03 March 2012

The swordsman of Etheria!

The season one She-Ra episode "Treasure of the First Ones" features an impressive piece of animation in which we see Sea Hawk duel with Octavia. Now look back at yesterday's post. Notice any similarities? This is because storyboard artist Don Manuel decided that if Sea Hawk and Octavia were going to duel, it should be based on the swordfight sequence seen in the He-Man episode "Ordeal in the Darklands". Of course there is one slight problem that you may notice from looking at these images. As the shadow was a good few feet taller than He-Man, the artist of the latter scene ends up animating Octavia slightly taller than she should be! Regardless of that, it is a beautifully animated scene and a wonderful homage to the He-Man series.



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3 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Even worse than He-Man's duel was that Sea Hawk had four swords to dodge! Being that Octavia had her two hands free, she could have dueled with two more swords to make matters worse! Yes, I did notice that Octavia was taller than Sea Hawk, so I thought that she was a tall character in the episode. Nice long beautiful supermodel legs the animator(s) gave her, though. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Miss M said...

Very interesting, yet another thing that I never would have known had I not been reading this blog. Truly amazing.

That duel between Sea Hawk and Octavia was always fun to watch. Octavia was such an intimidating character with her knives and tentacles, and maybe even her being taller. This post was very interesting and informative, thank you James!

HB Potlood said...

Octavia is pretty tall when she's standing next to She-Ra and lying on Hordak's lap at the end of the episode, too. But I do think she's a bit taller still during this fight.

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