20 February 2012

TV spot alternate takes #3

Prior to the debut of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe airing, two differing TV spots were created by Filmation in order to promote series. The cel sequences and backgrounds used in these TV spots primarily came from the episodes "Diamond Ray of Disappearance", and "The Dragon Invasion", as they were two of the first episodes to near completion! In this, the third of four posts, I shall highlight the notable differences between the footage used in the TV spots with the actual completed episodes themselves.

In this piece from the TV spot we see He-Man throw a dragon out of shot. The final piece of animation appears in "The Dragon Invasion", in which the background is different. Oddly, in the TV spot it makes much more sense as the damaged wall should have appeared behind He-Man and the dragon in the episode produced!

On the left-hand side is the footage from the TV spot, while on the right-hand side is the footage as it was produced for the series.



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In this piece from the TV spot we see Skeletor's laughing head over Castle Grayskull. The final piece of animation appears in "The Dragon Invasion", but was reshot so that the jaw-bridge was open.

On the left-hand side is the footage from the TV spot, while on the right-hand side is the footage as it was produced for the series.



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

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

It does make sense to have the two versions reversed, like you say James ... In the image with Skeletor, it would have made more sense to have the drawbridge closed, because when the dragons break through the barrier, later on in the episode, the drawbridge is already closed and is then lowered! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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