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Land of the Lost

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Land of the Lost

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
102 minutes
Wide Release Date:
06/05/09
performer:
Will Ferrell, John Boylan, Danny R. McBride, Anna Friel
director:
Brad Silberling
distributor:
Universal
author:
Chris Henchy, Dennis McNicholas
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

Starring: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel
Dirceted by: Brad Silberling
Release date: June 5

Like many children of the ’70s, Will Ferrell was powerfully affected by the trippy kiddie sci-fi TV series from which this film is adapted, about a family transported to a bizarro world of dinosaurs, cavemen, and menacing lizardlike creatures called (all together now, Gen-Xers!) Sleestaks. ”I loved the show so much that I was a little nervous to watch it every Saturday,” Ferrell remembers. ”It was creepy and weird, but at the same time I wanted to live in that world and wear the clothes they wore and fight off Grumpy the dinosaur with a stick.” He sighs. ”A lot of emotion there.”

Now, more than three decades after the series disappeared into the mists of nostalgia, Ferrell & Co. are bringing it back to life with a big-budget comedy-adventure reboot. The premise has been tweaked: Instead of a dad with two kids, Ferrell’s Rick Marshall is a scientist who gets sucked into a space-time vortex with his research assistant (Friel) and a dim-witted survivalist (McBride). And while the Sleestaks are still played by men in latex suits, the campy stop-motion dinosaurs have been replaced by the latest CG wizardry. ”Instead of cute dinosaurs wagging their tails, we actually have lethal foes, so that when Will and the others get into a pinch, there’s actual jeopardy,” says Silberling. ”It’s how they react to the jeopardy that’s absurd.”

Still, Marty Krofft, who created the TV show with his older brother, Sid (both are producers on the film), says purists will be pleased: ”We’ve got the Sleestaks, Chaka, the theme song. If we hadn’t honored the series, the fans would have been totally pissed off.” Most importantly, the eternal mysteries of Land that haunted Ferrell as a kid remain very much intact: ”Why do the Sleestaks move so slowly?” Ferrell asks. ”If you just keep about 10 feet away, they can never get you!”