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Journey to the Center of the Earth ( French : Voyage au centre de la Terre ), also translated with the variant titles A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and A Journey into the Interior of the Earth ), is a classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne . It was first published in French in 1864, then reissued in 1867 in a revised and expanded edition. Professor Otto Lidenbrock is the tale's central figure, an eccentric German scientist who believes there are volcanic tubes that reach to the very center of the earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their Icelandic guide Hans rappel into Iceland's celebrated inactive volcano Snæfellsjökull, then contend with many dangers, including cave-ins, subpolar tornadoes, an underground ocean, and living prehistoric creatures from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. (The 1867 revised edition inserted additional prehistoric material in Chaps. 37–39.) Eventually the three explorers are spewed back to the surface by an active volcano, Stromboli , in southern Italy.

The category of subterranean fiction existed well before Verne. However his novel's distinction lay in its well-researched Victorian science and its inventive contribution to the science-fiction subgenre of time travel —Verne's innovation was the concept of a prehistoric realm still existing in the present-day world. Not surprisingly, Journey inspired many later authors, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his novel The Lost World and Edgar Rice Burroughs in his Pellucidar series.

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The story begins in May 1863, at the Lidenbrock house in Hamburg , Germany . Professor Otto Lidenbrock dashes home to peruse his latest antiquarian purchase, an original runic manuscript of an Icelandic saga written by Snorre Sturluson , " Heimskringla ", a chronicle of the Norwegian kings who ruled over Iceland. While leafing through the book, Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel find a coded note written in runic script along with the name of a 16th century Icelandic alchemist , Arne Saknussemm. (This novel was Verne's first to showcase his love of cryptography ; coded, cryptic, or incomplete messages would appear as plot devices in many of his works, and Verne would take pains to explain not only the code itself but also the mechanisms for retrieving the original text.) Lidenbrock and Axel transliterate the runic characters into Latin letters, revealing a message written in a seemingly bizarre code. Lidenbrock deduces that the message is a transposition cipher, but achieves results no more meaningful than the baffling original.

Professor Lidenbrock locks everyone in the house and forces himself, Axel, and Martha the maid to go without food until he cracks the code. Axel discovers the answer when fanning himself with the deciphered text: Lidenbrock's deciphering was correct but simply needed to be read backward in order to reveal a paragraph written in rough Latin. Axel tries to hide his discovery from Lidenbrock, afraid of the professor's maniacal reactions, but after two days without food, he knuckles under and reveals the secret to his uncle. Lidenbrock translates the paragraph, a 16th century note written by Saknussemm, who claims to have discovered a passage to the center of the earth via the crater of Snæfellsjökull in Iceland . The deciphered message reads:

Jules verne cryptogramme

In Sneffels Yokulis craterem kem delibat umbra Scartaris Julii intra calendas descende, audas viator, et terrestre centrum attinges. Kod feci. Arne Saknussemm.

which, when translated into English, reads:

Go down into the crater of Snaefells Jökull, which Scartaris's shadow caresses just before the calends of July, O daring traveler, and you'll make it to the center of the earth. I've done so. Arne Saknussemm

Snaefellsjökull

A man of astonishing impatience, Lidenbrock departs for Iceland immediately, taking the reluctant Axel with him. The latter repeatedly tries to reason with his uncle, describing the dangers of descending into a volcano that could very possibly reactivate, then putting forward several accepted scientific theories as to why the journey is flatly impossible. The professor ignores Axel's arguments, and after a swift trip via Kiel and Copenhagen , they arrive in Reykjavík . There they hire as their guide Icelander Hans Bjelke, a Danish-speaking eiderduck hunter, then travel overland to the base of Snæfellsjökull.

In late June they reach the volcano, which has three craters. According to Saknussemm's message, the route to the earth's center is via the crater that's touched by the noontime shadow of a nearby mountain peak, Scartaris, just before the end of June. But at that point the weather proves too cloudy for any shadows, and Axel hopes this will force his uncle to abandon the project and go home. Alas for Axel, the sun finally comes out, and Scartaris's shadow indicates the correct crater.

