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'Present Prank' Title Card by FlamingoRich 'Present Prank' Title Card by FlamingoRich
Flamingo1986 (Zachary Rich) presents his first-ever MLPFiM animation, starring Pinkie Pie in "Present Prank"!

Youtube: [link]
Deviantart: [link]
Vimeo: [link]

Howdy Everypony! ^^ Here's my animation's promotional poster and a set of links to all the sites where I've uploaded it. Enjoy!

And for those of you who want to dive a little deeper into my process, I've linked the rough animation and the puppet breakdown below:


EDIT: (09-25-11) I've had a lot of questions about how long this took me - so here's the breakdown. This animation took me 130 hours to complete (40 hours to build the puppet, 80 hours to animate Pinkie, and another 10 for post-production editing).
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PFFFFTAHAHAHAHA!!! I love your animation, Zach!! It's hilarious! You know? My favorite part is the one with Gummy in a gift box... The sounds seem to be cute, so do Pinkie herself ^_^

Did you know that Lyra the unicorn is friends with Bon-Bon the earth pony? Each character has a fan-given name (for example, a big red earth pony is Big Mackintosh, a white pegasus pony with blue hair is Lightning Bolt and a fuchsia earth pony with purple hair is Berry Punch)!

I saw a rough-sketched version of this animation.
Delivering a random gift-box will give you a nasty surprise!!
What do you think?
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xMeganiumx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! >w<!
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matrix541 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
When working with sound in flash, does it sound different when exported? I'm using sound to synchronize with the animation, but when I export it, the sound quality seems to be reduced. I mean, I see that your final product was a mp4 file (I think) so you may have added the final sound afterwards. Is that what you did?

Also, for the pony puppets, are the body outline and body colors two separate symbols, or are they together as one symbol?

I hope this makes sense and I thank you for taking the time to read my questions.
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FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You need to go to File ► Publish Settings... - and then change your Audio Stream & your Audio Event to 24 kbps. That should fix the problem. :)

And for the puppets, the body outline and color are both within one symbol (except for the knee joint in the back leg). Check these .GIFs out - [link] - they should help shed light on how the ponies are put together.
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matrix541 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Thank you very much for that link. It'll be very helpful when putting together the puppets.

As for the audio, it still sounded bad. I imported an mp3 so maybe that's why? After messing around with the settings, I found that setting the compression to "RAW" on both Audio Stream and Audio event made it sound better. Would this be a good solution?

Thank you once again for your time.
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:iconflamingorich:
FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure - I believe I remember running into problems with my audio when I was finishing off "Present Prank". I remember having to make sure that it was compressed to 16-bit, 22KHz. If it was larger than that then the sound quality would drop.
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matrix541 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Eh, don't worry about it. I'll try to figure it out. Thanks for all of your help though. I really do appreciate it.

I'm beginning to see that animation is no easy task, and once I begin making the puppets, I'll really feel it.

Thanks for everything!
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pinkiestar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO superprincesspinkis correctomundo
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KHwhitelion Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
<3333 this was SO cute.
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xX-Magenta-BluesXx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:iconbigheartplz:
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xX-Magenta-BluesXx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:iconfavplz:
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Jenop12 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that was amazing! You have such great talent, please keep up the good work. :)
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:iconflamingorich:
FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I fully intend to! :XD:
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:iconjenop12:
Jenop12 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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alexmakovsky Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Very Big Thank You for this Cool Lesson!
The Customisation of Pinkie Pie is amazing and very useful
for Animation Tutorial!
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:iconflamingorich:
FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Always a pleasure! Glad to know you've enjoyed it. I'll be following the same process for my upcoming animation featuring Twilight and Rainbow Dash too.
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alexmakovsky Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Cool! *O*
My favorite pony is Pinkie Pie. She is crazy. ^^

