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January 26, 2013


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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

  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: Mad Caddies
  • Watching: my weight
  • Playing: my new pink 3DS!
  • Drinking: pear juice
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GodsOnVacation Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
why object to having OCs? Is there some kind of strange legal issue there?
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.
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.
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.
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
TigroSpottystripes Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Wait, you need permission for each pony in a crowd? No wonder there are so many clones...
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!!
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?
CandyCollie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"the client" is Hasbro.
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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