Reaching the bottom of the crater, the three travelers set off into the bowels of the earth, encountering many dangers and strange phenomena. After taking a wrong turn, they run short of water and Axel nearly perishes, but Hans saves them all by tapping into a subterranean river, which shoots out a stream of water that Lidenbrock and Axel name the "Hansbach" in the guide's honor. Later on Axel becomes separated from his companions and gets lost deep in the earth. Luckily an odd acoustic phenomenon allows him to communicate with the others from a distance, and they are soon reunited.

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Following the course of the Hansbach, the explorers descend many miles and reach a cavern of colossal size. It's a genuine underground world that's lit by electrically charged gas near its ceiling, is filled by a deep subterranean ocean, and surrounded by a rocky coastline that's covered with petrified tree trunks, the fossils of prehistoric mammals, and gigantic living mushrooms . The travelers build a raft out of semipetrified wood and set sail. The professor names the ocean the "Lidenbrock Sea" and their takeoff point "Port Gräuben", after his goddaughter back home (whom Axel will marry at the novel's end). While at sea they encounter prehistoric fish from the Devonian Period and giant marine reptiles from the age of dinosaurs, including an ichthyosaurus , which battles and defeats a plesiosaurus . After the conflict between these monsters, the party reaches an islet with a huge geyser , which Lidenbrock names "Axel Island".

A lightning storm threatens to destroy the raft and its passengers, but instead surprises them by apparently throwing them back onto the very coastline they'd previously left. But this section of coast, Axel discovers, is the site of an enormous fossil graveyard, including bones from the pterodactyl , megatherium , and mastodon , plus the preserved body of a man. Nephew and uncle then venture into a forest featuring primitive vegetation from the Tertiary Period ; in its depths they are stunned to find a prehistoric humanoid more than twelve feet in height and watching over a herd of mastodons . Axel isn't sure he has actually seen the creature or not, and he argues with Lidenbrock over whether it's a manlike ape or an apelike man. In any case, fearing it may be hostile, they quickly leave the forest.

Continuing to explore the coastline, the travelers find a passageway marked by Saknussemm as the way ahead, but unfortunately it has been blocked by a recent cave-in. The adventurers lay plans to blow the rock open with gun cotton , meanwhile paddling their raft out to sea to avoid the blast. On executing this scheme, however, they find a seemingly bottomless pit beyond the impeding rock and are swept into it as the sea rushes down the huge open gap. After spending hours descending at breakneck speed, their raft reverses direction and rises inside a volcanic chimney that ultimately spews them into the open air. When they regain consciousness, they learn that they've been ejected from Stromboli , a volcanic island located off Sicily .

The trio returns to Germany, where Axel and Lidenbrock deduce that the electric storm at sea had reversed the poles of their compass — in actuality they hadn't been driven backward but forward to a new shore notable for containing gigantic hominids. At home in Hamburg again, they enjoy great acclaim; Professor Lidenbrock is hailed as one of the great scientists of the day, Axel marries his sweetheart Gräuben, and Hans returns to his peaceful, eiderdown-hunting life in Iceland .

The novel's paleontology drew heavily on the descriptions of prehistory in Louis Figuier's 1863 popular-science work La Terre avant le déluge ("The Earth before the Flood"); Verne was personally acquainted with Figuier and a fellow member of Paris's Circle of the Scientific Press.

  • Professor Otto Lidenbrock: a hot-tempered geologist with radical ideas.
  • Axel: Lidenbrock's nephew, a young student whose ideas are more cautious and realistic.
  • Hans Bjelke: Icelandic eiderduck hunter who hires on as their guide; resourceful and imperturbable.
  • Gräuben: Lidenbrock's goddaughter, with whom Axel is in love; from Virland (today part of Estonia ).
  • Martha: Lidenbrock's housekeeper and cook.

