season 1 and 2 comparison
It’s funny, but I prefer the first image here. Composition-wise, the first one has the brilliant little flags in the upper left corner. They are sorely missed in the “updated” version which aims a bright blue light on a focal-point-totem pole. It’s like I can’t look away from that harsh, moonlight-lighting on the totem pole!
In the first, the light is lighting from the right side in ambient way on the totem pole, and in the second, I feel like a nasty little spotlight is illuminating it from the left, or else someone is hiding on the other side with a bright flashlight.
I also prefer the first version, even though it’s more cartoony, as the focus is subtly shifted to focus on the actual house itself. I also adore the character of the tree leaves, with that dash of orange light in the background on the bottom right.
It’s funny how sometimes I enjoy the “updated” versions of things a bit less just for small tweaks and minor subtleties. XD It doesn’t really matter what I prefer, they’re much better than I am, and tis a matter of taste, I know. I just felt like rambling a bit and offering some thoughts…