This is near the climax of the first act. Atreyu and Falkor have been separated in a storm while attempting to find the borders of Fantasia. This was a short little scene where Falkor searches for Atreyu and winds up recovering Auryn, the amulet that has been guiding their quest. I over-padded it, but it was good practice for moving Falkor around…
Atreyu and his horse Artax are searching for a way to cure the Childlike Empress and stop the Nothing – here they ask some snakes for directions. It’s not an encounter from the book, as I’m expanding on their early traveling sequence. At this point, Atreyu hasn’t had the bison dream about going to the Swamps of Sadness, so he and Artax are searching rather aimlessly. I figured that snakes in this world might have a special connection to Auryn (the amulet with an ouroboros design), so here they’re getting worked up by its presence. It doesn’t make much sense to Atreyu, but they might be answering in their own way: “listen to Auryn”. I think the amulet was the source of the revelatory dream that leads them to the swamp.
My first serious attempt at storyboarding, this was a weird original idea I had, inspired by the local grocery coop. I was working on this during my first trip to CTN Expo and it was a huge learning experience!