Friends, when George Lucas and Steven Spielberg got together to craft a film that embodied the exciting elements of the adventure serials they grew up with – they delivered a masterpiece of a movie with 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. The screenplay for that film by Lawrence Kasdan which was based off a story idea by both Lucas and Philip Kaufman helped to birth an iconic character when combined with Harrison Ford’s performance as Indiana Jones. Marvel Comics supplied an adaptation for the 1981 movie, giving Jones his own series in 1983 – in addition to providing further adaptations for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as well as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Surprisingly with the likes of Droids and Ewoks we never received an animated series for Doctor Henry Walton Jones Junior… that was true until Patrick Schoenmaker made this fan made animated intro to The Adventures of Indiana Jones!
This trailer took artist Patrick Schoenmaker and contributors five years to produce and while it actually came out in 2016, today was the first time I stumbled upon it. Patrick is a character designer that hails from the Netherlands – in the past working with Lucasfilm itself in addition to Topps, Sesame Workshop, ACME Archives, and even Cartoon Saloon. You can check out some of his character design, illustrations and background on his official site. While there are plenty of illustrations from his intro for The Adventures of Indiana Jones – one that caught my eye was for a barbarian – while I have no idea if this was meant to be Conan the Barbarian… my mind couldn’t help but wonder how amazing an Adult Swim series would be.
While I have no idea whatsoever what Disney Plus, the upcoming streaming service for all things Disney has up their sleeve. I would kindly ask them to look into getting Patrick Schoenmaker on board for an actual The Adventures of Indiana Jones animated series. Can you imagine how awesome it would be with their clout to secure the voice talents of Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies, and Alfred Molina for such a show? Even if that pie in the sky wish fails to come true we have this amazing piece of animation to enjoy, right?