23 April 2006

Long-lost hero...

"Treasure of the First Ones" is a refreshing She-Ra episode full of action and a lot of beautiful new backgrounds, painted specifically for the story. Mystic Isle, where the First Ones stored their greatest treasures features prominently in the episode. Once the Evil Horde have left Mystic Isle having been defeated by She-Ra and Sea Hawk the final shot of the episode shows a fantastic statue being admired by the heroes. I think what makes this image even more interesting is the obvious Buddha influences on the statue creating a real mysticism about it. "A magnificent statue" is how the script describes the statue of the "long-lost hero," which I think the artists at Filmation followed to the letter!


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

4 comments:

Mike Bock said...

This backgrounds show how much talent Filmation's artists had.

Beautiful,mystic places where created for He-Man and She-Ra during the series. Few things ressembled those of earth, they created perfect alien worlds and made them look real.

This is one of the many things why I love Classic MOTU and POP.

Kevin Martinell said...

What a masterpiece of a closing panning shot to such an outstanding episode ... The detail in the statue is phenomenal, as is the detail throughout the horizontal panning shots of the treasures, too!

Sea Hawk's inquiry about Adora coming along, near the beginning of the episode, was classic! Maybe She-Ra "arranged" for Adora to meet up with Sea Hawk after the conclusion of the episode. :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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ToonJukka said...

I simply love Filmation's background-paintings for everything Eternian and Etherian. Had I more money I'd be looking for them on ebay a lot more.

Also it would have been great to learn more about this mysterious hero and anything related to Etherian past and the First Ones' too. :)

Brett said...

They really liked the giant statues in "She-Ra" didn't they? It's almost reminiscent of the giant one in Castle Brightmoon's chamber housing the Moonstone.

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