Might as well chuck up fan projects, otherwise this place is deader than [Adam put a metaphor here].
Ok, a fan episode huh. Not exactly going into this with high hopes... a fan episode does not equal a real episode. Here's hoping to avoid any fan service and fandom references. Ok, let's watch this sucker...
NOPE!NOPE!NOPE! Troll face!NOPE!SO MUCH NOPE! *breathe out*
I for one reject our dumbass dash overlord...
Ok animation wise, it's pretty damn good. Although, seeing what this fandom has made already. You don't win much points for that.
Oh hey, the references have started already. just be careful with them.
So, that potion gives us +5 to STR, DEX and INT?
Once again, dumbass dash.
CHRIST ALMIGHTY Sparkle, how many inane scientific torture devices do you own!?!
Wow, they even managed to flow into ad breaks. Nice touch.
Oh god, Derpy, in full foreground glory. You better have something smart planned out for this.
...eh,could have been worse. But that still screams fandom...
*scootaloo chicken joke* F*@!ING!!! *breathe in* *breathe out*
*muscled pony gag* Ok, looks like these references aren't slowing down... *sigh*
Welp, there's our title drop. How's she even breathing there anyway.
*domo moon* *slams head on desk* Maybe I should just start a drinking game...
Yes Twilight! If you hit 88MpH you'll travel back in- oh you know what, it's not even worth it...
Forget nuclear fallout, in this universe I think Rainbow Fallout is more worrisome.
...ho-holy crap, it was a joke guy, I didn't actually mean it... woah...
Wait no, no no no. No time travel plot! PLEASE!!!
Or.. not? /= /
Woah, taking a new animation style halfway through? What's the deal wi-
johnny... what are you doing here... 0.0
BILLY?!?! RED!?! COURA-WHAT!?!? What is going on!?!?
...what the flying... I'm sorry, I need to break a glass or something.
Wait, no. what!?? Powerpuff Girls!?!? I- I- I-...
...*snigger* Ok that dog joke. I admit, I laughed. But, This is supposed to be a MLP fan episode right?... oh fan episode... right.
Sorry, did i swap tabs or something?
Suddenly I feel like watching old episodes of PPG.
WHAT THE SH!T? the PPG never freaking killed them did they!?!? Or do I have to go check again...
Ok, are you just antagonizing the PPG now!?!?
Now you're just stealing shots from that Pinkie chase scene.
Oh hey, split second references, I feel ashamed that I got every single one...
"Help Meeeeeeeee" Agents... are... GO!!!!
...what....the...flying...crap... That escape was just... Ok, forget the reference drinking game, hows about stupid move drinking game.
Why is it, only the PPG humor in this episode making me laugh.
... Ok, that "letter to Celestia bit" What the crap kind of lesson is that!?!?
Oh, that's how you explain Pinkie's dimension breaking powers!?!? Ok yea, no. It make's sense. You know what? Screw. I'm obviously not in the right mindset to be watching this. Excuse me while i go remove 80% of my brain cells.
Wait, it's almost over, ok never mind then.
...Urgh I mean, just urgh. This video, just had FanMade written all over it, and honestly, I don't mean that in a good way. If you really wanted to simulate what an episode from the show was like you don't dump a crap ton of references in hope that only the fandom will get. Yes I got all the jokes in it, but that's not a point in it's favour. It should spawn it's own, not nick them from others. The story was just, ugh a crappy crossover fanfiction story, and it's not even a good one. It takes a bit to reach that part, and by then the episode is already half over. This isn't about some "Double Rainboom" it's about visiting another universe, really freaking misleading. Nothing seems to connect properly and it feels really jumbled. The voice acting is at least decent, and like before the animation throughout the whole special is really impressive. Once again the fandom will never cease to impress me in the art department. But you don't judge a movie based on how good the visuals are *coughavatarcough*, and by the end of this (if you can't tell) I just wanted to smash something. It's a nice little episode if you base it solely on the fact it's supposed to be fanmade, but hell we had that snowdrop a little while back and it was bloody incredible.
So to give it a grade, i'd give it a D+. It shows effort, but completely misses the mark it's supposed to be hitting. Better luck next time guys, focus on the story and don't let your fan urges kick in.
I'm liking it so far.
The spike and rarity gag was funny, probably my favorite part.
I think a lot of the jokes, like the derpy one and the one where twilight is explaining the effects of her potion dragged on for way too long though.
... yeah, I'm gonna stop at the crossover stuff..
Waita be uncreative, assholes.
I enjoyed it. While it is meme heavy in the first half (you do have to expect that since the title is based off a meme), it doesn’t distract from the overall cartoon. You could show this to the younger audience, who has no clue about any of those, and they could enjoy it with no problem.
