Saturday, September 17, 2016

Literary Toons: The Living City (Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1967)

Before we get to our next entry, a bit of news.

El Rey Network, Robert Rodriguez's pride & joy, has acquired reruns of Return to the Planet of the Apes and Journey to the Center of the Earth, to be put together in blocks of 4 episodes each on Saturdays, along with I Am The Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali, which, oh by the way, has the day off today for a Stephen King movie marathon.

Journey airs from 6-8 am (ET) on Saturdays, but there is one drawback. Due to extra commercial time allotted, per current practices, the closing credits are sped up and compressed to promote special events on the network. It happens, folks.

Today's block of Journey leads off with "The Living City", in which Professor Oliver Lindenbrook (Ted Knight) and his party must overcome a bizarre, yet sentient, insect which controls the titular village. Knight, of course, narrates the intro as Lindenbrook, and also voices Count Sagnussen and is the show's announcer.

Lily Burke uploaded "The Living City":

Dig the cool theme music, man. Former Warner Bros. animator Norm McCabe is one of two directors on the show.

Rating: B.

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