Now that I am unemployed temporarily, I have to divert my analytical nature to other than solving HVAC issues. Last night I decided to increase our cultural level by watching a double feature of two of my favorite older movies.
Both 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mysterious Island were written by Jules Verne. 20,000 was done by Disney in 1954 while MI was done by Columbia Pictures in 1961.
There is no doubt that MI was a sequel to 20,000, that is the way Jules Verne wrote them and the MI movie makes reference to events that happened in 20,000 Leagues.
The dilema comes in with the beginning of 20,000 claiming the date to be 1868 which is after the war between the states. The mention of warships in 20,000 is very generic. There is no mention of any particular "wars".
Now, the "sequel" MI starts off in 1865 at the end of the war between the states. So...how can MI be a sequel if it is dated before 20,000?
I cannot believe that this has not become a major issue before now. I am not home and so do not have my written copies of these novels handy to check them for accuracy. We just may be stumbling on some sort of Jules Verne conspiracy or code for world domination so please take this seriously.