Helps I am a fan of the PPGs too. And yes, there have been times that they do kill the monsters. Heck, one time they used a monster as a plaything.
(Gonna return just for a day to comment on this film, a'ight?)
Okay, as far as animated episodes go, especially ones that were made by fans - Double Rainboom had pretty standard animation, perhaps up to par to the original show's, but not really. It's definitely a better effort than most fan animators, although the animators of Snowdrop and the animator for AskCMC do an even better job - at least from my perspective. While the project was ambitious, it was incredibly lacking story/writing wise. It felt clumsy and all over the place. The premise of having Rainbow Dash drink the talent-enhancer potion might've still passed as an actual MLP episode, but they ended up jumping the shark & dropping the ball with the Powerpuff Girls cameo and the pointless references thrown about. Plus, the pacing was drawn out waaaaay too long for its own good. Visual comedy needs to be fast paced, but every moment of the episode just kept reminding me just how pretentious this project really was. I feel they could've planned it out a bit better, and while the way they exploit the animation is interesting and inventive, that's not the reason the brony fandom exists.
Yes, the show does have some grandiose animation. But what's a show with just epic animation and a bunch of memes blended together into a half-assed plot that's supposed to have a message that clearly doesn't fit in with the overall impact the episode had given?
I'm disappointed, to be honest. I didn't hate the episode, and it's still a better effort than Dawn's Dusk, or whatever the buck that one fanimation was called.
It's just sad because this project had such potential to work with, but it suffered due to poor pacing and a confused plot. FANSERVICE DOES NOT MAKE FOR AN ACTUAL PLOT YOU GUYS.
Okay, not gonna lie. There were times where the scenes seem too stretched out and there were too many memes and references in the first half. Sure, I like those sort of things, but when you add too many, it seems less like an episode and more like a game of "how many references can you point out".
Also, they really downplayed the crossover aspect of the episode in the promotions, but I guess that was Flamingo's surprise to the audience. And IMAO, the writing for the PPG segment (or to be more accurate, the episode inside the episode) was better than in the rest of the episode, and I thought it was cute and funny. Heck, I'd love to see these guys make a fan-made PPG episode (with little to no memes/references/crossover-gimmicks)!
And yes, this was more of a crossover episode than a rainboom one, but when you think about it, her adventure across dimension never would've begun if it weren't for her flux capaci- erm, I mean double gigawatts. However, there was no build up whatsoever (in-episode) to the double rainboom. I mean, besides the title.
Last but not least, Twilight Sparkle giving the potion to Pinkie Pie, the one pony she was truly afraid to give the potion to. At first, it didn't make sense why Twilight would do this, but when you realize that Pinkie was the only pony who could catch up to Rainbow Dash without the potion, I can let it slide. And 4th wall breaking aside, Pinkie Pie has done some reality -breaking stuff. Like when she talked to Twilight from the reflection of a freaking mirror. 'nuff said.
And yes, the moral was half-assed. "Don't take things without permission?!" How about "Listen to what your friends say," or "Don't let greed get the best of you," or "Think about the consequences of your actions and how they could not only hurt your friends but also yourself?" Those seem better by comparison. "Don't steal?" You know what, you're right. Best moral ever. FIVE STARS! A+! TEN OUTTA TEN! *claps aggressively then throws the computer out the window*
. . .
*gets computer from out of the dumpster*
That said, it was decent. Sure, this episode is screaming fan-made, but this was an episode made by the fans for the fans, not holy scripture crapped from Lauren Fausticorn's nice badonkadonk. The animation was awesome, although I noticed that the ponies had some untapered lines. The voice-acting was great, and some of the dialogue was clever.
But this team could've made something better written than this.
tl;dr version, good visuals and voice acting, but gag/reference based plot was terrible. Dialogue was good, but wasn't up to the show's standards. Lots of lost potential on many levels.
Liked the PPG's portrayal and the talking dog, though. :)
EDIT: I forgot to add that after watching that PPG segment, I was tempted to actually start watching the actual show... which I did!
And after watching the first couple episodes, I was able to point out a couple references in the fan-segment to these episodes, like the talking dog, the narrator's opening dialogue, and Mojo Jojo's observatory to name a few.
Heck, the fact that their signature background music can actually be heard when they're around was introduced in "Gesundfight" in Episode 3!
These are more endearing references, ones that actually reference the show, yet aren't so obvious. Unlike the slew of mainstream, hackneyed, in-your-face memes.
Sure there were a slew of outside references in the PPG segment as well, but I didn't notice them in my first viewing, seeing as how they were more subtle and they were only on-screen for a split-second. These were excusable.