Do we really need another Journey to the Center of the Earth?

In 1864 Jules Verne published the book A Journey to the Center of the Earth, and although the book is a classic the various TV & film versions (1959, 1967, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003) are anything but. This summer will see the release of another interpretation of Verne's novel, this time starring Brendan Fraser;



After seeing the trailer for the new film in the theater, I had to turn to my wife and ask "But where's Gertrude the duck?"



Although the show involved time/dimensional portals, both iterations of "Land of the Lost" involved undiscovered mysteries underground, too.





Even the upcoming Ice Age 3 seems to focus on dinosaurs that have survived in some underground jungle (although as some have commented anything with the subtitle "Dawn of the Dinosaurs" should probably be set in the Triassic);



I won't even get started on all the reinterpretations of The Lost World...

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Of course we need another Journey! This one has an "albino" Giganotosaurus, floating "magnetic" rocks and a mine-car ride. What could possibly be better than that?

(Mind you, none of it will surpass Gertrude. She was the most qualified scientist on that expedition, I'd say.)

Between 8-16 years old, I read and reread so many times the lost world and any of jules verne (especially 10000 leagues under the sea).

I, for one, enjoy horrible movies, if at least for entertainment value but will wait for this one to come out on my netflix.

Are you familiar with Edgar Rice Burrough's Pelucidar series of novels?

By Jim Thomerson (not verified) on 12 Jun 2008 #permalink

I am still waiting for Jurassic Park IX, Dawn of the Docodonts.

Except this version will be in 3D!

It was previewed when I took my daughter to the Hanna Montana movie (not as bad as you might think) and the 3D effects in 'Journey...' looked very impressive. It's really a showcase for the new digital 3D movies and the scenes are obviously contrived to show off the technology to best effect.

Cinematic masterpiece? I doubt it. Awesome move experience? quite probably.

By NoAstronomer (not verified) on 12 Jun 2008 #permalink

I'll probably see the new JttCotE (not a very good acronym, is it?) movie at some point, too. I love cheesy movies, and this one definitely looks like it will be fun to riff on even as I enjoy the CGI. I just find it funny that the concept of subterranean "lost worlds" is still so popular, even when we know what is really at the "center of the earth."

Jim; I always forget those because I haven't read them. (I didn't mean for the above to be an exhaustive list, just what I could easily find on YouTube). One day I'd love to write a book on prehistoric critters & pop culture, at which point I'll probably have to finally make some time to check them out.

I am tempted to see 'Journey' for the sheer pooptasticality of it.

Lord, those dinosaurs look like they're animated with all the technologically wizardry of the Walking With series. And the whole movie looks like an ad for a theme park. Blah.

Jim: "Are you familiar with Edgar Rice Burrough's Pelucidar series of novels?"

My favorite critter from one of those books was the stegosaurus, who walked to the edge of a cliff, flattened his spinal plates, and ...launched himself off in a spectacular glide. I'm still laughing, 40 years later. C'mon, who wouldn't want to see that on the big screen?

And yes, I finished the book and the rest in the Pellucidar series.

The coolest thing about the 1967 JTTCOTE was the scene with the oversized "dimetrodons" (rhinoceros iguanas, I think, with fins affixed to their backs) on the shore of the subterranean sea. I bought the movie on DVD just so I could watch that scene.

By Stevo Darkly (not verified) on 12 Jun 2008 #permalink