curse that switches around all of her friends’ cutie marks — thus messing with their destinies. “Twilight uses her wits and her love of her friends and ingenuity to figure out what’s going on,” voice actress Tara Strong (who plays Twilight) explained in an interview this week. “It’s a very exciting episode. There’s a lot of twists and turns, and things that you think are going to go wrong, and wonderful music.”
Speaking of that music: “Magical Mystery Cure” features a full score and seven different musical numbers by composer/lyricist Daniel Ingram and lyricist M.A. Larson, who doubles as the episode’s screenwriter — all in about 21 minutes and 45 seconds of airtime. Here’s a sneak peek at the opening number, an “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” style tune about starting a day off in Ponyville:
By the end of that day, of course, everything will be different for Twilight — though Strong emphasizes that the show fans know and love will retain its core principles.
“I think people should not be worried that the element that they love about the show is going to change,” she says when asked about those who have expressed misgivings about Twilight’s transformation. “All the things they love about the show are still going to be there, only bigger and better. It’s a birth of a new era for Twilight, but not the end of what makes the show so wonderful.” So stop your whinnying, neigh-sayers, and saddle up — this one’s gonna be good.