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30th May 2013, 6:00 AM in Swarm of the Century
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Yakety Sax
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Newbiespud 30th May 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
I was hoping there was a video on YouTube putting this chase scene to the Benny Hill theme - and as it turns out, there is!

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Pseudo_Nym 30th May 2013, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Ah, the gratuitous chase scene. I know it well. Perfect penultimate panel pick, by the way.
Newbiespud 30th May 2013, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
Was it positively, precisely perfect, Psuedo? Or are you just saying that because of the available absurdly apt alliteration?
Philadelphus 30th May 2013, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Actually, I think the perfect panels are the ones where Twilight questions Rainbow's logic, and Rainbow's immediately following maniacal grin. The second panel's pretty good too.
Pseudo_Nym 31st May 2013, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Practically perfect. Precisely perfect? Possibly. Protest, particularly pertaining potential prevarication pursuant peculiar penultimate panel picking powers Pseudo presently personally possesses possibly provokes particularly punishing payback. Possibly. Perhaps. Potentially. Perchance. Ponder parallel particularly powerful puzzles privately, please. And would you believe the alliteration was just coincidence?
Shiva491 31st May 2013, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
you know that guy 30th May 2013, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
I like it because our looks like FiW logo
Zuche 30th May 2013, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Aww. :( You had the perfect chance to reference the Sesame Street movie in the final panel.

I am otherwise delighted, both by the images and Rainbow Dash's reasoning.
Digo 30th May 2013, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
"Follow that bird!!"

Wow, that brings back memories...
Zuche 30th May 2013, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
I went to see it alone. After I had my ticket checked and was halfway across the lobby, the person who checked my ticket called out, "Excuse me, sir!" and everyone between the lineup and concession stopped to listen.

I turned to him and he said, "Did you know this ticket was for, 'Follow that Bird'?"

I said, "Yes," and the flow of time resumed around me.

It was the day I realized I was no longer the person I'd been when I was five. The day you realize that the person you were is not you -- no closer to being you than a sibling, perhaps even a distant cousin from part of the family you never discuss -- is a sobering one.

Always strive to be someone your future self would be glad to meet.
Anon 30th May 2013, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
I remember going up to a counter to buy something and seeing the 20th Anniversary DVD of this on sale.

I remember being excited when it first aired on TV back then.

I feel old now.
Raxon 30th May 2013, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash, why so blue?
Zuche 30th May 2013, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
While I know that refers to a song from "Follow that Bird", I can't help but think you're referring to an episode of Justice League Unlimited, in which Batman reveals a carefully guarded secret to buy Wonder Woman's release from a curse.
Digo 30th May 2013, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
Oh good, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that.
Classic Steve 30th May 2013, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
OK, Muppeteers, which is worse -- being blue or being green?
Zuche 30th May 2013, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
It can't be blue, since the colour of Hairy and Cookie Monster. As for green, it's just not easy. The song notes all the reasons it's not bad.
Rokas 30th May 2013, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Heh heh heeehh/

Rainbow "Clever" Dash to the rescue. Now, cross your fingers and hope it doesn't blow up in your face.

...What would ponies cross, anyways? Feathers on pegasi are almost like fingers sometimes, but can they be crossed? And what about unicorns and earth ponies?

The Mysteries of Ponies; tonight, on Nova.
Zuche 30th May 2013, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Unicorns are taught from an early age to never cross the streams. Earth ponies think they're silly and cross streams, brooks, and even rivers any time they feel like it.
Digo 30th May 2013, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Hahaha, clever.
Zuche 30th May 2013, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Well, as you know, earth ponies are easy-going.
Tatsurou 30th May 2013, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
You know, I was actually considering a rather strange/silly Ghostbusters/FiM crossover fic (writing one, that is) that would use that exact joke.

Egon winds up dropped into Equestria along with four proton packs and a few ghost traps. Several ghosts from his world follow, and are discovered to be immune to magic. As such, he recruits a few of the locals to assist him in hunting, trapping, and containing the phantoms for the sake of the ponies. However, he really should have picked helpers who were a bit more...mature.

