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The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond

1st August 2019
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with a foreword written by Lost in Space star, Bill Mumy.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Lost in Space star Bill Mumy is now shipping and is the ultimate Irwin Allen coffee table book. This beautifully presented hardback book runs at 600 colour pages with many never before seen photos, storyboards and blueprints.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with a foreword written by Lost in Space star, Bill Mumy.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen covers all of Irwin Allen’s productions with chapters dedicated to each of the hugely popular sci-fi series. Through this book, we gain knowledge on the production of both the early movies and the later disaster movies, culminating in a final chapter which illustrates how the productions continue thrive for new generations including the exciting Netflix Lost in Space. Available exclusively at www.creaturefeatures.com.

THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN

19th April 2019

Irwin Allen’s wife Sheila spoke fondly of her desire for there to be a coffee table book on producer Irwin Allen and his career, and finally that dream is coming true with Jeff Bond’s new book The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen with a foreword written by Lost in Space star, Bill Mumy.

The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen by Jeff Bond with foreword by Bill Mumy

Book announcement from Jeff Bond

Creature Features in association with Synthesis Entertainment and Legendary Pictures presents THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN, the definitive coffee table book more than two and a half years in the making!

This deluxe 600+ page limited edition hardback is the first and only book of its kind to take a visual journey through the mind and career of legendary producer Irwin Allen, the “Master of Disaster”—the man behind some of the most popular television programs of the 1960s and the visionary who invented the special effects movie blockbuster format with his 1970s hits The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno.

Authored by Jeff Bond with the full participation and cooperation of the Irwin Allen Estate, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN follows the ambitious icon from his early days as a Hollywood agent and radio personality to his lengthy stint at 20th Century Fox, where he produced movies such as The Lost World and Five Weeks in a Balloon and the popular television shows Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants.

Allen employed the studio’s sprawling lot and soundstages, its library of movie footage, costumes and props, and its veteran special effects craftsmen to bring vivid color and movie-quality action, miniature effects and visuals to television viewers accustomed to low-budget, black and white programming. Allen’s flare for action and visual punch gave audiences some of the 1960s most popular and iconic figures: Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; the Lost in Space Robot and Jonathan Harris’ nefarious Dr. Zachary Smith; Will Robinson and the Robinson family of space travelers; the pop art kaleidoscope of The Time Tunnel; the Jupiter 2, the Seaview, the Flying Sub, the Spindrift.

Before George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Irwin Allen broke box office records with two of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time: The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. Wooed to Warner Bros. at the height of his power with the offer of a building named in his honor and one of the most generous studio contracts ever given a producer, Allen faced his biggest challenge: topping himself with The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, When Time Ran Out, and a series of ambitious projects for television.

Illustrated with more than 2,000 images including concept and production artwork, storyboards, blueprints, design sketches, miniatures and behind-the-scenes photographs, many of them never before published, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN is the ultimate guide to Allen’s famous productions, from his documentaries The Sea Around Us and The Animal World to his spectacular TV-movie City Beneath the Sea, plus fascinating unproduced projects, all explored in detail for the first time.

This hardbound masterwork will be offered in a standard edition of 1000 copies, and a deluxe signed edition of 250 copies autographed by author Jeff Bond and actor Bill Mumy, who penned the foreword.

Pre-orders begin on a first come, first served basis exclusively at www.creaturefeatures.com on Friday, April 19th at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.

The book is slated to arrive at our door in mid-July and begin shipping immediately, though shipping schedules are always subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE: Creature Features is the only authorized source for new copies of this book and will not be offering it thru Amazon or any other retail sellers.

Sample pages from the book The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen

Commemorating Irwin Allen’s 100th Birthday

12th June 2016

Commemorating Irwin Allen's 100th Birthday

12th June 2016 marks the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen, the “Master of Disaster”, and all round king of science fiction and movie making. It’s amazing to think that he was already in his fifties when busy making his quartet of science fiction shows in the mid to late sixties and this shows us all how much can be achieved even in our later years. He has inspired many movie makers who followed in the decades since, and his name and productions are often referred to and compared with when critiquing current day producers’ work. That influence shows no sign of abating as we commemorate Irwin Allen’s 100th birthday. We are working on a number of projects in the coming months and years to help keep his body of work in the public eye well into his second hundred years and beyond. Your input to these projects is a vital and a most welcome contribution to ensuring his legacy for the future. Please feel free to share your Irwin Allen creations, collections, and research any time via our contact page.

