"A Questionable Day"
Give-A-Show Projector slides
Produced by Kenner, 1976
A questionable day for the Marshalls.
complete story here on PopApostle and there is also a
video slide show available on YouTube
Notes from the
I've placed the story during season two
because Will is portrayed wearing a brown shirt, which he does
in most of the season two episodes (he wears a blue shirt
throughout season one).
These strips came inside the box for the Give-A Show projector,
a cheapo children's toy from the 70s that uses a flashlight
bulb to project premade filmstrips onto the wall. The box in
which it came loudly proclaims "Featuring Land of the Lost" with
a little cartoon of the Marshalls observing the hatching of a
giant egg--the creature emerging from the egg looks more like a
baby Godzilla than a dinosaur--a scene which never occurs in the
The filmstrip does not have a title. I chose
"A Questionable Day" based on my questioning of whether this
could be considered a real story in the LOTL universe.
This story is so bad, I can only consider it part of the
chronology if I take it as a dream by one of the Marshalls.
Otherwise, it relies too much on coincidence, a very
unbelievable reaction by Rick, and a preposterous resolution. In
fact, it's downright surreal, making it a perfect dream story!
Holly is wearing a red shirt with black cross-hatched stripes.
Holly wears a red-and-white plaid shirt throughout the TV
episodes. Probably the cross-hatched coloring would have too
difficult to pull off with the primitive artwork and
reproduction on the film strips.
Rick is wearing a short-sleeved brown shirt. In the TV episodes,
he always wore long sleeves.
Grumpy is colored green in every panel instead of brown and has
three claws on his forelimbs (tyrannosaurs only have two).
Possibly the artist was using photo references of Big Alice
When Rick proposes to pull Grumpy out of the crack in the
ground, Will exclaims, "But he weighs tons!" This is true, an
adult T. rex could weigh in excess of 6 tons.