MLP #'s 225 226: A Canterlot Wedding
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Published: April 14, 2012
I'm sure a lot of you already know about this one... LoL

Airs: April 21st, 2012

Directed By: James Wootie Wootton & Jayson Thiessen

Storyboarded by (All Seniors!):

Sabrina Alberghetti
Raven Molisee
Justin Nichols
Tom Sales

Official Synopsises:

Part One!: Twilight's brother, Shining Armor, is marrying Princess Celestia's niece, Cadence.

Part Two!: Twilight discovers a dark secret about Cadence right before the wedding.


We split this up differently than other 2-parters have been split (from my understanding). Like I was saying to Sabrina earlier, we were all doing the types of sequences we're best at. The result is something we're all pretty proud of. :D

-Raven
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Wanderwolf's avatar
I have to ask: I know Rebecca Dart was the one who came up with the insect design for Chrysalis, but were there any notes on the "base form" of her changeling army?
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Raveneesimo|Professional Filmographer
I don't know actually! I would speculate that she talked over the design with Jayson or Wootie before sitting down to draw the characters if that's what you mean.
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Wanderwolf's avatar
Oh, I just meant if there were any notes in the script. After all, given Ms. Dart came up with the insect motif, there had to be some communication in order to make the final "drone changeling" design look so similar to Chrysalis; I was just wondering if the script said anything about what the "grunt" changelings looked like in their own form.
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Dread555's avatar
This finale was everything I hoped MLP would evolve into since my first becoming a fan, I thank you and the rest of the team for making my most favorite pair of episodes out of the entire series, it was truly wonderful (I listen to "this day aria" on a continuous basis, I can't get enough of it lol, and BBBFF was a very relaxing, heartwarming piece, and easily became my second favorite song)
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majorkerina's avatar
I found something to give thanks to the whole team!

[link] - Not mine but I hope you all see it with our immense thanks.
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Raveneesimo's avatar
Raveneesimo|Professional Filmographer
Awe! Looks like something more to print and hang on the wall at DHX. Thanks for showing me. :D
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majorkerina's avatar
PS - I noticed a theory on the top comment of Youtube with "This Day Aria".

[They describe the moment when the camera pans up and turns to show Fake Cadance's silhouette/shadow on the ceiling]

DaRkLoRdZoRc's comment - [link] (Never tried linking comments on Youtube before, so here's the full text just in case).

"Pause at 1:06 at just the right time. The wedding veil is a transparent, tattered mane. The curve of the inside of her mouth dips inward near the bottom, giving it the shape of a fang. The three chandelier arms above and beside her head are the 'crown' of antennae she bears. And one of the aforementioned chandelier's bulbs covers a small bit of her horn, making it look like it has a bite or gnarled hole taken out of it....That isn't Cadance's shadow. It's Chrysalis the Changeling Queen's."

Coincidence? Or did you put that in there as a bit of (literal) foreshadowing? :)
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majorkerina's avatar
^_^ No prob.

I see by Jayson Thieesen's Twitter that he saw and got it printed out - [link] which is awesome! ^^ *hoofs it through the screen*

And lots of Pinkie Pie cheers! - [link]
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Neoameba's avatar
the result is amazing, like really amazing loved the finale
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Raveneesimo|Professional Filmographer
Very happy to hear that! :D
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VulpesMundi|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, there were so many interesting tidbits to these episodes. Was it just me, or when they were riding on the train, went through the force field, and made those funny faces, was that a shot at the TSA and airport security scanners? Rainbow Dash almost looked like she was covering up because it made her feel naked (even though she already was). lol
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majorkerina's avatar
I'm gonna take a guess and say you got the disturbing sequences in the finale because there were some truly disturbing moments of the type which come in your episodes. Also, EYES @_@....

But that was fantastic. Although I wish there had been one more episode of story to really flesh out Cadence and Shining Armor's relationship with flashbacks and give just a few more scenes between. But still, loved it ^^.
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Raveneesimo's avatar
Raveneesimo|Professional Filmographer
You might be correct on that. Ha. Depending on what you think is creepiest.

My parts:

-The Wedding Rehearsal (Where Twi bursts in/Is shunned by all & banished/B.B.B.F. Reprise)

-The Crystal Caves (Twilight discovers the real Cadence)

-And the "This Day Aria" villain song. First song that I've gotten to board and it was pretty intense but enjoyable. :D I did my board in flash so got to be pretty tight with the timing--oddly this sequence took the most of my time.

