Lauren Faust on Her Favorite Childhood Toy and Pitching Animated Shows for Girls
For this year's L.A. Weekly People Issue, I interviewed Lauren Faust, the fabulously talented artist and writer who has worked on top-notch shows like The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Now, though, she's best known for developing the TV series that launched the Brony phenomenon, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. More recently, Faust led the team behind the DC animated short series Super Best Friends Forever.
We talked about a lot of things in the interview that didn't make the final version of the story. Below are a few outtakes.
On the first toy she loved:
It was a stuffed Snoopy. I remember this from when I was 2 years old. My brother pulled off the nose and my mom had to sew it back on.
On the first cartoons that made an impact on her:
I think the biggest thing that hit me early on were Disney movies. I remember my grandparents taking me to drive-ins in the late '70s and stuff. I think that's what really pulled me into animation first.
I watched The Smurfs. I watched Super Friends. I didn't watch Scooby-Doo as much as other people did.
On how Super Friends influenced Super Best Friends Forever:
In one of the shorts, we're featuring Solomon Grundy, and I very specifically wanted to channel the Solomon Grundy from Super Friends because he's kind of weird. He's funny. He's really funny. He's this big guy with this really silly accent and this kind of nonthreatening voice that I thought was funny.