Welcome back to another rousing edition of TRS Round Table! This edition puts a lens on Double Rainboom, the fan produced episode by Zachary Rich’s animation team. TRS Round Table is our group analysis and chat about the episode, and maybe you’ll learn something new or look at it in a different light. Joining the Round Table today are Wayoshi, ComradeCosmobot, drunkill, Headless Horse, BartonFink, and KefkaFloyd. Find out our thoughts beyond the cut.
For those who have been keeping track of fan animation projects, Double Rainboom is the first full episode length fan animation based on the characters from the show. After a year’s worth of development, it has finally been released, with over 5,000 fans watching its premiere on Everfree Network.
Last year we intereviewed the director, Zachary Rich, about the project. You can find the youtube version of the video embedded here. ■
In the wake of Fighting Is Magic receiving a cease and desist from Hasbro Inc, Zachary Rich, A.K.A. FlamingoRich, came to a small anime convention in Atlanta, Georgia to show the first half of his entirely fan-made My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode, Double Rainboom. I was lucky enough to be there to see the panel, and so I’d like to share my thoughts about the work that we were presented.
One of the amazing things about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the sheer breadth and depth of the fan productions following in its wake. From fan-spun stories, artwork, games, and music, the amount of otherwise free time people have poured into remixes and fan content is simply staggering. There’s even been a few original fan animations floating around, but most haven’t been longer than a few minutes. Animation is a labor intensive project requiring many skills and a lot of time, which necessarily keeps these things short.
Zachary Rich, also known as flamingo1986, produced a short film last year, Present Prank featuring Pinkie Pie. The community loved the short and asked for more. Not satisfied with a short film, Zach’s next project was far more ambitious: his own full-length episode. Earlier today, Zach’s animation team launched a website dedicated to their fan-made episode, Double Rainboom, in anticipation of increased interest from fans during the Long Ponyless Summer.
Zach agreed to sit down with us at The Round Stable to talk about his work—past, present, and future. Read on to find out.