In a very sad and unfortunate turn of events, the episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic titled ‘The Last Roundup’ has been re-released on iTunes. The first minute or two featured a very memorable scene by the fan-named character Derpy Hooves in her first named appearance. In the aftermath of that episode, there was a small but vocal backlash over the character’s portrayal. By nature Derpy is supposed to be extremely clumsy and goofy. She was given a voice to match that silly nature and those who complained felt that it made fun of the metally retarded.
As a result, the newly released version of the episode has removed Rainbow Dash directly calling Derpy by her name. Derpy’s lines were also re-recorded to sound less goofy and silly. It appears the animation was changed to slightly tone down the googley nature of her eyes, but the audio is definitely very different. You can see the new version and the old version of the video below for comparison by clicking the “Continue Reading” link.
These changes have been confirmed by one of the show’s artists via their DeviantArt page here. Those comments have been mirrored below.
Reports seem to state that the Friendship Express DVD coming out on February 28 will have the unmodified version of the episode, so if you want the original, it might be the only place to get it. I have included a link in this post to the DVD on Amazon.
Here is the original un-modified scene:
Here is the scene featuring Derpy’s new changes:
Here are the comments from one of the show artists mentioned above:
It seems there has been alot of buzz about Derpy being “fixed”. I saw the New version of Derpy in “The Last Round-Up” and I do admit it didn’t settle well with me. I still enjoyed the original. I didn’t like the reason why they had her change. It didn’t seem at all offensive in my opinion. When I first saw the scene in the animatic, I literally burst with joy. But I had a feeling that it might not settle with some fans and some people. Especially since people already have their own version of Derpy and people might get the wrong idea of her character.
Its not often that cartoons show fan content. Cause sometimes when you include Fan content, it usually can result to something negative (to fans or to others). And sometimes it also endangers the identity/essence of the show. Or if people like it, they will probably expect a lot more.To the point they might expect TOO much. So you could imagine my surprise when they decided to name Derpy and give her a voice.
Derpy has became more than just some fancy Easter egg in the show. She’s became an Icon, a symbol to the fans of MLP:FIM. Though Derpy was created in a studio, her character was created by the fans. You can probably say that she represents all Bronies everywhere. Fans have enjoyed Derpy whenever they see her in the background until the point when she talked. The entire studio loves her as well. I was there in one of those Livestream chatrooms when people first heard her talk. It was quite entertaining how happy people were. So its no surprise to see people get really upset by this.
In a way, I understand why majority of fans are upset but blaming, pointing fingers and throwing hate around is not the way to do this. You’re forgetting your own motto “Love and Tolerance”. You bronies are one of inspiration and our greatest achievement. Don’t sully your name by spreading Hate and intolerance. Remember, Tolerance is not the same as acceptance. If you are upset with something, display it in a more positive way. You’ll get your message across much better than lashing it out with hate. Show some respect. Show some humility.
Oh I also want to address on a artist name Yamino. I’ve heard that she has been garnered a lot of hate by the Brony Community due to her not liking Derpy’s portrayal. Let it be known, that she had NOTHING to do with the sudden change. She expressed an opinion on Derpy. That is all. She did not ask me to do this or anyone on the staff. I had to say this because the hate she’s been receiving is unnecessary. So leave her be.
Also don’t spam notes and messages to the people who work on the show. You’re probably not going to get much out of it.
On the issue on Derpy whether she’ll have the same Derp face expression and stuff. As an animator of the show, rest assured, she’ll be fine. The show will still go on and I hope you will continue to support the show. Though Derpy is a great character, she is not essentially the reason why the show is awesome (though she is one of the Reasons). If Derpy never existed on that fateful scene in the first episode, would MLP be a bad show? Remember MLP is a great show because for what it is. I didn’t know about Derpy until someone from the Studio pointed it out. I hope you’ll still enjoy the show no matter what happens.
I hope this message will ease some of your minds. Thank you.