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Hi hi everypony!

So, I get asked a lot of the same questions, as I'm sure you can all imagine, and sometimes I can answer them and sometimes I can't. Lately I've been getting asked about Wild Fire and why she was changed in one of the last episodes, if we'll ever see her again, and how she came to be in the first place.

Her first appearance in the Canterlot Wedding ep, wasn't much of an exciting story (none of this really is). After seeing the cleaned up storyboard (which I believe that section was drawn by fellow board artist Marshall), I noticed that the one pony he drew looked almost like Wild Fire. For shoots and giggles, I went to our art director and simply just asked if we could try and make it WF. And it worked. She was approved as a "board pull" design. It was as simple as that.

While work had begun on season 3, I was approached by my good friend Wootie (and co-director) asking if it was okay to use WF as a Wonderbolt Cadet for the 307 episode. They needed a few more designs, and I agreed that it would be fine. So yes, up until the episode was pretty much completed, it was WF.  However, something happened during that time in production, where some layout artists were trying to sneak their ponies into the show without permission. Being a board artist, this is impossible for me because I don't have access to the flash files like layout people do. There seems to be a common misconception that board artists have the power to do things like that - we don't. Because of the actions of others, the studio took it as a precaution to re-colour WF as to not upset the client, as well as remove other "non-approved" pony designs from, not just 307, but other episodes as well. And that's pretty much it.

I have recently spoken to our art director about it, as it seemed at the time a very confusing and touchy issue. I found out that apparently WF was officially approved, so...if there happens to be more pony in the future, I will definitely try to get her back in as a small cameo!

I hope that clears up any questions and confusion!

Only a few eps left in the season..can't wait for the finale! :D

Sabby
  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: Mad Caddies
  • Watching: my weight
  • Playing: my new pink 3DS!
  • Drinking: pear juice
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:icongodsonvacation:
GodsOnVacation Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
why object to having OCs? Is there some kind of strange legal issue there?
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GodsOnVacation Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Also I was supposed to make an animation for you Sibsy but my computer has various problems and i cant use my digital art programs or download anything.
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CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it makes me sad to read that. :( I like Wildfire and was surprised and happy to see her in the finale of S2.
And I want to see her again.
I hope this misconception could be clarified so she will be back for S4.
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great story! I hope Wildfire does reappear in MLP, and if so, that YOU will provide the voice (if you'd care to, that is). That would be awesome.
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Dragonious Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Late commenting here, but while I can agree to the facts that some of these people say about some peoples ocs appearing in the show and not others, it pains me to know that if they allowed EVERYONES oc to be in the show, as bg ponies of course, characters like mine still wouldn't appear, because they're too uncommon as is
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TigroSpottystripes Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Wait, you need permission for each pony in a crowd? No wonder there are so many clones...
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rainbowdash406 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
i wish one of my ocs would be in the show ^^ your soo lucky and such a great artist!!
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lunchymunchies Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Who is "the client"? And why do crew members sneaking their own ponies into the show without permission make the studio want to recolor Wild Fire?
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CandyCollie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"the client" is Hasbro.
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SpicedDemon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome that she's been approved! I'll look forward to seeing more of WF in season 4! :D
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DaisyAzuras Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty cool look inside the inner workings of the studio. Thanks for that.
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BGKyouhen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Huh. Might not be exciting, but definitely interesting. Good to hear that Wildfire was officially approved though. :P

Also the finale is either coming up too fast or too slow. I'm not sure which. Short season makes me sad, wanting to know what you guys do with the finale makes me sad. Stupid conflicting interests. ):<
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HardCyder Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's actually really interesting to know. I work in software application development, so programmers sneak easter eggs into code all the time. I'd never considered that crew members on a TV show might do it as well.
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, so that's why you said the cadet was a re-colour. Shame.
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GalvatronLikesPonys Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the update! I hope to see Wild Fire again very soon :aww:~:music:
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TarriPup Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student
Well... even though it was officially approved then altered makes it confusing! I guess it was changed illegally?

Haha more cameo of Wild Fire is always awesome - she's like... the non-canon canon pony or something (I almost wrote "conan"... can Wild Fire truly be Conan Pony?)

Interesting to see what the finale is... I have suspicions based on the whole Twilight Alicorn thing.. told people not to tell me ANYTHING because I prefer to be surprised by the story itself, but ugh people keep ramming it down my throat so it effectively is spoiled. :X
That is my mini-rant for the day which is in this comment for no reason in particular, really... well actually in regards to end of season and how it was originally rumoured then, it does fit and omg I am just waffling on again.
I like waffles.

