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A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)

Cesta do praveku (original title)
Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites.

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Karel Zeman

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William Cayton (USA version), J.A. Novotný | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Vladimír Bejval ... Jirka / Jo-Jo
Petr Herrman Petr Herrman ... Toník / Tony
Zdenek Hustak Zdenek Hustak ... Jenda / Ben
Josef Lukás Josef Lukás ... Petr / Doc
James Lucas James Lucas ... Doc (US version) (as James Lukas)
Victor Betral Victor Betral ... Joe / Jo-Jo (US version)
Charles Goldsmith Charles Goldsmith ... Ben (US version)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Petr Herrmann Petr Herrmann
Kerry Mark Joels Kerry Mark Joels ... Doc (voice)
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Four young boys visit a dinosaur exhibit at the New York city Museum of Natural History. They then row out onto Central Park Lake where they find a secret cave and paddle into a wondrous prehistoric world filled with the very dinosaurs they had just seen. Written by Ørnås

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Four boys living the excitement every boy dreams about in the most fantastic adventure of any age!


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

1966 (USA) See more »

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A Journey to the Beginning of Time See more »

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Trivia

Most of the prehistoric animal reconstructions have been modeled after the artwork of renowned Czech painter Zdenek Burian. This is perhaps most apparent on the Brontosaurus, which is standing in almost the exact same pose as in Burian's famous piece and has the exact same detailing on its body. Strangely, the prominently-featured Stegosaurus and Ceratosaurus were not based on Burian's art, even though he has painted both animals, including the promotional paintings for this very film. See more »

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The sound is out-of-sync during the stegosaurus examination scene. Most noticeable when the boys are measuring the length of the dinosaur. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. version was distributed in two formats in 1960: as a full length feature film, and in a serialized form designed for daily television airings. The serial version ran in segments approximately 5 minutes long. See more »

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enchanting prehistoric adventure film
21 March 2002 | by junagadh75See all my reviews

If you loved prehistoric life as a child, this film is perfect. The plot concerns four boys who travel down an otherworldly river and encounter the various stages of prehistoric life along the way. The stop-motion dinosaurs and numerous other prehistoric animals not usually seen on film (as far as I know, this is the only film that ever recreated the Carboniferous Age), as well as the painted backdrops, are imaginatively conceived and executed. The characters of the four boys are also humanely and realistically developed (a rarity for children's characters in films), so that _Cesta do praveku_ is equally enjoyable for adults. Unfortunately, the American version is horribly dubbed and has a ludicrous prologue to explain how the boys got to the river tacked on by the distributor; but the originality of the film still comes through, so it's worth watching if the original Czech version is unavailable (as it mostly is).


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