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Sun May 8, 2011, 12:22 PM
The Season 1 finale of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has finally aired.
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the absolutely amazing, incredible, astounding crew of MLP:FiM for all their hard work and dedication.  I’m so grateful to have such a talented group of artists give their all for what could have easily been seen from day one as silly, girly fluff unworthy of their time.  Together I think we helped prove that “for girls” does not have to automatically equal “lame.”

And a gigantic thank you to the fans of the show!!!  The kids, the parents and all you bronies!!  The array of people this show has touched has completely exceeded my wildest expectations!  I cannot believe the response, and, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I cannot keep up with the messages!!!  Thank you all for your words of praise, thanks, curiosity, and even your thoughtful criticisms.  From the messages I’ve received, these episodes have lifted spirits, brought parents and kids together, changed perspectives and inspired the most unlikely of people in the most unlikely of places.  Who would have thought it from a show about candy colored ponies?  I want you all to know how grateful I am for you feedback and for sharing your thoughts and stories.  I only wish I had the time to reply to everyone and the ability to answer each and every question.


And now I suppose it’s finally time for me to deliver some unfortunate news.  I’ve been uncertain for a little while now about how, when and, to be honest, whether to announce the news at all.  But here it is:  I am no longer working on the show.  Various circumstances with the production made it increasingly impossible for me to keep up the level of personal creative involvement and control that I had at the start of the series.  I don’t think I can accurately express how difficult and painful the decision was and still is.  When Season 2 begins, you will see my credit changed from Executive Producer to Consulting Producer.  My involvement in Season 2 ultimately does* not reach far beyond story conception and scripts.  A little more involved in the beginning, and a little less towards the end.

However, you should be pleased to know that the gaps I have left are being filled by the same amazing artists, writers and directors who brought you Season 1.  I’m certain the show will be as entertaining as ever, though perhaps in a slightly different way.

With that said, I hope you will still be interested in sticking around my DA page.  I started this page as a forum to share my personal work and I hope that those of you who come here lured by ponies will be tempted to hang out for whatever else I have to share in the future---- as soon as I figure out what that will be!!

With sincerest gratitude,


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Nocturnal-Sunlight Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Thank you very much for the series. :)
Xeronik Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
i am late to this, it's what happens when someone crash courses a show, and to be honest, i never thought i would touch MLP, but i sort of snowballed into it the more i learned, i rolled right into it  xD  i am sad to find out that you got weened off the show that you created and are the reason it turned out so well.

 here is my story of how i got into MLP:FiM, it's not a cool story, but it's a story...   okay, so, i am not big on kids shows, and i honestly gave up watching Nick and Cartoon Network in recent years to watch anime online, but despite my recent years of taste, i still remember the good times and some of the cartoons i used to like, which include The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, and finding out that you worked on those really good cartoons had got me curious about My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic.

 but let's back up a bit, before i even knew all that, i had just reinstalled Team Fortress 2, and i was bored of the same old maps, so i started messing around in random maps and games, and i found some sort of "Saxton Hale" bossfight game, but with ponies!  MLP bossfight!  seemed hilarious to even think about, and i realized while playing that yes, i am still pretty terrible at TF2, and that most of the people on the server were "bronies".  with that in mind, i started getting curious because i didn't know anything about the characters, so i annoyed them with questions that any basic fan would know the answer to  xD

 so the snowball started rolling, it picked up momentum for me to want to look into MLP, especially after learning about Weird Al being involved, what pushed me to youtube research and documentaries on netflix was seeing DJ Pon3.  i can not explain it, but something about seeing DJ Pon3 was like seeing one of the coolest things in existence, i don't even know, i just love that design.  so after learning about this and that, and then the brony culture, the fan made videos, the fan music (especially Ponyforce, since i love power metal), i finally caved in and started watching the show ^_^

 that is pretty much my intro to MLP story, but anyways, i would also like to add where i stand as of now.  though i am upset that you are not part of the show anymore, i have been reassured, partly by you yourself, that the show didn't become lame afterwards, which is good, because i am not in love with the show, and i've been known to drop animes that disappoint me more than halfway through (sorry Toradora!), i am a fair judge, but i like what i like, and though i could say i am a fan, i am not sure if i am a "brony" per say, though i love using the phrase "20% cooler".

 i will admit this is a show aimed at kids, and though i appreciate the references, i sometimes sigh at the over the top cheese in some aspects (like the episode where RD reads the book about Daring Do, i was never a big Indiana Jones fan to begin with, but the climax of that story seemed ridiculous, like, more ridiculous than the show on average).

