16 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 16

Skytree ("The Dragon's Gift") concept illustration

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Surprisingly Skytree, from the He-Man episode "The Dragon's Gift", went through a few designs, before the final character model was decided upon. Although the concept is still the same, you can see that this version of Skytree has a more human-like face. His appearance is clearly based on that of an old man, with two prominent tufts of leaves either side of his face representing two tufts of hair. From this piece you can also see that Skytree was going to be far bigger, as if you look closely enough you can just about make out a tiny illustration of He-Man.


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

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6 comments:

Dušan Mitrović said...

I gotta say that I'm not very fond of the idea of talking trees. |8\

Kevin 'RawShock' Kennedy said...

You have me wondering if I have this episode on my 10 DVD set of Season 1's all 65 original episodes, if not, I so have to track down Season 2 (and get rewatching all this classic animation). I love this look of the character, and would love to see a side by side, in the toon finished version against this take of Skytree.

M. L. Martin said...

Looks like the Skytree from the minicomic. More evidence suggesting that those were adapted from early scripts/storyboards.

Kevin Martinell said...

Wow, this angle of Skytree looks amazing, and it would have been a great angle to include for some variety in a shot or two for the actual episode! James, the pose of the tiny He-Man looks the same as the pose of the silhouette of He-Man on the cover of your He-Man cartoon guide. :)

ToonJukka said...

Dang in this version the Skytree looks immense! I would have liked seeing more creatures/beings in Filmation that dwarfed He-Man by this much!

San Sebastian said...

Standing by and in a furniture store and greets guests

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