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ORIGINAL JOHN CARTER OF MARS ANIMATION CONCEPT FROM 1936

It’s taken exactly one hundred years for Edgar Rice Burroughs, epic martian adventure, John Carter to be adapted for film. The first attempt of the series began in 1931 with Looney Tunes director Bob Clampett. Clampett approached Burroughs with the idea of adapting A Princess of Mars into a feature-length animated film. Burroughs was receptive to the idea, due to the obvious limitations a live action film would incur. So work began on a six minute proof of concept, which was finally completed in 1936. Ultimately the feature-film was not pursued further as many studios thought the idea of an animation feature was too absurd and not suitable for an adult audience – cartoons were for kids!

It shows just how far we’ve come, with several new Pixar animation movies being released each year. Below is a video that was unearthed by ERBzine, showing the animation concept.

I personally think that the best adaptation so far has come from Filmdrunk’s Danger Guerrero who thought it would be fun to place Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, in the lead role.

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