Our latest find on Ebay was a chance miracle! a complete storyboard and shooting schedule for Irwin Allen’s proposed Live Adventures of Pinocchio. The film was one of Irwin’s last projects, but never materialized due to his fading health. The storyboards are literally every scene illustrated in amazing detail, there were several scenes depicting giant props, blue screen work and miniatures.
There wasn’t any casting yet, but obviously a script is out there somewhere. The film looks like it would have been very much along the lines of the 1985 Alice in Wonderland TV special produced by Irwin and featuring an amazing all-star cast.
It would have been a real treat to see who he would have cast in this Feature! Especially the boy who would have played Pinocchio himself.
This find is truly amazing as not only is it a major part of Irwin Allen history, but also a big part of film history. It was to be his last major all-star extravaganza, featuring many trade mark IA features such as giants and giant props, puppets, squids, and I’m sure amazing use of color and special effects.
The story would have been a natural for Irwin, and very much along the lines of his previous work, we are ecstatic to have found this amazing collectible!
We hope to find the original script someday, and possibly find out who he had in mind as far as casting.
We’re sure this would have been another truly amazing IA spectacle!
ABC’s new comedy The Neighbors is about a typical urban family who moves to the suburbs only to find out that everyone else in their gated community is an alien. Surprise, surprise, it’s actually a truly funny and poignant comedy that is not to be missed.
In the season finale, The Neighbors paid homage to their spacy roots with guest appearances by George Takei and Mark Hamill. They even had a huge flying saucer hovering over the neighborhood. The week before that, there was a hysterical ET reference that included the youngest alien bundled up in the basket of a bike.
But if you go back to the episode “Mo Purses Mo Money Mo Problems”, you’ll find an unintentional SciFi homage. Check out the background in this shot of Marty and Max at the “puzzle store.”
It will feature a step by step how-to article on building, lighting, painting and diorama lay-out. It also includes the conversion of a race car driver figure I converted into John Robinson, as well as the robot.
Here is the link to http://www.scififantasymodeller.co.uk
Toy Fair has just announced that Diamond Select will be releasing a “Minimates” B-9 robot from Lost in Space. Diamond Select has released many cool genre toys, see Universal monsters and more. Stay tuned for updates on the B-9!
And it’s not Irwin, but apparently there was a lot of interest in the 60′s Batman license, so here’s more on that.
I was cleaning off my hard drive and found these pictures. I think they were items from an old Profiles in History auction. We don’t own them, but we wish we did. Anyone know anything more about these items?
The commercial includes robots from classics Star Trek, Short Circuit and of course B-9 and Robby from Lost in Space!
Both Robby and the LIS robot appear several times in the commercial, it’s cool to see Irwin’s influence on pop culture 45 years later!
Check out the commercial on YouTube:
Last week we sat down to watch J.J. Abrams’ movie Super 8 on Epix. It’s a fun homage to the “kids save the day” films of the 80′s like Goonies and Stand by Me. The kids in the movie are making their own zombie film using a Super 8 camera and while shooting at a train station they accidentally catch a horrific train wreck on film.
But it’s not the wreck itself that is so incredible, it’s the thing that crawls out of the wreck that proceeds to decimate the town.
The little boy who leads the film is a model builder. In one scene, you see him painting an Aurora Hunchback of Notre Dame. But there are other models scattered around his room.
Are you eagle-eyed enough to spot the Irwin Allen item in this screengrab?
Lee Meriwether made a guest spot in a recent Halloween themed episode of Hawaii Five-O. In the show Lee plays a demented grandmother of a young man who is involved with the occult, we learn that he has sacrificed animals in the past, but tonight is Halloween and humans are next.
At first it doesn’t seem like grandma knows whats going on in the basement, but she’s not what you think, she’s well aware of the gruesome events that are unfolding. Lee does a great job with the part and provides us with a couple of very creepy scenes. Quite an unusual and dramatic part for Lee, unlike anything she’s done in the past. A great Halloween H5O, and definitely worth checking out!
Also, look for podcasts on the WA site (hopefully IA will be featured soon)