Cranky and The Red Balloon is the fifteenth episode of the sixth season of Spike the Dragon and Friends, and the one hundred and forty-fifth episode overall. It is a parody of the Thomas and Friends episode, James and The Red Balloon.


  • Spike as Thomas
  • Cranky Doodle Donkey as James
  • Pipsqueak as Percy
  • Night Light as Donald
  • Hondo Flanks as Douglas
  • Hoity Toity as Sir Topham Hatt
  • Soarin as Duck (does not speak)
  • Noteworth as Stepney (does not speak)
  • Filthy Rich as Henry (cameo)
  • Apple Bloom as Annie (cameo)
  • Sweetie Belle as Clarabel (cameo)
  • Angel as Bertie (cameo)
  • Score as George (cameo)
  • Royal Riff as Butch (cameo)
  • Lightning Dust as Tiger Moth (I know, Lightning Dust is female) (cameo)
  • Twist as Nancy (cameo)
  • Burnt Oak as Cyril the Fogman (cameo)
  • Everyone else as Themselves


Narrator: "It is summer holiday time in Ponyville. Vacationers come from far and wide to enjoy the beauty of the town. It is the busiest time of the year for Hoity Toity's animals.

Spike was excited. Hoity Toity had sent him to pick up a special to deliver to the Ponyville Airfield."

Pipsqueak: "What have you got there?"

Narrator: "Said Pipsqueak."

Spike: "A balloon."

Narrator: "Replied Spike."

Pipsqueak: "A party balloon?"

Narrator: "Asked Pipsqueak excitedly."

Spike: "No."

Narrator: "Said Spike."

Spike: "This is a very special balloon."

Narrator: "And he chuffed away.

Soon Spike arrived at the airfield. And hot air was puffed into the balloon."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "What is that?"

Narrator: "Huffed Cranky."

Spike: "A hot-air balloon."

Narrator: "Said Spike."

Spike: "It will take vacationers on rides around the town."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Taking vacationers on rides around the town is our job."

Narrator: "Wheeshed Cranky jealously. Then, as if by magic, the hot-air balloon rose silently up into the sky."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "What if the hot-air balloon takes our passengers away?"

Narrator: "Chuffed Cranky."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "What will happen to us then?"

Narrator: "This made Spike worried. Suddenly he wasn't so excited about the balloon.

The balloon could be seen by everyone in Ponyville. Soarin gazed at it for so long, he ran into the back of Noteworthy."

Night Light: "Why, it's a floating basket with folks in it."

Narrator: "Said Night Light."

Hondo Flanks: "Whatever will they dream up next?"

Narrator: "Said Hondo Flanks.

Cranky and Spike were waiting at the level crossing. They were still worried about the hot-air balloon."

Spike: "If it takes our passengers away,"

Narrator: "Chuffed Spike."

Spike: "There'll be no use for us animals."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Passengers should travel with animals!"

Narrator: "Huffed Cranky."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Not in silly balloons."

Narrator: "Then something big and round and red drifted straight towards them."

Man: "We're out of hot air!"

Narrator: "Shouted a voice."


Narrator: "Cried Cranky."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "What's happening?"

Narrator: "Crash! Bang! Wallop! went the balloon, and landed right on top of Cranky. He was so scared, he let out a huge breath of air, which blew the balloon up again.

The balloon rose into the air once more."

Cranky Doodle Donkey's Driver: "Well done, Cranky!"

Narrator: "Called his driver."

Cranky Doodle Donkey's Driver: "Your breath did the trick."

Spike: "Oh no, Cranky!"

Narrator: "Cried Spike."

Spike: "You saved the hot-air balloon."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "I didn't mean to."

Narrator: "Groaned Cranky."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Now it's sure to take our passengers."

Narrator: "Wherever Cranky went, he could see the balloon carrying vacationers across the town. He felt he should be taking those passengers."

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "Roads are better than hot air any day!"

Narrator: "Cranky arrived back at the station. There were lots of people on the platform. Hoity Toity was waiting too."

Hoity Toity: "Well done, Cranky!"

Cranky Doodle Donkey: "But now the passengers will ride in the hot-air balloon."

Narrator: "Hoity Toity laughed."

Hoity Toity: "You're right, Cranky."

Narrator: "He said."

Hoity Toity: "But they will need a ride home, with a donkey."

Narrator: "Cranky was delighted.

Hoity Toity was right. The animals were busier than ever, taking vacationers to and from the airfield.

Whenever Cranky sees the red balloon, he whistles and calls out. And sometimes, when he's asleep at night, Cranky dreams he can fly too, just like the red balloon."

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