 i try my best to take it all with a grain of salt, and like many will say, the characters really help staple the show together, so i try not to be critical about it (at least not as i am excessively critical about anime).  i will also state another reason i might not fit in as a "brony" is that i don't obsess over the show's music like it seems everyone does, i personally don't like musicals and sing-song in shows, so that's just me and my preference, though the show does a good job with composition, such a way i can objectively admit that it has a quality to it that you would expect with Disney films, but even so, i prefer harder music, so i can't get into singing Winter Wrap-up no matter how many times that chorus gets stuck in my head, lol.

 anyways, this turned into a long message, but i think i said everything i wanted to say.  cheers to you Lauren, you sparked the flame of a great show, and it spreads like wildfire, even to the unlikely fan like me ;)

P.S. i will look into that Medusa film soon also.
MetalBrony87 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Thank you Lauren for Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends and My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic!
carolgold Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
You are incredibly gifted at what you do. I tell all my friends that you are a modern day Walt Disney because you created a show that doesn't touch one audience but all people.

Not all of your ideas were realized and if they were, they were slightly altered, but you left a mark on the world of Children's television with your ideas. You must be grateful to have such a nice group of friends who do their best to carry the main purpose of your idea: Real issues that all people go through and not stereotypical girlie things.

Don't stop continuing on with the Brony fandom because I don't think we would have gotten where we are now in recognition with out your support.


carolgold; aka Doyle
TrixiesTrIcks Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*Sniff* The Great And Powerful Trixie will miss you..
SandHawkTime Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh fuck off with your degenerate cancer.
TrixiesTrIcks Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I am a rp.. 
TrixiesTrIcks Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol , nvm , go ahead and swear with your bad jokes , I'm use to it ;D
CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what were the reasons for you to go and I don't know if you still watch the show since you left completely, but I want to let you know here that the show still follows your spirit.
The general style hasn't changed at all, like you could think after you left. They even picked up two of your intended themes for the show in Season 4, with the Everfree Forest and Scootaloo's wings.
Thanks for giving us this wonderful show! :) You changed the world with it and you're the most inspiring artist that ever existed.
moomoonya Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for bringing us this amazing series!
Alaxr274 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome.
Usagi1992 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
I believe that's pronounced "you're", as in 'you are'. "Your" is a possessive; so basically, you're saying that the welcome belongs to Lauren. :P

Yeah, I know this makes me a dick, but I don't care. It's a gratuitous error that happens FAR TOO OFTEN. People think that just because this is the internet, no one should care about spelling and grammar. No wonder our country is in such a sad state of affairs. Schools continuing to lower the passing grades, so eventually, all that a kid will need to get into college is a damn PENCIL. And we wonder why 17 other countries graduate more doctors and scientists than we do.

R.I.P. - the English Language. Died with the advent of the internet, and the indifferent users of said internet.
BRITAlN Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now now, don't be so butthurt. 
Usagi1992 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Well, I wouldn't call it 'butthurt'. More like 'saddlesore', heh.
BRITAlN Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Emojigo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

We love you no matter what, Lauren Fuast!


From: Another brony

angeliqueguy46 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
the best night ever :)
BananaSplitzel Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
We love you Lauren Faust! Thank you for bringing us this amazing series!
namutea Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I've seen a decrease in the show's engagement since you left. You are missed. :(
lordsiravant Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a right awful shame they drove you off. I rather dislike the direction Season 3 has taken. Gilda hasn't returned to make amends with Rainbow (they did it with Trixie, why not Gilda?), King Sombra didn't get the screentime he deserved, and Twilight becoming an alicorn happened way too soon. Things were much better when you were in charge.

All that aside, I still wish to thank you for making this show possible. So many ignorant people misunderstand it and judge it unfairly as well as they judge the fans. Some people can't take anything from the show seriously because "HURR DURR TALKING PONIES", but FiM has a quality that other current shows like Spongebob and Total Drama Island sorely lack: a positive message that extends not to just little girls, but to everybody. It teaches us how great friendship is while not getting preachy about it. Some people criticize it for not being a 'manly' show. Well they're right; FiM doesn't teach you how to be a man, it teaches us how to be good people.

The fanbase is also full of wonderful people who post beautiful artwork and well-developed fanfictions, Cupcakes notwithstanding. Every single background pony that has ever appeared has gotten their own backstories, their own fanbases. And most importantly, their own families. The time and effort bronies put into maintaining this fandom is truly phenomenal, and few other fandoms can boast such dedication.

This all wouldn't have been possible without you, Lauren. You have my sincerest thanks for making MLP something people of all ages can truly enjoy.

