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Universal - Land of the lost - trailer (2009) :45 (USA)

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Allan1's picture

For those of you not old enough (or too old for it back then - or it wasn't shown in your country), Land of the Lost was a Saturday morning live action TV series (with early CGI dinosaurs, etc.). It was about a father and his 2 children who somehow got stranded in this strange place that had dinosaurs and strange reptillian two-legged creatures (the "Sleestack" {sic}, they looked like live versions of paleontolgist Dale Russell's 'dinosaur man', a supposed extrapolation of a Troodon - if dinosaurs had not been extinguished 65 million years ago), who could talk (sort of) and apparently had had some kind of civilization. The show was more adventure and family oriented than comedic (some comedy was included). Somewhat like Robinson Crusoe (I can't check right away, but I think the family was named Robinson - I think the daughter was named Holly*, and the son was named Scott), with make-shift devices for cooking, washing, shelter, etc., with a major emphasis on surviving the dinosaurs, etc. and whatever the strange place threw at them.
[* NOT Holly Robinson Peete]
I'm sure that Will Ferrell's slapstick version will be at least in the top 5 when it opens.

Dabitch's picture

A friend of mine keeps telling me "You're pop culturally at least fifteen years older than you are" because of things like this: I watched Land of the lost. I guess I just had a knack for findning reruns on cable. :))

Allan1's picture

I'm both older and younger pop culturally than my actual age. I remember all sorts of things from the early 1950's, when I was way too young/small to know these things (mostly TV - Uncle Miltie, Friday Night Fights, Beat the Clock...). Also, Last of the Lost is a good example of how I'm younger (pop culture-wise) - I was finished college, and working in 'the real world' when the show first aired [1974], and I managed to watch it frequently for its 3 years on air. I still keep up with most current pop references, etc. - but I'm not a big fan of rap or techno. (Just a few of those I like).

A couple of corrections to my earlier post on this: The family name was "Marshall" not "Robinson", the daugther was named Holly, the son was named Will (not Scott) and the father was named Rick (for the last year, the father disappeared and was replaced by his brother, Jack. This was explainable by the nature of the 'dimensional/time portals' that somehow brought the family there in the first place).

The children's series was produced by Sid & Marty Kroft, possibly better known as the producers of H.R. Pufnstuf. The dinosaurs were NOT CGI, but were a combination of Stop Motion, Rear Projection, and even hand puppets!!! The name of the hissing, reptillian dino-man-like creatures was Sleestak. [One of these - or perhaps more accurately, an ancestor of this, Enik occassionally helped the family]. There were also some furry 'cave-man' like creatures called Pakuni, one of whom the family befriended. The Tyrannosaurus rex was called "Grumpy", and the "Brontosaurus" is called "Dopey".

Surprisingly, a number of well-respected writers in the science fiction field contributed scripts to the series, including Larry Niven, Theodore Sturgeon, Ben Bova, and a number of people involved with Star Trek, such as Dorothy "D.C." Fontana, Walter Koenig, and David Gerrold. Gerrold, Niven, and Fontana also contributed commentaries to the DVD of the first season. [Side note: I've met Niven and Walter Koenig, along with dozens of other science fiction and fantasy authors].