Irwin Allen Profile

Irwin Allen Filmography

Irwin Allen Productions

Lost in Space Blu-Ray Release

20th September 2015

Fantastic Blu-Ray box set of the complete Lost in Space series in high definition with bundles of extras

Fantastic Blu-Ray box set of the complete Lost in Space series in high definition with bundles of extras, many never seen before including stunning photo galleries and special effects videos. Released on Tuesday 15th September 2015 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the premiere episode broadcast in 1965. Region Free and plays perfectly on US and UK players. Available with two different outer boxes, one with smooth surface and one limited edition version with molded embossed Robot graphic, at FoxConnect.com (currently cheapest price) and Amazon.com.

LOST IN SPACE BLU-RAY EXTRAS

Printed Features:
Reprint of Robot Blueprint
8 Large Character Cards
Booklet reprint of Bill Mumy’s copy of script for the pilot episode The Reluctant Stowaway

Original Pilot:
No Place to Hide (long version)
No Place to Hide (short version)

Original Network Versions (including bumpers and commercials/tags) of:
The Reluctant Stowaway
The Derelict
The Magic Mirror
Follow the Leader
Blast Off Into Space
Target Earth

Audio Commentaries:
No Place to Hide – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Reluctant Stowaway – Mike Clark and Kevin Burns
My Friend, Mr. Nobody – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Attack of the Monster Plants – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Return from Outer Space – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Phantom Family – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Anti-Matter Man – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Promised Planet – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Great Vegetable Rebellion – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark

Other Extras:
Guy Williams Screen Test
Lost in Space Segment from Seven Wonderful Nights (1965 Original Network TV Special hosted by Dick Van Dyke
The Ballad of William Robinson – Bill Mumy Music Video
Bob May’s Home Movies (Photographed by Judy May during production of The Sky Pirate)
Original Network Presentation for Advertisers and Affiliates (1965)
Original Network TV Spots for Season One
Original Network TV Spots for Season Two
Jonathan Harris: Never Fear, Smith is Here (A&E Network series Biography)
Sheila Mathews Allen Tribute
Jonathan Harris and Al Lewis on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse (1998)
Original Network Preemption Bumpers with Jonathan Harris and Robot B9
Alternate, Unused Season Two Main Title Theme by Warren Barker
Dick Strout Promotional Interview with June Lockhart and Guy Williams (1966)
Dick Strout Promotional Interview with Jonathan Harris (1966)
Lost in Space FX Outtakes including full scale Chariot in Trona Valley, Cyclops, miniature robots, flight videos of miniature Jupiter 2 and Space Pod, space ship and planet effects, Robot and John Robinson floating in space,
Studs Radio Promos featuring Mark DeCarlo with June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris and Dick Tufeld
Syndication TV Spots (1970s and 1980s)
Segment from Lost in Space Forever (1998, featuring Bill Mumy, Jonathan Harris, Bob May and Dick Tufeld)
Lost in Space: The Epilogue (2015) – Table read through of script written by Bill Mumy featuring Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Guy Williams Jr., Toni Williams, Veronica Cartwright, Kevin Burns
Condemned of Space (1967, presented in 1:78 aspect ratio with 5.1 stereo remix)
Lost in Space Animated TV Special (1973)
Lost in Space Animated TV Series Pitch (2005, by Scott O’Brien)
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen (1995, full-length television documentary tribute to Irwin Allen featuring interviews with many stars of the Irwin Allen TV shows and movies)
Lost in Space Memories (1995, program interstitials produced for the Sci-Fi Channel)
On-Camera Original Cast Interviews (2015, with Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright)
20th Anniversary Interview with Irwin Allen (1985, audio interview conducted by Mike Clark)
Dick Tufeld Tribute (2015)
Photo Galleries – Publicity Stills, Episode Stills, Behind the Scenes Stills, Blu-Ray Cast Reunion (2015), Vintage Merchandise, Props and Sets, Artwork, Lost in Space Saturday Superstar Movie

Lost in Space Blu-Ray Box Set Gallery

Sheila Allen

18th November 2013

Sheila Mathews Allen

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Mrs. Sheila Allen (Irwin Allen’s wife and ambassador for his legacy).  She was a familiar face in so many of Irwin Allen’s productions and a dear friend and supporter of our work. Our heartfelt thoughts go to her family and friends.

