It's been almost a decade since Indiana Jones last graced our screens, and quite frankly we're sick of waiting. Harrison Ford isn't getting any younger, and if Indiana Jones 5 takes much longer the actor may find himself in a museum. However, there's an alternative to a new Indy movie that we have never even considered until now: an animated series. One very skilled Indiana Jones fan has just released a trailer for a fan-made cartoon, and it's a total work of art. Check it out below to see for yourself.
That trailer comes to us courtesy of Patrick Schoenmaker, who has apparently spent the last five years perfecting a video less than two minutes long. Mr. Schoenmaker, we are pleased to inform you that your hard work has most certainly paid off. Playing as a type of introduction sequence for a hypothetical animated series known as The Adventures of Indiana Jones, the trailer follows the titular archaeologist as he goes on a number of different adventures through a number of exotic locales. Along the way we see a ton of familiar elements from the Indiana Jones mythos -- from Nazis, to ancient temples, and even a quick shot of Denholm Elliot's Marcus Brody.
Like many tie-in animated series, The Adventures of Indiana Jones parallels the films, while never completely adapting them. We get shots that feel lifted wholesale from movies like Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade -- particularly the shot of Indy facing off against a burly Nazi on top of a tank -- but none of these moments are adapted literally from the source material. In doing this, the trailer shows the vast potential for animated, episodic adventures set within this universe.
We cannot even begin to express how much we now want to see a series like this materialize. Adult animation has become incredibly popular over the years, and a character like Indiana Jones could provide the perfect balance of nostalgia and grit to make a pitch perfect cartoon for all ages.
Of course, this isn't the first time that we've thought about Indiana Jones in a small screen setting. During the early 1990s a live-action prequel series was produced for the film franchise titled, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. The Sean Patrick Flanery fronted series lasted for two seasons (a total of 28 episodes) and it has since gained a cult following among die-hard fans of the Indy universe. If nothing else, it proved that a future on television (whether it be animation or live-action) was conceivable for Henry "Indiana" Jones.
If you consider yourself a fan of the Indiana Jones franchise in any capacity, then it's well worth it to check out the above video. The Adventures of Indiana Jones isn't a real TV series, but if it ever gets picked up a network or a streaming service, we will gladly watch every single episode.