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Devious Journal EntryI'll be in my shitstorm-proof bunker if anyone needs me
The Derivative Adventures of Derpy Hooveshttp://nedroid.com/2011/11/whats-in-a-name/
Season Wrap UpWell, season 2 has finally come to a close, and I'm sitting here and looking back on it all, with a few thoughts I want to share.I just want to say thank you (again) to everyone that watched and enjoyed the MLP season finale this weekend. There were lots of hard nights and long hours from all of us on the DHX crew to make it the best would possibly could. Of course, there are things that are always going to be imperfect, but overall from what I gather, it seemed well-received.I was also shocked at how many people recognized my OC pony that made a small cameo in this weekend's episode. As a blanket response to a lot of the same questions I've been getting all weekend: No, I did not voice her and I'm unsure as to who did. I would assume just one of the regular VA's. She was put in kind of last minute. The artist who drew her in the storyboard, made her look like my pony (just a coincidence), and after seeing i
DerpyIt seems there has been alot of buzz about Derpy being "fixed". I saw the New version of Derpy in "The Last Round-Up" and I do admit it didn't settle well with me. I still enjoyed the original. I didn't like the reason why they had her change. It didn't seem at all offensive in my opinion. When I first saw the scene in the animatic, I literally burst with joy. But I had a feeling that it might not settle with some fans and some people. Especially since people already have their own version of Derpy and people might get the wrong idea of her character.Its not often that cartoons show fan content. Cause sometimes when you include Fan content, it usually can result to something negative (to fans or to others). And sometimes it also endangers the identity/essence of the show. Or if people like it, they will probably expect a lot more.To the point they might expect TOO much. So you could imagine my surprise when they decided to name Derpy and give her a voice.Derpy has became more than ju
UPDATE - THANK YOU!***UPDATE*** The auction is complete and the sketches raised over $18,000 for the Adams family!!! I am humbled and inspired by your generosity. Go Bronies!!!!!***UPDATE*** check out the auction here!This Thursday, April 5, Bento Box will be hosting a silent art auction at the Animation Guild in Burbank CA to benefit storyboard artist Joey Adams and his family. I do not yet have the pleasure of knowing Joey, but the Los Angeles animation community is really rallying around him and his family's current crisis trying to save the life of one of their little boys--- only a couple years after tragically losing their 16-month-old daughter to a similar condition. (You can read about Joey's story
Awesome Things I Can't Talk AboutOver the weekend I've been helping out with a secret animation project with a not-so secretly talented group of artists. I've made some pony-related backgrounds and I REALLY want to share them and talk about how excited I am about this project...But I can't! Weren't you listening, it's Super Secret!All I can say is, that it will be released in a few weeks and I'm really amazed by the work going into this.Since I can't talk about Fight Club, instead, let me ask all my awesome friends a srs question- There are plenty of background and show ponies we want to see made into official Hasbro toys. But after last week's appearance by Blossomforth in the show, I'm curious whether there are any other toys, either Brushables or Blind Bag Ponies, who you would like to see given their shot in the spotlight in an episode?Personally I love Honeybuzz simply because she has an adorable, chubby bee as a cutie mark.
Big question for Americans + animals - PHOTOSHi At first, there is a question I wanted to ask the Americans for years so I would be grateful for answer, thank you I know it is completely silly to judge anything through movies, but...Ok, the question of life and death:Do you Americans REALLY enter your houses and flats with your shoes on? I mean - in every movie or TV serie, people always get into their homes and walk through all the rooms with their shoes on. And there are so many scenes with teenagers jumping to their beds (!!!!!) right after getting back from school, still wearing shoes! it seems so silly to me - shoes are always the most dirty part of clothes, so I need to ask For example in the Czech republic, it would be culturally unacceptable to enter the main rooms with shoes still on The first place you see after you get into average Czech flat or house, is a small space where you take your shoes (and usually also coats, jumpers or jackets) off. And yes, Czech movies and series do
The Derpy Issue Part 3Seems like I need to clarify a couple things for people. If you don't know what the hullabaloo is all about, please read through the next couple paragraphs. If you're already caught up to the situation please skip to the second half.Derpy's HistoryIn the first season of Friendship is Magic, an animation mistake rendered a background pony with "derpy" eyes. The producers thought it was cute and left it in, occasionally sticking the pony in various scenes. While many people liked calling her Ditzy Doo (based on a remark made in Winter Round Up), the general internet population started calling her Derpy Hooves. Derpy became such a huge phenomenon online that the producers decided to include her in more episodes for Season 2. In Season 2 she started appearing more up close and doing strange things in the backgrounds, making for a fun game of "where's waldo" for the fans. The capper to all this was when Derpy got a speaking role in an episode and was referred to AS Derpy by Rainbow