And I like Fluttershy too.
Because she a very original pony.
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^^'
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thenewpokeuman Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
ujm , how in the name of god do i play this animation,
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:iconflamingorich:
FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's not the actual animation - it's just the poster. You can find links to the animation in the description below it.
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:iconthenewpokeuman:
thenewpokeuman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
oh heheh, fail ^^;, well thanks, i watched it and its awesome :dummy:
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Tintinytdj Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWWW YYYYEEEEAAAAHHHH
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MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My dear sir, well done! I would've offered a critique but it seems I've been bowled over by the overawesomeness of it! Please do continue. I love your animations and I'm sure you'll get your dream job of animation!
Btw, why would've there been a Trollestia sign in Pinkie Pie's room? :XD:
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:iconflamingorich:
FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The question is why aren't there more signs in every room in Ponyville? :omfg:
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MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough. :D
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Firestorm-CAN Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep this up and you might just earn yourself a job right out of the gate. ;) Nicely done.
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:iconflamingorich:
FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :) That's what I'm hoping for!
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RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
wow so nicely done :3 look like they made it as a side show but it was by fans!? OMG to great :3
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FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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derangedperson Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Friggin' amazing work. :iconkaneclapplz:
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:iconwertyla:
Wertyla Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
OH MY GOSH IT IS THE CUTEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN!!!!! Awesome job!!! :D Keep up the amazing work!!
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Alexstrazse Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I have been waiting for this for MONTHS. Awesome job, dude. It looks incredible, and it's INCREDIBLY show accurate.
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:iconflamingorich:
FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Glad to see the wait was worth it. :heart:
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Superb work, man. You do credit to SCAD.
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OkamiOki Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
but but but .... oh nvm PINKIE!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nun2artzy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OH my gosh I just saw it, it was awesome!
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anzul Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
why cant i fav it! AGAIN!

DA plz make a FAV HARDER bottom!
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ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Saw this on EqD, and immediatly remembered who you were! Man, that was so much daw I couldn't handle it... I had to amputate my right leg and I'm now on insulin for the next five years.
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FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:omfg: Egads! Well I hope you replace that leg with an assault rifle! ...you know, for kids! :D
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:iconrobcakeran53:
ROBCakeran53 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
That sounds like an excellent idea! IT'S TIME TO MAKE SOME SCIENCE!
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Velgarn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
why the shadow reminds me the Doc Gerbil from Courage the Cowardly Dog?
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WhiteEyedCat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! I love the look of the animation and the story is very cute, it's also really interesting to see more of the process that you went through to make it.
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FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! And I always post the process for anything I do here on DA. I figure that if all you bronies see how I did it, then it'll help inspire and guide you to do the same thing. :XD:
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BattyBovine Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Bah, I have to be a premium member to leave a proper critique, so I'll just say here that this is the best fan animation I've seen in a long time, pony or otherwise. I'm looking forward to you releasing that .fla file. I can't wait to get a peek at how this all works.
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123hamster Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Now I want a pinkie squeaky toy.
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AK71 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
OMG! The wait was worth it! I've been following your posts on the development of this and I have to say the wait has been worth it. Yes, as commented there may be some areas where you may have made improvements but I look at it a different way... This is a fan animation, not a professional piece. The art and animation styles look just like FiM , great sound effects, the whole thing made me laugh and the unexpected surprise 'Gummy in the box' was a great ending. I just wish I had half your talent!
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FlamingoRich Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed my "Gummy in a box". :XD:
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tinierme91 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Trollestia haiz . . .

Now I'm imagining Mecha Pinkie animated >.>
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tinierme91 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Btw how do you add critiques?
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SonOfPerun Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
That. Was. AWESOME!!! :la:
Very well done, man! Very well done!
I loved every detail of it! The intro, the disclaimer, the advertisement for Ballad of Mecha Pinkie Pie! The sound was flawless, and the jokes were awesome!
I can't wait to see it up here so I can recommend it for a Daily Deviation!
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PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I said on FaceBook's Bronies page that if it weren't for the fact that it starred Pinkie Pie, I'd say that video was pretty juvenile. But since it DOES star Pinkie Pie, I think it's the cutest thing ever!
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TuxRug Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
GAAAAAH! Why is the +Fav button missing on my phone? This is the worst time not to have that button!
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