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"The longer you hold on to something, the harder it is to let go..."


Viewing problems? Or just want a video version? Watch this thing on YouTube as well! [link]


It is complete. After about half a year's work, collaborating, planning and procrastinating (mostly the last one, to be honest. :XD:), my animated rendition of :iconlolover:'s comic is complete. And let me tell you, this was an exhausting yet incredible project to work on. Through this project I've been able to meet so many people, make so many friends and develop my animating skills like never before. In the end, we seem to have this, my longest animated project yet (if you count the credits) that doesn't focus on humor or fast-moving action like most of my other projects have, but instead tells a story.

I could go into specifics, like how I tried to fulfill the original vision as much as I could and how animating full-grown Spike was a bigger challenge than I anticipated, but instead I think I'll let you watch this animation for yourself and possibly draw your own conclusions. :)

Lastly, two things: here is the original comic for those that wish to see where this all started: [link]

Second, don't forget to stop by Ask-TwilightSparkle [link] and ask some questions! And don't forget about me either, over at Ask Spike Da Dragon! [link]

Hope you enjoy the animation! And with that said, I think I'm going to take a break from MLP artwork for a bit. It's nothing personal, I just want to take a break from animating and drawing ponies and dragons on DeviantArt. Expect to see the Spike Da Dragon blog be updated for the foreseeable future though! ;)


EDIT 2/26/12 (Read this if you have questions AFTER watching this animation): Alright, I've been getting questions way too many times today about the same things, such as "Why does Spike have wings?!", "Why is Twilight still alive?!", "Why is Twilight so FAT and have that weird chin?! THAT CHIN OH MY GOODNESS I CAN'T UNSEE IT" (Thanks to bringing to light that thing about the chin, Seth... :XD:) While the last question was a design decision by me that I take full responsibility for and thought added a bit more of a unique personal touch to this than just copying the show's art style down to the tee, I want to answer the other two big question here and now, and I'll put is as simply as I can.

There is not enough context in the show yet to prove EITHER of those things. Spike grew up in the show so far through magic and being greedy and selfish. Every other dragon that we've seen so far in the show is greedy and selfish. Who's to say he won't grow up differently and possibly get wings because he's NOT greedy and selfish like every other dragon we've seen?

And as for aging, we only have a rough idea of how long ponies and dragons can live for, but we don't know the numbers exactly or HOW they age either. Look at Granny Smith: she was around before Ponyville was even formed and helped form it. Who knows how many years ago that was? And who knows how she grew up in that time period?

Another thing about Granny Smith that applies to this animation and the original comic: you didn't need to know how long ago Ponyville was formed to enjoy the story, or how Granny Smith and her family grew up physically. You just listened and watched the story roll along, and might have enjoyed that story too. The same thing applies here: we don't know how ponies and dragons grow up, but we don't NEED to know that here. It's about enjoying the story, and maybe pulling a lesson or two from it. Don't try reaching for answers to something that isn't there; you won't find it here. Just relax, put aside the technicalities of the MLP world and enjoy what this animation has to offer to you. :)

If someone brings this up in the comments again or brings up something with a similar answer, I'm just going to point you here. Thank you for reading this, and I do hope you enjoy the animation!

Also, a BIG thank you to Equestria Daily for featuring this animation! You folks are awesome as always! :thumbsup:
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Zenertia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Student Filmographer
This was a genuinely good piece- the quality of the animation and the emotions you portrayed were very strong, and drives me close to tears every time. Very good work, as always!
Cutie Thumbs Up 
FuxiaBelleBeautiful Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
OMG so sad Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] Cry run  i cried inside TT_TT
louseal Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god i haven't cried in 2 years and this made me cry. NOTHING from the past two years made me cry: the loss of my grandmother, the loss of my pets, the abuse from my mom why did this make me cry wtf ;-;
Teryaki Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Well, that was a baseball bat to the feels. ;_;
KawwaiiWatermelone Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Pikachu Slow Nod Pikachu Crying Plz Pikachu Crying Plz 
JadeGemRRB Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
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541052 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student Artist
omg so sad MLP Emote Twilight Sparkle Cry Sad Rainbow sad Fluttershy (sad) plz Rainbow Dash (Sad Pout) Plz Rainbow Dash (sad) plz Applejack (Sad) Plz Pinkie pie (sad) plz Sweetie Belle triste Pinkie (Sad) Plz EQG Twilight Sad Plz Applebloom (sad with rain) plz Emotipony Sad Twilight (Sad) Plz EqG Spike (Sad) Plz Crying Big Macintosh Party Favor (sad) #2 plz Scotaloo CRINGE icon EqG Pinkie Pie (Angry) Plz Lightning Dust (I has a sad) Plz Party Favor (sad) plz EqG Pinkie (The sads) Plz Soaked Rarity icon 
CuteLaLokishaXD Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
Why I'm crying >:''''''''''u
XxEicPilot4UxX Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
I.....I actually felt something......THE WORLD IS AT NIGH!
Dazion1999 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
Pikachu Crying Plz Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon Chisaki Crying Icon Pikachu Crying Plz Celestia freaks out icon Ran Crying Icon Tsubaki Crying Icon ..... Wow, this is just amazing!!!
SALT--WATER Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Nicly done. I'm not one for sappy stuff.but nicely done.
RainbowStriked Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Professional General Artist

