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Filly Funtasia is an animated comedy (the official sources named the show's genre being 'a sitcom' or a family comedy) series, based on the long-lasting Filly brand. The plot follows Rose, Bella, Lynn, Cedric, and Will's experiences and adventures while attending the Royal Magic Academy.

Series information

Spanish logline of the show.

Main information

Although Filly Funtasia was made in English, its creation was helped by various groups around the world. This originally included the company BRB Internacional (Spain) and the animation studio Black Dragon Entertainment (Beijing). Despite Filly's massive popularity in German-speaking countries, no German parties are currently known to be involved in the production.

The show was originally announced to be released in 2014, but suffered years of (largely unexplained) delays before it was finally released in Italy early 2019.

'Filly Funtasia' was going to have two special episodes centered around the stories based on 'Filly Butterfly' and 'Filly Stars' canon but after BRB Internacional and Screen 21 quit working on the development and distribution of the show, there is no word on the current state of the specials. The specials would have been of 75 minutes each and would feature characters, such as Zodia and Alyssa, who are currently exclusive to each of their respective Filly toy lines. The only existing information about these episodes can be found on the pitch bible's pages.

B-water is the animation studios that would later take the show for its projects, working on scripts, storyboards, designs, animation supervising and post supervising of  'Filly Funtasia'. They helped to finish the episodes Screen 21 started to work on in the past. One of the trailers uploaded on their Vimeo channel has another scene that doesn't appear in any of the existing episodes. Another new company to currently work on the show is Guangzhou Huamai Animation Studios.

Some people who worked on the show weren't credited, for example, Leo Trinidad[1] and Sergio Abad[2] (storyboard and animatic artists).

Imira Entertainment is the new distributor of the show. This company signed the deals of creating Hungarian, Romanian, Czech, Serbian and Slovenian versions of Filly Funtasia which later became a part of AMC TV channel's airings, Minimax.

Filly Funtasia received a Hebrew dub in 2020, not long after the previous five, and all of 13 episodes were also added to the Israeli VOD known as BIGI.

The official Weibo account of Filly Funtasia uploaded a 2 minutes long trailer for second half of season 1 that marks the first ever appearance of an angel filly in the series. In December of 2020, the same profile sent a poster where another angel filly can be seen, and a date for Chinese premiere was revealed. Not long after that, it was followed by an upload of a short video with another set of frames from the remaining episodes of season 1 and merchandise promo.

A different English version of show was later released, its episodes in a different order starting with The Freshmen. It began airing on Channel 5 in Singapore and received a page on mewatch.sg (official VOD of Mediacorp) in full HD quality, without logotype [3] [4]

In 2022, the German version of the show has seen release. Its episodes are split in half but otherwise aired in the same order that was seen in the Singapore release.

The Filly Funtasia website

Filly Funtasia has its own official site[5], first created in 2013 with the only content available copied from the show's pitch bible. It was taken down early 2019, but returned early 2021 with a completely different design.

The site in its original form had descriptions and images of the show, including concept art pictures. Some of the images for episodes in this version of the site were misplaced between episodes. The early titles for The Cupcake Mystery, The Blue Rainbow, and Wranglum in Disguise were also able to be seen on the site. This version of the site, like all other official Filly sites, was taken down early 2019.

Two years after the site's removal, a complete redesign was released early 2021 with all content removed and replaced. Its front page now displays a preview video featuring a few random scenes from the show. While the site's content currently remains at a minimum, it does feature a brief description and a link to the official Filly Funtasia YouTube channel (which currently has only a single trailer available).

Characters

For short descriptions of each character, see Filly Funtasia characters.

