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Walter
Walter ID S5E9

Walter in Slice of Life
Kind Earth
Sex Male
Other links
More info
Eyes Pale, light grayish cerulean[1][2][3]
Mane Dark grayish brown
Coat Grayish amber
Hooves Dark gambogeish gray
Cutie mark
Walter cutie mark crop S5E9 (S5E9)
Walter alt cutie mark crop (mobile game and merchandise)

Walter is a male Earth pony who appears in the episodes The Cutie Pox and Slice of Life, dressed differently in each, and in the IDW comics, with a speaking role in Ponyville Days. He is unnamed in the show, but he is named variously in merchandise and other media.

Development and design

Walter is one of four ponies based on characters from The Big Lebowski: himself, based on and named after Walter Sobchak (played by John Goodman); Jeff Letrotski, based on and named after Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski; Jesús Pezuña, based on and named after Jesus Quintana; and another Earth pony stallion, based on Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos. He shares his tail and facial hair styles with Cratus and "Lockdown", his facial hair style with Unnamed Earth Stallion #3 and "Nightjar", and his color scheme with S02E22 Unnamed Pegasus Mare #8, Crescent Moon, and Dance Fever.

Meghan McCarthy stated on the homage to The Big Lebowski and easter eggs in the show, "Very rarely are those things written into the script, but then when it goes to Studio B and the board artists and Jayson Thiessen, supervising director, I think they have a lot of fun. They have to populate this world with these background ponies and they’re like ‘oh, they’re at a bowling alley, eh?’"[4] A fan's thought that the bowler stallions' inclusion in The Cutie Pox "was just the animators amusing themselves, rather than a sop to the adult audience" has been agreed to by Jayson Thiessen.[5] Tim Stuby "had nothing to do with Lebowski" ponies.[6]

Depiction in the series

Season two

Ponies dodging bowling ball S2E06

Walter in The Cutie Pox.

Walter appears alongside Jeff Letrotski and another Earth pony stallion at the beginning of The Cutie Pox. At the Ponyville bowling alley, he dodges Scootaloo's bowling ball as it careens across the building.

Season five

In Slice of Life, Walter appears with Jeff Letrotski and "Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos" at the Ponyville bowling alley. Dr. Hooves joins their bowling team in a championship game; when Dr. Hooves gets a gutter ball, Walter stands up and grunts in anger. Walter also appears at Cranky Doodle Donkey and Matilda's wedding holding a coffee can.

Other depictions

IDW comics

Walter appears on the IDW comics' My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #30 regular cover and, with several lines of dialogue, pages 6, 17, and 21 siding with Filthy Rich and Issue #31 pages 6 and 20 bowling with Mayor Mare.

My Little Pony (mobile game)

Bowling Pony album page MLP mobile game

"Bowling Pony" in Gameloft's mobile game.

In Gameloft's mobile game, Walter is available as a playable character; he is referred to simply as "Bowling Pony" in gameplay and promotional material, but he is named in the game's internal code.[7][8][9] Initially, he had no cutie mark. His in-game description states he is "An Earth pony who who commonly frequents the bowling alley, although he doesn't roll on Saturdays."

Merchandise

Walter Pony T-shirt WeLoveFine
Walter appears on the Season 2 poster/DVD set packaging/T-shirt/WeLoveFine.com iPhone case and on The Art of Equestria page 38, is shown in an image from The Cutie Pox on the back of Enterplay trading card series 2 #60 card "The Three Strikes?", is collectively with (Jeff) Letrotski and "Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos" called "High Rollers" and given the description "There's nothing these gentleponies appreciate more than a few rounds of bowling and a fine beverage. Just don't step over the line" on Enterplay collectible card game expansion set Equestrian Odysseys #42 R card of them, appears on the WeLoveFine T-shirts "My Little Urban Achievers" and "Walter Pony".

Quotes

"I don't think there's a bowling alley in Sweet Apples[sic] Acres, is there?"
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #30
"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #30
"Bowling tournament? Count me in!"
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #31

Gallery

Lebowski ponies staring at the pins S5E9

Walter image gallery

See also

References

  1. xrZzMh3. Imgur (2014-07-08). Retrieved on 2016 February 3.
  2. zy6Hevh. Imgur (2014-07-08). Retrieved on 2016 February 3.
  3. 32MpWSl. Imgur (2014-07-08). Retrieved on 2016 February 3.
  4. Chris Sims (2012-07-15). ‘We Love The Bronies’: The Cast And Writer Of ‘My Little Pony’ On MLP And Its Fans [SDCC]. ComicsAlliance. Retrieved on 2014 March 27.
  5. Jayson Thiessen (2011-11-15). Comment on Goldenrusset's profile. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2014 March 27.
  6. Tim Stuby (2011-11-13). BaloneyBrony: @DerpyHoovesNews Oh, I had .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 March 27.
  7. Evenprime (2013-03-29). Gameloft Game Discussion (iOS Sweet Apple Acres+BANNINGS). The Round Stable. Retrieved on 2016 January 14.
  8. Android MLP-Game hack. reddit. Retrieved on 2013 December 22.
  9. Android MLP-Game hack. reddit. Retrieved on 2013 December 22.

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