(DerpySquad: I’ve reposted the video, its out, its been linked on many non-fan sites, mp3s have been made. Once something is leaked on the net, its never going to go away, no matter what you do. Yes someone is going to get flack for this, it won’t be Ingram, it will be whoever at Top Draw Animation leaked it. For the whole story, see the entire article below)
[Original Post by Lethallin]
This is for the people who missed all the drama and such during the afternoon. The short story is a song was leaked, entitled “Smile Smile Smile” featuring Pinkie Pie. Its unknown what this 3 minute song is for, be it a new song for Season 2, an unused song from Season 1, or even possibly for a musical CD, or even possible for a live show. Apparently this leak was unintentional, meaning that it isn’t one of those planned leaks from Hasbro/Hub/Studio B, which is why its no longer featured on either DH or EqD. Its also spawned some major internet drama, which is either entertaining or just sad, depending on how you look at it. Here is the chain of events. (Full Article after the page break).
Late last night someone posted a link to the leaked song in EqD’s Nightly Roundup post. Over the course of the evening, someone else made a PMV featuring the song. Around mid-Sunday afternoon the song appeared on Daniel Ingram’s Facebook page, and shortly after was posted on /co/’s MLPGeneral. Of course shortly after that, the song appeared here on DH and EqD.
About 20 minutes afterwards the song disappeared from EqD, replaced with the “Pinkie Pie Shrugging” picture and nothing else. We kept our post up for awhile longer, but finally took it down until this mess could be sorted out.
There was rumors of EqD getting a C&D, but of course that is false. As Seth has said on his own post, he received an e-mail from Ingram himself saying that if he saw the song, not to post it, as it is a leak (of course by this time, it had already been posted).
The source of the leak has been traced back to Top Draw Animation in the Philippines, which is the studio sub-contracted by Studio B & Hasbro for animation work on MLP. It has also been the source of other leaks, such as the storyboards we got before Season 2, and so forth. An animators name is attached to the end of the video, Veronica Dela Cruz (confirmed via end credits of the show), but some feel it may have not been her, but more a disgruntled employee possibly trying to screw someone over.
The internet drama part has been the horde of rabid fans who have been bombarding the YouTube channels and any other source which carries the song. For some reason people fear that this will get Ingram fired and or may hurt the relationship between the fans and Studio B, or even cause other people to get fired. Its doubtful that Ingram would get fired, considering the leak isn’t even coming from this side of the globe. If he had leaked it, then he’d probably only get into trouble. It seems most of the new fans are unaware that we got Winter Wrap Up at least a full day before the episode, and that was the song plus footage for the entire musical scene from the episode. I am unaware if anyone got in trouble for that.
Ingram has also twittered about people impersonating him (on Youtube comments and such), and says take whatever you read with a grain of salt.
[Secondary Post by DerpySquad]