IANN Irwin Allen Productions Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Lost in Space Time Tunnel Land of the Giants Blog Contact
Land of the Giants Presentation Reel

LAND OF THE GIANTS PRESENTATION REEL

Land of the Giants Promotional Reel

In 1967, Irwin Allen prepared an 8 minute presentation reel for Land of the Giants to present to the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).

Cast

Host - Don Matheson
Narrator - Dick Tufeld

Characters

Tim Burton
Dan Erickson
Betty Ann Hamilton
Mark Wilson
Joan Templeton
Barry Lockridge
Peter Linglehopper

Flight 703 escapes the clutches of the giant boy

Storyline

The Land of the Giants presentation reel begins with segments from each of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964), Lost in Space (1965) and Time Tunnel (1966). Then, narrator Dick Tufeld introduces "1967, the year of the giants. The newest concept in incredible entertainment."

Preliminary drawing boards were drawn up to work out the flow of the presentation reel and 36 pieces of beautiful colour artwork were painted to depict key scenes from the Land of the Giants story concept, most of which followed through into the pilot episode:

1 Flight 703, an intra-space sub-orbital passenger flight from LA to London in 45 minutes Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Flight 703, an intra-space sub-orbital passenger flight from LA to London in 45 minutes
2 Tim Burton and Dan Erickson in cockpit Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Tim Burton and Dan Erickson in cockpit
3 Passenger Cabin Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Passenger Cabin
4 Close-up of Mark Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Close-up of Mark
5 External view of Barry looking out of window Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - External view of Barry looking out of window
6 Close-up of Linglehopper Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Close-up of Linglehopper
7 Second view of Tim and Dan in the cockpit Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Second view of Tim and Dan in the cockpit
8 Linglehopper looking out the window Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Linglehopper looking out the window
9 Close-up of Joan Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Close-up of Joan
10 Mark by window Land of the Giants Presentation Reel -
11 Close-up of Barry Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Close-up of Barry
12 Crash landing Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Crash landing
13 Rope ladder down curb with car running by Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Rope ladder down curb with car running by
14 Close-up of Dan Erickson with open mouth Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Close-up of Dan Erickson with open mouth
15 Running back into ship, giant boy standing over Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Running back into ship, giant boy standing over
16 Giant boy picks up spaceship Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Giant boy picks up spaceship
17 Giant boy holds ship Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Giant boy holds ship
18 Crew see the giant boy's face through the cockpit window Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Crew see the giant boy's face through the cockpit window
19 Spaceship escapes Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Spaceship escapes
20 Linglehopper runs away from the ship Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Linglehopper runs away from the ship
21 Linglehopper hides behind tree with Barry Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Linglehopper hides behind tree with Barry
22 Linglehopper picking up money with cat in background Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Linglehopper picking up money with cat in background
23 Chased by cat, claw outstretched Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Chased by cat, claw outstretched
24 Tim and Joan below giant bottle Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Tim and Joan below giant bottle
25 Tim and Joan climb in bottle Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Tim and Joan climb in bottle
26 Bottle picked up by bearded giant Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Bottle picked up by bearded giant
27 The giant Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - The giant
28 Giant looking at Tim and Joan in bottle Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Giant looking at Tim and Joan in bottle
29 Giant drops Joan into jar Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Giant drops Joan into jar
30 Female scientist examines Tim and Joan taped to microscope slides Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Female scientist examines Tim and Joan taped to microscope slides
31 Fish tank Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Fish tank
32 Final escape Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Final escape
33 Little people jump down into water drain Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Little people jump down into water drain
34 Little people sail to safety in a giant egg crate Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Little people sail to safety in a giant egg crate
35 Rested egg crate Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Rested egg crate
36 Giants Land of the Giants Presentation Reel - Giants

Dick Tufeld narrates the story as a slide show of the colour paintings is dramatically presented, intermingled with clips of the Jupiter II and atmospheric Lost in Space music.

Host Don Matheson appears at the end, holding a script and introduces Irwin Allen's story for the first episode of the new series for the American Broadcasting Company, Land of the Giants.

Trivia

  • The sub-orbital spaceship shown is a clip of the Jupiter II from Lost in Space. The spaceship did not yet have its eventual name, the Spindrift.
  • Note that in the painting shown above, there is a second giant boy to the right side. This boy is not actually shown in the presentation reel (frame 19).
  • We're not sure if frames 26 and 27 are separate pieces of art or from the same painting. If anyone has the original piece(s) of artwork, please let us know.
  • You can watch the full presentation which appears as one of the extras on the DVDs for both Land of the Giants and The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen.

HERITAGE AUCTIONS - ORIGINAL LAND OF THE GIANTS PAINTINGS

Included in the 29 July 2023 Hollywood/Entertainment Signature´┐Ż Auction #7351 are 22 lots featuring original Land of the Giants concept art paintings, several of which appeared in the Land of the Giants Presentation Reel.

Land of the Giants Presentation Reel Frames

Land of the Giants Presentation Reel Frames

Original Paintings from the Land of the Giants Presentation Reel

Original Paintings from the Land of the Giants Presentation Reel

Original Land of the Giants Paintings

Original Land of the Giants Paintings

Original Land of the Giants Concept Art Lots at Heritage Auctions

Irwin Allen Collection - Land of the Giants Auction Gallery (courtesy HA.com)