On the topic of this being one of the "Most Popular Deviations of All Time"
You guys, chill out. I don't know why it's up there either, okay? For that reason, it's obviously no use asking me. It's not like I can control the number of views or favorites I receive.
I know this is is far from our best work, but it's been years since we shot this and we've learned a lot more since then.
My friends and I did this because it's something we enjoy, and as a tribute to a series that we love. We shared it here, just like anyone else who has ever submitted a deviation. That's all.
That aside, nobody has the right to deny the worth of someone's work just because they can't see it. I know everyone is free to come up with their own opinions. That's all well and good, but there is no need to pointlessly bring down people who have opinions different from your own. I'm not just defending myself here - I'm speaking for everyone who has had this happen to them.
To those of you who feel the need to insult me, or others like me - Really, posting spiteful comments isn't going to do anyone any good. Whining isn't going to take way the supposed "popularity" you feel I don't deserve - which, keep in mind, I did not ask for or bring upon myself.
Before you use freedom of speech as an excuse, take note that something of equal importance is the sense of common decency. You're certainly not going to change people's minds by making yourself look like a rude, bitter, popularity-crazed prick. You're much better off using your time doing something that's actually productive if you truly care about the community.
TL;DR - deviantART is NOT serious effin' business. It would do you good not to get caught up in pointless negativity.