Journey to the Center of the Earth
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This 1977 animated collaboration -- the first of many -- between Australian cartoonist Richard Slapczynski and screenwriter John Palmer -- condenses Jules Verne's epic fantasy novel into a breezy 46 minutes. The short remains faithful to Verne's basic story: in late-19th century Hamburg, Professor Lindenbrock (voiced by Ron Haddrick) and his nephew, Alex, devise a theory that the center of the Earth might not actually be hot, as commonly suggested, but rather hollow. The two journey to Iceland and into the base of an expired volcano, encountering a world of prehistoric reptiles and a… More