Episodes

Season 1
Episode Order A

1. The Cupcake Mystery
2. The Blue Rainbow
3. Wranglum in Disguise
4. Alone at Last
5. The Evil Garden
6. Dream of Doom
7. Bijou on the Loose
8. The Magical Maze
9. Teacher for a Day
10. Hide and Seek
11. The Lost Mermaid
12. The Star Crystal
13. Farina, the Fire Dragon
14. The Freshmen
15. The Treasure Hunt
16. Feathers Appear When Angels Are Near
17. Art of Magic
18. A Royal Wedding
19. The Hoopenhoof Game
20. A Magical Lesson
21. The Spring Ball
22. A Visit from Fairy Land
23. Funtasia Festival
24. I Dare You
25. The Haunted Library
26. Battle of The Dark Crystal

Episode Order B

1. The Freshmen
2. The Treasure Hunt
3. Farina, the Fire Dragon
4. Teacher for a Day
5. The Blue Rainbow
6. Feathers Appear When Angels Are Near
7. Alone at Last
8. The Hoopenhoof Game
9. Bijou on the Loose
10. The Spring Ball
11. The Star Crystal
12. Art of Magic
13. The Lost Mermaid
14. The Cupcake Mystery
15. Hide and Seek
16. A Magical Lesson
17. Funtasia Festival
18. Wranglum in Disguise
19. A Visit from Fairy Land
20. Dream of Doom
21. The Magical Maze
22. A Royal Wedding
23. The Evil Garden
24. I Dare You
25. The Haunted Library
26. Battle of The Dark Crystal

For a list containing more information, see Episodes.

Broadcasts

Television

Country Channel Premiere date
Lang-IT.png Italy Frisbee

[6]

March 11, 2019
Lang-UA.png Ukraine PlusPlus November 30, 2019 (1); May 15, 2021 (14)
Lang-ZH.png China (Mandarin) Hunan TV January 20, 2020
Lang-HU.png Hungary Minimax September 05, 2020 (1-13); February 06, 2021 (14-26);
Language-ro.png Romania Minimax September 07, 2020 (1-13)
Lang-CZ.png Czech Republic Minimax September 16, 2020 (1-13); February 11, 2021 (14-26)
Language-sr.png Serbia Minimax October 03, 2020 (1-13); February 15, 2021 (14-26)
Lang-Slv.png Slovenia Minimax October 03, 2020 (1-13); February 15, 2021 (14-26)
Lang-Slk.png Slovakia Minimax 2020
Croatia Minimax 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina Minimax 2020
Montenegro Minimax 2020
Kosovo Minimax 2020
Macedonia Minimax 2020
Moldova Minimax 2020
Lang-HE.png Israel Arutz HaYeladim (ערוץ הילדים), November 2020
Lang-VE.png Venezuela (Latin American Spanish) TLT La Tele Tuya February 15, 2021 (1-13); June 03, 2021 (14-26)
Lang-MX.png Mexico (same dub as on TLT) Clan 2021, 2022
Lang-SG.png Singapore (different English version) Channel 5 March 03, 2022
Lang-TH.png Thailand True Spark Play April 20, 2022
Lang-DE.png Germany Junior June 06, 2022

Streams

Country Service Premiere date
Lang-ZH.png China (Mandarin) iQiyi November 28, 2019 (1-13); December 25, 2020 (14-26)
Lang-UA.png Ukraine PlusPlus (website) 2019 (1-13); 2021 (14-26)
Lang-HE.png Israel BIGI 2020 (1-13), 2021 (14-26)
Lang-US.png United States KidsFlix
MyToonz (website and app)
2021
India Airtel Xstream (hosting the same content as KidsFlix and MyToonz) 2021
Lang-SG.png Singapore (English) meWATCH (same version as on Channel 5) March 03, 2022
Lang-DE.png Germany Sky GO app [7] June 06, 2022

Alternative titles

  • Ukraine: Філлі Фантазія: Академія чарів (Filly Fantasy: The Academy of magic).
    • A Russian translation of the title can be found on the site of PlusPlus, when switching to the Russian language page. It's simply called Филли Фантазия (Filly Fantasy), with "The academy of magic" part being absent from the title, the reason for this being unknown.
  • China: 小马菲莉之缤纷仙境 and a shorter name, 小马菲莉 (with its meaning being close to Little filly: colorful wonderland or alternatively, Little filly).
  • Hungary: Filly Fantázia;
  • Czech Republic: Poníci z Fantazie;
  • Serbia: Ždrebići u Fantaziji;
  • Slovenia: Fillyji iz Funtazije;
  • Romanian title doesn't have any changes from the original name of the show so far, despite featuring a typo on the official site (Filly Fintasia);
  • Hebrew: ממלכת פנטזיה  (Fantasy Kingdom);
  • Latin American Spanish: Filly Funtasía;
  • Thai: ผจญภัยในโรงเรียนแห่งเวทย์ (Adventure in the School of Magic)

Promotional material

For images, see Filly Funtasia/Gallery.

