"The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. It is assumed that no one who is diligently avoiding spoilers will be visiting this page in the first place.

Young Indiana Jones (henceforth referred to as YIJ) is a television series based on the characters in the Indiana Jones feature films. The series follows the Indiana Jones character as he was growing up with the adventures he has with various historical people he meets along the way.

32 episodes were filmed in two separate productions for the ABC television network between 1991 and 1993. Additional filming was done at a later time to expand the Palestine 1917 episode into 2 hours. Additional filming was done in 1996 to expand the Curse of the Jackal episode into 2 two hour movies. 4 made for cable movies were filmed for the then U.S. Family channel in 1994.

In the U.S the series premiered with good ratings but the ratings quickly dropped. Apparently people expected to see the action packed pure entertainment of the feature films and tuned out when they found something more cerebral.

In an attempt to booster ratings the second production of episodes concentrated on the older Young Indy which had a little more action. Harrison Ford was even brought in for a brief appearance in one episode. These did not help and ABC pulled it from the air in April 1993. During the summer ABC ran some of the unshown episodes.

In other countries YIJ was much better received which might be one of the reasons the Family channel decided to do the movies.

In the U.S. four episodes were never shown in their original format. They have since been shown in their re-edited format. Florence 1908 Prague 1917 Palestine 1917 Transylvania 1918 These were aired in most other countries.

In the U.S. YIJ has run on ABC, the USA cable channel, and what is now the ABC Family (formerly called The Fox Family Channel and before that the Family Channel). The U.S. History Cable Channel started airing YIJ on October 6, 2007. Also the similar but slightly different U.S. History International Cable Channel is airing both the YIJ episodes and the YIJ documentaries. For the episodes and times see both the History and History International Cable Channel schedules.

YIJ has also aired in Finland, Germany, the U.K., New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Hungary, Russia, Guatemala, Slovenia and Slovakia.

The TV series Young Indy was played by two actors: Corey Carrier between Young Indy ages of about 8 to 12, and Sean Patrick Flanery between about 17 to 21. Also in the cast were Ronny Coutteure as Indys friend Remy, Margater Tyzack as Indys tutor, and Ruth De Sosa and Lloyd Owen as Indy's Mother and Father. Indy as an old man was played by George Hall. For more information on the cast, see the IMDb's cast page for YIJ.

Digital techniques were used in some scenes to "shrink" Corey to make him look younger. However, he still appears noticeable older.

Principle filming has been done in

London, England

Dublin, Ireland

St. Petersburg, Russia

Liverpool, England

Almeria, Spain

Prague, Czechoslovakia

Cortina, Italy

Barcelona, Spain

Feltre, Italy

Lamu, Kenya

Florence, Italy

Tana River, Kenya

Pisa, Italy

Nairobi, Kenya

Taita Hills, Africa

Paris, France

Mombasa, Africa

Benares, India

Nairobi, Africa

Beijing, China

Malindi, Kenya

Shanghai, China

Istanbul, Turkey

Vienna, Austria

Venice, Italy

Cairo, Egypt

Greece

California

Thailand

Morocco

Second unit filming has been done in numerous other locations.

The long awaited U.S. DVD release of the YIJ is in 3 volumes. The first volume was released October 23, 2007, the second volume on December 18, 2007, and the third on Aprl 29, 2008. Along with the episodes are historical companion films which are original works from the Lucasfilm documentary unit headed by CBS News veteran David Schneider. Those that find the DVDs too expensive to purchase might consider renting them.

All of the episodes have been edited into 22 movies for release on video. Twelve of the YIJ videos were released October 26, 1999 along with a re-release of the Indy feature films. Not many places sell the videos anymore but they can be gotten used from places like Amazon listed on the Young Indy links. These 12 videos were released worldwide over the course of 2000. The remaining 10 YIJ videos have never been released.

There were a few episodes from the early episodes released in Japan and the U.K. There was also a boxed laserdisc set of some of the episodes released in Japan.

Four volumes were released in the early 90s, as well as a "best-of" CD.

There have been several series of YIJ novels. Some have been based on YIJ episodes and some are original stories. They are also aimed at several different age groups. Unfortunately many are now out of print so are only found in used book stores. There are also a few other books with YIJ info.

There have been articles on YIJ in the Starwars Insider (formerly the Lucasfilm Fan Club), American Cinematographer, Cinefantastique, Starlog, Cinefex, Epi-Log, and TV Zone.

http://www.scriptcity.net/ has scripts for several episodes.

The official Lucasfilm/Paramount YIJ web site is at http://www.youngindy.com/. Although the official Indiana Jones site is currently devoted to the new film, YIJ content will soon be re-added to the site, http://www.indianajones.com/.

Loren Heisey's website is one of the best YIJ fan sites on the internet. See http://www.innermind.com/youngindy/index.html.

TheRaider.net also has a lot of information on YIJ. See http://www.theraider.net/films/young_indy/index.php.

A good site for episode summaries is The Indiana Jones Timeline at http://www.ijc.at/Chronicles/Timeline/index.html.

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