22 April 2006

Climbing Sky Dancer...

No Sword of Protection. No She-Ra. No winged unicorn. All this forces Adora to climb the mountain Sky dancer in an effort to reach the Crystal Castle. Now during the She-Ra series we only ever got to see a few angles of the castle, but in "The Stone in the Sword" we are treated to this beautiful panning shot from an angle below the castle. Not only does it show the true size comparison between Adora and the castle, but it also shows the protruding ridge that she must overcome to reach her goal. It is a shame that this shot was never used again in the series.


(click on the image to see it at full-size)

9 comments:

Jukka said...

Another showcase of Filmation's exceptional backround-painters at work.
Crystal Castle looks incredible here. :)

Alex/Scorpia said...

Love that shot, James - one of the best in the entire run...

...hate to be the one to correct you though (not really, I love it!), but the shot was used again in "Out Of The Cocoon" when She-Ra takes Small One to the caslte... :) Obviously, we don't see Adora and Kowl below... ;)

Mike Bock said...

Filmation's artists were incredible. The beautiful backgrounds like this show how much talent they had.

Thanks for the screen capture James, great shot!

Grimbot said...

Even with low budget, Filmation created masterpieces.

Adora said...

Beautiful sharp quality! Can't wait for the DVDs! ;D

Kevin Martinell said...

On most occasions, we are used to seeing the Crystal Castle from a straight-on point of view, like in the intro. sequence, and when the credits roll at the end of the Season 1 episodes...

...It surprised me at first, in this episode, when the shot of the castle panned downward, because I was expecting the straight-on shot, again. The entrance jewel/doorway to the castle looks much larger, when the castle is shown from Adora's point of view, in the episode!

This shot is a pretty neat variation of the castle's view, and I like how the background artists stayed away from the usual daytime and evening skies for the background and chose to use a mysterious green mist surrounding the castle. :)

It was a treat to finally see this episode on DVD, from the 5 greatest episodes of "She-Ra ... In addition to the Crystal Castle setting, I also found the colorful lava formations, later on in the episode (In the scene where Loo-Kee is hiding), to be another fantastic backdrop, thanks to the background artists! :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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Aurora said...

I know this is a very old entry, but I had to comment on something because it drives me insane:

On the season 1 DVD they released, this episode is episode 21. However, the next episode, number 22, called "The Crystal Castle" is very clearly the first time Adora/She-Ra ever heard of, or saw the Crystal Castle, or Lighthope. So, how could she have known in episode 21 that Lighthope would fix her sword, or where to find him?

Was this is a mistake on the part of the DVD makers, or did this huge glaring pothole you could drive a Horde army through always exist?

Martn Olivero said...

It's a shame that throughout the series She-ra have never been able to get more views of the Crystal Castle. I remember watching amazed Adora climbing the sky dancer and even more when she sees this image. Anyway I think it would have been wonderful to meet more of the inside of this castle.

Brett said...

The Crystal Castle was such an amazing looking structure in the Filmation cartoon--far better than the playset version we got (IMHO). It makes one wonder what else is in there, besides Light Hope's chamber.

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