Adaptations

  • 1959: Journey to the Center of the Earth , USA, directed by Henry Levin, starring James Mason and Pat Boone , distributed by 20th Century Fox . The film transfers Verne's beginning locale from Hamburg to Edinburgh , "Professor Otto Lidenbrock" becomes "Professor Oliver Lindenbrook", and Axel becomes earth-sciences student Alec McEwan. Special effects are sometimes perfunctory, modern lizards standing in for Verne's prehistoric monsters — iguanas, for instance, are decked out in paste-on dorsal fins and offered up as dimetrodons . The film also introduces a new subplot and two additional main characters: a female explorer ( Arlene Dahl ) and a villainous antagonist (Thayer David).
  • 1978: Viaje al centro de la Tierra , Spain, directed by Juan Piquer Simón, starring Kenneth More and Pep Munné. It was distributed in both the U.S. in theaters as Where Time Began and the U.K. on TV as The Fabulous Journey to the Centre of the Earth .
  • The surname of Kathy Ireland 's character in Alien from L.A. (1988), a film about a girl who falls through the Earth and discovers a repressive subterranean society, is Saknussemm.
  • 1989: Journey to the Center of the Earth took only the title and general concept from the Verne novel, offering a new storyline aimed at a teen audience. It was written by Debra Ricci, Regina Davis , Kitty Chalmers, and Rusty Lemorande, and was directed by Lemorande and Albert Pyun. It stars Emo Philips, Paul Carafotes, Jaclyn Bernstein, Kathy Ireland , Janet Du Plessis, Nicola Cowper, Lochner De Kock, and Ilan Mitchell-Smith.
  • 2008: Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 3-D film by Eric Brevig. Cast members include Brendan Fraser , Anita Briem and Josh Hutcherson . The film is a modern-day paraphrase of the 1860s original — it uses Verne's book as its inciting incident instead of Saknussemm's message, then follows the novel's overall structure with fidelity: a geology professor, his nephew, and an Icelandic guide (now a female named "Hannah") penetrate Snaefells, discover a seashore with giant mushrooms, sail across an underground ocean inhabited by pods of plesiosaurus , and reach the other side where they encounter a terrestrial monster from prehistory, in this case a tyrannosaurus rather than a mastodon . Ultimately the three explorers exit the underworld via an erupting volcano, find themselves in present-day Italy, and return to their starting point in academia.
  • 2008: Journey to the Center of the Earth was a direct-to-DVD release by The Asylum. Released as Journey to Middle Earth in the United Kingdom, the production began life as a 2008 TV film from RHI Entertainment. Starring Rick Schroder, Peter Fonda , Victoria Pratt, Steven Grayhm, and Mike Dopud, it was shot in and around Vancouver during the summer of 2007. A loose, low-budget adaptation (Pratt and Fonda's characters were added to the original story), it apparently hoped to ride the coattails of the Eric Brevig film.
  • An animated television series, Journey to the Center of the Earth , first broadcast in 1967 on ABC , starring the voices of Ted Knight , Pat Harrington, Jr. , and Jane Webb; loosely based on Verne's novel and closer to the 1959 film.
  • The first part of the second series of Around the World with Willy Fog entitled Willy Fog 2 by Spanish studio BRB Internacional was titled "Journey to the Centre of the Earth".
  • A limited animation television special in the Famous Classic Tales series was aired by CBS in 1977.
  • In 1993, NBC aired a made-for-TV film version with a cast including John Neville, F. Murray Abraham and Kim Miyori. The film used the title and general premise of Verne's novel, but had its heroes carry out the journey in an earth-penetrating machine borrowed from Burroughs.
  • The Wishbone 1996 episode "Hot Diggety Dawg" followed the novel and featured several major scenes identifying the central character as Professor Lidenbrock.
  • The 37th episode of The Triplets , called Journey to the Center of the Earth , makes reference to this novel.
  • The 1999 Hallmark Entertainment miniseries starred Treat Williams , Jeremy London , Bryan Brown , Tushka Bergen, and Hugh Keays-Byrne . This version deviates massively from Verne's original.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth was a 2008 American-Canadian TV film.
  • The 2012 episode Journey to the Center of the Earth , from Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom , makes reference to the novel. In it, the naughty twins Daisy and Poppy magically send Mrs. Fotheringill to the center of the earth, and it's up to Grandpapa Thistle to guide Ben, Holly and their family there on a rescue mission.
  • A seven-part radio serial was broadcast on the BBC Home Service in 1962. It was produced by Claire Chovil, and starred Trevor Martin and Nigel Anthony.
  • An eight-part radio serial was produced for BBC Radio 4 by Howard Jones in 1963. It starred Bernard Horsfall and Jeffrey Banks.
  • A radio drama adaptation was broadcast by National Public Radio in 2000 for its series Radio Tales .