I MUST SHUT UP NOW AND NOT GO ON TANGENTS SO EASILY I love you Sabby. :meow:
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:iconsibsy:
Sibsy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
you so cray cray :D
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TarriPup Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student
I is the cray cray! :meow:
BUT IT TAKES A CRAY CRAY TO RECOGNISE A CRAY CRAY :iconpervyroxylalondeplz:
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darkdoomer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
>to not upset the client
:stare: i wouldn't work for hasbro; not even for money.

however i found some b/g scenes you drew (i imagine you did) for the last episode of ponies, and i have to say that got me quite curious on the events that will occur in that ep. even if i have some ideas about what will happen to the ponies and all.

so yeah just wanted to say i like how you managed to make scenes with such a mood like this.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sucks to hear that someone tried to do something like that. But on other hand, I hope to see WF some time later on. And I can't wait for the season finale :D
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IraeCoal Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's sad how some people ruin everything for others. But it's good to hear that we may possibly see Wild Fire again. She would have been a kick ass Wonderbolt!
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Grifen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Writer
Aha, so that pony was really "You!" :D

A pity, becouse "your" character have a nice design. Good to hear, at least, we see her again sometime :).
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iluvdevilschild Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on being an official canon bg pony. :D

And soon we all have to start the waiting for a new season all over again.
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GranoblasticMan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Awesome! Thanks for the info.
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dbz23r3333 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
did anybody else think this was going to explain that weird "super form" twilight in season one?
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temporos Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. That was my first thought, too.
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dbz23r3333 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
maybe someday.
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Sweet. I loved seeing her on the show, and I was disappointed when she seemed to have been booted. Look forward to seeing more of her.
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dancinninjac Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I went ballistic when I first saw Wild Fire. She's a great design and I look forward to seeing her more!
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PoseyAngel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
" ...if there happens to be more pony in the future, "
My heart stopped here, ok. Do you mean to say it's ending??
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RyuSpike Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Truthfully, when I first saw that black and yellow pegasus I thought she was suppose to be a reference to some jet that I wouldn't know the name of because I'm not a jet enthusiast. It'll be later that I hear where she really came from and even then that's pretty cool.

Even cooler being future Wild Fire cameos.
Even cooler than that would be more pony staff cameos!
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TakeWalker Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Next stop: BLIND BAG. :D Eh?
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RiokennG3 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sucks that one person had to ruin it for everyone else. Im sorry this had to happen. But look at the bright side, Andrea Libman now has a pony!
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Next step: official blindbags of cast and crew OCs. (Hey, I'd buy them. Expecially a Fausticorn.)

On a completely different note, could you do a journal about that big white tower with the pink spiral in the middle of town? Is it the Ponyville Tower mentioned by a tourist in the Iron Will episode?
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HealingBlight Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Ahh, the ever true "this is why we can't have nice things" pops up once more. Ask permission you silly folk! Sometimes no is an answer!.... I guess it's always a good sign that people so into the project as to inject their own OCs. But the important part was to go about it in the right way! What happened happened, in my opinion the original colour wildfire and un-dederped derpy versions (Along with finalised versions so other people don't whine) are must-haves on any brony-targeted over-priced special-editions hasbro could release. Saddest thing of the whole event was that we were denied the joy of surprise, at least one of the VAs made an OC out of it.
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Snapai Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wildfire will return as a small cameo.

So she's part of the Apple family now? ;D
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HealingBlight Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Maybe she meant Wildfire would return in a small Camaro? I don't know if they could manage that, are there even any pony-sized Camaros?
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TailsandCream Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hope you're enjoying your 3DS though!
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Tervicz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Maybe you should rally the fans and petition Hasbro for a Wildfire spin-off series? :D
Wildfire, Mando, Derpy, Dr Hooves, Vinyl Scratch and Berry Punch (when she gets sober) as the Mane 6? You can't lose!
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brongaar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Well I thought it was neat where WF got snuck into the Wedding Episode. But it was cute where the recolor was there in Wonderbolt Academy, it was like 'Nice try' but I do understand.
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Sibsy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
She wasn't snuck into the wedding ep.
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brongaar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
ok ok.. :) :beer:
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
But why is MY pony not in the show? Bawwwww! I'll never watch again!

But seriously, I just figured it was another palette swap to fill out the ranks in the backgrounds. Never really thought about it.
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nevwyn18 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
oh, well that makes sense then. so much better then my Wild Fire was kicked out once before and had to get a bad dye job to sneak back in theory.
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jack-y-zhang Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, can't really blame it on anything this side of the Pacific. There was one shot where WF colors were still there behind Lightning Dust.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hooray! I very much missed our traditional Flaming Pony in Wonderbolt Academy. I cannot wait for her return!

Also can't wait for the last couple episodes! SO EXCITED!
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djthomp Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I had mixed feelings when I heard she was removed from Wonderbolts Academy. On one hand, the cameo would have been nice to see.

But on the other hand, I just can't help but think on this too much. The Wonderbolts are generally accepted to be Blue Angel & Thunderbird inspired, and since the US Navy/Air Force fighter pilot age requirements have an upper limit of about 28 years old or so I would assume the 'Bolts have something similar. Based on her appearance in the Twilight & Cadence flashback, Wild Fire in the show probably has a good ten years on the main characters, which would put her quite close to the limit if Twilight and the rest are young adults.

In short, I would expect the Wonderbolts to be a young ponies game, at least initially, and I'm a tad suspicious that Wild Fire may be too old. Then again, there were a lot of assumptions in the preceding paragraph, so I could easily be on the wrong track here. Plus, I'm probably in trouble for calling Wild Fire old, so I'll just stop here.
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Sibsy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
lol I think you might be overthinking this show ;)
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Well, Ponyville is at least two hundred years old according to Twilight and Granny Smith was a filly when it was founded and is still around, the CMCs being generally the same age they were in the premier and Call of the Cutie, plus the mention of "a hundred moon" between the reunion at the beginning of the series and the one from Apple Family Reunion . . .

I think ponies live longer than a mere few decades. ;)
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