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This is my fourth My Little Pony animation commission. This was requested by :iconskyswordhilty: SayaArt. Short Hilt is an Original Character created by SayaArt.

IMHO, this is definitely the my best work so far. SayaArt gave me a challenge so I went ":iconchallengeacceptedplz: Challenge Accepted" and after two long months, battling with delays from my personal life I finally finished it! I wanted to add a lot of dynamic to her character by making her armor "bounce" whenever she did a little movement, and the first scene was a rotoscope of Twilight Sparkle's walk cycle in Lesson Zero. Her sword throw and grab is one of the most complicated and dynamic animations I've ever done so far and it turned out a lot better than expected.

Probably my favorite part of this commission was doing the backgrounds. I actually found myself enjoying doing the backgrounds for this commission and I think it's a huge step forward for me because doing backgrounds was never my strong suit.

If anything looks slow, it's because there's a lot of layers.

Also, credits to :iconkishmond: Kishmond for fav.me/d3gkkwh in some of the backgrounds.

Equestria Daily! :3

If you want your My Little Pony Original Character animated, then visit this page for details.

MLP FiM Animation Commission Catalog (5/16/2014) by MAJORA64


Completed Commissions
:bulletred: Starling for Squeno/Aoxis
:bulletorange: Swift Flying for outlaw4rc
:bulletyellow: Flightless for CieloRey
:bulletgreen: Short Hilt for SayaArt
:bulletblue: Raindew for thetriforcebearer
:bulletpurple: Surfing Blossom for outlaw4rc
:bulletpink: Air Guitar for Aire Geetar
:bulletred: CieloXLuna for CieloRey
:bulletorange: Ester for Captain-of-the-Guard
:bulletyellow: Phenomenon for Captain-of-the-Guard

Test Animations
:bulletred: Applejack Run Test Animation
:bulletorange: Twilight Sparkle Walk Test Animation
:bulletyellow: Derpy Hooves/Ditzy Doo Fly Animation
:bulletgreen: Pinkie Pie Bounce Animation
:bulletblue: Vinyl Scratch/DJ p0n-3 Head Bop Test Animation
:bulletpurple: IAmSwagg Walk Test Animation
:bulletpink: Chroma Cutter Walk Test Animation
:bulletred: Princess Luna Hair Test Animation
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:iconthebluebird27:
TheBluebird27 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks like the trot is a little awkward
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:iconxxfluffywolfxx:
xxFluffyWolfxx Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Is the dragon still alive?
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's open ended, you decide.
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SavedByGODsGrace777 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
woh this is surprisingly good.
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:iconleonardlou:
LeonardLou Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
True dat...
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:iconchaosdrgon:
ChaosDrgon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
O_o well..... 'Short Hilt' is obviously a violent psychopath. I do hope he has been properly locked away for his crimes.
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x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My pony is female. And I don't really appreciate being called a violent psycho. She embodies my love of adventure and role play video games. Skyrim, for example.
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:iconchaosdrgon:
ChaosDrgon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Well I'm sorry, but from this video, that is what I see. She came waltzing in and attacked a napping dragon who had done nothing wrong.
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x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fair enough, but it was still a bit harsh. :/

And who knows? Maybe they become friends at the end of the battle? But for the sake of money and stress on the animator, I decided to have it end like that and that's how it'll stay.
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:iconchaosdrgon:
ChaosDrgon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I know it seems harsh, but since my OC is a dragon (a rather kind one I should add) I tend to frown on the stereotype that dragons are inherently evil or violent.
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Lolz, probably not, when any pony encounters a dragon it's usually a matter of life and death, and I don't think that dragon is going to willing let her trot away after skipping into his territory.