Trailers

Name Release date Reached public through Language
First English trailer October 15, 2013 YouTube[8] English
Second English trailer November, 2013 WorldScreen English
Third English trailer April 11, 2014 (original reel) Twitter

[9]

English
Fourth English trailer October 13, 2014 Funtasia Daily English
Magical World October 6, 2015 MyFilly YouTube channel English
Sixth English trailer March 8, 2018 Vimeo English
Italian TV Spot March, 2019 Frisbee Italian

Seventh English trailer

September 12, 2019 Vimeo

English

Ukrainian trailers November 30, 2019
January 3, 2020
PlusPlus, Facebook Ukrainian
Chinese trailers

November 25, 2019,
January 03, 2020

Official Filly Funtasia Weibo, Bilibili, Ixigua accounts Chinese
Eighth English trailer April 07, 2020 Vimeo English
Hungarian promo September 02, 2020 Official YouTube channel of Minimax Hungarian
Romanian promo September 02, 2020 Official YouTube channel of Minimax Romanian
Czech promo September 02, 2020 Official YouTube channel of Minimax Czech
Serbian promo September 02, 2020 Official YouTube channel of Minimax Serbian
Slovenian promo September 02, 2020 Official YouTube channel of Minimax Slovenian
Second half of season 1 trailer November 02, 2020 Official Weibo account of Filly Funtasia Chinese
Second half of season 1 and merchandise promo December 18, 2020 A channel on Tencent Video Chinese
First half of season 1 December 24, 2020 YouTube channel and website of BIGI Hebrew
First half of season 1 promo January 27, 2021 Vimeo account of Clan Spanish
First half of season 1, TV Spot February, 2021 TLT La Tele Tuya Latin American Spanish
First half of season 1, promo May 03, 2021 Facebook account of PlusPlus Ukrainian
German dub (1-26) premiere promo May 09, 2022 Vimeo account of Studio 100 German
German dub weekdays promo June 06, 2022 Facebook account of Junior TV German

Descriptions

Official Filly Funtasia site

The Filly friends attend the Royal Magic Academy of Funtasia, and soon have to use their new skills... especially magic! ...as danger is not far away, and will take them on exciting adventures to keep Funtasia safe.

PlusPlus' site

The official section of PlusPlus' site has a description for the whole show, both in Ukrainian and Russian. This is a translation of some parts of its text.

'In the center of this story there is a little Filly who is telling her friend Rose a story about the magical Academy in the fairy tale kingdom. While they are busy at the magical school learning about their crystals' (this text uses the adjective 'crystal like' so the meaning of this part is unclear) magic, a trouble came. Wranglum who is a wizard of the Dark Crystal, has an intention to take all the magic of the kingdom. Cedric, Isabella, Lynn and Willow are the loyal friends who are coming to help. Will they be able to defend the world and themselves?'

The year: 2019

Genre: cartoon

Country of origin: Hong Kong, Spain, Denmark [10][11]

PlusPlus' page on Facebook

PlusPlus' Facebook page only has a description in Ukrainian. This is a translation of the description for the first video, 30.11.19:

'The little unicorn horse named Rose is attending Royal Academy of Fantasy's kingdom together with her friends, to learn how to control the crystal magic (?). Wranglum, the wizard of Dark Mirror who is dreaming to steal all the magic of the magical world, will become the main villain.' [12]

BIGI

The foals of Fantasy Kingdom spend time at the Academy and learn how to control the magic of crystals.

At the same time, the evil Wranglum is imprisoned in a mirror and is trying to be released with the help of his assistant Battiwigs who is pretending to be the pet of foals.