The working title is, "Cutie Mark Crusaders Ghostbuters! Yay!"
Zuche 30th May 2013, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
I will gladly relinquish all claims to the joke if it helps.
Tatsurou 30th May 2013, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Actually, what would help would be if you took a look at it once it was written/posted.
Might be a while, but it's a fun idea that I think could be interesting...or possibly bomb horribly.
Digo 31st May 2013, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
Or bomb spectacularly like with "Springtime for hitler" :D

The internet has strange tastes.
NOTDilbert 31st May 2013, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
...But I liked "The Producers"...
Zuche 31st May 2013, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
Very well, Tatsurou. I'll await the word. Words.
Suburbanbanshee 30th May 2013, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
Egon always thinks his human helpers should be more mature, so I'm pretty sure the CMC won't surprise him much.

I mean, who's his closest buddy? Ray! How can the CMC be more curious and disaster-prone than him??
Tatsurou 31st May 2013, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
The CMC might surprise him...with good ideas. If nothing else, they'll surprise him with their enthusiasm.
NeutralDemon 30th May 2013, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
So basically pony Scooby doo?
I'm still shocked Rd suggested a diplomaticish solution I thought she'd say something like greatsword to the head.
Jim 30th May 2013, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
That's the backup plan.
Digo 30th May 2013, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Now watch, as RD has an ulterior motive and hits Philomena for enough damage to force her to regen XD
Seanpony Renaud 30th May 2013, 8:01 AM Duh edit delete reply
Well I'm frankly shocked that she had the foresight to get Philomena alone before trying that.
Azureink 30th May 2013, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
And this is why RD is best pony.
The Captain 30th May 2013, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
The Captain
LoganAura 30th May 2013, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
Not doing it.
Percy Vee 30th May 2013, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Very nice catch there, Captain. Azureink must have allowed autocorrect to alter their post, natch.
Rokas 30th May 2013, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Darn straight.
Zuche 30th May 2013, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Something about that last panel causes me to envision a bald Fluttershy.

"My Little Ponies shouldn't be afraid of their princesses. Princesses should be afraid of My Little Ponies."
Zuche 30th May 2013, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
I was surprised to find I could open that link. Now I have to find a way to share it with one of the few pony fans I know who can deliver the original both eloquently and at will.

Pardon me, but I have been remiss. Thank you, FanOfMostEverything, for sharing that.
FanOfMostEverything 31st May 2013, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Happy to be of assistance.
Digo 30th May 2013, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Looking at the Rainbow "Clever" Dash posts above, how about we all share a tale where a usually predictable PC came up with a clever plan that worked?

We were a superhero team; I was the "James Bond" type with lots of gadgets, the second PC was an "all muscle/no brainer" type breawler, and the third was a flying hero who can shoot lasers from his fists.

We had to break into the BBEG hideout (an office complex downtown), but the bad guys set up several AA turrets so we couldn't just fly over there. We'd have to walk and that menat dealing with the heavily armed mooks on the ground.
I thought our brawler would be all for a drag-out fight.

But no, the brawler came up with an idea!

He strapped the flyer into the driver seat of my "gadget-mobile" and then threw the car into the office building from the apartment building across the street. The AA guns started firing, but due to the car's armor, it survived long enough for the car to smash into the BBEG's hideout.

The car, sensing the impact, engaged the ejector seats. The flying PC went through the roof of the office he was in and ended a floor higher in the mechanical room. Where the AA gun controls were. :D

Raxon 30th May 2013, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
I have one for you. I overheard it at the local game shop. It's a superhero game. The year is 1986. The villain is holed up in the russian embassy with a hostage. There's diplomatic crap keeping the superheroes from going in and saving her, what with her being Gorbechev's daughter, and russia threatening with open war if we fail. So, who comes up with the plan? The "smash kill smash the bad guys" dude. He suggested we hand over... THE BIG BOMB. TBB is a bomb taken from a previous guy, who was a mad scientist.

It's a device the size of a compact car cut in half lengthwise. It is not a conventional bomb, and it's not nuclear. The team theorized that maybe it uses something like black holes, sun cores, or possibly antimatter. It has a yield of fifty seven petatons. The bad guy, after reading the included documentation, becomes terrified, because he's hearing voices telling him to push the button. The truth is that the stealthy master spy planted mini speakers all through the embassy. This was also part of smashy's plan, but he didn't tell the rest of the team. He had the villain so scared that he was insane and going to destroy the world, he gave himself up.

TD;DR Team beat the bad guy by giving him the biggest weapon and telling him to use it.
Digo 30th May 2013, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
ShadowDragon8685 30th May 2013, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
Wow, Raxon. That's a plan so crazy it might just work. Please tell me you at least had the foresight to sabotage the detonator beforehand, in case he was the lunatic type just crazy enough to go with the flow.
Raxon 30th May 2013, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
It was not my game, I was just sitting in on it and watching. I was not invited to play, but I was allowed to watch.

