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What could possibly go wrong? by tamalesyatole What could possibly go wrong? by tamalesyatole
YAY! Animated Time-Travel Comic!

This comic references three of the most iconic (and my personal favorites) Time-Travel movies/TV-Series, namely, Back to the Future, Bill & Ted Excellent Journey and Quantum Leap.

I was a little disappointed when the episode "It's About Time" aired, because the spell Twilight used was very limited, and, in my opinion, the "Time Travel" Trope has A Lot of potential. I liked the episode, but is just that I thought it could have been better. And then the idea for this comic came up.

The most difficult part of this comic wasn't the animation, but how to make obvious what characters are portraying Twilight and Pinkie. I hope it's obvious enough for those who had seen those movies/shows.

It's still difficult for me to create facial expressions from scratch, so I used some ones I find fitting, from the #MLP-VectorClub:
●~HSLDoperator's "Pinkie Plot"
●*LilCinnamon's "Twilight Sparkle is annoyed"
●=MoongazePonies's "Pinkie Pie"
●*AlexPony's "Twilight Sitting and Arguing"
●~Pikamander2's "Twilight Sparkle at the spa"
●~90Sigma's "Twilight Sparkle" (the hourglass reflection and as a base. See below)
●*mehoep's "so what if..."
●~VladimirMacHolzraum's "Twilight Sparkle - Magic Obedience Training"
●~SirSpikensons's "Rock N Roll Pinkie" as a base for "Pinkie Playing her Air Guitar"
●~thehellbean's "Horripied" as a base for "Pinkie Doc Brown", and ~CptOfTheFriendship's "Pinkie's Watch"
●~Waranto's "Pinkie Pie - Thinking" as a base for "Pinkie 'Al' Calavicci"
●~90Sigma's "Twilight Sparkle" as a base for "Twilight McSparkle" and "Twi 'Twilight' Sparkle"
●*YellowTDash's "MLP - FiM: Uncle Orange" as a base for the "Ponified Sam Beckett"
●*MisterAibo's "Animation - Twilight's Teleportation" slightly modified, for Twilight's Magic Spell Animation
My own "Star Swirl the Bearded Wing Background"
My own "Open blank book with flat pages"


Since I've learned that massive GIF's can break havoc on some browsers, I didn't hide text in this comic. But in case you were wondering what is reading Twilight, let's just say that Twilight Gott to know how to Time Travel wink wink

Vectors created in Inkscape (if created) and composition, animation and effects in GIMP.

And since this is a GIF animation, the image is in Indexed Mode and Floyd-Steinberg Dithering in order to manage better the color loss. That's why you can see some "grain" in the picture. A 60ms delay between "magic" frames and 1000ms otherwise, and "combine" method for the animation.

Again, feel free to correct my grammar, syntax, etc. I'm still learning, so any feedback is welcome.

And Featured in EquestriaDaily, on Jul 10th, 2012.
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:iconthe-mysterious-ponyx:
the-mysterious-ponyX Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"ziggy says you need to help those guys pass their history class so the Mcfly kid can be born"Pinkie pie (special pancake) plz
"shit" I am looking at you with slightly closed eyes 
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:iconask-the-other-cmc:
Ask-The-Other-CMC Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student General Artist
If she traveled back in time again and for a longer time, a time paradox would happen.
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:iconadam-walker:
Adam-Walker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014   Writer
What could possibly go wrong? Everything.
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Very funny;D
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:iconmbdemon16:
MBDemon16 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not sxy. Y u no draw sxy stuff? Draw something sxy and not creepy mutant horses, noob!
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:iconrandompasserbyer:
randompasserbyer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What? I'm sorry.. Please speak English!
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:iconmbdemon16:
MBDemon16 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I speek English. I speeks btr eenglishes then you. Y u hate me so much, troll?
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:iconrandompasserbyer:
randompasserbyer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some stuff you said really rubs me the wrong way. >:T 
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:iconmbdemon16:
MBDemon16 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
same wit u
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:iconbluefoxycat:
bluefoxycat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Gonna go into rage-mode noaw? :D
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:iconmbdemon16:
MBDemon16 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
idk
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:iconfanfics4ever:
fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OK, Pinkie as 'The Boss' is AWESOME!
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:iconderpyartist619:
derpyartist619 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I was reading this and all of a sudden le wild ad starts playing sound and I'm like.... Was that supposed to happen?
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:icontamalesyatole:
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no power over the ads, so, no. But if I had, it would be really cool.
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:iconalice-ioana:
Alice-Ioana Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i CAN'T BELIVE it you combined animation and comics,great job!
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:iconoopenyoo:
OopenyoO Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DID
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:iconoopenyoo:
OopenyoO Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AXAX HOW DO YOU DO THAT!
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:iconblackshadow6202:
BlackShadow6202 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rock on, dude!

