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Movie Slate - Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer

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Ask Movie Slate - Episode 206 - Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer.

Featuring :icontyandagaart: as the wrongly accused deer.

That goddamn title is too long for this website.

You know when you're feeling really sad, and angry, and you're working on your picture when suddenly you mess with the command keys on your keyboard and you press the wrong combination? That's exactly what happened to me when I was working on this piece. I was stupid enough to use Ctrl+Shift+U command on the "screen" layer that I use to add highlights and light, which desaturated the whole thing making it look like I just brightened the whole thing using nothing but white. No color, no vibrancy, nothing but pure fucking white, and I noticed the fluke way too late. So I had to go over the whole thing from the start. This is what happens when you're dealing with a crippling outburst of depression and anxiety, folks.

All tech difficulties aside, I actually had fun with this one. I've been wanting to give Tyandaga a cameo in Movie Slate and I thought this one was rather fitting. I've been wanting to take a spin on that one joke from Jim Carrey's "The Grinch" that everyone talks about and I thought this was a somewhat appropriate context. It's not like Equestria doesn't have their equivalent of racial profiling. There is that rather shocking assumption that all gryphons are assholes (and that Lost Treasure of Griffonstone episode didn't help). Also I wanted to draw Marge Gunderson pony, because Marge Gunderson is just perfect, and I'll take every opportunity to draw her.

"Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer"
is one of those movies I wasn't expecting to even exist. Granted it wasn't until the Nostalgia Critic braved himself into it that I heard of it, but it's honestly kind of insane that there is an animated family movie with said title that has an old woman getting run over by Santa Claus on his sleigh. It's like it slipped from an alternate universe and somehow landed on ours, along with the song that inspired it. With that said I think this movie has become an instant guilty pleasure of mine. Sure, it's not very festive seeing a pretty sweet and kind old granny get run over by a reindeer but the tone, the constant innuendos, the train-wreck-on-fire level of the animation, and the abrupt shifting of the song segments are what brings the awful factor to such harmony that it's kind of a sight to behold. Also it has a "Fargo" reference in it and the last ten minutes turns into "To Kill a Mockingbird" but with Santa Claus in the accused chair, so to me that's all I ask for in a terrible movie. It is terrible but it's so entertain at being terrible that's impossible for me not to have fun with it.

I hope you guys enjoy the picture!

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That special... What else can I say? Except that it features the Great and Powerful Trixie as a Minnesotan cop (no seriously, that's Kathleen Barr voicing that cop) and one of the most epically bad villain song (right behind the rap from Tentacolino). I'm not exactly sure what's with this song. The really weird segway ("Woof". Even by the standards of this movie, that's awkward), the jaunty tropical feel, the lazy animation (making it look like cheap Flash animation), the nasally backup vocals sprouting gratuitous Spanish, the lyrics that makes no sense...

Never saw a villain song so fascinating in it's badness since Tentacolino and Home on the Range.