What comes to mind when you think of Indiana Jones: long lost secrets, dangerous jungles, hidden temples and romantic intrigue? Or do you think of Nazis, lots and lots of Nazis? When I think of Indiana Jones, it comes with a feeling of instant nostalgia — of not being able to sit down when watching Temple Of Doom as a kid, or running around the playground humming the theme song.
It's been eight years since we last saw Harrison Ford suit up as Indiana Jones on the big screen, teaming up with Shia Lebeouf to find The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. With another three — long — years to go until he graces cinemas again, take pleasure in knowing that master animator Patrick Schoenmaker has recaptured that Indy spirit with a wonderful proof of concept short. Take a look below:
How It Came About
Schoenmaker said he was commissioned to do the short by Lucasfilm after they saw his concept art on fan site theraider.net. He has been working on it for the past five years. He says he wanted to create a video that had the feel of all the Indiana Jones movies, but didn't specifically copy certain scenes:
"I took what could be iconic scenes from Indiana Jones but not from any particular movie or story. There’s a scene in a temple that’s collapsing and he swings across a lake with crocodiles, but it’s not from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s another that’s on the back of a tank, but it’s not from Last Crusade."
It's this attention to detail that makes the short feel like the quintessential distillation of all things Indiana Jones. He cites his inspiration as the introduction to the Batman Animated Series:
"It boiled down the feel and essence of any Batman story into a one-minute intro. It’s a great short film by itself because it makes you hungry for the episode, so I took that approach."
Take a look below and compare:
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Could There Be An Animated Indiana Jones TV Series?
Definitely! With Indiana Jones, the possibilities are endless: you have every ancient civilization to choose from, and given the archetypal nature of the iconic character, there's no reason not to see him in the 60s, 70s and 80s too. We know that its possible given that something very similar has been made before, the short-lived, highly entertaining The Mummy: The Animated Series. An animated series could expertly expand the Indiana Jones world, taking us to a new location every episode like the serials upon which the original films were based. It's a no-brainer for the studio. Maybe after seeing this short, Lucasfilm will develop the series and use it as the introduction!
Would You Watch An Animated Indiana Jones?