While typically not our thing to have fun and post about rumors, but when you are a site dedicated to a background “glitch”, you just can’t help it. Earlier this evening Big Jim from the MLP crew became bored and summoned his Twitter minions for a little Q&A. Among them was Joel Dickie, crew member and director of Littlest Pet Shop. Joel asked the question of “who originally posed / animated derpy hooves with crossed eyes and did he or she get fired?”. In reply Big Jim answered “I don’t know, and you still seem to be working, so…”.
While the beloved grey mare has always been dubbed an animation error (or glitch), Lauren Faust worded the answer to the question a little differently back in the olden days of late 2010 via her Deviant Art account. “Probably the result of a bored layout artist.” was the general wording, going further into details that Layout Artists at times hide little easter eggs to keep themselves entertained at work. Needless to say when the first episodes of MLP were being forged in the fires, no one knew it would take off like a burning train in War of the Worlds.
Needless to say, someone is found in the credits of the episode under Layout Supervisors. Could it have been future LPS director Joel Dickie who, one day bored tweaked a background character for his own amusement, spawning a culture icon that generally represents a massive online community of animation fans and is beloved by countless fans?
Maybe someday we’ll find out.