The Moon Rises
Creator(s) Duo Cartoonist
Date added November 8, 2016
Duration 4:31
Status Complete
Type/genre Music video
Story animation

The Moon Rises is a fan-animated music video created by Duo Cartoonist, inspired by the Ponyphonic song of the same name. It depicts Princess Luna's descent into darkness as a result of seeing her sister Princess Celestia be showered with more praise and attention from the ponies of Equestria than her and her eventual transformation into Nightmare Moon.


The animation is set at Canterlot Castle a thousand years before the series' present day. During sunset, Princess Luna walks the castle halls and sings an emotional ballad about how the ponies of Equestria love and revere Princess Celestia and the day she brings while at the same time shunning Luna and her moonlit night. Her song is heard by court wizard Star Swirl the Bearded.

Driven to bitterness by this favoritism, Luna expresses a desire to break away from the overshadowing sun and wrap the world in an "eternal lullaby", and her eyes change in color and shape. Using her magic, she casts a full moon and red sky over Canterlot and blankets the castle in darkness while Star Swirl watches from a hiding spot outside the throne room. When Luna takes her place on the throne, she transforms into Nightmare Moon, and her wicked laugh echoes across the castle as Star Swirl runs away in fear.


The Moon Rises by Duo Cartoonist - Luna gazes up at the moon

"Though the Sun may plead and threaten, the Moon will stand her ground!"

[Princess Luna]

Now the hour has come at last
The soft and fading light
Has crossed the west horizon
And has bidden us goodnight
And what a lovely night it is
To walk a moonlit field
To see the softer shades
That are by starlight now revealed
So why is it that now
When all is quiet and at rest
When candles glow and all the world
Is at its very best
The ponies of Equestria
Should lock themselves away
To shun the moon and wait instead
For Sister's sunny day?


In umbra Luna est

[Princess Luna]

Am I so wrong to wish that they
Would see things like I do?
And am I so wrong to think
That they might love me too?
Why shouldn't they adore me?
Is it not within my right?
I'll not be overshadowed!
Mine is not the lesser light!
I've waited long enough now
For them all to come around
And though the Sun may plead and threaten,
The Moon will stand her ground
It comes to this at last
I will no longer yield the sky
If they cannot love but one princess alone
See, the Moon is rising
She has come to claim the heavens for her own
And all will know the wonder
Of my dark and jeweled sky
When all the world is wrapped in
An eternal lullaby
So say goodnight to this
The final setting of the sun

[Princess Luna and Nightmare Moon]

Tomorrow dawns in darkness
The nighttime has...

[Nightmare Moon]




[Nightmare Moon]

[evil laughter]


  • Original Music: Dane Larson (Ponyphonic)
  • Vocals: EileMonty
  • Animatic/Post-Production: Jordana Gonzalez and Richard Sirois
  • Environment Design: Richard Sirois
  • Character Design: Jordana Gonzalez
  • Background Painting: Jordana Gonzalez and Kressent Rhodes
  • Animation: Richard Sirois
  • Audio Engineering: Blake Swift
  • Production: Duo Cartoonist

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Initial reactions to The Moon Rises have been very largely positive, with many praising the animation's smoothness and detailed backgrounds. Because the video was animated in Toon Boom Harmony, the same program to be used in the 2017 My Little Pony feature film, some have cited the video to relieve growing concerns about the film's animation quality. Others, however, have commented on the video's overall lack of dynamic action.

The animation was featured on Equestria Daily on the same day of its release and described as "EPIC" by site forerunner Sethisto.[1]

See also

External links


  1. Sethisto (2016-11-08). EPIC Luna Animation "The Moon Rises" Offiically Releases!. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2016 November 8.

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