SO, AS OF THE LAST General Update all our animation projects were permanently on hold. This was basically due to J.J.’s limited animation skills. Also, Flash was just giving him a problem. Things would animate when they were/weren’t supposed to, symbols bogged down the program, rendered .swf files would chug, among other problems that just made the process take longer than it should. That brings us to…
MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: Friendship Games. Our 1-year-old daughter started getting into My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Jen eventually started watching it with her, and this led to watching the first MLP Equestria Girls movie on Netflix. J.J. hated it. Then we watched the 2nd Equestria Girls movie on Netflix once again, titled Rainbow Rocks. J.J. wasn’t of fan of My little Pony before this, but he did enjoy Rainbow Rocks. He even did a review of it.
WE EAGERLY AWAITED the 3rd movie in the Equestria Girls franchise. When it was finally revealed that Friendship Games would be the next entry in the series, we were excited! Then came the first trailer. In this trailer, Twilight Sparkle uses what looks like a powder compact to open a portal to another world. A mirror? See the trailer below at 1:08.
WHEN J.J. SAW THIS he decided to continue working on the animation. The reason is that he had always intended that Rel Rel was going to make a wish on the Powder Compact. He felt like if we had continued this story after Friendship Games came out, we’d be accused of stealing the idea from the movie? But Rel Rel making a wish that opens a portal and leads to the Muse Realm (where all creativity comes from) has been an idea we’ve been formulating for years.
NOW, WE DON’T KNOW if it’s really a powder compact/mirror that opens a gateway to another realm. It might be a compass? Or a shell. Or something else. It obviously connects their world to Equestria, but in what way has yet to be seen. We won’t know until the actual movie releases this Saturday, September 26th, 2015! In any case, we’re excited!
SO THAT IS WHY J.J. is so anxious to get the animation out before the 26th. It isn’t necessary, but he wants the idea to be out before Equestria Girls: Friendship Games comes out. We didn’t steal anything from them, and they didn’t steal anything from us. That’s not what we’re trying to say. Not at all. Thoughts and ideas happen in tandem all the time. This isn’t the first time our ideas have shown up elsewhere. Lily Looking Through, Fiona Frightening, and more recently on Steam, games like Violett, Anna’s Quest, Finding Teddy, and The Perils of Man come to mind when thinking of stories that are similar to ours. Little girls in fantastic situations, going to another world. Not to say what we’ve come up with is that unique, but it’s always interesting to see someone else come up with the same ideas, at totally different times, ya know?
THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading this. So, this he upcoming animation is short, only 1 min. It’s main purpose is to tease what we have in store and get the idea of the mirror, and the wish, out into the ether. So, hopefully we can get this done and out by –or on– the 26th! It may not happen, but here’s hoping. Take care, cheers!
~J.J. & Jen
Header Image of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games owned by Hasbro Studios.