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You would think after 2 years and 115+ people Double Rainboom would actually be something more than just Internet jokes and repeated character quirks and traits, but alas, it was not. In the immortal words of Queen Gertrude from Hamlet, “More matter with less art,” and this is all too true here. The animation was something I really liked, along with thesubtle references, and I am always partial to anything Back to the Future related, but instances like the Troll face, the TARDIS, the chicken joke, Derpy’s screw-ups, and the entire second half of the animation were unnecessary. It had nice art, but that was really all it had. About half the voice acting was mediocre due to low-quality microphones and incorrect vocal/emotional cues and the project’s pacing constantly moved back and forth from incredibly fast to unbearably drawn-out. The plot really never advanced and there was little to no character interaction beyond:
RAINBOW DASH GOES REALLY FAST BUT TWILIGHT DON’T LIKE THAT NOPE RAINBOW DASH GOES TO YOUR CHILDHOOD TO PANDER AROUND WHILE YOUR CHILDHOOD TRIES TO STEAL HER AWAY BUT THEN SHE GOES BACK AND LAUGHS AND THEN WHOOPS ITS BLOO OH YOU PINKIE XD.
Even more than that, there was a gigantic helping “Faust-worship” packed into this 28-minute leviathan. Everything that Lauren Faust was ever associated with until she left My Little Pony was included in this project, which fell flat faster than Rainbow Dash hitting the ground after her dual spectrum blast. Might as well call it Double Faust Tribute, since that’s really all it does; it heavily references both the shows she’s known best for,Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Instead of doing a tribute to My Little Pony, this meh-inducing project was a concentrated absorption of everything that would make it popular and unmemorable, and appeal to Lauren Faust, who I suppose people still like to treat as a god among animators, but I digress. I wonder if she even liked it that much…
I know that many people say “Well don’t expect so much! It’s a fan animation!” or “You couldn’t animate as well as the crew did!” Well for starters, there is very little problem with the technical animation, so I am not trying to do as well as they did in that regard because I probablycouldn’t do that well. But it takes more than good animation to make an enjoyable episode. I would expect that the director of Double Rainboomwould know that writing is as important as animating or voice acting, and that references don’t constitute substance, and that making an impactful story greatly outweighs creating a referential and decorative one. So yes, if it’s too much to desire something with more quality than that of a fanfiction one would find on DeviantArt, indeed I am expecting too much. But I believe that with the amount of support, time, and hype that this project garnered, something marginally better would have surfaced.
In conclusion, I feel bad for the artists who slaved for years over this gargantuan project. They deserved a much better outcome than what they got, and I hope in the months to come Zach is not given any credit for whatever positives Double Rainboom gains, but rather the spoils are distributed to the many talented illustrators and animators (and some voice-actors) who put quality work into it.
Perhaps I am being too critical, but that’s the world this fandom exists in now. With all the convention failures, voice actor angers, and animation panders that have happened, things aren’t the way they were a year ago. Or are they…?