Talk:Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959 film)

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Special effects[edit]

I had the sentence:

The film is more notable not for what it contains, but for what it contains because of when it was made, when special effects were still largely unheard of in Hollywood.

in the article. Twice, however, El Picante changed it to:

The film is notable for it's special effects.

I think my version is better, because it explains why it was notable for its effects and El Picante's version just says that it had special effects, without saying why they were notable. I vote to change it back to my original version (or something similar). Any objections? Why? — Frecklefoot | Talk 18:32, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Your version is incorrect in saying that "special effects were still largely unheard of in Hollywood." They are at least as old as photography itself, if you choose to exclude theater effects from the discussion. Also, consider the fact that the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects, an award which has been around since 1939, which makes special effects a fairly well-established institution by that time. I think the short version makes the point clearly enough, since the next sentence goes on to explain the award nominations. intooblv 20:08, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

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Geology Facts[edit]

In the plot synopsis, Icelandic periodite is mentioned as a heavy rock that must be present to make the lava sample unusually heavy. This should be Icelandic peridotite and should be linked to the entry on peridotite in Wikipedia. It is important as this is a plot point. Zawiah Saki (talk) 09:58, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Influence On Other Films[edit]

I think it would be useful to mention that this film has influenced other films. For example, the famous big, round boulder that rolls after Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark appeared in this film first and it seems plausible that Spielberg borrowed the idea from Journey to the Center of the Earth.

The 1960 Irwin Allen film 'The Lost World' with volcanic explosions and slurpasaurs being covered in lava was probably rushed through to cash in on this film's success. As material from 'The Lost World' was endlessly recycled by Allen this version of Journey probably had a lot of secondary influence. As mentioned above, both films and the recycled material must have influenced the young Spielberg. Zawiah Saki (talk) 10:20, 25 July 2008 (UTC)Revised Zawiah Saki (talk) 10:22, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Unless you can find verifiable references for all that, it is just supposition and original research, two big no-nos on Wikipedia. — Frecklefσσt | Talk 15:04, 25 July 2008 (UTC)
From the Raiders of the Lost Ark page: "Spielberg came up with Jones being chased by a boulder,[4] which was inspired by The Seven Cities of Cibola at the INDUCKS, an Uncle Scrooge comic by Carl Barks."76.21.13.65 (talk) 05:28, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

The Set[edit]

Wasn't the film made in Carlsbad Caverns? If that's correct, it should be added. Dynzmoar (talk) 13:08, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Finance[edit]

"At the time of release, Journey to the Center of the Earth was a financial success, grossing $5,000,000 at the box office[1] (well over its $3.44 million budget[1])."

The standard approximation of financial success of a film (before the DVD era) was if it grossed three times its production cost. This would not qualify the film as a financial success. Does the reference give any evidence that it was a success besides the raw numbers? 76.11.2.177 (talk) 19:49, 26 November 2013 (UTC)