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17th Feb 2022, 6:00 AM in Intermission 15
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Newbiespud 17th Feb 2022, 6:00 AM edit delete
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Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "I don't really have a lot to say today for a variety of reasons, so I'm going to take a moment to just gush about something.

For as dated as the animation is for Dungeons & Dragons, there's a lot of really well done scenes. In this episode alone there's the beautiful backgrounds, the gorgeous exterior of the castle, the surprisingly detailed way that Merlin pets his hare, the dragons forming out of smoke and rising into the sky, some stuff I can't mention yet...there's a lot of really cool things. If you can find it (and I believe the series is on Youtube for "free") I highly recommend finding some time to sit down and watch. It's not perfect by any stretch (I cannot tell you how many times I've had to shift around the frame I'm using because of something like a hair on the cell), but there's a charm to the style that isn't quite replicated in more modern cartoons.

Plus, it's the same animation studio that brought you Fist of the North Star, Dr. Slump, and Kinnikuman, so ya know, fun to think about that happening at roughly the same time."
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6 Comments:

Digo 17th Feb 2022, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
"...because of something like a hair on the cell..."

I feel that there's a missed opportunity to say hare and tie it back to the comic somehow. Ah well.

But on the animation itself, it does have a gainy, dirty feeyon the edges because everything was hand drawn and hand painted. Nowadays with computers all your lines are crisp and your colors cleanly mixed, but just zoom in on some of these panels and you can see the grit in the line work. That's what nostalgia looks like. :3
Ransom4 17th Feb 2022, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
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I didn’t grow up watching it but occasionally, but but the few times I did, well, I’m not sure as an adult you can get across how scary or dramatic some of those scenes seemed to an 8-9 year old in the 80s. Looking at some of the episodes now, there’s definitely a charm to it. I commented awhile back, but the set up of dropping modern teens into a fantasy setting and having them work together while making snarky comments about the setting might actually be a better “adaptation” of DnD the game than a straight fantasy story in the setting would be. With all the Isekai stories out there, I wonder if people are more willing to embrace a similar reboot.
Digo 17th Feb 2022, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
I totally agree. I would pay real money to see this series redone. I'm surprised it hasn't, considering many Hasbro properties had seen decent success with recent remakes like G.IJoe, Transformers, Littlest Pet shop, and of course My Little Pony.

They could tie in some D&D 5e to the series. Sell a new gen more books.
Anvildude 17th Feb 2022, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
There's honestly a sort of charm to all the 80's Fantasy. The live-action, the animation, the big-budget stuff, the toy-sales stuff... You just don't see it anymore. I don't know if it's the cameras, the lack of worry about the magic, or what. But like... "Reign of Fire" is awesome as a dragon movie, but it's no "Dragonslayer". The new Conans might have fancy action and effects work, but nothing can beat Ahnold fighting a giant snake.
Digo 18th Feb 2022, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
I wonder if perhaps we don't see a new D&D cartoon series is because it would be aimed at an older audience and that carries more risk on investment? Little kids will totally want to buy pony princesses and transformers, but will older kids buy D&D books?
Roguim 17th Feb 2022, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
Nice safe, adapt to make a series of failures because bad roll part of the story.