WHY ISNT CAVEMAN ADVENTURES A REAL LIVING GENRE?
Why is this not a living genre? Why don´t they make more movies or TV series of caveman adventures? I would never get bored eating a grilled chicken while watching our ancestors walking around free and easy in Mother Nature ..eehhrmm. ..maybe not so easy, as they had to stay alive against cold, drought and famine, lethal fires, vulcano eruptions and earth quakes, dangerous animals like cave bears, cave lions and mad mammoths. Cavepeople looking for food, cavepeople finding medicine, cavepeople prepare food...How they met other branches of Homo like Neander, early homo, more modern homo, Homo Erectus, Egaster...meeting, fighting, sexing, exchanging tools...I see no limits! It wouldn´t be so difficult or expensive either, as the themes would HAVE to stay simple and natural settings are still available. And wouldn´t it be wonderful watching a film with NO cars, NO mobile telephones, NO houses or NO CLOTHES! Just the humans relationship to each other and to the animals and the natural environment! How interesting wouldn´t it be!
I have always been into prehistory, reading and studying old books about it since I was six and Evolution has been my religion. Also, in the second half of the 1960´s, prehistory was pretty hip. Many popular science books about prehistoric life came out, not seldom written in a quite poetic style, (and not ONLY about dinosaurs like now!). In the comic books between 1968 and 1971 Tarzan always met a dinosaur or visited Pal-ul-don for some reason. You could also buy Auroras model kits that you could build (I have an Allosaur and two horned dinosaurs on top of my video shelf!), and the fact that paleontologists had found numerous proof of early ancestors in and from Asia that created a quite confusing theory that we might actually have evolved in Asia instead of Africa! I think, what paved the way of all this was Hammers magnificent ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. from 1966 which threw in dinosaurs just for the fun of it! Raquel Welch in the clutches of a giant flying reptile was almost iconic for the 60´s kids!
When I went to see the wonderful Quest For Fire with my dad in 1981, I was 18, I thought "at last they are making serious prehistoric dramas and adventures, bold and sexy naturalistically!". I was so happy, but what happened after? OK, there was this author who wrote the Clan of the Cave Bear books which made it into one single film, but I didn´t figure that the prehistoric and stoneage popculture was a disappearing "fad". I thought that this potentially strong "genre" could not only give us a great time of entertainment, but also help of spreading knowledge about the past and even help us figure out things of today! Are the film makers not missing an opportunity here?
But what happened? Oh 10 000 B.C.! Ok, digital effects, that could be pretty fine, but..That was it?
I want some response, people! Stand Up For Our Ancestors! Hallelujah!