“Foolish boy. Don’t you know anything about Fantasia? It’s the world of human fantasy. Every part, every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind. Therefore, it has no boundaries.” - The Neverending Story
Whew! Okay so here’s a little scene that’s meant to be part of a larger sequence where Atreyu and Artax are searching for a way to cure the Childlike Empress and stop the Nothing. (Before they enter the Swamps of Sadness and Artax dies.)
I’m going to cut about 90% of this from the final montage, but it was fun to explore the creepy snakes! Also, I think I’m falling in love with snakes and horses. That always seems to happen when I do visual research on a new topic…
Anyway, I cheated a lot of the spatial relationships in this… It felt like a justified sacrifice for visual drama, but I’m curious if anyone finds it jarring or bothersome. Let me know!
I’ll be posting more thumbnails and rough boards on my instagram.
I’d like to take this moment to throw out my thoughts on children’s literature, here we go, I hope you’re ready: The best kind of children’s literature is the kind that doesn’t underestimate children. A lot of adults run around like, “This book has dark, complex subject matter and that just isn’t for children,”and you should never entrust a child to these people.