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Indiana Jones and the Treasure of Tikal is a short Indiana Jones fan film from 2004. It is most noted for being filmed on location in Big Sur, California.


Film Details Edit

  • Release Date: September 1, 2004 (Original Release); July 12, 2013 (re-release)
  • Running Time: 5 min.
  • MPAA Rating: n/a
  • Director: Andrew Bermudez
  • Producer: Andrew Bermudez
  • Writer: n/a

Plot Summary Edit

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The film opens with Indiana Jones answering the phone and getting a message about an ancient Mayan statue hidden in the ruins of Tikal. Indy gets a tablet he'll need to find the treasure and heads out.

Deep in the Yucatan Peninsula, Indy and his partner Emily, along with a guide, explore the jungle, but are stopped by a band of evil natives. The natives are driven off as Indy and Emily continue to look for the treasure, but it is revealed that their guide is working for the evil natives.

Indy and Emily arrive at the temple, but she insists on staying outside. Indy goes inside, but as he enters the ruins, Emily is captured. Inside, Indy uses the Mayan tablet to enter a crawl space that leads to the treasure and grabs the treasure, but is chased out by a boulder.

Back outside, Indy escapes the ruins, but confronts the leader of the evil natives. They wrestle, forcing the native leader off a cliff. When Indy reaches a river, he finds the rest of the natives. Indy shoots them, saves Emily, and goes home.

Production History Edit

Like all of Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s movies at the time, there was absolutely no pre-production work done. An idea was formulated and was filmed from there.

The big difference for this film, though, was that it was going to be filmed almost entirely on location in Big Sur, California, a fact that was used in the trailer as a selling point. The movie was filmed in the summer of 2004 while on vacation at the said location.

The official release date is not on file, but is estimated to be around September 1, 2004 for DVD. For its "From the Vaults" re-release, the film went online on July 12, 2013. However, as this film was seen as holding the channel back (along with other re-releases), this film was removed from the internet in January 2017.

Audience Reception Edit

Both in its initial release and re-release, the film was ignored, as it was overshadowed by other films released around that time, such as Com 50 and 007 (initial release) and New Friends ~ An Environmental Fable (re-release).

Characters Edit

  • Indiana Jones (Andrew Bermudez)
  • Emily (Lauren Hoxie)
  • Evil Native Leader (Daniel Bermudez)
  • Evil Native (Alex Hoxie)
  • Evil Guide (David Hoxie)

Locations Edit

  • Smithsonian
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Mayan Temple

Credits Edit

Tropes Edit

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Indiana Jones and the Treasure of Tikal contains examples of the following tropes.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Being an Indiana Jones fan film, this is a given.
  • Adventurer Outfit: Being an Indiana Jones fan film, this is a given.
  • Barbarian Tribe: One-dimensional natives form this film's antagonists.
  • Canon Immigrant: Indiana Jones is this, even if he canonically isn't supposed to be his cinematic counterpart.
  • Disney Villain Death: The leader of the evil natives is dispatched by being forced off of a cliff.
  • Excuse Plot: The film's story was just a way to exploit some location-based filming in Big Sur.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: During the DVD Archival Project in 2015, this film received some minor changes. These changes are:
    • The front end logo was updated to match the then-current logo.
    • The soundtrack was enhanced with more sound effects.
    • The entire film was color-corrected and sharpened for conversion to HD.
    • The end credits were scrapped and rebuilt from the ground up.
  • Jungle Japes: The film's exotic setting is used mostly for set dressing and not much else.
  • Jungles Sound Like Kookaburras: Among the many animals heard on the soundtrack is the call of the Kookaburra.
  • MacGuffin: The Treasure of Tikal is this.
  • Misplaced Vegetation: Considering that this film takes place in central Mexico, yet was filmed in Northern California, this is apparent throughout the entire film.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Many animals are heard or seen in the background, but none of these are actually native to the Yucatan Peninsula. These include the Leopard Frog (from Brazil), the Kookaburra (from Australia), and the Banana Slug (from Northern California).
  • The Mole: The guide that Indy and his partner Emily hire is actually in league with the evil natives.
  • Mooks: Character-less natives appear throughout this film just so Indy can kill them.
  • Noisy Nature: Animals are constantly vocalizing in the jungle scenes.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: Despite being filmed on location, this film is regarded as having the worst effects and props of all of Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s films, such as the use of a cassette as a tablet.
  • Temple of Doom: Indy finds a small temple where the treasure is located. Naturally, the treasure is guarded by a boulder.
  • Treasure Map: Indy is occasionally seen holding two halves of a treasure map, though their history is never elaborated upon.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the first Mustache Maniacs Film Co. movie to be filmed at a remote, outdoors location.
  • Out of the five Indiana Jones fan films released by Mustache Maniacs Film Co., this is the only one to not feature Baron Von Stuka and his family as the villains.
  • Interestingly, Andrew Bermudez does not wear his full Indiana Jones costume in this film.
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