Korg: 70,000 B.C. took Saturday morning cartoons beyond the animated prehistory of The Flintsones. The live action series followed a Neanderthal family as they survived against nature. The actors didn’t talk in English which made it very progressive for the time slot in 1974. The show upset people in the Bible Belt who swear the Earth is not 70,000 years old. In my area of North Carolina, they scheduled it to run at 5 a.m. Most of my memories of the few times I watched it are sealed in barely opened eyes as the folks packed the car for the big vacation. My eyes opened wide the other day when Warner Archive released this piece of video:
After all these decades, Korg: 70,000 B.C. is coming back. The DVDs are set to be released through Warner Archive’s Made to Order Program. Here’s the press release from Warner Archive:
A plaintive hunting horn, heard over a ruddy sunrise, signaled the start of something different on Saturday mornings in the mid-seventies. Clan Korg had arrived to take kids and kids at heart on a series of live-action anthropological adventures across the dangerous terrain of prehistory. Aided by consultants from both New York’s American Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Korg ditched battling dinos and discovering fire for a more mature focus on the dawn of cooperation and compassion amongst our Neanderthal brethren as personified by it’s pre-nuclear family. Korg is the patriarch of the clan, which includes Mara, his mate; Bok, Korg’s younger brother; and Korg’s three offspring: Tana, 15; Ree, 12; and Tar, 11. Together, they brave opposing tribes, cave bears and fire while discovering the roots of art, diplomacy and commerce in the world of 70,000 BC. Burgess Meredith narrates.
Joe Corey is the writer and director of "Danger! Health Films" currently streaming on Night Flight and Amazon Prime. He's the author of "The Seven Secrets of Great Walmart People Greeters." This is the last how to get a job book you'll ever need. He was Associate Producer of the documentary "Moving Midway." He's worked as local crew on several reality shows including Candid Camera, American's Most Wanted, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and ESPN's Gaters. He's been featured on The Today Show and CBS's 48 Hours. Dom DeLuise once said, "Joe, you look like an axe murderer." He was in charge of research and programming at the Moving Image Archive.