|Scootertrix the Abridged|
November 1, 2014 - August 12, 2019
Number of Episodes
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Overview[edit | edit source]
Scootertrix the Abridged is an Abridged Series of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic created by Jack Getschman. The series follows the episodic structure of MLP with ten-minute episodes, but from an abridging standpoint is quite unique in nature.
Scootertrix often makes its episodes completely different from the original content and gradually develops a more serious story arc involving an WWI-esc conflict. Though not obvious at the beginning of the series, a recurring arc begins to make appearances down the line and small details in earlier episodes suddenly become relevant.
Another unusual aspect of Scootertrix is that it is far more dramatic than your typical abridged series, and includes developing characters, continuity, and plot twists. Scootertrix is also known for its heavy fourth wall breaking, to the point where the fourth wall is an integral part in the overall story arc.
It is an overall well-rounded series, with an excellent cast of characters, intriguing story arc, decent humor, good editing, clever plot twists, and dramatic/ heartwarming moments.
Scootertrix Shorts/ Specials [edit | edit source]
Along with the main series are "Scootertrix the Abridged Specials". The specials include an abridgment of the popular fan animation Snowdrop by Silly Filly Studios, a parody of the canon episode Luna Eclipsed which focuses much more on the character of Luna than comedy, and parodies of the first parts of the canon episode The Last Roundup and Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1. A more intricate "short" is heavily based on the episode Magic Duel, and also make heavy references to another pony abridged series Camaraderie is Supernatural. Scootertrix also released a special episode at BronyCon 2018, with its take on the Equestria Girls movie.
Crossover / Royal Correspondence [edit | edit source]
- Main article: [Royal Correspondence]
Scootertrix the Abridged collaborated with another My Little Pony Abridged Series called ''Friendship is for Adults'', by ''TheKanterlot''. The collaboration brought about 2 crossover episodes between the characters of their series, one episode on each channel (Taking place in each "universe"). This marked the first crossover between two different abridged series for My Little Pony.
The crossover also spawned a spin off series called Royal Correspondence, which is a continuation of the crossover in which the Luna from each dimension began a correspondence with each other, hence the title. On every day of release, one episode from the perspective of Scootertrix's Luna, was released on the Scootertrix Studios channel, while the other, from the perspective of TheKanterlot's Luna was released on that channel.
Scootertrix the Abridged: The Movie[edit | edit source]
The Scootertrix Movie follows Pinkie and Trixie as they jump through YouTube videos to escape Discord. What makes the movie unique is that it is a giant "choose your own adventure" featuring 22 videos, and 1 comic. The movie is also a giant crossover between 12 pony abridged series with characters either jumping into Scootertrix Twilight's library, or Pinkie and Trixie jumping into videos on other pony abridged channels. The movie stretches over 6 YouTube channels and has a total run time of 1 hour and 27 minutes. The series involved were:
- Scootertrix the Abridged
- Friendship is Witchcraft
- The Mentally Advanced Series
- Camaraderie is Supernatural
- Ultra Fast Pony
- Friendship is for Adults
- My Little Pony: The Abridged Series (DS)
- Pony Horror Abridged
- MLP:FIM Abridged (CRP)
- Friendship Goes Hard
- Friendship is Pandering
- Bean Quest
Cast [edit | edit source]
|Jack Getschman||Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, The Bird, Applejack, Fluttershy, Spike, Princess Celestia, General Bloom, General Belle, Mayor Mare, Cheerilee, Starlight Glimmer, Various Other Ponies|
|Cris Galvez||Princess Luna|
|Jacob Goodie||General Loo, Gilda, The Cows|
|Dawn Somewhere||Trixie (Trixie the Abridged/ The Movie)|
|Andrea Libman||Pinkie Pie (Scootertrix the Epilogue: Two Weeks Later)|
|ACRacebest||Granny Smith (Pie Meister)|
|wacarb||Derpy, Photo Finish|
|Ink Rose||Lord Tirek|
|EyesofEstranged15||Charlene the Gossiper|
|Kitaronicus||Aberfourth, Braeburn, Dumbbell|
|Vic Bell||The Fourth Steven, Blank Flank, Big Mac|
|James Gonzalez||Trixie (Episode 6/ Episode 9), Nurse Redheart, Various Other Ponies|
|Dylan Price||Donut Joe (Episode 8)|
|Jeremy Anderson||Donut Joe (The Movie)|
|Lady-Chan||Nurse, Equestrian Soldiers|
|Tenley Getschman||Equestrian Soldiers|
|AtomicCatacombs||Lightning Dust, Background pony "Vinyl Scratch"|
|JJ's Workshop||Angel Wings|
|Nes Studios||Fleetfoot, Orange Swirl|
|Caffeinated Pinkie||The 4th Sephen's Younger Brother Edgar|
|Imit4tor||Changeling Guard, Background Pony "Savoir Fare"|
|SLYRingtail||Background pony "Bon Bon"|
|Reese 'Kat' Chambers||Cornowlius the Owl, Background pony "Amethyst"|
|Ross Pit||Background Pony "Lyra"|
|Bluey||Background Pony "Lotus"|
|Hewy Toonmore||Background Pony|
|Toasterless||Background Pony "Octavia"|
|Spinelstar||Doctor Whooves (Episode 26)|
|Sawyer Getschman||Innocent Pony|
|Ty Cayatineto||The Shadow Bolts|
|Nina Hedberg||Doctor Whooves (Episode 12)|
|Chris Hanna||Blue Scootaloo|
Crew[edit | edit source]
|Producer||Executive Producers||Writers||Editos/ Animators|
|Jack Getschman||Apanx||Jack Getschman||Jack Getschman|
|Ross Pit||Toasterless (Editor/ Animator)|
|Reese 'Kat' Chambers||Blue15Bomber|
Production[edit | edit source]
Brief History[edit | edit source]
Production on Scootertrix the Abridged began in mid 2014. After the failure of Bean Quest, the first attempt at an abridged series by the Scootertrix team, the series creators, Jack Getschman and Erich Zimbauer set out to make a new series with better foundations. By October 31st 2014, episode 1 of Scootertrix the Abridged was completed and shown in a theater of film students as a class project. The episode did moderately well with reports of a student even doing a full 4 page paper on it. On November 1st of the same year, episode 1 was released on Youtube. The series would slowly grow in size and success, releasing 1 episode on the 1st of every month.
