Pinecone & Pony

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Pinecone & Pony
GenreChildren’s animation adventure
Based onThe Princess and the Pony
by Kate Beaton
Developed byStephanie Kaliner
Directed byWayne-Michael Lee
Voices of
Theme music composerGreg Alsop
Opening theme"Warrior"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (31 segments)
Executive producers
EditorTaneka Stotts
Production companiesDreamWorks Animation Television
First Generation Films
Atomic Cartoons
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08) –
February 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)

Pinecone & Pony is a children's animated television series produced by DreamWorks Animation and First Generation Films for Apple TV+. The series is loosely based on the children's book The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton.[1] The first season was released on April 8, 2022,[2][3] and the second season was released on February 3, 2023.[4]


The series follows the adventures of Pinecone and her pony as they face trolls, giants, dragons and a dangerous rope bridge atop a valley.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Maria Nash as Pinecone
  • Chase W. Dillon as Hawthorn
  • Rachel House as Gladys
  • Alicia Richardson as Queen Kimya
  • Andy Hull as Arlo/Whomp
  • Thom Allison as Greymoon
  • Viola Abley as Annabelle
  • Vienna Jackson as Oatcake
  • River Novin as Peregrine
  • Shiloh Obasi as Rhino
  • Beatrice Schneider as Fauna
  • Ser Anzoategui as Wren
  • Emma Hunter as Magpie
  • Scott Thompson as Thistle
  • Karen Robinson as Magnolia
  • Michela Mohamud as Beetle
  • Johnathan Langdon as Rowan
  • Grace Lynn Kung as June
  • Julius Cho as Doraji
  • Samiyah Crowfoot as Celestia
  • John Michael Banovich as Nova


SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally released
1168April 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
2158February 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)

Season 1 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Pwettiest Pony"Wayne-Michael LeeStephanie KalinerApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
"Try This Club on for Size"Lakna Edilima
22"Lance or Not"Wayne-Michael LeeJocelyn GeddieApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
"Treat Your Creature"Evany Rosen
33"O Prickly, Where Art Thou?"Wayne-Michael LeeJocelyn GeddieApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
"Big Trouble in Lil Labyrinth"Taneka Stotts
44"This Calls for Courage"Wayne-Michael LeeTaneka ScottsApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
"The Straight and Arrow"Stephanie Kaliner
55"It's a Pony Thing"Wayne-Michael LeeLienne SawatskyApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
"Hawthorn the Adventurer"Pilot Viruet
66"In Plain Sight"Wayne-Michael LeePilot ViruetApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
"Belt or Bust"Lakna Edilima
77"You're On!"Wayne-Michael LeeKate BeatonApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
"The Pony Express"Jocelyn Geddie
88"What Would Freda Do?"Wayne-Michael LeeEvany RosenApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)
"A Token of Toughness"Gigi D.G.

Season 2 (2023)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Hero Soup"Wayne-Michael LeeLienne SawatskyFebruary 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)
"Sleepless at the Sleepover"Kate Beaton
102"The Harvest Spirit"Wayne-Michael LeeLakna EdilimaFebruary 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)
"Speak From the Art"Jocelyn Geddie
113"One Night Only"Wayne-Michael LeeLaurie ElliottFebruary 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)
"Fountains of Youths"Taneka Stotts
124"Good Night, Bad Knight"Wayne-Michael LeeTaneka StottsFebruary 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)
"A Life of Adventure"Gigi D.G.
135"Pinecone and Horse"Wayne-Michael LeeCorey LiuFebruary 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)
"Once in a Violetmoon"Tally Yong Knoli
146"Festival of Might"Wayne-Michael LeeEvany RosenFebruary 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)
"Sage Advice"Corey Liu
157"Next in Line"Wayne-Michael LeeTally Yong KnoliFebruary 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)
"A Spell of Your Own"Tristen Sutherland
168"The Sturdy Stone"Wayne-Michael LeeStephanie KalinerFebruary 3, 2023 (2023-02-03)


Cartoonist Kate Beaton published the webcomic Hark! A Vagrant from 2008 to 2018 with a variety of characters, one of which was a fat, farting pony.[5] This pony later played a central role in Beaton's 2015 children's book The Princess and the Pony, about a warrior princess named Princess Pinecone who receives a pony as a birthday gift.[6]

Beaton was approached several years later by First Generation Films, a production company out of Toronto, asking for the rights to the show to option it (in partnership with DreamWorks Animation) to different streaming services.[7] The show was eventually picked up by Apple TV+ as the platform began to roll out children's programming.[7]

Beaton is listed on the project as Executive Producer along with Christina Piovesan, Mackenzie Lush and showrunner Stephanie Kaliner.[6] While Beaton worked on the show from her home in Mabou, Nova Scotia, animation was handled by Atomic Cartoons of Ottawa.[6] The cast included Maria Nash as the title character, Alicia Richardson, Andy Hull, Rachel House, Thom Allison, Chase W. Dillon and Viola Abley.[6][8] Following the release of Season 1, Back Lot Music released a new song called "Warrior" written by Greg Alsop and performed by Tasha Peter.[9]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2022 Canadian Screen Music Awards Best Original Score for a Children's Program or Series Caleb Chan and Brian Chan Nominated [10]
2023 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Children's Programming Pinecone & Pony Nominated [11]
Canadian Screen Awards Best Directing in an Animated Program or Series Wayne-Michael Lee for ("What Would Freda Do? / A Token of Toughness") Nominated [12]
Best Original Music, Animation Caleb Chan and Brian Chan for ("Lance Or Not / Treat Your Creature") Nominated
Best Writing in an Animated Program or Series Stephanie Kaliner and Lakna Edirisinghe for ("The Pwettiest Pony / Try This Club On For Size") Won
Leo Awards Best Musical Score, Animation Series Caleb Chan and Brian Chan for ("You're On! / The Pony Express") Nominated [13]
Best Screenwriting, Youth or Children's Program or Series Corey Liu for ("Pinecone & Horse") Nominated
Humanitas Prize Children's Teleplay Gigi D.G for ("A Life of Adventure") Nominated [14]
Canadian Screen Music Awards Best Original Score for an Animated Series or Special Caleb Chan and Brian Chan for ("The Sturdy Stone") Nominated [15]
Children's and Family Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Voice Performer in an Animated or Preschool Animated Program Maria Nash Won [16]
2024 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Children's Programming Pinecone & Pony Nominated [17]
Canadian Screen Awards Best Animated Program or Series Pending [18]
Best Editing in an Animated Program or Series Joshua Guitar for ("The Sturdy Stone") Pending
Best Sound in an Animated Program or Series Mike Mancuso, Joe Tetreau, Evan Turner, Ryan Eligh, Patrick Mallan and Matt McKenzie for ("The Sturdy Stone") Pending
Best Directing in an Animated Program or Series Wayne-Michael Lee for ("The Sturdy Stone") Pending
Best Original Music, Animation Caleb Chan and Brian Chan for ("The Sturdy Stone") Pending
Best Writing in an Animated Program or Series Jocelyn Geddie for ("Speak from the Art") Pending
Stephanie Kaliner for ("The Sturdy Stone") Pending
Corey Liu for ("Pinecone and Horse") Pending


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