  • A 90-minute radio adaptation by Stephen Walker directed by Owen O'Callan was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on December 28, 1995 and rebroadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra on November 20, 2011, on November 11 and 12, 2012, and on December 20 and 21, 2014. Nicholas Le Prevost stars as Professor Otto Lidenbrock, Nathaniel Parker as Axel, and Oliver Senton as Hans. Kristen Millwood plays Rosemary McNab, a new character intended to spice up the old storyline: she funds and accompanies the expedition, enjoying love affairs with both Hans and Lidenbrock en route.
  • Much more respectful of Verne's original is the two-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Journey to the Centre of the Earth broadcast on March 19 and 26, 2017. Featuring Stephen Critchlow as Professor Lidenbrock, Joel MacCormack as Axel, and Gudmundur Ingi Thorvaldsson as Hans, it was directed and produced by Tracey Neale and adapted by Moya O'Shea.
  • A thrill ride based on the book, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is open at The Mysterious Island section of Tokyo DisneySea 's theme park. It also includes a dark ride based on Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea .
  • Le Visionarium (Timekeeper), featuring Jules Verne in a circle vision ride (1992–2005) and Space Mountain, de la Terre à la Lune, in its original version (1995–2005), based directly on From the Earth to the Moon in Discoveryland (the hub facing part of the Land features steampunk-related theming) at Euro Disneyland (now Disneyland Paris) between 1992 and 2005
  • Video games called Journey to the Center of the Earth : in 1984 by Ozisoft for the Commodore 64; in 1989 by Topo Soft for the ZX Spectrum and in 2003 by Frogwares.
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth game for Sega Genesis was planned but never released.
  • A board game adaptation of the book designed by Rüdiger Dorn was released by Kosmos in 2008.
  • Caedmon Records released an abridged recording of Journey to the Center of the Earth read by James Mason , in the 1960s.
  • Tom Baker was the reader for a recording released by Argo Records in 1977.
  • Jon Pertwee was the reader for a recording released by Pinnacle Records Storyteller in 1975.
  • In 2011, Audible released an unabridged "Signature Performance" reading of the book by Tim Curry .
  • Wakeman released a second concept album called Return to the Centre of the Earth in 1999. It tells the story of a later set of travelers attempting to repeat the original journey.
  • Alien Voices, an audio theater group led by Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie , released a dramatized version of Journey to the Center of the Earth through Simon and Schuster Audio in 1997.
  • Christopher Lloyd 's character of Doctor Emmett Brown , one of the two main fictional characters of the Back to the Future film series, attributed the origins of his lifelong devotion to science to having read as a child the works of Jules Verne in general, and Journey to the Center of the Earth in particular. (This is evident when he reveals that he tried to dig to the center of the Earth at the age of twelve.) Back to the Future Part III , especially, pays homage to the book when Dr. Brown carves his initials in a mineshaft after storing the time machine, just like Arne Saknussemm did to help guide future explorers. At the end of the film, it is revealed that Dr. Brown's two sons are named Jules and Verne.
  • The 1992 adventure/role-playing game Quest for Glory III by Sierra Entertainment used Arne Saknoosen the Aardvark as a bit character for exploration information, alluding to the explorer Arne Saknussemm.
  • The DC Comics comic book series Warlord takes place in Skartaris, a land supposed to exist within a hollow earth . Its creator, Mike Grell, has confirmed that "the name comes from the mountain peak Scartaris that points the way to the passage to the Earth's core in Journey to the Center of the Earth ."
  • Louis MacNeice's final play Persons from Porlock contains a reference to Journey to the Center of the Earth at the beginning. Because his mother used to read it aloud to him, Hank became fascinated with "caves and pot-holes and things". At the end of the play Herr Professor Lidebrock is one of the characters Hank meets down the pot hole. Hank says to him, "Oh, my dear Professor, I've always wanted to meet you, since my mother used to read me your adventures. How you went down the volcano and ran into all those mastodons. But, of course, in your case you got out again." The Professor replies, "That was because I am a character in fiction... Jules Verne invented me".
  • Halldór Laxness , the only Icelandic author to be awarded the Nobel Prize , set his novel Under the Glacier in the area of Snæfellsjökull. The glacier has a mystic quality in the story and there are several references to A Journey to the Center of the Earth in connection with it.
  • Norihiko Kurazono's Chitei Ryokou (地底旅行) is a manga adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth that was serialized in Comic Beam from 2015 to 2017.
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Journey to the Center of the Earth

