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My paleontologist friend John says,

“As a fan of all things dinosaur-related, one of the things that has always intrigued me is why nobody has made a movie of Xenozoic Tales by Mark Schultz… .[It] definitely deserves to be a live-action movie in one form or another…”

So, let us summon our chronosynclastic infundibulum and send it spinning like a time tornado among the various worlds of If. Ah, here we are…

1989: After a few false starts, Mark Schultz creates a graphic novel he calls Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. As the title change indicates, Herr Schultz does what the eponymous animated series would later attempt, producing cleaner, simpler, more coherent stories and characters - hearkening back to archetypes, if not downright stereotypes.

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Thus, instead of remaining unknown beyond a small cult following amongst comics fandom, C & D achieves mainstream commercial success on a par with 2000AD’s “Judge Dredd.” Inevitably, this generates buzz in the biz…

So it is THIS property which Walt Disney Pictures selects to make into a movie through Touchstone Pictures, instead of what they did pick. The same director, Joe Johnston, who’d been Spielberg’s lieutenant on Raiders of the Lost Ark and knew what he was doing (as he showed in the film that really was made), composer James Horner, best known for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (who likewise did good work), and the same casting choices for the lead characters.

So it was that Cadillacs and Dinosaurs premiered on 21 June 1991, starring Bill Campbell as Jack Tenrec and the luminously beautiful Jennifer Connelly as Hannah Dundee…

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So - what did moviegoers see, there in what Forrest J Ackerman called, “The Realm of Unwrought Things,” the world where films got made that in our reality never did, or never got far?

The best way - the only way, really - to show what might have been, is to show what was: What Joe Johnston and Bill Campbell (and James Horner) did with the title that WAS picked, the film that WAS made…

Bad marketing (and bad timing) sank this at the box office, though it has picked up a cult following since and there are even rumors that Disney will try again with yet another “reboot” project.

But I'd like to see Touchstone Pictures' Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1991), just to see how it turned out.


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