I'm sorry...I just had to..X'D
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:iconghalaghor:
Ghalaghor Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
buck to the future!
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:iconkennyg302:
kennyg302 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Marty, we gotta go back. 
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:iconalexkazhdan:
AlexKazhdan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, we need to go deeper.
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:iconkennyg302:
kennyg302 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Ugh, Wibbly Wobbly Timey Whimey stuff. 
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:iconbrowniecomicwriter:
BrownieComicWriter Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bogus, Dude.
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:iconashoof:
Ashoof Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
:D rea;;u exce;;emt wprl! o ;pve tjos!
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:iconthekillershaymim:
TheKillerShaymim Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I SAY BLAME PINKIE!
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:iconpinkieshyfim:
PinkieShyFIM Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice GIF
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:icongizmo01:
gizmo01 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbillandtedplz:: EXCELLENT :XD:
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:iconcosmic-brownie:
Cosmic-Brownie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That episode always screwed around with my mind too much whenever I thought about it... still does XD
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:iconscottybug:
Scottybug Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
No Doctor Whooves reference? I'm shocked! Shocked I say!
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:icontamalesyatole:
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had to leave out other references too, like Chrono Trigger.
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:iconfurox-art:
Furox-art Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Or "Back to the Future" . . .
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:iconthe-demihuman:
The-Demihuman Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
What not to say: "What could possibly go wrong?"

(Disney bought Star Wars)

..... :iconfacepalmplz:
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:icontamalesyatole:
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe I should rephrase that:
"I was a little disappointed when the episode "It's About Time" aired, because I expected some paradoxes, a more convoluted timeline and more 'time traveling' in general."
The way they handled the Predestination Paradox was good, but I expected something like "Twilight travels back in time and interferes with her past self, without noticing it". Maybe I'm too spoiled...

And about "going back in time to prevent things from happening so it removes the teeth out of any danger the characters might encounter", I would recommend you The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov, about [Non-Spoiler-Synopsis]
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BlackWidower Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Writer
Dude, I still haven't cracked open Foundation. I assume it's like Doctor Who or something. Where they explain complex rules like: You can't go back on your own timeline, and time cannot be rewritten once you've read it.

But Doctor Who is a show about Time Travel, so having Time Travel in every episode is okay. But if time travel is easy, and you can change the past, you would use it in every episode. Not very exciting if you ask me.

Take Stargate. There have been a few time travel episodes in the course of the series, and every single one of them happens by accident. The wormhole intersects with a solar flare, and by a freak of physics our heroes slingshot through time. The effect is very difficult to reproduce. That's the best way to pull off a time travel episode.

Actually, hold on, there were other episodes with a time ship they discovered, but that thing can only make jumps in excess of thousands of years, and if they changed anything then, they consequences would be drastic.

I don't know...I'm rambling. Did you read the whole piece?
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tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had to re-read it again, but I think I lost the point of this discussion. What I have clear, however, is that Twilight doesn't know that (in that episode) history can't be changed; only after she goes back to the future she understand the situation.

However, what left me disappointed was that the travel itself was just a very small part of the plot, not that it was bad.
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:iconblackwidower:
BlackWidower Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Writer
How was it 'a very small part of the plot'? It formed the basis of the entire episode.
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:icontamalesyatole:
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The travel itself lasted about three minutes. Maybe should I have said "short"?
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:iconblackwidower:
BlackWidower Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Writer
So you're saying they should have gone on a grand adventure through time? Well than it would be a different story.
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AnetoPachy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quantum Leap! <3
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:iconzucca-xerfantes:
Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Quantum Leap! :D

Al: "Woooah Sam, this is big... I think you might've crossed over someplace else! The one in the waiting room is this purple talking horse and she won't stop asking questions..."

Sam: "Would you look at me, Al! I'm like Mr. Ed! What does Ziggy say?!"
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:iconwildrook:
wildrook Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
So...no placements on whether or not Twilight would have gone a millennia ago and end up turning Luna into Nightmare Moon by complete accident?
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:iconbarney-nedward:
barney-nedward Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
I have twenty bits that says she had nothing to do with it.
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:iconwildrook:
wildrook Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
You're on.
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:icontamalesyatole:
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That idea is more fitting for a multi-chapter Fanfic alone, because all the things that certainly could go wrong. I wonder if this has not being written already...
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:iconwildrook:
wildrook Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I wouldn't know.
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:iconbookwriter21:
bookwriter21 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O...... i love you for that quantum leap reference!
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:iconcomicapaloozastudios:
ComicaPaloozaStudios Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconbubsyplz: What could possibly go wrong?
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:iconwheeljackson:
WheelJackson Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   General Artist
I recognize the references at the end to Bill and Ted and Back to The Future, but where's "Oh boy..." from?
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tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quantum Leap, a television series that was broadcast from March 26, 1989 to May 5, 1993, starring Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist from the future who becomes lost in time following a time travel experiment, temporarily taking the places of other people to "put right what once went wrong". One of its trademarks is that at the end of each episode, Sam "leaps" into the setting for the next episode, usually uttering a dismayed "Oh, boy!" -Wikipedia
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