Monster of the Day #846

This is probably my last mammoth, because there’s really a sad dearth of things like this in movies. I know the (then) Sci-Fi Channel did a Mammoth movie once. Stills are surprisingly hard to find, and–surprise–look like crap anyway.

I’d love to see a short on the guys who dressed up the elephants for the last two movies, or on the ones who constructed this baby.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I am a little rusty on my semaphores, is that a “T” kid?

  • Scopi314

    Little known fact: Mammoths were HO scale. So what movie or TV show is this, and is it set in the present day?

  • bgbear_rnh

    Looks like a film by Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman.

  • bgbear_rnh

    yes, I believe “Cesta do praveku” imported as “Journey to the Beginning of Time”.

  • Rock Baker

    As the Bear mentioned, JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME (not to be confused with JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TIME, a re-working of THE TIME TRAVELLERS starring Anthony Eisley and Scott Brady). In this film, a group of young boys visit a museum before taking a boat down a river which ends up taking them on a trip back through pre-history. The flick is filled with dinosaurs and similar critters.

    On a trivia note, the film was serialized and shown on some local kiddie shows during the 60’s and 70’s. Among them was Chicago’s Ray Rayner and Friends (or Garfield Goose, I’m not certain which).

  • Flangepart

    Well, Ken I google searched ‘Mammoth Art’ including versions of the ‘Mammoth’ movie poster. I liked that flick, had a nice oddball turn of humor.

  • Scopi314

    Yep, already watched the scene on YouTube. It’s interesting, because both of these movies featuring mammoths in the (more or less) present day were made around 1956, and in neither of them are the mammoths associated with snow as you’d probably expect. That’s also right around when Bernard Huevelmans published On the Track of Unknown Animals, in which he wrote about what’s still the only somewhat plausible report of wooly mammoths being witnessed in the present day, also not around snow. (Though I’ve been unable to find Huevelman’s original source, so it’s a little dicey even as these things go.)

  • Little Jimmy and his crew are about to find out why you don’t perform the Village People’s YMCA on a row boat.

  • Flangepart

    “Rusty the mammoth does not approve of this inept dance sequence!”

  • Ken_Begg

    “So you think you can dance? Well, you can’t.”

    Surprising that Mr. Snuffleupagus became the show’s ‘mean’ celebrity judge, but there you go.

  • Ericb

    If this is from the movie I thinks it’s from I saw this in the theater when I was a little kid (so young that I don’t even remember the title) and felt ripped off because the closest I got to a T-Rex was a footprint.

  • sandra

    I saw that movie on tv once. I kept wondering how the kids were going to get home again. They never seemed to consider that.

  • Rock Baker

    Well, there was that nifty fight scene with the ceratosaurus and the stegosaurus….

  • Andrew Kidd

    It’s a terrific film from the great Karel Zeman.