You know, all of the 2-parters could probably have benefited from an extra episode. I'd love to do a full-length movie if ever there is one.

I'm very glad you enjoyed this one though. :) Thanks for watching! :D
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Kaloyan-Alett's avatar
Those are some of the better scenes of the episodes when it comes to the darker parts of it.
Also I LOVED the aria. The way the song is sung between both characters was a great touch. The best part I think was where Cadence is so eager to get to Shining Armor and she's struggling to get the mine cart going and we see Twilight's expression, how she realizes that Cadence really does care for her brother and right then and there she accepts them as a couple and helps out Cadence.

I think it's probably my favorite scene in the whole wedding.
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Raveneesimo|Professional Filmographer
Awe... Thanks. When I first presented it to the directors, Jayson told me that was also his favorite part--well I don't know out of the whole wedding but at least out of the song :D
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AnimationTyme's avatar
"I did my board in flash so got to
be pretty tight with the timing--
oddly this sequence took the
most of my time. "

Not odd. Normal.

If opportunity ever rises try to
get a look at musical board
sequences, "Aladdin, Beauty
and the Beast, Animaniacs,
etc" and you'll see that some-
times the boarding is so tight as
to be seen as animation extremes
for the 'tween animators. Layout
gets ticked because not much for
them to do if done tight enough.

"I'd love to do a full-length movie
if ever there is one."

Soooo...What your saying is...if
the chance arose you wouldn't
mind living near Burbank for
almost a year boarding an MLP
feature, if it couldn't be done in
Vancouver.

Congrats on the year's work.
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Raveneesimo's avatar
Raveneesimo|Professional Filmographer
It sounds to me that you're being a bit cynical. Apologies if that's not the case--its difficult to get the proper tone from text.

I have always worked on very tight boards--this is not the part that's new to me. One of my favorite things is posing to audio which in itself is very specific. The difference here was doing it in flash, so I could take more into consideration (like the different musical instruments--cymbals crashing, bells ringing, etc). Controlling timing with an animatic is less precise--in flash I was almost completely animating things myself.

As for re-locating, I didn't seem to mind moving from Wisconsin to Vancouver for an indefinite period to work on a television show. So I probably wouldn't mind relocating for a year to live in my native country. :)
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Dogman15's avatar
I want a movie and CD soundtracks. In theaters, physical stores, and MP3 sites like iTunes and Amazon.

By the way, thanks for telling us what scenes you did! But considering how much else there is, the other three guys (*Sibsy, Justin, and Tom) must have had to do a lot! Did your three scenes really account for 25% of both episodes?)
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majorkerina's avatar
Ooo...some of the ones I expected. Btw, that song *glee*. Daniel Ingram made what I feel is the most amazing song in the entire show and the visualization of it was fantastic. Visuals with music made something really special there, truly Disney villain song top level amazing. So yeah, you did a number of the creepy things I had in mind and really nailed them ^^. Bravo!

And agreed. This one especially I would've liked to have seen just a little more. But the best keep you wanting more.

Now I wonder who did Queen Chrysalis's design...

I hope there will be a movie (even if it's just for TV on the HUB or something). For now, I'm hoping they keep letting you all do more amazing, fun, and occasionally-creepy episodes ^^ *cheers*.
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AnimationTyme's avatar
Rebecca Dart did Queen Chrysalis and
Changeling designs.
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maxwestart's avatar
maxwestart|Professional Traditional Artist
I'll be looking forward to it...as well as the third season!
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HappyMaz's avatar
First part is happiness second part is an dark discovery. Right?
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Dogman15's avatar
May I ask what kind/type of scenes the four of you (or other storyboarders) are good at, as you say? I think Sibsy said she doesn't like action scenes, but she's getting better at them. What are your preferred types of scenes?
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Raveneesimo's avatar
Raveneesimo|Professional Filmographer
Ahh.. Hard to answer this without giving things away. I will say this in a vague way:

Tom is *amazing* with action sequences, so is Justin... (particularly some of his anime-inspired effects.) Sabrina is excellent with subtle acting, and I am (apparently) great with scary and/or dramatic emotional stuff.

And I would agree with that.. since those are the types of scenes I prefer. We all got to choose what we worked on in this and I have no regrets.

I can be more specific after the show airs. Perhaps then I will provide some sort of visual break-down. :)
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