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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World

(Volume One/Animated)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



With hits like the Michael Crichton/Steven Spielberg Jurassic Park franchise and other hits that followed up to Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake, the hope of somehow bringing back Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book The Lost World into a new hit version has been tried a few times.  The classic 1925 silent film has been restored for the most part, while a failed live-action TV series was produced yet never caught on.  Then there is this recent animated version from 2000 that is a missed opportunity.


I give the producers credit for essentially trying to revive the book as an imitator of the original Jonny Quest, and in this respect, it is no worse than any of the other revivals.  That especially applies to the misguided computer animated-only version Turner produced and nobody liked.  On top of that, they then try to combine it with the most underrated of all Hanna-Barbera series, Valley Of The Dinosaurs.  Unfortunately, it cannot come close to that and is too busy trying to be a 1980s-type of “hit you over the head” series that it is one of the more unfortunate failures of recent times.  That’s too bad, because they came close.  Too bad the look was not backed up with heart and soul.


The 1.33 X 1 full frame image is not bad, but has some fuzziness in the fine detail.  The animation has colors on the muted side, but is still trying to be an updated version of its Hanna-Barbera predecessors.  The drawings might be a little more refined, but not as naturalistic.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is odd, with dialogue sounding too forward, the actors talking at each other too much and the music and sound effects being a little louder too often than the talking.  This is more obvious if you go to Pro Logic mode, but we do not recommend that.  There are no extras, but another volume is on the way, so we’ll see where that takes us.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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