I typically try not to stray far from the strict lines of official episodes, and published fan fictions. I break this code once to bring you a review of a popular piece of media that was released on Saturday, however. Today, I submit a review for the long awaited, full-length fan animated episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Double Rainboom.
Story - This story is one that tends only to the bronies. This episode wasn’t at all written with little kids in mind, and while I understand that it wasn’t intended for them, it doesn’t do well for an FiM theme. The show was originally created with the intention of amusing small children. If we forget this, we tend to become selfish and lay claim onto the show. The story is actually so stuffed with references and nods that it loses a bit of its capacity to entertain. The point of having a reference is for it to be a special, exciting nod to the fans of the show. When you do something like that over and over, it loses value each time.
While I don’t agree entirely with the story or style of which this was written, I would definitely accept it as the official replacement if Hasbro ever stopped production on MLP:FiM.
Animation - Double Rainboom claims to have “100% show accurate animation.” For the most part, this is completely true. In fact, some parts of the video even surpass DHX quality. Unfortunately, there are also points where the lip syncing is off, some walk cycles look absolutely dreadful, and even pony anatomy itself seems to have been re-written in some scenes. It’s heavily hit-and-miss, but still far superior to most other attempts by the fandom to replicate the show’s animation.
Characters - The characters in this episode were slightly more amusing than their show counterparts, but were also a bit less believable when it comes to the context of it all. Everything in the FiM aspect of things seemed alright, and I wouldn’t judge them with too much a sour tone. I do not, and have never followed the other cartoon featured in this animation, so I will not submit judgement for it as it would be unfair to do so.
Continuity - Everything for this episode seems to be in tact when it comes to continuity. There were a few more annoying references than others, but considering about 90% of the episode was nods to bronies, I guess it is kinda here and there for me.
Message - The message seemed a little basic to me, though I am surprised to see that I can’t really think of an FiM episode that has touched on the topic. Perhaps I just haven’t re-watched the episodes as many times as I should (curse my social obligations), but it seemed pretty original for a theme to me. I know it has been done in other cartoons before, but for a fan animation, this was pretty good.
Final Score: 81/100 - [81% B]
Episode Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26BQ0HNtDmI