And no, the detonator was completely intact, because nobody had the nerve to try and disarm it.
Rokas 30th May 2013, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Fifty-seven petatons? I want one.

...What? I would've loved to have a weapon that big when we (my player group) went up against those damned assassins. Instead of just nuking their hanger to keep them from chasing us, we could've cracked the planet they were on wide open and killed them all. (It was a rogue planet in interstellar space, no life, no natives, just psychotic murderers-for-hire who kidnap people to brainwash into their ranks. COMPLETE JUSTIFICATION.)

It's almost as satisfying as the 'Zorp' weapon from Vexxarr.
Ryusukanku 30th May 2013, 9:21 AM May 30 edit delete reply
"After that bird" ?

with all of this I would have thought that you would have referenced that old Muppet movie "Follow that Bird"
Newbiespud 30th May 2013, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
You and Zuche both, it seems.

I guess I was just more of a The Muppet Movie guy.
Raxon 30th May 2013, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Shiver me timbers, buckos! I be havin a different favorite!
Zuche 30th May 2013, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
I'll ask what it is, because I can't access YouTube.
Raxon 30th May 2013, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
It's the first song from Muppet Treasure Island, Shiver My Timbers.

It sets up the film as an abnormally dark and serious movie, despite the use of muppets.

However, Gonzo is in it, so you know it won't stay serious for very long.
Mace Direwolf 31st May 2013, 11:38 PM Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
Dude, Raxon, you're the Man! Seriously, practically all of your comments get me chuckling, because they're full of comical/awesome win or links that lead to it! Oh yeah, and the Shiver My Timbers scene is one of the best movie intros ever!!
Guest 31st May 2013, 11:43 PM Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
Dude, Raxon, you're the Man! Seriously, have the fun of reading this comic has been reading the comment section and half the fun of reading the comment section has been reading your comments! Practically all of them get me chuckling, because they ether full of awesome/comical win or they link to it!
Zuche 30th May 2013, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Understandable, since both that movie and this strip feature a Rainbow connection.
Digo 31st May 2013, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
*Drum Sting*

Dusk Raven 30th May 2013, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
By Luna, I love Rainbow Dash's expressions in this and the last comic. That is why Rainbow Dash is best pony.
The Captain 30th May 2013, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
The Captain
Woah, I'm having déjà vu. But, yes, Rainbow Dash does have an amazing expression in her last panel. Haha.
LoganAura 30th May 2013, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
The Captain 30th May 2013, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
The Captain
Are you having a déjà vu as well, Logan?
I can feel it, Logan. I can feel the tension in the air. Can you feel it, Logan? Can you? That manly desire to brawl! FISTICUFFS, I SAY! FISTICUFFS TO THE BEST PONY!
Tatsurou 31st May 2013, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
I don't think Fluttershy would like fisticuffs.
Luna would like it just fine, though.
Walabio 30th May 2013, 10:35 AM This is pretty meta, but. … edit delete reply
This is pretty meta but 1 of the things making S01E22 “A Bird In The Hoof” —— Charlotte Fullerton 2011-04-08 so funny is that the Composer in charge of Scoring My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, William Anderson Ⅷ decided to just use Yackety Sacks in the episode for the chasescene. That was funny to all, but to the 10% of people who know the name of the piece, “the fun is doubled” —— Princess Luna because it is Yackety Sacks with many instruments. ¿Which instrument is conspicuously absent? ¡The Saxophone! ¡That was a metajock in the show and this is a metacomment about the sourcematerial for the comic! ¡It is a metaday!

Post scriptum:

It might take me over a week for reading all of Quacked Panes.
Zuche 30th May 2013, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
Thank you for the insight, Walabio. I completely failed to notice that in the episode.
Marrock 30th May 2013, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Come on, the scene as it was in the episode used the Jimmy Hart version of Yakety Sax.
-R- 30th May 2013, 2:25 PM edit delete reply wait. Can someone please explain? They'll chase Philomena until she gets tired and reborns?
-R- 30th May 2013, 2:25 PM edit delete reply wait. Can someone please explain? They'll chase Philomena until she gets tired and reborns?
Malroth 30th May 2013, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
The plan has not been completely explained yet and seems to have gaping holes in the logic involved that appear more obvious to the audience than the players.
DanielLC 30th May 2013, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
The plan is to make it dramatic somehow. It's not yet clear how exactly.

