Thursday, September 13, 2007


The title for the new Indiana Jones movie has been revealed. More info about the Crystal Skull itself can be found in the above clip from Arthur C Clarke Mysterious World episode.

As is traditionally the case with Indiana Jones, the MacGuffin is the artifact. What the Crystal Skull is reportedly said to be able to do could be an indication of the movie's plot:
The Maya people said it was used to will death or to heal. And if like an older medicine man or witchdoctor was getting too old to perform a ceremony a young man was chosen and both laid in front of the alter and the high priest would perform a ceremony and the old man's knowledge would go into this young boy and the old man would pass away peacefully and this young boy would get up as a very knowledgeable young man. This crystal skull has tremendous power, but it also gives you a warning that something's going to happen.
Which is all pretty interesting stuff. Could Labeouf be the young man? And could John Hurt, allegedly playing Indy's mentor, Abner Ravenwood, be the old man and via this method passes on his knowledge to young Labeouf? Face it, John Hurt dies in practically every movie he's been in.


Andrew Glazebrook said...

The Crystal Skull was a central plot them of the underated House 2:The Second Story which featured a cool appearance by John Ratzenberger.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

It's also the Indiana Jones theme park ride and the MacGuffin to the Max McCoy Indiana Jones books from Bantam. Excellent books they are too.

dragonhead said...

Hey Ian, I know this is off the subject, but would you know any animators off hand that work in a cut-out animation style? I am doing my senior project using that style and am looking for other artists that used it for inspiration.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Hi Dragonhead,
check out Yuriy Norshteyn (I've written about his "Hedgehog in the Fog" here), and The Moomins, which film Polska produced years ago. Those are just two written about here. I have been planning for some time to write about Lotte Reiniger and the film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed", which I shall have to get round to doing soon because that's a great film (from 1926). Again cut out.

dragonhead said...

Thanks for the suggestions Ian! :D