The Indiana Jones Map Montages: A Cartographic Analysis The visual of a plane flying over mountains or a ship piercing troubled seas, while a red line snakes from place to place on a vintage 1930's map, is one intimately associated with Indiana Jones.

This page offers a comparison of the different map montages seen in the four Indy films, plus those featured in the Young Indiana Jones television series.

Warning: lots of pictures follow.

The Four Indy Films

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders, map sequence 1


















Raiders, map sequence 2














Raiders, map sequence 3












Raiders Map Characteristics:

Land/sea borders: thin black line
Country borders: thick black line with brown shading to either side
Bodies of water names: large black stylized handwriting-esque font in all capitals
Country names: black sans-serif font, in a slightly Art Deco style, all capitals
City names: black sans-serif font, all capitals, in a slightly Art Deco style, with small black dots showing location
Destination: dot appears in red upon arrival in Sequence 1; name and dot both appear in red upon arrival in Sequence 2; no dot or name appears in Sequence 3
Grid lines: black
Stopovers: marked with red dots in the first map montage, not marked on the red line in the others
Point of origin: marked with a red dot in Sequences 1 and 2: not marked on the red line in Sequence 3

Commentary: The classic map montage, the granddaddy of them all. What more needs to be said?

ADDED BONUS: Here's a sample of the original black-and-white storyboards used for the map sequence in Raiders:



The moving line shown in the drawings is dashed, not solid. Also, the stopovers and destination city are both marked with a double dot--one circle inside a larger hollow circle.

Finally, it's apparent that Indy and Marion were originally going to fly directly from Nepal to Cairo (which may explain why the map artists forgot to mark the stopovers on the red line during that sequence: they were last-minute additions).

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Temple of Doom, map sequence 1












Temple of Doom Map Characteristics

Land/sea borders: extremely thin, dark brown line
Country borders: thick black line
Country names: black sans-serif font, all capitals
Bodies of water names: black sans-serif font, all capitals
City names: black sans-serif font, slightly smaller than country names, and red dots with black borders to denote location
Grid lines: black
Stopovers: not marked on the red line
Point of origin: not marked on the red line

Commentary: For some reason the map here looks completely different than in Raiders. Somewhat understandable, as this was made in the days before you could pop a DVD into your PC and check what the original looked like. Still, this one looks undeniably a bit... boring.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Last Crusade map sequence 1:






















Last Crusade map sequence 2:










Last Crusade Map Characteristics:

Land/sea borders: thin black line
Country borders: thin black line with brown shading to either side
Bodies of water names: large black stylized handwriting-esque font in all capitals
Compass rose: drawn in black with black fleur-de-lis pointing north
Country names: black sans-serif font, in a slightly Art Deco style, all capitals
City names: black sans-serif font, all capitals, in a slightly Art Deco style, with small black dots showing location
Destination city: name and dot are both red in Sequence 1; the dot turns red on arrival in Sequence 2
Grid lines: black
Stopovers: not marked on the red line
Point of origin: marked with a red dot on the moving line

Commentary: An almost perfect recreation of the Raiders map. Bravo to the artists!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, map sequence 1, shown in trailer




Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Map Characteristics

Land/sea borders: thin black line, with surrounding water edge noticeably lighter
Country borders: thin black line with brown shading on either side
Bodies of water names: large black stylized handwriting-esque font in all capitals
Country names: black sans-serif font, in a slightly Art Deco style, all capitals
City names: black sans-serif font, in a slightly Art Deco style, and brown dots with black borders to denote location
Grid lines: black
Destination city: the dot turns red on arrival
Stopovers: not marked on the red line
Point of origin: marked with a red dot on the moving line

Commentary: This is an interesting meld of the Raiders/Last Crusade style of map with the Temple of Doom version. The font used is obviously from the former, but the lowercase city names and colored city dots are influenced by the latter style.

Young Indiana Jones

Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal/My First Adventure

Curse of the Jackal/My First Adventure map sequence 1
















Curse of the Jackal/My First Adventure map sequence 2


















Curse of the Jackal/My First Adventure map sequence 3








Curse of the Jackal/My First Adventure Map Characteristics

Land/sea borders: thin black line, with the adjoining edges of land and sea noticeably lighter in color
Country borders: thin dark red line, slightly thicker than the black land/sea boundaries
Compass rose: black with golden fleur-de-lis pointing north, and an "N" in a white circle in the center
Country names: infrequent, but in black capital letters in a serif font
Bodies of water names: large, ornate, italic calligraphic font in black
City names: small black italic serif font with small black dots denoting city location
Grid lines: black
Stopovers: none
Point of origin: marked with a red dot*
Destination city: the city's dot turns red upon arrival

Commentary: The maps created for the first Young Indy episode look great, but they're nothing at all like the maps used in the Indy movies! The water is a much darker color than on the movie maps, the fonts are completely different, and where the heck are the country names?

