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Flying Before Me? by johnjoseco Flying Before Me? by johnjoseco
"Wait! This one knows how to fly before me!?"

Better start practicing Scoot!
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MJNSEIFER Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
This comment is mostly for other commenters.

Ever since this episode came out, I have been surprised how the brony fandom jumped on this episode as either evidence that Scootaloo will never fly (more on that later), or evidence that the Cake Twins are supernatural or child prodigies or whatever.  Now, the latter could be a joke - it is difficult to tell when this fandom is just joking sometimes, but the episode clearly states that baby unicorns have surges of magic, so Pumpkin Cake is explained in the episode.  As for Pound Cake, I think that it was in part the writers expecting you to assume the same is true for baby pegasi, and in part expecting you to know about human babies (which is easier said than done, when the target audience is seven year old girls).

As others have thankfully said in the comments, babies are apparently capable of swimming before they even learn how to do it, so this is basically what is happening here.  What the Cake Twins do in "Baby Cakes" is normal behavior for ponies in Equestria, and if Scootaloo is not disabled in canon, then she has done the same thing as a baby, and even if she is, she would only view this as unfair if she didn't know about the above fact.

Lauren Faust even used the above statement to explain the episode, when asked about it.  It is also worth noting, that the jury is still out on Scootaloo (and you can make up your own mind about whether or not she can fly in fanon).  One thing that is often stated incorrectly is that Lauren was going to make Scootaloo disabled when she was on the show, however this is not strictly true.  Lauren did plan on Scoot being disabled at some point, but clearly rejected/was told to reject the idea (I don't know which) at some point when she was still part of the show.  This can be proven by the fact that when she was asked about why Scootaloo can't fly and she answered that Scootaloo hadn't figured it out yet - even if she was trying to avoid spoilers about a future episode about Scoot being disabled, she'd have no reason to outright lie, as she could easily say "You'll have to wait and see..." or something.
DarknessNight190 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
Evan Flurry can fly No, I disagree! 
RitsuKaiori Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Scootaloo fails at being a Pegasus
Mudstorm15 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Not fair
InfinityStarArt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016   Digital Artist
some day 
in a million years maybe she can fly
vopn24 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Give... the kid... a BREAK, writers!
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those baby Cakes scare me, just think of it; Pound Cake can already fly and Pumpkin Cake does really advanced magic by comparing to filly Twilight! :O :O :O
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Truth! The next alicorns?
Pepsi-CoIa Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ebonygryph Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Anyone else pissed they put more effort into helping a turtle fly then her? I mean... its wonderful knowing where you sit on the old totem pole in terms of others priorities in life, but...
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Way I figure it is, no matter what fanfic says it's not certain within the show that she'll never be able to fly on her own. In which case, attaching something to her like Tank's copter thingy would deprive her of needed practice.
PisicutzaMiau Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
twilight can't fly very well,too
SaverCat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
story writers, i am disappoint.
Jesserfly Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:XD: LOL poor Scoot XD
the-aquamama Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't there a few ideas floating around that Scoot has wing problems? I mean, look at the Cutey Mark Chronicles. RD could fly at Scoot's age.
CriminallyNerdy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Writer
Well, in the show, it did say that when pegasi and unicorns are babies, their abilities come in random bursts, so maybe that's why Pumpkin and Pound learned to use them so quickly? And it could also be that Scootaloo is just not a good flyer. XD
ChocoCrazeh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's not that,the wings of a little baby would be just right to hold the weight,it seems that even tough Scootaloo is a filly,her wings are big and strong enough to hold her wieght in flying,i'm guessing wings grow very slow.
masaruten Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Something tells me Pound Cake's first words are going to be 'U Mad'?
PikachuVampire Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
masaruten Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
many thanks!
D-SixZey Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
LOL! ok you made my day xD
masaruten Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
glad to be of service
ChloeDahlia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
who knows, she'll fly in season 3, that would be awesome! Keep practicing Scoot
Thefableblade Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
awwww poor thing *flies off*
Clure Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Has anyone considered that Scoots might just have some sort of muscle deficiency? People are always making fun of her, but can you imagine not being capable of walking and being mocked by huge amounts of people?

Still cute art, though.
demoneclipse83 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that episode was a big f**k you to scootaloo
cakers Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Okay no one tell Scootaloo that even Pumpkin Cake can fly, and she's not even a pegasus.
El-Jorro Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Season 3 wishlist: Scootaloo flies
Inkan1969 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
It would be especially not fair if this is true.

molly0201 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My reaction: :iconcryforeverplz:
Lunaslittlebrony Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought chickens couldn't fly?
nah, but seriously, this makes me laugh.
AkaRanger Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle aren't handicapped, rather Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake are gifted!
NumberSevin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
what the...?
FeatherSpiral Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry Scoot, Tank didn't know she could fly either.
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is too cute!
Keilink Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definatly not >: (, and I hope this not a disability or we'll have a Derpy case n2 ...

Nice work ! :)
QueenofDoomyDoom Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
That was my first thought when I saw that episode. Can chickens fly?
mustachcashcuz Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MasterAnimash1996 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
She really needs to start practicing!!!!! Or she will never be able to fly!
Grilledcheeselover Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
she no able to fly ono that's sad
konics Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
its not
joeboss Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Isabelle-fox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
my theory about that is that its a baby streak, you know? because twilight had problems with magic to, but I don't know...
tigeri8787 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually have a little comic dedicated to the fact that Scoots can't quite fly yet, and who her mystery parents are. It's kinda dorky, but it makes me happy. This is cute! Scootaloo is best crusader.
Psycho333 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Poor Poor Scoots ;A;
chucknorrisisaboss Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Or Scootaloo could just be a failure.
*rainbow factory music starts playing* I wonder what happens to unicorns who fail their magic tests,?
Sicarius13 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Scootaloo Pony is Best Chicken.
FoxysRuxys Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pound Cake uses Steroids. :D
psmylie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Okay. Here's me WAAAAY over-thinking ponies, but this is my theory:

Ponies are born with a pool of magic. The amount of magic for a pegasus foal is more than enough to assist them to fly. However, as they grow, their bodies (at least initially) grow faster than their pool of magic. Eventually, it isn't enough to give them the lift they need to fly.
As Scootaloo grows, her magic growth will catch up to her physical growth, thus enabling her to fly again. In other words, Scootaloo could fly as a foal, got bigger than her magic could handle, and now has to wait until her magic catches up so she can fly again.

Rainbow Dash, though, could fly at that age and even perform a Sonic Rainboom because she's Rainbow freakin' Dash.
lolitslugiaheart Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
well I don't think scoot cares if shes never really adressed it you know?
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