If you don't know who Lauren Faust is: She is the one that brought us this awesome series.
This does NOT mean go spam her DA account with stupid questions like "IS DASH A LESBIAN?" and "CAN PONIES LAY EGGS?".
Anyway here are some notable responses after the break.
If you want to dig around yourself, check out her DA HERE!
Laurens response to the Suited For Success conspiracy, and that it is a stab at Hasbro's corporate demands for the series:
"In all fairness, it's not a dig at any specific set of notes-givers. Anyone who works in a creative field has this kind of experience with clients. I've experienced that type of direction on many, many jobs, and so has every artist I know. It's merely the common plight of the artist-for-hire, which Rarity is."----------------
And a look into the voice acting decision process..
"As for the the voice acting, it's a smaller field than you would imagine, and the best voice talents are extremely versatile. We cast our voices based on their auditions for the characters. Projects they worked on in the past are usually pretty irrelevant."----------------
And if 80's ponies would ever be making a return...
"I don't know. It's more of a question for Hasbro.----------------
I loved the 80's ponies myself, but I could not use the old characters for copyright and trademark reasons."
And a question about future story arcs/luna's return
"Luna will be back, but it will be a little while yet.----------------
I'm really not supposed to answer questions about future episodes, so you will have to wait and see."
The addition of more male ponies (boooooooring)
"Yes, there will be a few more boys."----------------
Future CD release
"Our composer Daniel Ingram is incredible, and we feel very fortunate to be working with him. And our writers are pretty great with the lyrics, too!----------------
I do not know if plans for a CD compilation is in the works. I would contact Hasbro for that information."
And her response to how girly Suited for Success was even though it remained awesome.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again:----------------
Girly does not have to automatically equal stupid.
Girliness doesn't make a show bad, bad writing does. And crappy stories about fashion shows are crappy because of crappy writing and directing, not because of fashion or any inherent femaleness.
So glad you liked the episode! Thanks so much!"
And an explanation on why the episodes seem out of order.
"I really have no excuse for what people may consider to be a confusing timeline except that we're making these shows pretty darn fast, and if we're not about to throw out a good premise and replace it with a "meh" one because of it may seem out of order.----------------
It may make more sense for everyone to imagine that episodes like Fall Weather Friends in 'reality' happened before Winter Wrap Up. The logic on our end was that we needed to inform the audience of the world dynamics (that the ponies control the weather) early in the season. If we didn't have the more solid explanation in WWU first, FWF may have been more confusing, or we would have had to waste a lot of time in FWF explaining that stuff."
And there you have it! It's rare that she responds to questions on her DA, and probably pretty risky from a job point of view, so you can't really blame her. Hopefully this cleared some stuff up for people.
Now I need to figure out if headlines need capitals for every word or not...