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The Mentally Advanced Series
Mentally Advanced Series title card
The title card for the series
Creator(s) FiMFlamFilosophy
Date added May 29, 2011 (first episode)
Transcript Available
Status Ongoing
Type/genre Parody
Show connection Abridged series of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series, also variously titled My Little Pony: The (Abridged) Mentally Advanced Series and My Little Pony: The (abridged) Mentally Advanced Series, is a series of videos that recontextualize episodes from the original show by re-editing and re-dubbing them. The general storylines are often kept somewhat intact, but the characters' personalities are drastically reinterpreted. Most of the voices are performed by the series' writer, FiMFlamFilosophy, who also performs these duties for Rainbow Dash Presents. The series' genesis was a result of creative differences with the team of another planned abridged series; FiMFlamFilosophy left and created his own videos from scratch.

Episodes

Main article: The Mentally Advanced Series/Episodes

Every episode, except for Episodes 10 and 13, opens with a title card depicting an apparently lobotomized Pinkie Pie, accompanied by a voice-over in which Pinkie sings an abridged version of the theme song.

Episode 10 introduced a new abriged version of the theme song that plays with the title sequence. After it is done, a title card appears showing a crying Fluttershy holding a lobotomized Pinkie's head.

After over a year of delays, FiMFlamFilosophy decided to skip over the unfinished eleventh episode and start work on the next one instead; barely two weeks after the announcement, episode 12 was released.[1]

Beginning with Episode 14, episodes use still images from the episodes they're based on rather than conventional animated footage, making them similar in tone to FiMFlamFilosophy's other produced work Rainbow Dash Presents and also allowing for faster episode production.

YouTube Take-down

The Episodes came under fire in January 2013 by YouTube's automatic copyright detectors and several of the episodes including the newest (at the time) Episode 12. Although initially trying to combat YouTube's claims by referencing to "Fair-Use laws", FiMFlamFilosphy and Petirep decided it would be best to not fight a losing battle with YouTube and instead just host the episodes on their website Dawnsomewhere.com.

At first they planned on using their Blip.tv account to host the episodes, but due to unforeseen circumstances their Blip account was also taken down. They decided to instead just host the episodes directly from their sites server instead. 

On January 27, FimFlamFilosophy uploaded redirect videos for each of the episodes redirecting viewers to each of the episodes on Dawnsomewhere.com. 

Mentally Advanced Series Ep1202:44

Mentally Advanced Series Ep12


Episode 12 Redirect video Animation by Petirep

Each of the redirect videos features an identical animation by Rainbow Dash Presents artist Petirep featuring Fluttershy attempting to get an orangutan dressed as a cop and the named "YouTube" to post her valentine that reads "To All My Friends on YouTube!" on its refrigerator; instead the orangutan takes the valentine to be burned by another orangutan named "Mr. Moneybags." The "YouTube" orangutan cop and Mr. Moneybag's eating of a hamburger are inside jokes to FimFlamFilosophy's Cookie Train Album  ad in which the same orangutan cop accuses dash of being the "Hamburgerler" and confiscates her hamburgers.  Each of the redirect video features a unique line of poetry ending with "Nothing's perfect in life."

The initial influx of viewers to the site after the redirect caused the website to nearly crash. FiMFlamFilosphy and Petirep later decided to upgrade the website to handle the new higher levels traffic. 

All of the Episodes of the Mentally advanced series can still be found on dawnsomewhere.com. A picture of Allen (voice actor for Thrackerzod and Celestia) is used as the thumbnail for the unaired Episode 11.

Rainbow Dash Presents

Main article: Rainbow Dash Presents

Rainbow Dash Presents is a spinoff series also written by FiMFlamFilosophy and features art by artist Petriep. It features 'Mentally Advanced Series' Rainbow Dash reading popular fanfics with a humorous spin.

Characters

Main article: The Mentally Advanced Series/Characters

References

  1. FiMFlamFilosophy (2012-11-22). Fan Art. Comments Not Working!. “I finally decided to just scrap Episode 11. I didn’t like how it was turning out, and while it was okay and even decent in some spots, I never did find myself terribly happy with it, and it took so long producing it that my current editing skill far outpaced my skill when I started.”

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