We’re also going through a close family bereavement (which is why things have been relatively quiet here for a while), and this news has just left us stunned. We will be paying tribute to Sheila over time, not the least by ensuring that her work and contributions both to Irwin Allen’s productions and fandom are never forgotten.

If you would like to pay tribute to Sheila here on the IANN site, please send your messages of condolence via the IANN Contact Page.

Sheila Allen with Joe Musso and Don Bigelow

Leap Year Photographic Competition

29th February 2012

We are running a brand new photographic competition to celebrate today, 29th February 2012, with the goal of showcasing your favourite Irwin Allen collectibles.

Over the past 50 years, an amazing number of collectibles have been produced to celebrate and promote all of the Irwin Allen movies and television shows. This is your opportunity to show off with pride your amazing Irwin Allen collectibles. If you have a large collection of Irwin Allen toys etc, why not gather them together for a photo shoot.

If your collection is more modest as many of ours are, try some creative and fun photography showcasing which collectibles you treasure most. Collections can include books, toys, DVDs, photo collections, badges, magazines, posters, model kits and builds, and all other kinds of Irwin Allen paraphernalia. A small judging panel of Irwin Allen fans (not including any competitors) will decide between them which are the favourite collection photos. If they are available, we may even ask one or two Irwin Allen actors to take a look at the competition entries and help with the judging process.

Remember, it’s not about how many collectibles you own, but on how you present and treasure them. If you don’t have a digital camera, see if a friend or member of your family can take a snapshot of your Irwin Allen collectible(s) with their mobile phone and email the photo over as an attachment.

The best photographs will be featured and credited to your name (either your full name or a nickname if you prefer) in a special permanent gallery at the end of the competition.

Some inventive or creative ideas might be to create a Time Tunnel backdrop and photograph your collectibles in front of it. Or use camera angles to depict a giant picking up one of your Land of the Giants collectibles. If you have some photo editing software, why not add some special photographic effects to add a typical “Irwin Allen” atmosphere to your photograph. There are endless possibilities. Most of all, have fun seeing your collectibles in a different light.

Click here for details on how to enter the Leap Year Competition

Irwin Allen Competition

4th November 2011

IANN is running a new Irwin Allen competition. Competition closes on 10th November 2011:

Click here for details on how to enter the Irwin Allen Competition

First Prize: UK DVD for Season Two of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Second Prize: Promotional Time Tunnel T Shirt (size XL)

Third Prize: 8 Irwin Allen movie photos including 2 from Towering Inferno, 2 from The Swarm, 2 from When Time Ran Out, 1 from The Story of Mankind (of Chico Marx) and 1 from The Big Circus

Fourth Prize: Fan produced Giants patch, 2 Giants photos, 1960’s Stefan Arngrim photo, and a Stefan Arngrim postcard from his appearance in Switch

Fifth Prize: British 1998 Lost in Space postcard, Colour 10×8 of Mark and Marta, and 3 small photos

Sixth Prize: Original publicity photo from The Night the Bridge Fell Down and Alice in Wonderland, plus a 10×8 of Desi Arnaz Jr. (star of The Night the Bridge Fell Down)

Irwin Allen Free All-Nighter

19th April 2011

The Sci-Fi-London Festival is holding an Irwin Allen all-night event on Thursday 28th April 2011 at the Apollo Piccadilly Circus.  The screenings start at 11.45pm.  Tickets are free and must be reserved in advance.  Episodes being shown are:

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Pilot Eleven Days to Zero

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Original Unaired Colour Pilot

The Time Tunnel Original Unaired Pilot Rendezvous with Yesterday

The Time Tunnel 2002 Remake

Land of the Giants Pilot The Crash

Land of the Giants Original Unaired Pilot

Note that the Irwin Allen night is being held on the eve of the Royal Wedding so transport in London may be pretty busy on the Friday, so allow extra time for returning home.

Sci-Fi-London Festival Website

 

Pioneers of Television Promo Clip

16th January 2011

Irwin Allen’s works including Lost in Space and Time Tunnel were featured in the Science Fiction episode of “Pioneers of Television” which aired on the PBS Channel in the US on 18th January 2011.

Pioneers of Television

Note, video clip no longer available.

Pioneers of Television

5th January 2011

Irwin Allen’s works including Lost in Space and Time Tunnel will be featured in the upcoming Science Fiction episode of “Pioneers of Television” airing on the PBS Channel in the US on 18th January 2011.

Pioneers of Television