Derpy Voice Comparison (From The Last Roundup)





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Published on Feb 25, 2012

UPDATE 2/29/2012: Please read Amy Keating Roger's (the writer of The Last Roundup) response to the Derpy issue.
Really the only question that remains unanswered now is why the eyes were changed.

On February 24th 2012, the iTunes version of The Last Roundup was made available again after it was taken down weeks ago. However, the new version of the episode removed Derpy's name, gave her a new voice, and "un-derped" her eyes. This video is a comparison of original voice track vs. the modified voice track from Derpy's scene in The Last Roundup. Most of Rainbow Dash's lines, and all of Derpy's lines were re-recorded. These were taken from the center channel audio tracks of the 5.1 mix.

To see the "new" Derpy scene:


When I first heard Derpy's original voice in TLR, I admit I wasn't completely sold on it. However over the next couple of weeks I came to be really attached to it. It was Derpy's voice. Furthermore, Tabitha St. Germain's explanation of her inspiration for the voice made it all the more endearing. So now, to have that stripped away and replaced with a sub-par performance is maddening. (Note that I don't think the new voice is terrible, and had it been Derpy's original voice I would not have complained. But the new voice just sounds... kind of generic, and lifeless to me. We already had a voice for Derpy, and despite its flaws it helped to make her a unique and memorable character.)

In my opinion the worst part about this change is that they "fixed" her eyes. I honestly can understand removing the name "Derpy" as Hasbro does not have the copyright for it as far as I know. But there was no reason whatsoever to change the eyes. Ironically, I find it almost offensive that they would remove such a unique character trait, and instead replace it with something to make her seem "more normal," as if anything that makes someone different, unique, or outside the norm is somehow unacceptable.

But, what happened, happened I guess. It still remains to be seen if this becomes the new "official" version of the episode, or if this change only affects the iTunes release.


From S2E14: The Last Roundup of My LIttle Pony: Friendship is Magic

Derpy vector by jungleanimal

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