Internet TimeWe had the Oscars recently and as usual it wasn't without problems. One of the controversies was Chris Rock's biting commentary about doing voice work for animated films, which was unfortunately insulting to the many hard working (yet perpetually unknown) talents who produce about 90% of all voice work in the animated medium. Chris Rock's joke was funny for his circle of friends and the aging academy, but to younger artists and professionals it was very disrespectful. Voice actress Tara Strong took particular issue with Rock's comment and as we speak his twitter account is no doubt being flooded with angry hate messages and likely racism too... which is very unfortunate. http://www.examiner.com/african-american-entertainment-in-national/tara-strong-attacks-chris-rock-over-oscar-2012-animation-comments-quotesOther issues, such as glossing over Harry Potter and The War Horse completely and giving a Best Animated Film award to the likes of Rango, just continued to fuel my opin
Username changes?I had to kind of do a double-take when I realized DA just introduced this feature.You know, there was a time when I wanted to change my name to ANYTHING other than SonicRocksMySocks. I thought it up when I was 15 without realizing I'd be saddled with that alias for potentially a lifetime.When I started gaining renown on the internet, there was even a time where I considered making a new DeviantArt account JUST to change my username, but by then my reputation was already cemented. It's silly and childish and doesn't fit a 20-something artist who is trying to get serious about her art...Does it?However...After working on my 8th DeviantArt anniversary flash and going back to my roots, it sort of dawned on me.No other username fits me better.Maybe I was embarrassed of it for a time, but now, after 8 years, there's no way in hell I'd ever be anybody else. My art is ABOUT childhood and youthful spirit, and that's what I remember when I think of my nickname. It reminds me of where I ca
Sins of an ArtistI've been under fire recently for having the audacity to admit publicly that improving my art has never been, and never was, an ultimate goal of mine. Apparently that's like committing some sort of mortal sin in the art community. I've had trouble expressing myself about it too, because brushing off improvement for improvement sake makes me look like I'm uncaring, egocentric, and stubborn. But after a recent post I was given much more clarity in understanding the issue and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.In the recent exchange I was basically told this: "If doing what you love isn't about dedicating your life to improving your art, you aren't an artist."Maybe I'm old fashioned, but making art has never been solely about the technical expertise. Even in college, outside the handful of foundation courses you take in freshman year, perfection of the craft is often secondary to concepts and ideas and your ability to evoke feelings and emotions in your audience.Technical pr
Season finale thoughts.Season finale?:iconclapplz:I loved it.The FiM team is amazing, and I am consistently impressed with the work they do on each episode.I marvel at the believability they breathe into the world and the characters. From the writing to the music to the animation. Each component is seriously and thoughtfully composed... The emotions of the characters feel genuine, and because the characters take themselves seriously, the viewers connect with them.Cartoons/animations/comics have immense power... and it makes me so happy to see a cartoon that finally takes that power seriously. Most people dismiss the idea of cartoons being serious, and that is a tragic mistake... Cartoons are symbolic in their expression, and the more "simple" they are, the more symbolic they may become. My Little Pony is the perfect example of this. The designs are simple, but the symbolism is rich with meaning and substance (because the creators care). This is why it is a good show.Children deserve to be taken serious
The Derpy Issue Part 2It's come to my attention that Hasbro has, indeed, changed Derpy. In the iTunes version of "the Last Roundup" where she finally talks and Rainbowdash says her name, Derpy no longer has "derpy" eyes (although they do seem to occasionally be crossed), has a different voice actress, and Rainbowdash doesn't say her name. If you want to see the clip you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?featurelayer_embedded&v=X2CRjPO73Dg#!Sadly I can't get behind the bronies on this one. You guys screwed it up for the rest of us and I have no sympathy for your plight. Hasbro is entirely justified in their position as a corporation to protect their properties from perceive negative perceptions, and that would never have happened if we as a community hadn't thrown such a tantrum over a non issue.You see, a couple months ago a few fans saw something "suspicious" and made a big deal over it without doing any research. Soon, the entire internet was throwing a big crybaby hissy fit over exaggerat
Damn It.That's it, I've decided. I don't understand why, or when or how...but for some reason over the last little while, DJ Pon-3 has become my new favorite background pony.Ooonts ooonts ooonts.That is all.Also, I feel the need to exclaim that Pilsbury Toaster Strudels are NOT better than PopTarts. I don't know who they're trying to kid in these ads, but they ain't foolin' me.
The AvengersYou know that giddy, gleeful feeling that renders you incapable of doing little more than giggle like a lunatic?I pretty much had that from start to finish during the Avengers film (Which was released on Fair Blighty's shores as "Avengers Assemble" thanks to the past efforts of Steed and Peel).There have only been a handful of movies that invoked that kind of response in me: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Abram's Star Trek, Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and the first Iron Man film are those which immediately spring to mind.Indeed; Avengers is THE best Marvel movie since Iron Man. Ace cast, brilliant story, hysterical script, a scene that will stab anyone that's followed the films leading up to this point right through the heart and a fair few more surprises.Chief among them being; how the hell did the Hulk become such a f**king awesome character after so many naff films?I'm gonna go see this one again!
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