2008, Kids & family/Adventure, 1h 33m

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During an expedition to Iceland, professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) and their guide, Hannah (Anita Briem), get trapped in a cavern. As they follow their only escape route deeper and deeper below the Earth's surface, they pass through strange places and encounter incredible creatures, including dinosaurs. But as volcanic activity around them increases, they realize they must find their way out -- soon.

Rating: PG (Some Scary Moments|Intense Adventure Action)

Genre: Kids & family, Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Original Language: English

Director: Eric Brevig

Producer: Charlotte Huggins , Beau Flynn

Writer: Michael D. Weiss , Jennifer Flackett , Mark Levin

Release Date (Theaters): Jul 11, 2008  wide

Release Date (Streaming): May 1, 2011

Box Office (Gross USA): $101.7M

Runtime: 1h 33m

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Walden Media

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Brendan Fraser

Trevor Anderson

Josh Hutcherson

Sean Anderson

Anita Briem

Hannah Ásgeirsson

Seth Meyers

Prof. Alan Kitzens

Jean-Michel Pare

Max Anderson

Jane Wheeler

Elizabeth Anderson

Frank Fontaine

Giancarlo Caltabiano

Gum-chewing Girl

Garth Gilker

Sigurbjorn Ásgeirsson

Eric Brevig

Michael D. Weiss

Jennifer Flackett

Toby Emmerich

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W. Mark McNair

Tripp Vinson

Andrew Lockington

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Charlotte Huggins

Chuck Shuman

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David Sandefur

Production Design

Paul Martin Smith

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Dirk Westervelt

Steven Rosenblum

Elisabeth Rudolph

Mario Davignon

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SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman kisses a man on the lips, and a man kisses a woman on the lips. ►  A woman and a man fall out of a car, she lands on top of him chest to chest and they lay there for a minute to catch their breath. ►  A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a couple of scenes. ►  A teenage boy calls "dibs" on an attractive older woman and another woman says, "No one gets dibs."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man finds a dead body and buries it under rocks (we see the rock mound). A rope cuts a woman's hands and we see blood. ►  Large scary fish jump out of the water, attempting to eat people who use sticks to strike the fish (one fish tries to bite a woman's buttocks). A dinosaur chases and tries to eat people, and man-eating plants attack two people (one person is seen being choked by the plants). ►  A woman almost drowns but is rescued. A boy is carried away by the wind. ►  A cave opening collapses after an explosion, trapping people inside (no one is hurt). There are several lightning strikes close to humans and lightning strikes a mechanical object causing an explosion (no one is hurt). ►  A man falls down the side of a cliff (he is unhurt), a man almost walks off a cliff, a teenager is frightened about rappelling off a high cliff, and a teenager walks across a very high, unstable bridge. ►  People ride mine carts through tunnels, crashing and jumping tracks, and are frightened; a man and a woman fall out of a cart and he is slightly hurt and groans. ►  There are two explosions and no one is hurt, but people are lifted into the air with one explosion and are scared as they fall. People fall down a volcano tube (they fall very far, screaming, and end up in water). ►  A man is struck on the head with a ball. A man knocks over a trophy. ►  People talk about a mine disaster in which 81 people died.

LANGUAGE 1 - Mild name-calling.

SUBSTANCE USE - None.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parental death, romance, scientific exploration, family, believing in oneself, skeptics.

MESSAGE - Sticking together and having faith in oneself will help a family overcome any obstacle.

