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Continuity error cataloging Anonymous 06/17/2022 (Fri) 06:41:30 No. 10687
I was just watching some Season 1 and remembered that there are a lot of subtle continuity errors. My personal stance on these is that they don't hurt the narrative, so they are fun to find. Kind of like counting the duplicate background ponies in a frame (We should make a thread dedicated to cataloging how many times every background pony appears in every canon episode too if this goes well) Some ones I noticed are that in the first episode the CMC are shown together before they canonically become friends. Another one involving the CMC is in Show Stoppers, where Rainbow Dash is shown standing next to the other sisters before the episode where Rainbow Dash adopts Scootaloo as a sister. The Gala dresses also show up in various places as a stock asset when a closet is shown. They are shown in Swarm of the Century before they are canonically made, and they show up in Fluttershy's closet in another episode. (I apologize profusely for not memorizing which one, I am prepared to face whatever punishment is deemed necessary in the name of Celestia). The last one is arguably not an error because it could be logically justified why the dresses are there, but it's still fun to think about. BTW canon seasons only. If a season is detached from the original meaning of the show it's just one big continuity error so it's not really interesting to catalogue.
>>10687 Sounds interesting, though I can't really think of any contributions off hand. I think mlp wiki had a page on such things. IMDB might possibly as well, I know they do for other movies and tv shows.
The most obvious continuity error from Season One, to me, has to be Twilight being surprised that Luna is Celestia's sister at the end of Episode 2 even though she knew the whole Nightmare Moon story from the book that she read in the opening of Episode 1. Then, of course, you have the rapid season changes with it being Autumn in Episode 4, Winter in Episode 11, and then Autumn again in Episode 13. There is the technological disconnect between the horse-drawn locomotive in "Over a Barrel" and the steam-powered locomotive in the entire rest of the series. Of course, if we include Season Two, the technology is so wildly inconsistent that you have lanterns powered by fireflies Flintstones-style in the very same episode that you have a hospital full of electric lights. Honestly, once Season Two started, all continuity started becoming more of a suggestion than a rule. "It's About Time" is a closed-loop paradox. The lore in "Family Appreciation Day" clearly contradicts "Winter Wrap-Up." There is Luna in "Lesson Zero" suddenly talking like she is at Ren Fest despite having sounded entirely contemporary both as Nightmare Moon and as Woona. Maybe the most famous continuity error on the show is Bon Bon/Sweetie Drops' voice being completely different every single time that she appeared during the show's run. Now, if you are going to count animation errors or reusing assets in the background, we will be at it all day. You mentioned "Show Stoppers," which has a few examples, like Sweetie Belle having orange eyes in one scene and the crowd of recycled characters at the talent show. On the flip side, I don't think Rainbow Dash meeting Scootaloo at the talent show counts as a continuity error. She was probably just there because it was a talent show for kindergartners, and Rainbow Dash is an incredible pedo.
>>10707 >Bon Bon/Sweetie Drops' voice That's a fun one to hear side by side: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvBBQX5rexY Nice to see someone else with sufficient autism to approach this subject. Ever since I made the original post it's been bugging me: There is an empirical fact of which pony appears the most times in the show, but no one has counted each individual pony instance and added them up yet. The shame! I feel like we should have at least three anons count every episode and discuss any irregularities to ensure the maximum sanctity of our data to launch that project, as well as keeping a comprehensive index by time stamp of every camera angle in every episode so we can keep track of and sort out technical difficulties we run into. >Show has been out for over 10 years. >Still don't know which mare is objectively most mare.
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>>10707 >She was probably just there because it was a talent show for kindergartners, and Rainbow Dash is an incredible pedo. Upon further research, that hypothesis proves cogent.
The most glaringly obvious continuity errors are in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well". Three of the main set pieces are only used for that episode: The steep slope, the skyscraper, and the hydroelectric dam. There is also the mountain that the dragon sleeps in in "Dragonshy" and Spike climbs in "Secret of my Excess" that only appears in those two. Those continuity errors where so obvious I noticed them all on my first watchthrough; hard to care much when the episodes are so good though. I like the show at it's best when it's not afraid to get creative.
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>>10750 >Three of the main set pieces are only used for that episode: The steep slope, the skyscraper, and the hydroelectric dam. The dam also made an appearance in "It's About Time." Applejack was filling in cracks in the cement with a trowel while Rarity sat beside her and cleaned Applejack as she worked. It is a memorable scene for being one of several suspiciously shippy moments bewteen the pair in the early seasons. One might also say of the construction site, that the building never got finished doe to the nearly catastrophic accident. A more flagrant technological ass-pull, I think, was the arcade cabinet in "Hearts and Hooves Day." The existence of the hospital in "Read It and Weep" was a borderline continuity error given the improvized MASH unit that had treated the victims of the "baked bads" in "Applebuck Season. I don't know if it counts as a proper continuity error, but one thing that always got me was the origin of Apple Bloom. In "Cutie manrk Chronicles" Applejack leaves the orchard to stay with her auntie and uncle in Bel-Air, but neither Apple Bloom nor her parents are present when Applejack leaves. So, either Apple Bloom's parents were still alive when Applejack left and just did not see her off or welcome her back when she returned for that matter, or they were already dead. If they were dead, though, where was Apple Bloom? You don't leave an infant alone in the barn. It is possible that possible that Apple Bloom's parents were alive at the time, and Apple Bloom herself had just not been born yet, but in that case, whey would they not see their other daughter off or welcome her back home?
>>10756 >The dam also made an appearance in "It's About Time." Sorry my mistake. That scene was cute. >don't know if it counts as a proper continuity error, but one thing that always got me was the origin of Apple Bloom. Very astute observation. Maybe Applebloom is Applejack and Big Mac's daughter and that's not a continuity error, it's a subtle implication of the truth that was covered up.
>>10757 >Very astute observation. Maybe Applebloom is Applejack and Big Mac's daughter and that's not a continuity error, it's a subtle implication of the truth that was covered up. Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
I was philosophizing about random hyper specific details of MLP as usual when I though of something: There are some elements of the show that don't rely internally on Equestria but instead an understanding of our world. In particular remember when Fluttershy says "French haute couture, please" in season 1 episode 14 "suited for success"? She mentions it in another line in the episode too. Point is, these lines explicitly state that there is French fashion in the world of MLP which implies that France exists. As far as I can remember these two lines from Fluttershy are the only reference to France in the show, but I'd like to see it if any anon finds another. Not explicitly a continuity error but still an interesting anomaly.
>>10835 In "The Cutie Pox", Apple Bloom not only speaks french, she explicitly says that what she is speaking is french. "Sacré bleu! Plus de marques de cutie! [gasp] Qu'est-ce c'est?! Je parle Français?!"
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>>10839 "Ma daughters sisters speakin' in fancy!" If we accept these as confirming the existence of France that of course opens up the whole unexplored question of what France is like in Equestria. Guess it's just one of those things like Vanhoover we won't ever know. I wonder if we missed any other references to it in the show, I know that Fleur de Lis has a French cutie mark and name, and Bonbon is French for candy, which is her cutie mark. Safe to say in a world where France is canon they are heavily implied to be from there.
>>10849 >If we accept these as confirming the existence of France that of course opens up the whole unexplored question of what France is like in Equestria. Maybe their France is just our France, and humans from France go to tiny horse land the same way that Megan did. >I know that Fleur de Lis has a French cutie mark and name, and Bonbon is French for candy, which is her cutie mark. And yet she speaks in a mid-Atlantic accent.

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