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Blanket Thank You was Re: Dinosaur TV Trivia Question
To all you dedicated folks who were kind enough to share the fruits of
years of being glued to the tube, thanks!
You've cleared up this mystery, and I've gotten lots of good information
If any of you have an extra or see a copy of this video, I'd be happy
to take it off your hands or pay you back or something (as long as it
doesn't involve indentured servitude). Please contact me OFF LIST.
Ralph Miller III wrote:
> Dinosaur Interplanetary Gazette <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > >What do you know about a series in the 60's about two boys who are in
> > >a small boat and go through a cave and come out in a pre-historic world?
> > >I think it was called "Journey to the Beginning of Time." It was
> > >shown in segments on a late afternoon kids show called "Garfield Goose"
> on WGN-TV in Chicago.
> This was a feature length film made in Czechoslovakia under the direction
> of Karel ("The Fabulous World of Jules Verne") Zeman about four boys
> visiting the American Museum of Natural History and taking a boat ride that
> carries them back through time, encountering quite a variety of prehistoric
> landscapes and animals. I believe that the film was released in
> Czechoslovakia in 1954, and was released again (with the AMNH scenes
> added?) in 1967. The prehistoric animal scenes were accomplished by a
> variety of techniques (and with variable success) which included
> stop-motion animation, cut-out animation, puppets, and mechanical props.
> The scenery is often quite evocative, and appears to have been strongly
> influenced by the paintings of Zdenek Burian. The Garfield Goose show ran
> snips of the film, each with its own episode title (ex.: Episode 12, The
> Woolly Mammoth). I didn't see the whole film until decades later, as it is
> now available on video. The effects don't hold up to close scrutiny, and
> the dubbing is very odd, but it has great sentimental value for those of us
> who grew up wishing we had been those boys.
> -- Ralph Miller III email@example.com
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