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Jules Verne is probably known to most of you through his famous novel, Around the World in 80 Days. The staggering success of this novel though, meant that his other works are not as well known. Indeed, most of us waited for the film to be introduced to Journey to the Centre of the Earth. In this novel, instead of going around the world, we are now going into it! Though most adventures and action books these days rely on shoot outs and car chases to keep the reader interested, Jules Verne manages to grip us using old fashioned mystery and suspense. It is also clear that he did heaps of research before writing this book. The imagination he put into it along with his knowledge of science makes compelling reading. The epic adventure begins when enthusiastic geologist Professor Otto Liedenbrock discovers old documents, which he believes are instructions on getting to the center of the earth. Along with his whiz-kid nephew, Axel Liedenbrock he discovers the key to the document, and finds the location of the crater. They pack any and every survival equipment they can find, but will it be enough for the perilous journey ahead? Along with estimable, quiet, Icelandic guide Hans, Otto and Axel embark on a fantastical and dangerous journey down volcanic tubes and volcano craters. The journey is not for the faint-hearted – who knows what creatures lurk down there? Will their supplies last? How will they get back up to the surface? Will they ever get back up to the surface? They must find their way through a maze and an endless sea, as well as many other obstacles before they can find their way to the heart of the earth. This book takes a little while to get going, but when it does, it becomes one you cannot put down. It has advanced vocabulary, many scientific theories and overall may be a little hard to understand or read for children below 12 or 13. I would rate this book 8/10. If your parents are insisting, like mine, that you read classics, this is the place to start!

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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Journey To The Center Of The Earth’, Where A Group Of Kids Follow Jules Verne’s Geological Path To Help Save Earth’s Magnetic Field

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In a new adaptation of Jules Verne’s Journey To The Center Of The Earth , a group of kids in a Mexican adventure camp take the journey that Verne did, with the goal of finding the group leader’s grandmother and trying to restore the Earth’s magnetic balance. Not a small feat, right?

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH : STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?

Opening Shot: An older man in the past, supposedly Jules Verne (Gabriel Goity), writes about his adventures in parallel dimensions, and leaves instructions to his future generations about using the portal to those dimensions.

The Gist: Diego (Sebastián García) is an adventurous kid and an inventor just like his brother Martin (Yankel Stevan), his parents, and his grandmother Pola (Margarita Rosa de Francisco). In fact, the boys and their little sister Violeta (Camila Núñez) are being cared for by Pola as their parents are on a polar expedition.

Diego, along with his buddies Pedro (Manuel Márquez) and Ana (Paola Miguel), is going to an adventure camp for a month. Violeta is also going, as is Martin, who will be there as a counselor to fulfill his university community service requirement. The camp is owned by Pompilio Calderón (Óscar Jaenada), a famous and eccentric adventurer who walks around with a robot bird named Claudio (Santiago Alonso) on his shoulder.

Pola, who’s noticing that the microwave oven is going haywire and magnets are falling off the refrigerator door and crows are gathering outside, calls up her daughter and son-in-law to see what they’re seeing at their research station. She thinks she has to go into the dimensional portal to figure things out. She goes into a cave and opens the portal, and she’s followed there by Pompilio and Claudio; Pompilio has wanted to get into that portal for years. A dog runs out of the portal as it closes and takes the medallion Pola used to open it.

As camp opens, the group meets the shy but equally adventurous Laura (Valery Sais). Martin finds out that Andrea (Carla Adell), an old crush of his, is also a counselor. Pompiloo’s nephew Antonio (Luigi Cerrada) tries to bigfoot Diego and his group by bullying them and playing pranks.

The first night, though, Diego and his group find the dog, who Violeta names “Soup”. As they follow the dog through the woods, into an area Pompilio says is a “no go” for the campers, they find Pola’s medallion. When Pompilio finds them, he sees it as his chance to finally go through the portal. But he doesn’t realize that there are going to be people diving in behind him.

What Shows Will It Remind You Of? Journey To The Center Of The Earth , besides being an adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel that has been made into two feature films (not to mention a string of hokey straight-to-video imaginings) reminds us a bit of the modern-set adventure series Theodosia . Our Take: José Luis Gutiérrez Arias and Lavia Atencio adapted Verne’s 1864 novel, and they took it in an interesting direction, making the journey center around a group of 21st-century kids. These kids aren’t your typical Roblox or Minecraft obsessives; even the VR games Diego and his buddies play are based on Verne’s adventures. That’s obviously a good thing; instead of showing preteens staring at phones and/or doing the usual coming-of-age stuff, they’re exploring multiple dimensions.

The series has its fantastical, Verne-like elements, even in the present-day setting. It’s most evident in the person of Pompilio and his steampunk bird companion Claudio. He wants to find a rock named Tungsten, and we’re not sure if he’s pure evil or just a sneaky guy. He’s certainly quirky, mixing French in with his Spanish, and Jaenada plays him well, making him just over-the-top enough to not make adults roll their eyes when watching him.

