03 October 2006

Castle Ackle.

One of my favorite pieces of Filmation background artwork is shown in the season one He-Man episode "Orko's Missing Magic." Amazingly the background does not represent Eternia at all, this time focusing on the planet Omiros and specifically the stronghold of the evil wizard Zalt, Castle Ackle! I always love it when a background evokes a feeling of sheer wonderment, and a feeling of what it would be like to exist in such a location. Everything about this panning shot is beautiful; from the twisted ground, to the mist covered mountains in the background, to the intricate detail on Castle Ackle itself; you know that this one piece of artwork must have taken a long time to create! I would say it was worth it...


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

2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

An eerie and outstanding scene! The spooky thing about the setting is that Castle Ackle is set on a cliff that looks like it's about to give way!

Also, the tree on the left looks like a hand, kind of like the tree formation we see in the flashback scene from "Creatures From The Tar Swamp." :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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ToonJukka said...

Any idea if a fan is in possession of this background-painting? It would be awesome to see that it survived all these years.

Love Castle Ackle on that cliff. The entire pan-shot has great mood and episode itself is pretty enjoyable too.

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