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Life is only what you wonder.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Must They Rape And pilage My Evey Childhood Memory?

    Marshall, Will, and Holly, on a routine expidition,
    Met the greatest earthquake ever known,
    High upon the rapids, it struck their tiny raft
    (insert screams here)
    And plunged them down a thousand feet below . . .
The Land of the Lost was a children's science-fiction television series produced by Sid and Marty Krofft which originally ran from 1974-1977, and was shown in syndication for many years afterwards, which was when I saw it.
It also happened to be a particular favorite of mine.

For those that don't know, it was the story of Rick Marshall and his two teenage children, Will and Holly, who inadvertantly enter a strange world (actually a pocket universe) where dinosaurs roam, furry caveman-type creatures (the Pakuni) dwell, mysterious pylons open doorways to other times and dimensions and the Marshalls are constantly threatened by evil lizard-like creatures (the Sleestaks!), all the while trying to make it back to Earth.

Kind of hokey, I know, but it was meant for children.

If you happened to be a little kid in the 80's like I was, you probably have fond memories of watching this show on Saturday morning.
In your flannel PJs, sitting cross-legged in front of the TV, munching on cereal and shuddering as the Sleestaks slink around or jumping out of your seat as a Tyranosaurus Rex lunged at the camera.

I haven't seen this show in years. (About 20, actually, which makes me feel really, really old.)
The series is on DVD now, and although there's a part of me that would enjoy seeing it again, there's another part of me that would laugh at the cheesy special effects, or see the Sleestaks (which were pretty darn scary when you were seven) as just men in rubber suits or the dinosaurs as cheap stop-motion animation.
instead of cherishing it, I would scoff at it, whether I wanted to or not.
It's better left as a memory.
Seeing it again now, after all I've seen since, would only spoil it.

Now, I find their making a movie of it.
A comedy.
Starring Will Ferrell.
(Read the article here.)

My thoughts on this are mixed.
On the one hand, I think it's great that they're paying homage to a show that I really loved as a kid.
On the other hand . . . Will Farrell? A comedy?

I'll keep an open mind, but I'm not optimistic.