ETS licensing site

English: 'Filly Funtasia tells the adventures of Rose and her friends at the Funtasia magic academy. The Fillys go to school and study crystalline powers, while Wranglum, the Wizard of the Dark Mirror, along with his servants Battiwigs, try to steal all the magic in the kingdom'.

Italian: 'Filly Funtasia racconta le avventure di Rose e dei suoi amici all’accademia di magia di Funtasia. I Fillys vanno a scuola e studiano i poteri dei cristalli, mentre Wranglum, il Mago dello Specchio Oscuro, insieme ai suoi servi Battiwigs, cercano di rubare tutta la magia nel regno'.


This description mentions two formats of Filly Funtasia - 26 episodes of 22 minutes and 52 episodes of 11 minutes. It's saying the show is made for children of 5-10 years old, and of a most focus on girls. As the site and company are of an Italian origin, the text is telling about 'Filly Funtasia' being broadcasted on Frisbee channel.

Junior

(this text was automatically translated from German) Rose, a unicorn mare, attends the Royal Magic Academy in the Kingdom of Funtasia to hone her magical abilities. Her best friends Bella, Lynn, Will and Cedric accompany her on her way to this extraordinary school. The friends learn useful things about their magical environment or the mixing of magic potions. Rose also has to deal with the normal everyday madness of teenagers, but must not lose sight of her enemies. In the basement of the Academy lives Wranglum, an evil tree-like wizard creature trapped in a crystal prison. Battiwigs, a bat who is Will and Cedric's pet in the dorm, secretly works for Wranglum. The two plan to steal the valuable crystals from the academy. With the help of crystal magic, they want to take control of Funtasia.

The animated series on the successful Filly collectible figures is on German television for the first time!

Year of production: 2012
Countries of production: China/Denmark.
Format: 52 x 11 Minutes.

Sky.de

(the text was automatically translated from German) Bright green eyes, a pink horn and flowers in the white tail: Unicorn mare Rose is considered a beauty in Funtasia and a clever one at that. The gentle four-legged friend is studying magic at the Royal Magic Academy to become the best unicorn. How to mix potions is also on the schedule - this is what Rose and her friends Bella, Lynn, Will and Cedric enjoy the most. What they don't like is Wranglum, an evil tree-like wizard creature trapped in a crystal prison. Battiwigs, a bat, secretly works for Wranglum. The two villains plan to steal the valuable crystals from the academy. With the help of crystal magic, they want to seize control of all of Funtasia. Only they reckoned without a rose! – Enchanting animation series based on the successful Filly collectible figures.


Imira Entertainment

'At the royal Magical Academy of Funtasia anything is possible, and everything is fun, but danger is also lurking just around the corner. Rose and her filly friends soon realise that they’re new magic skills will come in very handy as peril is near'.

This text mentions the series would have twenty six episodes, each would be thirty minutes long. The genre is 'sitcom with adventure' and the information about possible audience's ages is known: the site says 'Filly Funtasia' is for kids of 4-7 years old.

B-water studios' site

'Rose and her friends attend the Magic Royal Academy of Funtasia. The Wizard of the Dark Mirror and his comical minion Battwigs, try to steal all the magic in the kingdom. Despite their wacky attempts - At the end all the Fillys discover their unique and magical crystal powers in these coming of age stories'.

The series is described as one having 26 episodes, each episode is of 23 minutes long.

La Tele Tuya

In Filly Funtasia, experience the adventures of Rose, the unicorn who attends the Royal Magic Academy in the kingdom of Funtasia (translated).

En FillyFuntasia vivimos las aventuras de Rose, una unicornio que asiste a la Royal Magic Academy en el reino de Funtasia (original).

From La Tele Tuya's tv guide

Rose y sus amigos se embarcan en divertidas aventuras en la academia mágica de Funtasia. Mientras estudian y aprenden nuevos poderes, un grupo de villanos liderados por el mago Wranglum intentan robar toda la magia del reino.

Airtel Xstream, Mytoonz, Kidsflix

The Filly Funtasia animated TV series brings to life the adventures of Rose and her friends, as they attend the Royal Magic Academy of Funtasia. They will soon have to use their new skills … especially magic! … as danger is not far away, and will take them on exciting adventures to keep Funtasia safe (main page).