Characters[edit | edit source]
The characters of Celestia, Fluttershy and Luna were there practically from the start. Twilight, Applejack, and Spike were also developed quite easily. However, Applejack's quirk about thinking that apples were mangos would not be fully thought of or explained until years after the series had begun. The Bird and Rarity were somewhat more difficult. Rarity was based off of a character concept Getschman had for a potential Legend of Korra abridged series. Quirks like the "SpegettiNoodles" line and the voice were migrated onto Rarity's character. The Bird is loosely based off of the speech patterns and characters of the series Home Movies.
The iconic Celestia and Luna window scenes were always planned to be in the series. A unique aspect of Scootertrix the Abridged compared to other My Little Pony abridged series.
The CMC's character also came together relatively easily except for Scootaloo. Though the idea for all three fillies being military generals was an idea that was there from the start.
Story[edit | edit source]
There are multiple story arcs running through Scootertrix. The war plot was around since the beginning, and was even the direction for Bean Quest had it continued. The Fourth Wall arc came much later but evolved into one of the major arcs of the series. Overall most plot lines were not fully formed during the conception of the series. It was only over time that plot lines began to stick and evolve.
Crossovers and The Scootertrix Movie[edit | edit source]
After reviewing several abridged series based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Getschman contacted the creators of Friendship is for Adults, giving praise to their latest episode. After some exchanges, the team asked Scootertrix if they would be interested in a collaboration, to which the Scootertrix team accepted. This would produce 2 crossover episodes, and a spin off series called Royal Correspondence. The two groups now have strong ties and even share members.
The scootertrix movie was originally just going to be a long video, a length of about 30 or so minutes. It was only when Getschman decided to have it as a giant choose your own adventure, that the concept of having other abridged series came to the table. A combination of luck, good ties, and simply asking, led to having almost every major pony abridged series involved with the project.
For the main library scene, the abridging teams would join a discord call and throw in ideas on what their character's dialog would be. Aside from one or two stalls in the production due to story issues, actual writing of the dialog and the scenes went very smoothly.
For the separate crossover videos the other abridging teams were given a prompt, "Trixie and or Pinkie appear in your universe looking for a place to run, hide, or recruit. By the end of the video the character(s) must leave and cannot be killed or maimed". The other abridging teams were given almost full creative control over their scripts with the exception of small changes to Pinkie and or Trixie's dialog.
Main Theme[edit | edit source]
The iconic theme of Scootertrix the Abridged had been composed from the start and was even used in Bean Quest. Originally composed by Getschman in the program Garage Band, it was remixed and extended by Erich Zimbauer which is what the theme is today. It would be remixed again in the later episodes to fit better with the new tone and direction of the series.
Episode List [edit | edit source]
Conventions[edit | edit source]
|Conventions||Year(s) Attended||Panel||Video of the Panel|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The name "Scootertrix" is a mesh between Scootaloo and Trixie, the favorite ponies of the two original founders of the studio.
- The combined episodes of Scootertrix the Abridged have over 7 1/2 hours worth of content!
- Cris Galvez, the voice of Luna, is a core member of both Scootertrix the Abridged and Friendship is for Adults.
- The air ship "Korra's Matriarch" featured in some of the battle scenes, is named after Korra's Mom from The Legend of Korra. Korra's Mom was the inspiration for Rarity's character in Scootertrix and has been something of an inside joke.
- "Who even is Sly?", text shown in in both episode 25 and the movie, is a little jab at one of the executive producers who would often say in chat's on the Discord "I am Sly".
- Starlight Glimmer was originally not intended to be in the final episode of Scootertrix the abridged. However, Getschman wanted to put in her sketch at the beginning which led to her being an integral part to the final episode.