With Forbidden Planet airing in the US on TCM tomorrow (5/22 at 4:30 pm ET), I thought it would be a great time to share some of the FP items in the Kellection.
Since it's one of the most popular sci-fi films of the past 60 years, it's hard to find images and items from FP which everyone hasn't seen 500 times already. But, I'm gonna give it a try. :)
First off, here's an original ad for the film with the now iconic image of Robby the Robot from a 1956 movie magazine:
This next item is in bad shape so it didn't scan very well, but I wanted to include it because it shows Jack Kelly twice as "Lt. Jerry Farman". It's the cover of the April 12, 1956, issue of Junior Scholastic, a "national magazine for junior high and upper elementary grades published monthly during the school year". The funny thing is, they call the robot "Bobby" in the photo captions.
Now, let's flash forward to 1992. That's when a company called Innovation Comics published a series of four graphic novels officially adapted from Forbidden Planet:
As the series' author, David Campiti (who also founded Innovation), explains in his introduction, "The Forbidden Planet you see before you isn't a strict adaptation of the film. Beyond the hindsight of 36 years since the movie's creation, we have been given access to set designs, the original screenplay, background details, and more. As a result, fans will be treated to scenes and snippets of dialogue they never got to see in the finished film. Even when scenes were identical from screenplay to celluloid, actual dialogue sometimes changed; we've tended to select what seemed to be the more interesting wording. From an artistic standpoint, [artist Daerick Gross, Sr.] decided to keep things as fresh as possible; his pacing is based more on the screenplay than the finished film, and his staging of scenes is his personal brand of storytelling, for the most part. Daerick also wanted to 'open up' the story and show more of the planet, so his visual device of displaying it in a series of double-page-spread backgrounds presents, perhaps, for the first time such an approach has been carried this far, through so many pages."
In other words, this is Forbidden Planet presented as a dream-like epic on a canvas of glossy paper.
Because of the adaptation's stylized approach, the drawn characters don't strictly resemble the actors in the film, but Lt. Farman still looks a lot like JK:
And, his untimely demise caused by the "Id" monster:
Finally, did you know there was a different theme for Forbidden Planet, written by famed composer David Rose? The film's innovative electronic score was created by Bebe and Louis Barron, and Rose's otherworldly theme wasn't used. I have it on a 45, and here it is from YouTube: