Land of the Lost (1991)

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Land of the Lost (1991)

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A remake of the popular 1974 series of the same name. The show tells the story of the Porter family - Tom, Kevin, and Annie - who get sucked into a prehistoric world while taking a vacation. The Porters build a tree house, hook up with a few locals, Tasha (an orphaned, extra smart dinosaur), Stink (a monkey man), and Christa (another human who has lived in the Land of the Lost since she was a little girl). The Porters must deal with living with dinosaurs and avoiding the evil advanced Sleestaks. Their mom was long dead before they got there and there aren't any "early humanoids" there either ========================= After the show's cancelation the show aired in syndication on Saturday mornings and on the kids cable network, Nickelodeon. ======================== DVD Release Several episodes of the 1991 series were released on VHS, but they are no longer in production, but you can still buy them used. 1974 series has been released on DVD. ============================== Theme Song Lyrics Our vacation began, mapping out a plan. But the map never showed danger down the road! We felt our car was shakin' as the Earth was quakin'! Now there's nowhere to hide - it's the ride of our lives! Now we've crossed the line - fallen through time, living in the Land Of The Lost! What a world we've found, deep underground - living in the Land Of The Lost! This world is strange and new - See the triple moons! But don't you turn your back - you'll become a snack! 'Cuz some tyrannosaurus could be hungry for us! We'll need to make some friends - the wonder never ends! Now we've crossed the line - fallen through time, living in the Land Of The Lost! We've opened the door and found dinosaurs - living in the Land Of The Lost! Living in the Land Of The Lost - Land Of The Lost! ========================== Awards for "Land of the Lost" (1991) Young Artist Awards 1994 Nominated -- "Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Television Series" -- Daniel Steven Gonzalez 1993 Nominated -- "Best Young Actor in a Off-Primetime Series" --Robert Gavin 1993 Nominated -- "Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series" -- Jenny Drugan 1992 Nominated -- "Best Off-Primetime or Cable Family Series" 1992 Nominated -- "Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series" -- Robert Gavin 1992 Nominated "Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series" -- Jenny Drugan ======================== SERIES CREW: Directed by Anthony Bona John Carl Buechler Jeff Burr Frank De Palma Ernest D. Farino Len Janson John Strysik Gabe Torres Produced by Charles Chiodo .... co-producer Edward Chiodo .... co-producer Stephen Chiodo .... co-producer Len Janson .... producer Marty Krofft .... producer Sid Krofft .... producer Neil Lundell .... line producer Chuck Menville .... producer Original Music by Kevin Kiner Cinematography by R. Michael Stringer Film Editing by Dan Selakovich Chris Worland Production Design by Gene Abel Costume Design by Greg La Voi Makeup Department Dean Jones .... makeup department head Production Management Rick Blumenthal .... production supervisor Neil Lundell .... unit production manager Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Chris Edmonds .... first assistant director Scott K. Harris .... second second assistant director Neil Kinsella .... first assistant director (1992) Tony Schwartz .... second assistant director Art Department Burk Sauls .... story-board artist Richard K. Wright .... property master (1991-1992) Special Effects by Steve Fink .... animatronic effects: Chiodo Brothers Productions Dan Frye .... figure finishing: Chiodo Bros Productions Visual Effects by Tim Donahue .... visual effects supervisor Joel Fletcher .... stop-motion animator Other crew Kim Blanchette .... stop-motion animator Kent Burton .... stop motion animator Bundy Chanock .... set medic Ann Christman .... production assistant Suzy Doudy .... production assistant David Gerrold .... developer Len Janson .... story editor Tom Jensen .... first assistant camera Marc Lougee .... animator Stephan Rothman .... production accountant Don Waller .... stop motion animator George Wells .... key grip Mary Wright .... script supervisor =================== Production Companies * Krofft Entertainment Special Effects * Chiodo Brothers Productions ===================moreless
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Family is magically transported to a land filled with dinosaurs and prehistoric life forms.