Rose, Bella, Lynn, Cedric and Willow come from other Filly worlds and have different abilities, and they soon realise that it’s not the only thing, they also have very different personalities! (pages of the episodes).

Channel 5 and meWATCH's description of the show

Our heroine Rose and her Filly friends embark on fun exciting adventures as they start their school life at the Royal Magic Academy of Funtasia. They soon realise that their new magic skills will be of great use, as peril is near. Ages ago, during The Dark Battle, the evil Wranglum was absorbed by the Dark Mirror into a hidden Crystal Prison, which can only be unlocked by the Dark Crystal. Rose unknowingly holds the key and does not know how much danger she is in.

The show's official pitch bible

'The Filly animated series brings to life the charming adventures of Rose and her friends as they attend the Magical Royal Academy of Funtasia.

Wranglum, the powerful wizard imprisoned in a mirror eons ago, and his comical minion Battiwigs, try to steal all the magic in the kingdom and plan to spread evil in revenge - once the wizard can escape the crystal prison, that is.

Despite their waky attempts, the Fillys enjoy every day school life, studying and discovering their unique, and magical crystal powers in this coming of age stories'.

The concept idea of Filly Funtasia:

'...' As our series begins, the magnificent Magical Rainbow Stone hidden on Funtasia is shattered  and scattered across all the vast Filly realms. Fortunately, each of our five (...) heroes already has one unique magic Rainbow Crystal in his or her Royal Crown, which will help guide them as they hunt for the missing crystals, while racing to retrieve them before the evil Wizard can'.

The text of this description may be outdated as it was written in the early days of this show's development.

Notes

  1. https://leotrinidad.com/filly-funtasia
  2. https://sergioabad.net/sobre-mi/
  3. https://www.mewatch.sg/season/Filly-Funtasia-276505
  4. https://tvwish.com/Program/Info/Filly-Funtasia/588580
  5. http://fillyfuntasia.com - The official Filly Funtasia homepage
  6. It was originally listed to air in K2, which is somewhat more teen-oriented.
  7. https://www.sky.de/programm/kinder/filly-funtasia
  8. The first major attention it got was from Equestria Daily, but it did not premiere there.
  9. The video is listed as being published more than a week earlier, but was unlisted, so the date refers to when the first link to the video was tweeted.
  10. (In Ukrainian) Філлі Фантазія: Академія чарів Сайт 1+1 video та мобільний додаток дарує маленьким глядачам можливість переглянути захоплюючий мультфільм «Філлі Фантазія». В центрі сюжету знаходиться маленька Філлі, що розповідає своїм подрузі Роуз про магічну академію в казковому королівстві. У той час, коли вони захоплені чарівною школою, де вони вивчають свої кришталеві здібності, сталась біда. Вранглум, чарівник Темного Дзеркала, прагне захопити всю магію в королівстві. На допомогу приходять вірні друзі Седрік, Ізабелла, Лін і Уіллоу. Чи вдасться їм захистити себе та весь світ? Дивись у мультику «Філлі Фантазія» на сайті 1+1 video та у мобільному додатку. Рік: 2019 Жанр: Мультфільм Країна: Гонконг, США, Іспанія, Данія." [1]
  11. (In Russian) 'Филли Фантазия - В центре сюжета находится маленькая Филли, что рассказывает своей подруге Роуз о магической академии в сказочном королевстве. В то время, когда они увлечены волшебной школой, где изучают свои хрустальные способности, произошла беда. Вранглум, волшебник Темного Зеркала, стремится захватить всю магию в королевстве. На помощь приходят верные друзья Седрик, Изабелла, Лин и Уиллоу. Удастся ли им защитить себя и весь мир?'" [2]
  12. (In ukrainian) Конячка-єдиноріг на ім'я Роуз разом зі своїми друзями відвідує Королівську Академію в королівстві Фантазія, де вчиться керувати своєю кришталевою магією. Головним лиходієм стане Вранглум, чарівник Темного Дзеркала, що мріє вкрасти всю магію з чарівного світу." [3]
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