02 March 2012

The swordsman of Eternia!

The season one He-Man episode "Ordeal in the Darklands" features an impressive piece of animation in which we see He-Man duel with a large shadow-like version of himself! The animation of the duel is impressive, as it focuses on He-Man as a swordsman, something we rarely ever get to see. Here I present a few of the key frame poses. Thankfully the director did not obey the script which merely called for "a variety of stock footage". A similar scene would show up in another series...



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

2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

One of my favorite scenes in the He-Man series! Images 4 and 8 are amusing, as He-Man looks like he is dancing. :) I get a kick out of how his "shadow" is tall and lanky and has eyes too! This moment reminded me of scenes from some of the "Legend of Zelda" video games where Link had to fight his own shadow too. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

HB Potlood said...

The animation in this episode is very loose and experimental compared to some of the later ones. Could it be that this show was an early production? [gets out Bustatoons Guide] script approved February 1983 and final revision March '83. Yes, I'd say so.

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