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Alright, so there's not much to really spoil with this deviation from Double Rainboom, but you should probably still go watch it anyway: [link]

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Until the official Double Rainboom website uploads all the things we created for the film, you can download the FLA for Spike (in Flash CS5.5 format) over here: [link]


Some say that deep down, Spike is actually a very complicated individual. And they would be right. Because the rigging for his puppet in the show is very, VERY, VERY COMPLICATED.

Thanks to me having quite a bit of experience drawing Spike however because of the Spike Da Dragon blog, I ended up being assigned to not only animate Spike in the ending shot of the film and both Spike and Rarity in the first half, but also to construct a working Spike puppet from scratch that could do just enough to act out his movements in all of those shots I mentioned. Which was a pretty big challenge as well, and ended up being one of the last things I did for the film because of how computer-intensive the entire film was starting to become on my laptop. Flash crashed quite a few times while making the puppet and animating the Spike and Rarity shot itself, sometimes even corrupting my file every time I tried to save it. Needless to say, I was near tempted to give up and ask Zach to give the shot to someone with a better computer and finish it.

But, nope! I kept going and ended up getting it finished, and with only a little over 110 backups saved for that shot alone! And today it serves as a great reminder to me of how technically and emotionally intensive animation can be when deadlines loom and expectations need to be met. And how I also really need to get a new computer.

MLP:FiM Hasbro, The Hub.
Double Rainboom was directed by :iconflamingorich:
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:iconbillybob-joe:
Billybob-joe Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Eyes are a little to big! Other than that don't change it at all!
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Billybob-joe Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really great puppet!
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:iconeirexe:
EIREXE Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is terribly done.
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MLPFiMPonyArtist Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I know this comment is old and all but, that was really rude of you to say.
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Piggybank12 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sorry to hear you don't like it very much!  I know it's not really built to be used for anything beyond what it was designed for, along with not being 110% accurate with the show, but what's done is done.  I'd rather take what I learned from making this and pay it forward, rather then waste my time beating up something I made months ago.
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:iconeirexe:
EIREXE Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I recommend that you work mainly in the body.
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Piggybank12 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Agreed; the body could use a lot more refinement to get it out of the stiff position it's already in.  I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of the actual Spike puppet used in the show while designing this one, and to be honest, I still don't really understand how they made his body.  It seems like his body is normally made up of a bunch of masks within Flash, with his outlines being the only thing that don't have a mask on it.  The way I understand it, the animators on the show could alter the outlines of his body and the separate symbols of the colors on his body to make Spike's body seem more flexible when they need it.  I'm probably wrong though, since that was months ago when I saw the puppet and I haven't paid much attention to MLP stuff since then.

On another note, thank you for letting me know what you found wrong about the puppet.  Even though I don't really intend to go back and fix this, it helps a lot more then just saying it doesn't look right and leaving it at that.
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:iconeirexe:
EIREXE Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have also seen the official spike, it's really one of the most complex characters in all the show.
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:iconlillygeneva:
LillyGeneva Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awwww, come on, they were doing their best, and besides, animation is a very hard thing to do.
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:iconeirexe:
EIREXE Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
DR was very badly managed, a lot of fandom animators did better things in less time.
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:icongrandpianna:
Grandpianna Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesomee /)^3^(\
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:iconmonterrang:
monterrang Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student General Artist
you spin me round out baby right round like a virgin baby right round XD
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slkendylolgarcia Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
front(spin)
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:iconblueberrypuppy:
blueberrypuppy Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anybody else see the Ask Blog Monthly magazine?
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:iconkcizsckiee:
Kcizsckiee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
iv been looking for a spike all my life! THANKS! :)
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:icon93gorgo:
93gorgo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
That's cute I love it!
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:iconkittydoseminecraft:
kittydoseminecraft Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
weeeeeee
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:iconjdts7:
jdts7 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you wouldn't happen to have a CS 5 version would you?
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:iconpiggybank12:
Piggybank12 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
How about a CS4 version? [link]

It should open up fine in CS5, but a CS4 version makes it a little easier for me to pass around for those that need a downgraded version. :D
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jdts7 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :worship:
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Cougar200 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
heh, thats cute :3
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spiiikedraws Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That issue of Ask Blog Monthly is unbelievably radical.
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alittleofsomething Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do you have your commissions up? 'cause I'd help you to get a new computer...
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:iconpiggybank12:
Piggybank12 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Not yet, at least not officially. I plan on taking animated commissions very soon, but since they can be pretty time-consuming and pricy to make I'm going to try holding out until around May before doing that.

It means a lot though to hear you would be willing to commission me and help me get a newer computer! :D
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alittleofsomething Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ha, yeah, I mean a good artist like you should have non-crushing technology :/
Good computer for you means more animations from you. MUAHAHAHAHAHAH
Even though I really need some money myself, I'd help you :3
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Captain-Brony Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The Spike on the left is trying to digivolve
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:iconzaparcik:
Zaparcik Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I knew that was you as soon as I saw this little tiny "ask blog of the month" in one of the bags :P
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Fliqpy1234 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I honestly didn't like Double Rainboom...Not the animation, the acting. Bubbles was the only character I felt was good. I'm sorry for being picky.
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Dragnmastralex Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the acting wasn't that aweful I didn't like the flash flood of crossovers, 1 would have been plenty.
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Fliqpy1234 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I couldn't stand it, everything was so cliche. The actors were underwhwelming and tried SO hard to match the show's. It would've been better if they had just tried moderately. I didn't mind the crossovers that much.
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Dragnmastralex Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the only over the top voice I think was Buttercup's rest was pretty well matched the guy that did the PPG narrator even did a good job. BUT 27 crossovers? too many they had to add a character from every Hub/cartoon network show there was to get the point across? Alls I can say is its a good thing they didn't have to pay royalties to each one they used.
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:iconfliqpy1234:
Fliqpy1234 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I didn't like it, end of story. A valiant effort, but not worth my time.
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DHK1989 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ask Blog of the Month. =D
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DJ-Bleach Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
To be completely honest, all sorts of lewd thoughts come to mind with the still image on the right.

I blame the internet. :T
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