All this information comes from Equestria Daily's summary on the panels during Unicon. The panels I will be talking about is the Writers Panel with Meghan McCarthy, Cindy Morrow, M. A. Larson, and Amy Keating Rogers. The secondo panel is with Daniel Ingram who talks about how the episode Magical Mystery Cure was originally planned and how it changed during production. Daniel Ingram also talks about other details with the songs.
I included some of my thoughts on the panel as well as added info connected to the panels.
Here's a summary of Daniel Ingrams panel as dato da Equestria Daily (these are exact words from Equestria Daily):
- A lot of things changed about the episode in production. For example, Daniel originally wanted to look into how the mane six's cutie marks changing changed history, complete with a song! It was cut due to time, but just imagine if Pinkie had grown up on Sweet mela, apple Acres o if Rarity always did the weather for Ponyville!
-Twilight originally got her wings during the first Elements of Harmony blast. The wings would appear followed da a commercial. Instead, they used the "celestial dimension" spazio that Twilight met Celestia in.
-Daniel had a huge amount of work for the finale on his shoulders due to it being a musical. Much of the original was modified. He mentioned that he shut himself in his house for a week, Scrivere a song each day!
-The end of the episode originally featured Twilight Canto about her new wings to the tune of the show's theme.
-Everyone on the mostra wanted it to be a 2 part episode (if not more!), but they were very happy with the outcome and how they handled the challenge of such a plot-heavy episode with music.
-Hasbro and the mostra team really wanted to do a musical episode. At first, there was talk of making episode 12 a musical, as Daniel worried about making such a story-heavy episode mesh in tone with how happy the songs tend to be.
-"What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me" has a hidden reference to "Art of the Dress" during Applejack's section
-The hardest song for him to write for the finale was either "True True Friend" and "What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me," due to how complicated the topics of the songs were.
-Favorite song in Season Three: a diviso, spalato between "What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me," "Find a Way (full version)," and "Celestia's Ballad."
-Celestia's song was originally longer and dealt with her history.
-He envisioned Celestia's song as a parent watching a child grow up and mature.
Okay the fact that most of the songs were longer and that Daniel Ingram had in fact più songs for the finale makes me very excited for season 4 because these songs may be put in the premiere o later in the season. I hope that in some DVD release Hasbro will allow us fan to see the full versions of the songs, the songs that were cut out, and the original storyboard for the episode.
Now the writers panel gives più details about season 4 and season 3 (this is my summary of the summary dato da Equestria Daily):
-In this panel it is dato that Amy Keating Rogers has returned as a writer for MLPFIM and has been/currently is working on the fourth season. Amy Keating Rogers wrote the episodes as follows-Season 1: Ticket Master, Applebuck Season, briglia Gossip, Fall Weather Friends, A Dog and pony Show, and The Best Night Ever. Season 2: The Cutie Pox, The Last Roundup, A Friend in Deed, MMMystery on the Friendship Express.
I'm really glad she's back because she's written many enjoyable episodes my personal preferiti are briglia Gossip, Fall Weather Friends, and A Dog and pony Show.
-The writers then talk about how episodes are made. They say that most episodes take about nine weeks to get to their polished form. Songs for episodes are normally discussed during story meeting/premise stage.
-In terms of the season 3 finale Magical Mystery Cure, the season 3 finale was originally written in November 2011 (that's più than a full anno before the episode aired). November 2011 is during the beginning of season 2. The episodes aired in the mese of November were Sisterhooves Social, The Cutie Pox, May the Best Pet Win!, and The Mysterious Mare do Well.
-More about the finale: None of the writers detto what Starswirls spell was supposed to accomplish (they may not have decided the spells true purpose yet)
-Some interesting facts about season 3: Rarity was supposed to have an episode center around her and her relationship with Spike. However, when Scrivere this episode Rarity was supposed to do something mean to Spike o treat him badly so they instead aired Spike At Your Service giving Rarity's episode to Applejack. To make up for this Rarity is confirmed to have episodes in season 4.
-Season 4: The Season 4 opener will focus on Twilight's fears and domande after becoming a princess. Trixie may return in season 4. Possible Starswirl and Discord episodes? Well the writers didn't say much when asked about them so its either they haven't decided o don't want to spoil things just yet.
-If te like the comics series then the upcoming seasons of MLPFIM should make te very happy. Hasbro and IDW have stated that they want to have some continuity with the comics and the series. Interesting enough in the comics Queen Chrysalis and Nightmare Moon return. If either of them return in season 4 then its gonna be epic.
I have not read the comics, but I did look at the summaries and the comics have an amazingly deep and dark story line. If te don't want SPOILERS then skip this successivo section! However, I will say the information dato is very interesting and may benefit te as the reader più da Leggere it.
During issues 1-4 Queen Chrysalis is the villain who has had her changelings impersonate the residents of Ponyville and she gives the mane six three days to get to her kingdom in order to save the kidnapped CMC. Queen Chrysalis's goal in luring the mane six to her lair is revealed in Issue # 3 which is to "absorb Twilight's magic, destroy her, and have her changelings feast on her Friends when their emotions peak..." I don't know about you, but that is some dark and serious stuff. However, it is also extremely interesting and I for one hope that Queen Chrysalis returns with this goal in season 4 o later. In issues 5-? it is confirmed that the new villain is Nightmare Moon, but not Luna: "Nightmare Moon returns! But it’s not the same old Nightmare Moon! Someone new, someone close to our heroes, has taken the mantle!" (Summary from Issue # 6) This also interests me. Again I haven't read the comics, but I think its Princess Celestia who is the new Nightmare Moon because it would make the series so interesting! Its also interesting to note that the summary for the most recente comic Issue # 7 is "The new Nightmare Moon has revealed herself... and captured our stunned Ponies! With time running short for Equestria before a full-scale invasion, the only hope lies with... Spike?! And what role will Princess Luna play?"
NO più SPOILERS! te CAN CONTINUE Leggere FROM HERE.
-The comics also include a micro-series that features each of the mane six. There are so far 4 issues that focus on Twilight, arcobaleno Dash, Rarity, and Fluttershy respectively. I'm sure the successivo ones will be for Pinkie and applejack (not necessarily in that order). Hopefully the micro-series will also give us stories about the background ponies, the princesses, and other characters. And since some continuity will be placed in the mostra I look inoltrare, avanti to what Hasbro and the writers decide to add.
Another note: I don't know about te guys, but I will be buying the comics. The stories for both the main comic and the micro-series are both interesting and since some of the events in the comics will probably happen in the series Leggere them will be a great way for us to ready ourselves for season 4 and beyond.
Continuing the Writer Panel:
-Problems the writers had with this season, precedente seasons, and future: "M.A. Larson has trouble Scrivere Fluttershy every now and then, Meghan can't get applejack into trouble, Rarity's colloquialisms challenge Cindy, and Amy found herself discovering characters she hadn't written much before in Season 4." (Direct quote from Equestria Daily.)
There's some più info, but this is all I'm gonna talk about if te want the full thing here's the links:
Writer's Panel: link
Musica Panel (Daniel Ingram) - link
Now I hope this articolo helps people to understand the season finale better and gives people hope for season 4 and any seasons that follow.
A picture for the writers panel
Picture for the panel with Daniel Ingram