22 December 2011

Snake Mountain is introduced...

Here is the first storyboard page for the He-Man season one episode "Diamond Ray of Disappearance". Numerous storyboard artists worked on this episode; these fantastic panels being the work of Bob Kline, easily one of the best artists that Filmation ever employed! As this episode is technically the pilot episode, these two panning shots introduce Snake Mountain for the first time; in all its eerie glory! Bob Kline's use of cross-hatching on the second panning shot is impressive to say the least!


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

5 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

The swirls in the sky add a nice touch, too, whether it was meant to be high winds or just the clouds! This is very impressive for the story board version. :) Seems that the structures all the way to the left were featured more in the earlier episodes than the later ones. Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

chos said...

Snake Mountain was always soooo Menacing to me. Probably the most menacing setting I ever identified with as a child. Sure there was the Death Star, and Cobra's lair, and others. But Snake mountain was like the home of Satan to me or something. That snake and all the lava. I remember one of the episodes where the snake's mouth was shutting on He-Man, and I found it truly terrifying!

Fabian said...

Talent is clearly visible in these storyboards. In the final development in the cartoon, it really shows how well the Snake Mountain storyboards were made.

Vinto-Man said...

WOW, seeing the introduction of Snake Mountain in storyboard form is terrific. Ive always loved the snake mountain music!

SirBush said...

So, erm... I'm not entirely sure what purpose the cross-hatching serves for the storyboard. In fact, I didn't even notice it in the cartoon itself - is it usually present?

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