Your Faithful Brony,

Lord Siravant
BRITAlN Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't like Gilda. Shes a meanie :(
pinkiejack-applepie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
to bad she left because of this. you were the core of my little pony and you started the show. she should come back to my little pony and try to work it out with the hasbro company to save season 4. what they did to season 3 was unfair towards lauren
Sebastian1314 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Spot on man. Spot on.
pinkiejack-applepie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
i know lol as i said so i meant that i havent seen anything back from season 1 and 2 besides trixie coming back to ponyville
tardis463 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2014
Season 3 was terrible, thank goodness Season 4 was a little worse than Season 2. Heck, Season 4 was amazing. :D

EDIT: Forgot that I could edit comments, ignore the other two comments I made.
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kfish5050 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Various circumstances with the production made it increasingly impossible for me to keep up the level of personal creative involvement and control that I had at the start of the series."

Equestria Girls?
Sebastian1314 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Or Twalacorn?
kfish5050 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually Lauren Faust had plans for Twilight being Celestia's Successor, so if it was Twalicorn it was because they did it too early.
Dogman15 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
It's a possibility. But maybe not this far back. More than likely, this was because of Princess Cadence (later "Cadance") and Shining Armor. I don't think "Equestria Girls" as a spin-off TV show was proposed until after Lauren left.
kfish5050 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard this is the reason from somewhere. I was asking for confirmation.
Dogman15 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Unfortunately, I don't think Lauren has much time to respond to the (perhaps) thousands of messages she gets.
kfish5050 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, probably not, but there was no hurt trying.
Auroriia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artist
Dear Lauren,
I give you my best effort to respond one more time, Without crying.
I want to thank you again for what you have done. You have changed my life in general.
You have shown me there is more to world, than what's beyond my life.
You have shown that Humanity can do amazing talents, In believing so, and By doing so.
Like cosmicunicorn and BlackGryph0n. Ventious and jcharlesmachiavelli.
Even John-joseco and K.P Shadowsquirrel and tons more.
You indeed have shown a 20 year old Male the magic of friendship. Every lesson of it too.
Honesty, Kindness, laughter,Generosity,Loyalty,and magic.
and I tip my hat to you.
I will always be a brony no matter what hell the show goes though. Even if the show is no longer on air.
There is more to being a brony then just watching the show.
It's being a family.
"Look at us, we're family
Working together thankfully
We Bronies, we are proud to say
Stick together the pony way"
No matter what happens,
Yours truly, Cosmicscribbles.~
PinkieShyFIM Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said. :')
DerpyMerfin Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Dogman15 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Not being mean, but [link]

... Well of course, your dA profile even says "New member". Welcome.
cjcm8900 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Well, that explains why season 3 sucks so much.
Bexis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree, It seems like all shows that have so much potential at the start just end up nose diving. They end up trying to hard or changing thing *alicorn twilight*...
Dj-Maxie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
flamelauncher14 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Man... I watched both Season 1 and 2, and both are amazing seasons! I didn't know Lauren stepped down after Season 1! I guess that shows how amazing the crew is, and how great the fandom has become. I am sure proud to be a brony, and honestly love being one. Good luck, Lauren! You've been and still are the best writer in the history of television!


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emportant Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I... i.. dont know what to say. I was hoping the best of season 3 and now i actually fear it a bit ;o; It is SO SAD that you are leaving the show! When i saw a sneakpeek i was a little dissapointed to. It wasnt the same Rainbow Dash and it just werent... right. I wish i could do something to make you come back, but now all i can do is sit here and wait to see another name there, on the purple screen :'( Thank you for all the good episodes you have made. Hope you wont leave the Powerpuff Girls to someday (; Bye, sweet Lauren Faust-My Little Pony DX
MenderOfPain Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Awww. :( I'm sad about you leaving...but If it weren't for you, this show wouldn't have came into my life and helped learned a lot about friendship. I just hope season 3 still continues being good as the last two seasons though.
GeneralDerpy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
yeah,it's okay,if we sicking around on your DA page is because we like your art and all whhat you do!!
CourtierHoffman Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
We may lost you , but we got your passion deep in our heart....
StarHeartCustoms Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mrs. Faust
I must ask, have you heard of the mlp fim Fan fic Cupcakes? How do you feel about it? [link]
And how do you feel about mlp fim fan art? [link]
I would appreciate your response.
Sebastian1314 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
kingandhishorse Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... it's ok. Fare thee well and I wish you the best of luck in whatever you decide to do. :) <3
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