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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was based on the Indiana Jones series of films. The series follows the Indiana Jones character (as a young boy and as a young man) as he was growing up and experiencing his early adventures, where he gets into trouble, learns life lessons and encounters various historical figures along the way. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was filmed on location all over the world ~ including England, Russia, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, France, India, China, Austria, Egypt, the United States, Morocco, Ireland, Italy, Africa, Turkey, Greece and Thailand.
DVD sets dont come more generous or well-intended than The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One. George Lucas 1990s television series, inspired by his feature film collaborations with Steven Spielberg and actor Harrison Ford, used a childhood version of Jones as a catalyst for involving young viewers in the dynamics of 20th century history and thought. As much a scamp as Fords swaggering hero-with-a-bullwhip, little Henry "Indy" Jones (Corey Carrier) gets into a great deal of mischief in his travels around the world with his disciplined father, Professor Henry Jones, Sr. (Lloyd Owen, doing a credible version of Sean Connerys voice from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). Also accompanied by his mother (Ruth de Sosa) and imperious tutor, Miss Seymour (Margaret Tyzack), Indy ends up in various unanticipated adventures with some of the most noteworthy individuals of his age. A trip to Paris finds him cavorting with young Norman Rockwell and an ultra-arrogant Pablo Picasso (who is out to prove that the style of aging Impressionist Edgar Degas is easy to forge). A stay in India lands Indy in the company of the great guru, Krishnamurti. In Russia, he feuds with Tolstoy as if the two were in a buddy movie. In Italy, Puccini puts romantic moves on Mrs. Jones, while Indy listens carefully in Vienna to definitions of love by none other than Freud, Jung and Adler.
The overall effect of these handsome, feature-length stories, all shot on glorious location, is of a certain audacity--Lucas having the nerve to name-drop all over the place and situate Jones with some of the greatest achievers in world culture. But each episode is nothing less than spectacularly educational as well as entertaining. Scripts are carefully written to reflect what these famous individuals actually contributed to mankind, and to give a sense of what their personalities were like. The last three shows in Volume One find Jones at age 20 (played by Sean Patrick Flanery), now more or less on his own as he gets into various scrapes in Mexico (where he rides with Pancho Villa) and Ireland (where he meets William Butler Yeats). There is so much to glean from these stories, but even more to bask in on the sets many special features, which include multiple, exquisitely produced documentaries about the historical figures, political and artistic movements, and crucial events that play into this series. This is a great set for kids (probably beginning at the 6th grade level) and adults as well, preferably to watch together. --Tom Keogh
Rated 4 stars for amazing location footage and stories. Debut of Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Catherine Zeta Jones. George Lucas has so much wealth he can do what he pleases. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stlouisbrad
Really like the history added and the background info. Not only entertaining but educational.Published 2 months ago by Texas Cindy & Ricardo
Loved this...the history, the plots, the backdrops, the costumes. The best came last, and we were sorry it ended. But we'll probably watch it over and over. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shelley J. Glodowski
The reason I love this whole series as an adult is not so much the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, although inventive, well acted and a good intro for children to various... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Audrey Scougall
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|Entire Series available on TVDVD.com||
I purchased the set from TVDVD.com and while they say that the episodes are 'unedited as they appeared on TV' - they're wrong. They've taped the very same versions found on these releases (without George Hall and with the terrible editing decisions) as they appeared on the USA network (as... Read More
Jun 8, 2008 by Alias | See all 14 posts
|Is the tv series good for a 9 year old boy?||
Considering i'm posting this late, i'm not sure if you will get this, but i will answer it anyway.
He would enjoy The Young Indiana Jones Vol. 1 because it is much more light hearted and age appropriate. Vol. 2 deals with WW1, so there are alot of battles, gunfire, and death so i would... Read More
Dec 9, 2008 by D. Thomas | See all 8 posts
|Young Indy series vs. Indy movies||
I also prefer the series because of the educational aspects. I find it more interesting. I love history, and this presents the events in a personalized way.
Apr 19, 2008 by West Pittston Library | See all 5 posts
|YIJ episode?? Pls help!||
Ah, yes! You're talking about the episode, "London 1916", where Young Indy (played by Sean Patrick Flannery) meets suffragette Vicky. It's chapter 7 entitled "Love's Sweet Song" on the first volume of "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones", disc 10 (I believe). ...
Dec 28, 2010 by Beatle Chic | See all 3 posts
Was holding off on buying these but found all three volumes on sale at Best Buy today for $50 each!
May 12, 2008 by Rene Fernandez | See all 8 posts
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