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Feb 25, 2012 | 9:50 PM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place February 27, 2012

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EDIT: Am I seeing things? FRONT PAGE?! And an award for daily 2nd place?! A big thank you to whoever was behind making this decision! I honestly did not expect this to do so well here on NG, simply because I know there's a good few people that don't like MLP here. Needless to say, I'm shocked and yet honored to have this honor. Thank you!


After about four months of planning, writing, animating and procrastinating (mostly the last one of course, lol), here is the big My Little Pony project I've been working on, which is an animated rendition of the comic on ask-twilightsparkle.tumbl dubbed "True Friendship." Clocking in at almost five minutes (counting the credits), this is my longest animated project yet and also one of my most ambitious.

Rather than do something focused on humor or fast-paced action like most of my recent works, I wanted to make something with a story and do my best to tell it as powerfully as I could throughout the animation. Most of the dream sequence you see here was not in the comic, and was concocted by me and with a little help from the creator of the original comic.

I could go on with how I think some things in it could have turned out much better, such as when full-grown Spike is flying and some of the expressions being a little too funny for this moody animation, but I think I'll keep my mouth shut and let you watch this animation for yourself. I will say though, I'm very happy with how this turned out, especially on the writing and timing front.

I do hope you enjoy the animation! Please let me know what you think of it; I'm all ears!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

This was actually pretty darn good. I am pretty sure it would almost made a 25 year old guy cry....somewhere.

The title is spot on friendship is indeed how it is portrayed here. So thumbs up on that. The drawings were cute and somewhat like a good photo capturing the emotion perfectly. The purple pony however seemed fatter than usual. Not that it matters though, just pointing out.

Voices were done good, captured the feeling well but did have to get adjusted to it, always problem when you used to different voice.

Even though you portrayed the whole deal nicely and I could relate to it well, the whole thing doesnt exactly seem animation heavy. Not that it's bad as it would be distracting to the atmosphere if too much was going on, but if I have to complain about something it would be the ammount of frames of each movement. Because it seemed like a constant 3 frames on every movement with the same timing but I only got slightly distracted by this after a second look.


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Rated 4 / 5 stars

While the art style's not as accurate, I did admire the animation here.

This was the sweetest thing that I have ever watched. At least anything that has to do with My Little Pony. The music was very fitting. But seeing that it's from Pixar, this makes this much more emotional. I mean the Toy Story series and Up are great examples of music with emotion.

The voice wasn't all that convincing, but it wasn't annoying at least. She did have the correct tone and emotion, too. Nice job overall.

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Piggybank12 responds:

I did originally intend to try and mimic the art style of the show, but in an effort to deal with time constraints and put a more unique spin on things to help give it a more personalized look, I just went and animated it by hand.

The song from Toy Story 2 (When She Loved Me) has only the very beginning of it played, at the end of the second scene when the music starts and the screen fades to white for the first time. After that, it's all a completely different unedited song, the one called "Danny's Theme." And yes, Pixar and Disney played some sort of influence with figuring out how to construct the story to have the emotional impact it has.

I wasn't sure who to go to for doing Twilight's (the pony) voice, and held auditions for the role. Three people sent in entries, and this was by far the best entry I got. The reason why is exactly the same thing you said: she had the correct tone and emotion for the scene, which all the other entries lacked. I too would have liked a more dead-on voice for the role, but since she came pretty close to her voice and nailed the emotional part of it (which was probably more important here in the long run anyway), I chose her for the role.

Thank you for taking the time to make a review here, it means the world to me!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Love 'er neck mate.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

good music