Opening titles of the
Rick Marshall and his children, Will
and Holly, on a routine expedition, meet the greatest adventure
On a routine expedition through the Grand Canyon,
Rick Marshall and his children, Will and Holly, raft
down the Colorado River on their little yellow
inflatable raft. During the journey, they meet what is described
in the theme song as "the greatest earthquake ever known." Rocks
begin falling from the canyon sides. The tiny raft is buffeted
by increasing rapids. Soon, they are forced towards an immense
waterfall, powerless to stop their plunge to the bottom.
Somehow, the raft lands intact on dry ground,
the air-filled raft buffering the family from injury. They awake stunned to the view
of an out-of-place jungle...and the towering view of a
Tyrannosaurus rex looming over them. Quickly gathering
their wits, the three manage to scramble out of the raft and
into the jungle, with the T. rex in lumbering pursuit.
They spy a cave up on a cliffside and the athletically-inclined
family is able to scramble up the rocks to safety inside. The
tyrannosaur finds he is unable to stick his head inside to grab
a human snack and turns away, roaring in frustration.
Somehow, the Marshalls have found themselves in a strange land
filled with dinosaurs...the Land of the Lost.
The opening and closing songs of Land of the Lost were
sung by Wesley Eure, who also plays Will Marshall in the series.
In the third season, he would also perform some short songs in
character at the end of a few episodes.
At 0:02 in the opening titles, notice that there appear to be a
couple of thin, silvery streamers dangling from the cliff edge
on the left, simulating a thin stream of water cascading down
into the canyon.
Although it has long been
rumored in fan circles that the
Marshalls were rafting through
Grand Canyon during the "greatest
earthquake ever known", it is
never actually confirmed in the
series. The opening shot of the
opening titles does look similar
to portions of the Grand Canyon,
though it is all matte paintings
and miniature sets. The close
walls of the canyon actually
look more like
Glen Canyon, which leads
into the Grand Canyon.
Both this series and
Valley of the
opening titles featuring a
scenic, rocky canyon and a family
moving down a rapidly-flowing river
in a rubber raft.
Valley of the
Land of the Lost intro
The song describes the earthquake met by the
Marshalls as the
"greatest earthquake ever known". In the real
world, the biggest earthquake in recorded history was the May
22, 1960 Valdivia, Chile earthquake with a 9.5 magnitude. The
song may represent hyperbole on the part of the Marshalls, being
the greatest earthquake they've ever known.
The scene of the Marshalls' raft riding the rough
rapids and plunging down the waterfall is repeated in
"Circle" as they
observe their own past selves arriving in the Land.
At 0:54 in the opening titles, as Grumpy stalks after the
Marshalls through the jungle, at the bottom of the screen, the
plywood base of the miniature set is visible.
The pterosaur seen at 0:56 in the opening titles is a
Pteranodon, as evidenced by the long, pointed crest on its
head. The shot is reused numerous times in the series as an
establishing shot of the Marshalls' cave, known a High Bluff.
The aforementioned episode,
depicts the Marshalls deciding to call the cave at High Bluff
their home while they search for a way out of this strange land.