    9.0
    This is a very good show, because we can find great special effects, great costumes, great stories and lots of adventures. I rreally enjoy seeing this family struggling to stay together when in their homeword they were fighting to spend time alone. That's the main reason why i like this show, because the way they all give their best to survive in this land. I also love the sort of three house they have managed to build. I also find the special effects are extremely good and the esteriors look very real. A great clean show for the whole family.moreless
  • Grew up watching

    8.5
    Good show. Enjoyed.
  • Should Have Never Been Cancelled

    10
    My mom watched the original show. When the remake came on we would watch it together. I wish they would bring the show out on DVD.
  • Not as creative as the original series, but it is fun for the family and the special effects are better then the original.

    5.0
    This is a mixed review. I loved the original series. The orignal series had the The Land of the Lost as a bizarre and mysterious enclosed universe with mysteries to solve and unravel. Mysterious pylons and skylons, messages written on the wall to beware the mysterious sleestak. This revamped series had none of that mystery. But it is good clean family fun. The special effects are definately an improvement over the original. But other returning elements are not as good:



    Paku - Monkey Boy Stink is just a bafoon idiot clown in the new one compared to Chaka the Pakuni in the original. He speaks broken english immediately. In the original, Chaka learned English over time, but still never mastered it. And he spoke a real Pakuni language in the original. Nothing like that realism in the new one.



    Sleestak - We only see 3 banished Sleestak in the new one, and they are the bad guys. We never see the others that banished them. They are mean, and they talk, but they are idiots. In the original, only 1 spoke, the others just hissed and were pretty scary. The original had a sad mysterious history of the once proud race reduced to hissing bad guys living in a Lost City and up to something. In the new one, they have a power sword that gives them control over people and they just want to give the humans a hard time. No mystery.



    Pet Dinosaur - in the original, Dopy the baby brontosauraus is the dino that follows the kids home. In the new one it's a 2 legged dino (don't know the species) named Tasha that comes home. It basically becomes the family pet and understands English pretty well and needs constant babysitting.



    Other Dinos - in most cases, these are the same in both series except different names. Scareface the T-Rex in the new one replaces Grumpy the T-Rex in the old one, etc.



    The family - Dad, son and daughter in both old and new. The Marshall family is replaced by the Porter family. The Marshalls were more of a survivalist family living with bare minimum. The Porters had practically all the luxeries of the real world. Lost of clothes, bikes, a car with a bottomless gas tank that never needed to be refilled. Batteries in their video cameras and walk-men that never seemed to burn out. Why go back home? They were on an extended camping trip with some extra adventure.



    New additions include Christa the "jungle girl". Who was from our world but was trapped in the Land of the Lost as a little girl and made her home here with vague memories of life before hand. Now I know there are many out there that grew up watching this new series...never knowing a previous one existed...and they loved this show. So it was good family fun that people could like and have fond memories of 16 years later. So if you have the chance to check it out, do so. The comparisons to the original will always be there, but it's still a good show.



    There is supposed to be a movie in the works...we will see how that comes out.



    This series was ony around for 2 seasons. It only had 13 episodes each season. This is about half of what a normal TV season had. Much less then the original too.



    And the last comparison...the original has been released on DVD. This series has not. They did release 12 episodes from the first season on VHS at one time, and did have toys out there. These are all now collector items.moreless
  • Worse movie ever. Well actually that's being very harsh. After all, I'm sure the production company had put a lot of effort in producing this and trashing it like I am doing right now seems downright unfair.moreless

    5.0
    Worse movie ever. Well actually that's being very harsh. After all, I'm sure the production company had put a lot of effort in producing this and trashing it like I am doing right now seems downright unfair. However, I can't forgive those who waste my time with something like this. Why did I pick up something called Land of the Lost (1991) in the first place?
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Kids Fantasy, Family Comedies, 90s, Lost Worlds