I saw the Movie! Lucky for me, it’s been released earlier in Scotland. I’m going to see it one more time this week 😊 The love of this series and passion of people involved in making it shone through every scene.
But instead of writing a review or telling you about my favourite bits, I want to discuss the “deleted scenes” right now and in Part II focus only on Spike and Twilight.
A movie has been pared down to the essentials. There’s limited budget, deadlines, time restrictions, toys to sell & target audience to please. It’s understandable, then, that some scenes had to go and other were changed. However, for that same reason, I felt some parts of the movie were “missing”. And I found some of those “missing” parts that described in The Art of MLP: The Movie artbook (buy it, it’s amazing!).
Please keep in mind this is not meant as any sort of criticism of the Movie. I really understand the endless restrictions the movie creators were faced with and I love what they created for us. This is just my “stuff that didn’t make it, but I wish it did” list.
So, without further ado, here are 4 things that sadly didn’t end up in the Movie:
I. Travel through an epic, unfamiliar and scary world.
Had the movie been longer, the Mane 6 and Spike could have been shown travelling though more “locations” that included a creepy forest and spending the night at the Hippogriff Temple, as suggested in the artbook. This concept art is so gorgeous, Miyazaki-like it must have been really tough decision to make this “leaving Equestria” adventure so short!
II. Mane 5 and Spike camp after Twilight has been kidnapped.
I admit I really regret this didn’t make it to the final cut.
You can see here, the girls, Spike and either Verko or Capper’s early version camping under a broken ship after Twilight got kidnapped. AJ is comforting Spike (do you see that, RadicalDishonesty?) who (3rd storyboard from left) says “we need to do something, we can’t just let TS go”. I can only imagine how good this scene could’ve been! *Sigh*
III. Counterparts for Spike, Fluttershy & AJ
Using their own, unique gifts Twilight makes friends with Tempest, Pinkie with Princess Skystar; Rarity with Capper and Rainbow Dash with Captain Celaeno, gaining powerful allies that gather together to defeat the Storm King. Yet Flutters, AJ and Spike are left without an opportunity to shine. I don’t know what was planned for AJ (perhaps the encounter with Mud Trolls, described in the artbook, was supposed to be about her?). Fluttershy was to make friends with prisoners in Seaquestria, but that was left out. Spike’s evil counterpart – a small, gluttonous, dubious sidekick for the powerful unicorn – is of course Grubber, but nothing ever comes out of it.
IV. Hippogriff army joins pirates & ponies to save Twilight.
This is a scene my husband was talking about after watching the Movie and before he found it in the artbook - and it would have been very epic indeed. The army had been cut out to focus on Mane 6.
I must admit this is one of the decisions I disagree with, since it would have been possible to make a bigger battle and still focus on the main characters, but...it’s very easy for me to decide on something without knowing how the decisions are made.</S>After second viewing I decided it was better to keep the focus on the group, Skystar herself was truly epic in the fight! :-D
So, this is it. I will write another post about T&S in this Movie. Right now I’m working on the small Movie-inspired piece /)