Also: George Lucas cannot stop tweaking things in his films, it seems. The above images were taken from the Young Indy DVDs, but old recordings of the original edit of the first YIJ episode show a different boat transporting the Joneses from London to Egypt:









*Notice that in the revised version of this shot, the point of origin (London) is not marked in red on the moving line, unlike in the original. Apparently that little detail was forgotten when Lucas had the elements recomposited (to change the Joneses' ship?!? Geez).

Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father

Travels with Father map sequence 1
































This sequence, too, was re-edited on the DVDs. Originally Constantinople was labeled Istanbul (which would have been inaccurate for an English-language map of 1910, hence the change). However, when Lucas had the map fixed, he also added an extra stop on the Joneses' journey, in Thessalonica! (He really doesn't know when enough is enough, does he?)

Screenshots from the original edit:
















Travels with Father Map Characteristics

Land/sea borders: thick, dark brown line
Country borders: thin dark brown line
Country names: large, bold, dark red sans-serif font, all capitals
Bodies of water names: black italic serif font, all capitals
City names: black serif font, all capitals, with large black dots denoting location
Grid lines: darker version of the land or sea color (depends on area in question)
Stopovers: marked with red dots on the moving line
Point of origin: marked with a red dot
Destination city: the city dot turns red upon arrival

Commentary: This is a much better attempt at recreating the Indy movie maps, though some details (namely the large red country names) are still slightly off. The Lucasesque revisionism doesn't help matters, though.

Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's Eye

Treasure of the Peacock's Eye map sequence 1




















Treasure of the Peacock's Eye map sequence 2
















Treasure of the Peacock's Eye map sequence 3
























Treasure of the Peacock's Eye map sequence 4










Treasure of the Peacock's Eye Map Characteristics

Land/sea borders: thin black line
Country borders: thin dark brown line
Bodies of water names: black italic serif font, all capitals
Country names: black sans-serif font, all capitals
City names: small black sans-serif font, all capitals, with small black dots to show position
Grid lines: darker version of the land or sea color (depends on area in question)
Point of origin: marked with a red dot on the moving line
Stopovers: marked with red dots on the moving line
Destination city: the dot turns red upon arrival

Commentary: Excellent, excellent job by the map artists. These could easily be confused with the movie maps. Throw in a more handwriting-esque font on the oceans and it'd be perfect.

Incidentally, Peacock's Eye is the Indy production with the largest number of map montages, clocking in at four. Even Raiders only had three.

Spring Break Adventure (re-edited TV movie version)

Spring Break Adventure (re-edited version) map sequence 1










Spring Break Adventure (re-edited version) Map 1 Characteristics

Country/state borders: thick brown line
Country/state names: large brown bold serif font with thin black border around letters
City names: small black serif font with small black dots to show location (capital cities have even smaller black dots inside hollow black circles)
Grid lines: light blue
Point of origin: marked with a red dot on the moving line
Stopovers: marked with a red dot on the moving line
Destination city: the dot turns red upon arrival

Commentary: This map montage didn't exist in the original broadcast airings of Young Indy; it was created when George Lucas went back and re-edited the old one-hour episodes into two-hour TV movies. (There really should be a word--"Lucasism"--for this tendency of his.) As such, the map is of noticeably inferior quality compared to other maps in the Young Indy series. Those bold, brown state names just scream "cheaply made at the last second" to me.

Spring Break Adventure (re-edited version) map sequence 2










Spring Break Adventure (re-edited version) Map 2 Characteristics

Land/sea borders: no borders drawn between land and water
Country borders: thick red line
Country names: large black serif font
City names: small black serif font, with small black dots for showing location
Grid lines: none
Point of origin: marked with a red dot on the moving line
Stopovers: none
Destination city: the dot turns red upon arrival

Commentary: This map is also from the re-edit of the Spring Break Adventure episode. It looks nothing like the one I've posted immediately above it, and yet all of five minutes separates the two maps in the episode. Remember what I said about them being cheaply made? Lucas didn't even bother to check if the two maps looked the same! This one looks slightly more like an Indy map, but just barely. Ugh.

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