Philomena is willing to stay an old, dying bird. Being tired isn't going to do much.
Digo 31st May 2013, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
She might die of exhaustion.
Raxon 30th May 2013, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
Hey, Agent _R_? You seem to have a case of the internet hiccups. You might wanna get that looked at.
Zuche 31st May 2013, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
If she was truly an agent, this would not happen. Have you not seen, "'Allo! 'Allo!", you stew-pid Raxon? Can you not see I am referring to, "Listen very carefully, I shall say zis only once"?
Guest 31st May 2013, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
I think the plan is to give her an audience, Dash did say they were going to put her on Broadway. Philamina wants attention, she can have the whole town watch her fly all over the place before she suddenly bursts into flames in the most over dramatic fashion possible.
Malroth 31st May 2013, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
still sounds like there's a missing step 2 before step 3 profit
Percy Vee 30th May 2013, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
Just now found this series, and I am loving it. I've been a 4th Ed DM for 3 years, 1 as a D&D Encounters DM and 2 for my own world, and have been a MLP fan since the first run of "Call of the Cutie" aired on the HUB. This combination is *brilliant* and I must give you kudos for doing it so well. Permanent fan gained.
Wyvern 30th May 2013, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
Just found it myself, and archive-binged through the whole thing. It's getting added to my reading list now; I've been a DM for much too long not to appreciate the characters' antics.
Zuche 31st May 2013, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Welcomes to you both. Have a Raxon.
Raxon 31st May 2013, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Hi! Imma be yer bestest friend! We's gonna be felony buddies! Now help me hide these drugged prostitutes in the trunk of the president's limo.
Destrustor 31st May 2013, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
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Zarhon 30th May 2013, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
Why would you need a Yakety Sax audio insert? The original pony theme that plays during that part is *already* a homage/banjo remix version of it.

On the subject of wacky chase scenes: I wonder how the whole "hiding behind newspaper with moustache" scene that is about to follow is going to be justified in the RPG version.

Other than a pair nat1 perception check, or a nat20 disguise/persuasion check, of course. :)

DM: In the squabble, you lose sight of Philomena.
FS: I use my "detect Animals" spell to determine which direction she may have went.
DM: Alright. Your druid senses point you towards the northeast. Roll perception, both of you.
TS: Ugh, nat1.
FS: A 2...
DM: Okay, uhm... To the northeast, you see a bench, with somepony reading a newspaper. You see no trace of any kind of Philomena.
TS: Hm, maybe that pony has seen it. I ask them if they've seen Philomena.
DM: Okay.
*DM Rolls dice - nat20 disguise check*
DM: *Snrk*
TS: What's so funny?
DM: Oh, nothing. Uhm... A dapper, handlebar-moustache endowed gentlepony looks at you with mild annoyance.
FS: Oh, they must not realize who we're talking about! I imitate a bird by chirping like one, to show we're looking for one.
TS: Nah, that's too general for them to get it. It looks like a chiken without its feathers, right? I bawk like a chicken and flap my hooves like they were wings.
DM: *Snrk* As you chirp and bawk respectively, the gentlepony appears to understand what you mean, and shrugs.
TS: Drat. So much about that. Let's keep going. Philomena probably ran off to the other direction. To the east!
DM: You run into a dead end going that way.
FS: Where does my detect animals point me?
DM: It points you back towards the direction of the bench.
FS: Maybe we took a wrong turn? Let's go back.
DM: Back at the bench, the gentlepony is nowhere to be seen. You see no sign of Philomena, but you do see something on the bench.
FS: I inspect the bench. 15.
DM: There appears to be a large fake handlebar moustache on the bench.
TS:...I hate you so much.
Zuche 31st May 2013, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
That was beautiful, Zarhon. I snickered at the midway point, then laughed merrily at the end. Well done, and thank you.

On the subject of chase scenes, Teen Titans spoiled me for other background music. Even if the show plays Yakkity Sax or a similar piece of music, my mind still plays, "Fourth of July Parade".
Limey Lassen 30th May 2013, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Limey Lassen
bug eyes spotted in panel 6 8)
DoubleCross 31st May 2013, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
I don't know what you're talking about. Do you mean Fluttershy's animation error where she's missing most of her eyelashes?