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
At the end of the film when the boys are standing at the top of the cliff a bird can be seen flying briefly in the background despite the fact that the time period they are supposed to be in has no life. See more »
The film shows the giant carnivorous bird Phorusrhacos (called by its outdated name "Phororhacos" in the film) living at the beginning of the Paleogene period after the dinosaur's age ended about 66 million years ago. But in reality it was far more recent, living about 20 to 13 million years ago, after the Paleogene. It is possible that the filmmakers confused it with another famous giant prehistoric bird, Gastornis or Diatryma, which did live during the early or middle Paleogene and was also commonly but erroneously depicted as a carnivore during the 20th century. See more »
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 »
Originally filmed in Czechoslovakia in 1954, the American Museum of Natural History filmed new scenes in 1967 for this remarkable study of prehistoric life which uses high-quality stop motion animation.
The story goes like this: a group of young boys rent a boat at an inner-city park and enter a small cave at the edge of the lake. When they come out the other side of the cave they find themselves on a river in an uninhabited area. As they float down the river each day, they travel progressively further back into the past, encountering wooly mammoths, prehistoric rhinoceros, and numerous dinosaurs -- all of which are extremely well animated, photographed, and matted. Written and directed by Karl Zeman, who gave us the unique film `The Fabulous World of Jules Verne' (release in 1958).
During the 1960s, `Journey to the Beginning of Time' was shown in serialized form on television in some areas (Atlanta, for one), amazing animation fans like me with this unexpected treat. For about two weeks I would stumble out of bed, fix breakfast, and then choke on it while I watched each morning's episode of this remarkable little gem.
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