And Hilty is a "she".
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:iconarkalidor:
Arkalidor Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Merrily canter through the forest, enjoy the beauties of nature. Come across the hoarding cave of a grumpy dragon. Steal one of his swords and brutally murder him with it... you know, you could have just apologized and gone your way :/
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ending is open ended, she either slays the dragon in a merciless bloodbath or the dragon has a nice European meal.
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:iconkatythedog:
KatyTheDog Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Artist
can you do me fighting a bunch of evil guys... please
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:iconsilentcarto:
SilentCarto Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
If I was a dragon, I'd leave a bunch of blunt swords sticking into my treasure just for cases like this.
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:iconwilson8787:
Wilson8787 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Here we see that the never-ending quest to slay a dragon really is never-ending. :D
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:iconcormy1:
cormy1 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
So. Fucking. HAPPY!
OOH LOOK AT THE SKY OOH LOOK AT THE TREE OOH LOOK AT THE GROUND OOH LOOK AT THE CAVE!!!
OOH LOOK AT TH-Oh shizz.
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:iconmuffinshy:
MuffinShy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, imagine this- yore just laying in your lair minding your business when some random pegasus just barges in on your home and tries to slay you...not fun :C
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:iconsaintcoulombe:
SaintCoulombe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Meh, its better then that one time at band camp.
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:iconwiskeymike1:
WiskeyMike1 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
But! There's one they fear. In there tongue he's Dovakinn. Dragonborn!
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:iconsaintcoulombe:
SaintCoulombe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
That's all i could hear was the dovakin theme well watching this.
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:iconx-short-hilt-x:
x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, that was my inspiration for her. I love RPGs - especially Skyrim, so I made Short Hilt into an adventuring pony. :'3 Glad someone made the connection!

Now she will defeat the dragon and take his soul. B3
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Nice animation.
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:iconx-short-hilt-x:
x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ERMAHGERD people on Equestria Daily like Hilty's design! ;u; HNNNNNNNG~<3 So many happy feels!
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:iconpikalax1:
pikalax1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I would recommend working on that walk cycle. It seems a little unnatural. Grant Beaudette has several videos on YouTube that you may find to be useful aids when learning how to use MLP puppets in Flash.
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
One reason it might look a little unnatural is because I tried to put a little spring in her trot, after all, she is adventuring! But I do see your point.
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:iconaxelkauaid:
AxelKauaid Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
So cutie /)^3^(\ Great job! I love it)))
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:iconcarsonist:
carsonist Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Photographer
I just love the expressions at the beginning
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:iconheartroyali:
HeartRoyali Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
this must have cost like 400$ :O (its worth atleast that )
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! But it actually cost $45.
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:icongnorian:
Gnorian Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This quality for that price? I can imagine you being in demand.

Do you only do pony-related animations?
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Only ponies so far, and a prices like this means more business for me. If I charged $100 a commission I'd have no offers.
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:iconheartroyali:
HeartRoyali Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
oh wow, if i had just a little more money i would have bought an animation from you :o
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Prices range from $20-$50, depending on the options. [link]
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:icondonkeywithpotato:
donkeywithpotato Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Cue to her helpin the dragon clean his teeth and then blissfully taking a nap in his warm embrace :3
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:iconx-short-hilt-x:
x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
-Short Hilt's Creator here!- :D

Haha, didn't think of that!
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:icondonkeywithpotato:
donkeywithpotato Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Oh, and lest I forget, followed by him carefully lifting her helmet a bit to kiss her forehead and then drifting gently into dream land himself!
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:iconx-short-hilt-x:
x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
N'aww, that's sweet. ;u;

However I don't think she'd be romantically involved with a dragon...just sayin'. xD Cute idea though!
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:iconlww208phi:
Lww208phi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This is how I play Skyrim.
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:iconanimalanimefan:
AnimalAnimeFan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
for some reason this reminded me of the Protector of the Small style XD well done!!
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:iconbroznik592:
broznik592 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Gotta respect her for just flat out charging a dragon like that.
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x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*Short Hilt's Creator*

:iconshorthilt::iconsaysplz: Yeah, I'm pretty brave like that. B3
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:iconbroznik592:
broznik592 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
"Doo, do doo, such a nice day out!"

"Rawr."

*Serious mode* "Bring it on."
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SwiftestShadow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Hm... when viewed from the 3/4 and side angle, the walk animation seems to be a bit choppy, in that the loop animation seems to be missing a few frames.
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
The 3/4 view is actually identical (except for a few extra head movements) to the side view animation, no frames were removed, but I think when I distorted the image from side to 3/4 it did change the flow of the animation.
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:iconmufffinpatrol:
mufffinpatrol Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Gary was here, Ash is a loser!"
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:iconmajora64:
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Looks like someone found the easter egg!
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:iconmufffinpatrol:
mufffinpatrol Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Huzzah! How many points do I receive?!
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:iconhyper-kenny-1991:
Hyper-Kenny-1991 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
She's being cute, and nopony's stopping her. : D
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:iconhelsaabi:
Helsaabi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
That so cool! :D Hmm What about sound? 030
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