Time Bandits is possibly one of the greatest films I ever watched when I was a kid. That movie stuck with me my entire life and helped shape me into the geek that I am today. This film gave me the best nightmarish dreams ever! Now we can own an amazing replica piece of art from that film.
Do you remember the time portal map!? As a kid I thought that was the coolest damn thing, and I still think its cool! I would love to own one of these! These maps measure 40 inches x 24.5 inches and are printed on fine art canvas from a top-of-the-line Epson giclee printer. This print process reproduces the finest detail and is archival for decades under normal viewing conditions. Click on the pic to enlarge it.
Here is a note from the artist who worked on the map replica:
There were at least two different versions of this map created for the film. The map used during filming and handled by the actors exhibits different detailing and color than the map seen during the credits sequences. This map replicates the prop used during filming. My personal theory on the different props goes like this. They created the map for filming and it took quite a beating. They may have had multiple versions there too as that’s generally the practice in case a prop is damaged or lost. After filming wrapped, they needed a map for the credits sequence. They rolled out the film map and realized it was not in the best shape. So, at that point they created a new map. It’s a very close match but not exact. Another big giveaway that they are different props is that the map seen during the film only has the clock panels on the left side. See the photo above from the famous Polaroid scene. However, the map seen during the credits has clock panels on both sides.
This replica map does have clock panels on both sides for those who like symmetry. The right side panel can be cut off for those wanting to match the filming prop. I have studied the film and every printed reference source I could find to create this replica and it is very accurate to the screen-used map. It has been drawn completely in Photoshop with the goal to create a replica that looks hand-drawn. The file is enormous containing 188 layers with a file size of 1.72 GB.
For those of you who have not seen this Terry Gilliam film, please watch it, it's such an epic fantasy movie. I swear if this movie is ever remade I'll raise hell like no one has raised hell before.
Terry Gilliam's tale where a young boy named Kevin, ignored by his gadget obsessed parents, awakes one night and finds his waredrobe has turned into a time portal. He winds up accidentally joining a group of six dwarfs who stole a map from their boss, the supreme being, using it to bounce through time stealing riches. All the while, they are chased by the supreme being, and monitored by the evil genius who plots to take the map from them. He preys on their greed by suckering them into trying to reach 'the worlds most marvelous object' which is located in the palace of darkness. They are captured and must work to stop the evil genius at all costs.