05 December 2006

Arena shadows #1

"The Arena" is one of the best He-Man episodes of season two, as well as being one of the best of the series, mainly for the fight between He-Man and Skeletor. At the very end of the battle the mysterious being Om looms over them and we are treated to some very nice images of both He-Man and Skeletor shaded! I always think that it was a shame that the entire series was not animated with shadows in mind...


(click on the images to see them at full-size)

7 comments:

Mosquitor said...

I love that scene, and the animation... easily one of the best scenes (and episodes) in the entire series.

invaziondrummer said...

" I always think that it was a shame that the entire series was not animated with shadows in mind..."

Sorry dude, but I completely disagree with that thought. I think that was one of the major weaknesses in the look of the MYP Masters cartoon. I think Filmation did a terrific job with the way the show looked, and I only think shadows would detract if used more regularly. It always seems so cheesy, and computer enhanced when I see it on the DVD's, and again I don't think using shadows more often would have added anything positive. But I really enjoy the site and all of your contributions to the He-Man and She-Ra Universes. Can't wait to see what you post next.

TheShadow said...

Personally I love the shadowing. If a new He-Man cartoon came out, it would be great if they used the basic 80s design but added the shadows.

I agree somewhat about the look of the MYP cartoon. But, I feel that way about most all computer colored cartoons. They all feel somewhat flat and the effects are horrible. The way Filmation and other studios did effects in the 80s look far superior on the screen when compared to the effects in say the MYP He-Man cartoon.

I actually argued for about 20 minutes about how Filmation's effects were superior with a storyboard artist who was working on the Mike Young show. Neither of us would back down :)

Smurfwreck said...

I have to say that I'm a pretty big fan of cell animation shading. That little bit of depth really makes the animation pop. Basic flat coloring makes cartoons look too much like coloring book pages. That's what I dug the more realisticlly painted BG's in a lot of the MOTU scenes, it just gives it enough realism to keep it from looking too fake.

Kevin Martinell said...

"Shadowrrific!" :)

An excellent choice of images, James! I also like the "cloudy" shadow effects on Crackers The Clown's face, from "The Greatest Show On Eternia," in the scene where he, He-Man, and Battlecat are trapped by the cave-in, while in Echo Valley. :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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Martn Olivero said...

The Arena is one of the best episodes! As we saw in other post, we know the army of General Tatarana and see a long fight scene between He - Man and Skeletor. I find it interesting the presence of Om as it is a surprising character, almost neutral at first. And the effect of light and shadow is amazing! As much as some scenes from The Secret of the Sword.

ToonJukka said...

Oh man. Cel-shading would have ampted up the production-values on He-Man and She-Ra SO MUCH!

It's great they did use them on few occasions to make scenes even better. I especially liked some of the shadows in "The Energybeast" episode.

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