Young Indiana Jones (henceforth referred to as YIJ) is a television series based on the characters in the Indiana Jones feature films. The series follows the Indiana Jones character as he was growing up with the adventures he has with various historical people he meets along the way
32 episodes were filmed in two separate productions for the ABC television network between 1991 and 1993. Additional filming was done at a later time to expand the Palestine 1917 episode into 2 hours. Additional filming was done in 1996 to expand the Curse of the Jackal episode into 2 two hour movies. 4 made for cable movies were filmed for the then U.S. Family channel in 1994.
In the U.S the series premiered with good ratings but the ratings quickly dropped. Apparently people expected to see the action packed pure entertainment of the feature films and tuned out when they found something more cerebral.
In an attempt to booster ratings the second production of episodes concentrated on the older Young Indy which had a little more action. Harrison Ford was even brought in for a brief appearance in one episode. These did not help and ABC pulled it from the air in April 1993. During the summer ABC ran some of the unshown episodes.
In other countries YIJ was much better received which might be one of the reasons the Family channel decided to do the movies.
In the U.S. four episodes were never shown in their original format. They have since been shown in their re-edited format.
These were aired in most other countries.
In the U.S. YIJ has run on ABC, the USA cable channel, what is now the ABC Family (formerly called The Fox Family Channel and before that the Family Channel), the U.S. History Cable Channel, and the U.S. History International Cable Channel. For info on when and what they aired see the schedules on the the YIJ info page.
YIJ has also aired in Finland, Germany, the U.K., New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Hungary, Russia, Guatemala, and Slovenia.
The TV series Young Indy was played by two actors: Corey Carrier between Young Indy ages of about 8 to 12, and Sean Patrick Flanery between about 17 to 21. Also in the cast were Ronny Coutteure as Indys friend Remy, Margater Tyzack as Indys tutor, and Ruth De Sosa and Lloyd Owen as Indy's Mother and Father. Indy as an old man was played by George Hall. For information on the cast see the YIJ cast page.
Digital techniques are being used in some scenes to shrink Corey to make him look younger.
Principle filming has been done in
London, England Dublin, Ireland St. Petersburg, Russia Liverpool, England Almeria, Spain London, England Prague, Czechoslovakia Cortina, Italy Barcelona, Spain Feltre, Italy Lamu, Kenya Florence, Italy Tana River, Kenya Pisa, Italy Nairobi, Kenya Taita Hills, Africa Paris, France Mombasa, Africa Benares, India Nairobi, Africa Beijing, China Malindi, Kenya Shanghai, China Istanbul, Turkey Vienna, Austria Venice, Italy Cairo, Egypt Greece California Thailand MoroccoSecond unit filming has been done in numerous other locations.
The long awaited U.S. DVD release of the YIJ was in 3 volumes. The first volume was released October 23, 2007, the second on December 18, 2007, and the third on April 29, 2008. Along with the episodes are historical companion films which are original works from the Lucasfilm documentary unit headed by CBS News veteran David Schneider. Details of the contents of each of the 3 volumes is listed on the YIJ DVD page. For some places that sell the DVDs see the Young Indy links. Those that find the DVDs too spendy to purchase might consider renting them.
All of the episodes have been edited into 22 movies for release on video. Twelve of the YIJ videos were released October 26, 1999 along with a re-release of the Indy feature films. For which ones see the YIJ videos page For details on all the videos see the YIJ video episode guide. Not many places sell the videos anymore but they can be gotten used from places like Amazon listed on the Young Indy links. These 12 videos were released worldwide over the course of 2000. For more info see the other country videos section. The remaining 10 YIJ videos have never been released.
There were a few episodes from the early episodes released in Japan and the U.K. There was also a boxed laserdisc set of some of the episodes released in Japan. See the YIJ videos page for some info.
There are four YIJ CDs. For details see the YIJ CDs page.
There have been several series of YIJ novels. Some have been based on YIJ episodes and some are original stories. They are also aimed at several different age groups. Unfortunately many are now out of print so are only found in used book stores. There are also a few other books with YIJ info. For a list of all the books I know of see the YIJ books page.
There have been articles on YIJ in the Starwars Insider (formerly the Lucasfilm Fan Club), American Cinematographer, Cinefantastique, Starlog, Cinefex, Epi-Log, and TV Zone. For a list of all the magazines I know of see the YIJ magazines page.
The Lucasfilm/Paramount YIJ web site is at http://www.youngindy.com/.
For fan sites and other related sites see the YIJ links page.
For fan mail about the show.
Public Relations Dept.
P.O. Box 2009
San Rafael, CA 94912
To subscribe or to get back issues still available from the Star Wars Insider (formerly the Lucasfilm Fan Club). The current issue of the magazine can also be found at some bookstores. Presently the magazine is mostly about Star Wars, but there is sometimes a little on Young Indy and Indy.
Star Wars Insider, Titan Magazines
8205 Santa Monica Blvd, #1-296
West Hollywood, CA 90046-5977
It all started back in 1992 when I began keeping track of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episodes that were airing. Since at that time no one had done an episode guide for the show I put one together and first posted it on the internet in November 1992. As episodes aired it was updated every few months. People started to send me various information a lot of which I included in the guide. The episode guide grew and got big enough that in January 1994 it was split into two parts. The second part was the guide supplement and is the basis for much of the things on the Young Indy info web page.
In May 1996 I took a class on doing web pages. It covered everything from how to set up the pages on a server, to HTML coding, to web page design techniques. For the class project I did several pages one of which was for Young Indy. It was pretty simple with just a couple pictures, the episode guide and supplement, and a few links. Even though I did not promote it a few people found it. In June 1996 I added some more pictures and a few other things and announced it on the internet. In the months that followed the pictures were changed and things added every so often.
In November 1998 the pages were moved to a different web host. The new site has more room so the pictures no longer need to be changed monthly. It also allows some new things like sounds, and discussion forums.
The webmaster of this Young Indy fan site is Loren Heisey who has maintained the site since it was started. This site could not have been done without all the information people have sent me over the years. Feel free to with any comments, suggestions, or info.