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2003

A Charming Birthday is the first movie of the G3 My Little Pony franchise. It was originally released in 2003 on VHS but was only available through the purchase of Glitter Celebration ponies, or Mail Order with the purchase of specific ponies. It was later re-released on DVD in 2007, part of the Classic Movies Collection and as a DVD storybook called A Party in Ponyville. The episode was also a bonus episode in Canada on VHS and DVD of My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade, alongside with another bonus episode in the US called Pinkie Pie and the Ladybug Jamboree.

Storyline

Razzaroo serves as narrator for this mini movie and takes us into the characters as they play hopscotch. Minty get clumsy and ends up taking a pile of pottery on her head. Unfortunately, everyone else's applause, causes her to lose all but the green one. The group head inside Cotton Candy Café where Sweetberry is loading up a cake behind Cotton Candy. Enough cherries are piled on and the top portion falls on Cotton Candy's head, leaving Cotton Candy to consume a cherry that ends up on her nose. However, their biggest task is yet to come. Everyone but Kimono, the wisest pony in the land, have been surprised on their birthday.

The ponies each suggest making charm bracelets but the more they add, the more upset Razzaroo becomes. Worse still, none of them can decide what charm bracelet Kimono should wear first so they decide to have one of them ask Kimono what to do without revealing exactly why. Everyone but Minty backs away, leaving her to take on the challenge. Minty does her best and uses a welcome sign as the reason for their dilemma. It takes Kimono a bit to finally understand the situation but suggests they each add their own personal touch to the "welcome sign". Minty heads off to tell everyone the news. After a bit of discussion, the ponies realize that they're going to make a single charm bracelet with a charm from each of them. Having solved their problem, the ponies celebrate with laughter and high-fives before topping it off with a pyramid featuring Minty and Rainbow Dash at the top.

Minty goes to get Kimono but makes the balloon ride less than smooth. They arrive at the castle but no one seems to know they're here as Minty tries tapping twice on the steps to no avail. Finally, she yells loudly enough for the door to open, yielding a red carpet and a cart with a cake. Kimono has been surprised and the giant charms were used on the castle as well. Additionally, the charm bracelet is one Kimono will treasure always and dives into the cake, allowing Razzaroo to finally put photos into place in her birthday book as she narrates that "it was a charming and big birthday after all" then her book closes with "The End" on the back of it.

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