Inside the Heart of Gold That You Never Saw

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If you haven't seen the BBC television version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you need to get off your lazy duff and give it a whirl. It's extremely different from the movie version, and much closer to the novels and radio drama. Probably the best thing about it is the Guide itself, complete with amazing 2D animations depicting whatever the book is droning on about. Like the spaceship Heart of Gold, pictured here. Check out the glorious old school animation style that makes up the Bambleweeny 57 sub-meson Brain, which powers the Infinite Improbability Drive.


Andrew Wyld crearted this piece of art as part of a competition by the BBC to win a very small part in the new radio drama versions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. They were creating an online adventure game set in the world of the books, and Andrew and Nolan Worthington (we'll be talking about him soon) were declared co-winners of the competition. He drew his pictures as a homage to the 2D look of the Guide in the television series, with a bit of an update, and he's created several other pictures from the series that you can take a look at in his gallery. You can hear Andrew as a bass player falling out of a window in one of the episodes, as well as play the game online.

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@darcymcgee: I really think that a lot of people just didn't give the movie a chance because it was done by Disney, making a lot of people automatically discount it as being for kids. Also, since Douglas died before completion of the movie, people assumed he had nothing to do with the movie. I love when people say that he would be rolling over in his grave if he had seen the movie because it was mostly his vision and they are just making ignorant statements. I guess another part of it is that people just wanted to keep HHG2G as one of those sub culture type things, at least in the U.S., so when it became something mainstream, people were threatened in the same way that some people get when their favorite indie band gets popular.