Friday, February 17, 2012

LXB | Dream Memorabilia: Tarzan's Treehouse

This week's League of Extraordinary Bloggers assignment was another tough one: "You have an unlimited budget and space is not a problem. What piece of Hollywood memorabilia would you want hanging around in your batcave?"

I immediately went to Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. How cool would it be to have the original R2-D2 or Indiana Jones' hat in the library? The more I thought about it though, the more I wanted to pick something from deeper in my childhood. Star Wars was a huge part of my growing up, but it built on interests I already had: stuff like Star Trek and Space: 1999. My earliest influences were Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, and Conan.

Unfortunately, the perfect Conan film hasn't been made yet and I've only recently started checking out the most classic film versions of Sherlock Holmes. Having, say, Basil Rathbone's deerstalker cap from Hound of the Baskervilles would be cool, but not directly connected to my earliest memories of adventure stories. I can't think of a time though when I wasn't aware of and excited by the Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movies.

When trying to pick something I'd want from those movies, my first thought was how much I didn't want that loincloth. I considered his knife for a bit, but then remembered the part of the question about space not being a problem. Pretending I've got the backyard for it, I totally want Tarzan's treehouse (the original, not the Disney version in the photo) reconstructed for my lounging pleasure. I'd just need a chimpanzee to turn the fan crank and bring me drinks.


Tom Floyd said...

Michael, you will need an elephant to run the elevator too, don't forget that!

Michael May said...

Of course! Ungawa, Tantor!

Kelly Sedinger said...

How does one get involved in this LXB thing? It sounds like a blast!

Brian (Cool and Collected) said...

That photo made me want to go out in the backyard with a hammer and some nails. Great choice, Michael!

Michael May said...

Thanks, Brian!

Kelly, it's easy to join in. Brian's got the instructions here:


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