I'm crying.
Live4Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
broqentoys Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aw, thats nice. sort of a representation of real life
KatyScene Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I cried ... (even though Twi is still a unicorn in this ...)
Star-Von-Alicorn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
megamanhxh Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
This never get old, *sniff* .. *sniff* ...
MinecraftXyo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
scotcampbell Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Artist
amazing and wonderful!
Wolv237 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
brb gonna upload this to my  to THIS IS CUTE
SugarCookie310 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
...I-it's liquid pride....

WAHAHAHHAHAHAAAAAA WAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! Happy cry (Tears of joy) Cry emote Can we go NAOPikachu Crying Plz Cry :crying: rvmp Cry Simba Cry :iconcryforeverplz:Chisaki Crying Icon 
IWannaBeYahtzee Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwwwww! So sweet!
Catofox Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cry emote  :sad: :crying: rvmp Really Sad Pikachu Crying Plz :cry: Pikachu Crying Plz SpongeBob (Cries) STITCH LLORA Cry about to cry emote Bunny Emoji-09 (Cry) [V1] 1 this is sad but AMAZING!
Shadowpony567 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have noticed twilight never grows old.
eeveelikes Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
WHY AM I CRYING!!!!!Waaaah! Usagi Looks Icon Ratchet and Clank hug Shocked Nope 
snowleopard33477 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Artist
:crying: rvmp Cry 
Toothless2014 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Artist
Ow that was so nice Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon [EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon crying :crying: rvmp Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] Pikachu Crying Plz Crying Mako Komari Kamikita (Crying) [V5] SpongeBob (Cries) Cry run Cry forever Jake crying plz Pikachu crying 1 Pikachu crying plz Pikachu crying Bunny Emoji-09 (Cry) [V1] Bunny Emoji-07 (Emoji Cry) [V1] Elsie (Crying) [V1] about to cry emote You make Foxie Cry Luffy Anime Emoji (Cry) [V4] Bunny Girl Emoji-49 (Crying) [V3] Pyong Cry Crying Charmandar Bulbasaur Crying CloudDesperate for Ziggles+Yami Itachi Crying Free Avatar RenoDesperate for Mother HojoDesperate for NoBuddy-Else Racing Girl Emoji (Running Cry) [V2] Enough to Make a Grown Man Cry Enough to Make a Grown Man Cry crying Emoticon - TT.TT Meowth Crying Plz :hystericalcry: 
CharlotteRay Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've seen this sooooo many times and it still makes me shed a tear.
Great animation, dude. Great animation.
stampycatlol1709 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   General Artist
Missing You Cry forever  best, story, ever tissues please
PinkiePie-PartyPony Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why I sTwi So Fat..?
Yoshiondiviantart Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Crying Crying Cry emote :crying: rvmp Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon Pikachu Crying Plz That was beautiful.
GamerGirl9101 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:( (Sad) Sad Pony Tissue Cry Pikachu says no No...I don't know how? Be the Good Girl You Always Have to Be sudden tears discouraged Crying/sad Love Heart Amara discouraged plz Amara hopeless worry-9 Amara with strong pride 2-9 
TacNyankanawii Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Itachi Crying Free Avatar STITCH LLORA STITCH TRISTE MilkDrop10 I'm looking at you Huevito Frito Triste Cry nube2  chorei
CatWarriorVIN Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Waaaah! Clap  THAT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL Waaaah! 
sas123567542 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Lovely Shoujo (Shocked) [V3] 
okami0221 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
Kawaii Bunny! 
DerpysAreCool Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my gosh this is so said why would you say that?!
Pacing - 13 NaNoEmo #13 Cry forever 
Cosmic-Eevee Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I cry now?
XxGhostRavenxX Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
the longer you hold on to something the harder it is to let go...... true true Wolf cry avi 
alysoph Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Fushigi-Okami Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Veen-Makes-Art Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
i criedddd 
SCP-183 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Soooooo sad :'(
bippy123 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Artist
it makes me sad because i am afraid my kitty will die i would cry to deth
Rainbowdsh-is-me Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Artist
This made me laugh, Every pony knows that dragons only age when the horde more stuff XD

Really good btw!
Demiilia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cry emote Cry emote Cry emote  This is tooo sad
fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I'm not gonna cry.... I'm not gonna cry... I'm not gonna...

SCREW IT! :crying:

bippy123 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Artist
WolfClawWolfWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
SO MANY FEELS Spaz attack 
Rainbowdsh-is-me Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Artist
I like your icon :3
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