The Adventures of Indiana Jones opening sequence successfully captures the spirit of the movies.
I love Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is, in fact, my favorite movie. Period. So when this animated opening sequence for a proposed animated series The Adventures of Indiana Jones popped up, I, of course, had to take a look. And, well, after watching it a couple (OK, five or six) times, I’m intrigued. Now, according to lifelong fan and primary animator Patrick Schoenmaker (who made this over the course of five years), this would the “tv series to make all other tv shows redundant.” That’s a bold claim, but after having been uploaded earlier today to YouTube, and already having amassed a little over 87,000 views, it’s hard to argue that people are interested. And the 5500+ thumbs up vs 12 down are definitely encouraging.
Could / Should The Adventures of Indiana Jones TV Series Happen?
“Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” – Ian Malcolm
Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are preparing for Indiana Jones 5 (tentatively in 2019), and afterward, there’s been talk of passing the mantle to a younger actor. Had Crystal Skull (fine, I’ll admit it exists) not kicked up such clouds of disgust, Shia LaBeouf may have been that younger actor. So, there are plans for the character. Is there room for an animated series?
And more to the point, with plans already in place, and Disney owning the rights, would it even be possible? The enthusiastic optimist in me says yes to the first question, but even he’s pretty sure Disney wouldn’t let it happen. Now, on his website, Schoenmaker does mention that Lucasfilm is a client he’s worked for in the past, which is a small point in his favor. But still.
An animated series could be a lot of fun. And it’s a way to keep the character alive and active, without having to worry about passing the mantle every so often. I mean, in theory, Harrison Ford could stay with the character a while longer through voice work. Now, would I choose an animated format if a series was going to happen and I was part of the discussion? (Let me dream here, people, let me dream.) Probably not. However, Schoenmaker’s intro does make a compelling argument for it. If you haven’t seen it, take a look.
The Adventures of Indiana Jones Animated Intro
So, what do you think? Yay? Nay? I hate to say it, but if it’s done well, I’d totally tune in every week for some The Adventures of Indiana Jones, even animated. (I hate to use the “if it’s done well” argument, because what wouldn’t people be OK with if it’s done well?) Anyway, like that Firefly trailer for an animated series, this one’s probably a very, very cool animated intro to a series we wish could happen.
But, what if?
Featured Image: Patrick Schoenmaker