But there’s also the usual “kids at camp” story, with the kid who’s the leader of his/her group, the adventurous girl or girls, the bully who is eventually going to get his or her comeuppance, and likely lots of competitions to get everyone’s juices flowing. That aspect of the story will likely be the weakest, but for the most part, it serves as a way to ground the fantasy aspects of the series.

What Age Group Is This For?: Kids of all ages who like adventure should like Journey To The Center Of The Earth .

Parting Shot: After Pompilio dives into the portal, Soup the dog goes in, too. Violeta has no problem jumping in as the portal starts to close. Will the rest of the group go after her?

Sleeper Star: How could we not cite Santiago Alonso as the wise acre Claudio? The robot bird might be our favorite character in the whole show.

Most Pilot-y Line: We had an issue with how the show transitioned from Episode 1 to Episode 2, but we’ll leave those questions to the viewer as they see each episode. There’s an assumption that’s made at that point, but it’s a big one, and one we hope is addressed properly at some point.

Our Call: STREAM IT. Journey To The Center Of The Earth is a little goofy, but it looks great and the performances of the kids and adults make the show worth watching.

Joel Keller ( @joelkeller ) writes about food, entertainment, parenting and tech, but he doesn’t kid himself: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com , VanityFair.com , Fast Company and elsewhere.

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth: Directed by Eric Brevig. With Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Aníta Briem, Seth Meyers. On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

  2. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Movie Review

    Kids learn about Jules Verne and his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, which a group of scientists in the film believe to be factual.Professor Trevor Anderson is a volcanologist, so there is talk of the science of volcanoes and some encounters with volcanic tubes, magma, geysers, caves, and gems formed in the caves.

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    An animated television series, Journey to the Center of the Earth, first broadcast in 1967 on ABC, starring the voices of Ted Knight, Pat Harrington, Jr., and Jane Webb; loosely based on Verne's novel and closer to the 1959 film. The first part of the second series of Around the World with Willy Fog entitled Willy Fog 2 by Spanish studio BRB ...

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    Parents Need to Know. Parents need to know that Jules Verne's science fiction novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, originally published in 1864, leads readers on an epic subterranean expedition.The story is narrated by Axel, the nephew and research assistant of Otto Lidenbrock, a curmudgeonly but endlessly curious geology…

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a typical Verne story. In it, the narrator Axel relates the story of an adventure with his uncle and guardian, the esteemed Professor Otto Lidenbrock. Lidenbrock has stumbled upon an old parchment, which when translated, tells of a passage to the center of the Earth through a volcano in Iceland.

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth (French: Voyage au centre de la Terre), also translated with the variant titles A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and A Journey into the Interior of the Earth, is a classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne.It was first published in French in 1864, then reissued in 1867 in a revised and expanded edition. Professor Otto Lidenbrock is the tale's central ...

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    A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, novel by prolific French author Jules Verne, published in 1864.It is the second book in his popular series Voyages extraordinaires (1863-1910), which contains novels that combine scientific facts with adventure fiction and laid the groundwork for science fiction.. Summary. Axel Lidenbrock, the teenage narrator of the story, lives in Hamburg, Germany ...

  13. Kid reviews for Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

    The animation was not the best, but it was made in 2008 which makes it understandable. This movie is based of the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, but puts a semi-modern twist to the story. This movie has a lot of action and adventure which might be too intense for viewers younger than nine. The characters were very nice, but not ...

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    A scientist (Brendan Fraser) has some outlandish ideas that have landed him on the fringes of the academic world. When he discovers a journal from his missing brother he takes his nephew (Josh Hutcherson) and heads to Iceland, where along with a beautiful mountain guide (Anita Briem) they descend to the center of the Earth and discover a world of danger and wonder. Also with Seth Myers and ...

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    Parents need to know that Journey to the Center of the Earth is a sci-fi TV series loosely based on Jules Verne's 1865 sci-fi novel (and not at all related to the 2008 movie of the same name).Produced in Mexico under the title Viaje al centro de la Tierra, the dialogue is originally in Spanish but dubbed with English voiceovers.There's lots of action and adventure, including scenes where kids ...

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