John Carter Dir. Andrew Stanton [Walt Disney Pictures; 2012] by Andrew Eastwick Rating: The best that can be said of John Carter, Disney’s $250 million adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s 1917 novel Princess of Mars, is that it won’t give you a headache. Show More Summary
I finally caught up with John Carter, the Disney megabomb that just cost its studio a $200 million write-down, which is a movie I’ve wanted to see for 50 years, ever since I devoured Edgar Rice Burroughs’s series of Barsoom novels (along with pretty much everything else he wrote) as a high-schooler. Show More Summary
The press was concerned when John Carter hit theaters March 9. For many, the question was "Does the movie live up to the books?" And then the question remained: "Does it live up to the covers of the books?"
In 1957, legendary disney animator Ward Kimball created a cartoon vision for Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom that was innovative and filled with truly bizarre alien creatures. This animated Mars only lasts for a minute, but it's a fun journey. More »
I am a huge proponent of literacy programs for kids. Reading, vocabulary, and writing skills are strong predictors for success in life. So I was excited to find that Reading Rockets — a national literacy initiative of WETA, the PBS station in Washington, D.C. — is running a student writing contest focusing on Edgar Rice [...]
As a fledging young sci-fi geek, when it came to Edgar Rice Burroughs, I was always a major fan of the Frank Frazetta covers. But now I’m married to another geek who actually was a twelve-year-old boy once, so of course we were going to see John Carter. Just not during the opening weekend, or [...]
Based on the series of not-Tarzan novels first written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1911, Andrew Stanton’s John Carter is a disappointment over 100 years in the making. And considering how many established sci-fi/fantasy cinematic classics owe their very existence to Burroughs’ original stories, that’s really too bad. Show More Summary
So about a month ago I suggested that we hold a book discussion regarding A Princess of Mars, the first science fiction novel in the John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I had not had a chance to read the book at the time, but was looking forward to doing so in preparation for [...]
Director Andrew Stanton talks about his connection to the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels that serve as 'John Carter's' foundation.
Much like Tintin, Edgar Rice Borroughs' John Carter stories have always been one of my pop cultural blind spots. I've got a lot of friends that swear by them, and I've always been vaguely aware that there were characters named "Dejah Thoris" and... Read more Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Took the family to John Carter last night. Best movie ever? No. But the film was faithful to Edgar Rice Burroughs (at least to my amateur eyes) and featured a nice Martian steampunk aesthetic. It’s good to look at. Thumbs up.
Tonight’s column is very short. It could pretty much be four words… …Go see John Carter. It’s not just a great movie. It’s the Edgar Rice Burroughs movie that all of us that read the books have been praying for, every time we hear news of a film adaptation of one of the novels. And [...]
It’s the big weekend for Disney, and Pixar director Andrew Stanton, as Stanton’s live-action adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars finally hits theaters. John Carter is a film that has been many, many years in development, and finally sees life thanks to Stanton’s interest in the story. Taylor Kitsch, Lynn [...]
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Lost in Our World. Found in Another. Disney finally put enough faith, and money, into Pixar director Andrew Stanton to adapt the iconic, legendary sci-fi series from Edgar Rice Burroughs that has already influenced Hollywood in many ways. Show More Summary
"John Carter": The big question raised by the new science-fantasy adventure "John Carter," based on the old pulp stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, is whether it would bring something new to an old and influential story. For movie critics, the reactions have been mixed.
The public domain is meant to be a source of free culture for all the world to enjoy, mix and derive other works from. Unfortunately, there are many people and organizations in the world that wish to block the use of public domain material. Show More Summary
Edgar Rice Burrough's most famous creation got the serious treatment in the 80s. In a movie written by a dog.
"John Carter" producer Jim Morris talks with SPINOFF ONLINE about the Disney action-adventure, his fondness for Edgar Rice Burroughs' century-old pulp classic and his hopes for a movie trilogy.
John Carter is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom series, the first volume of which, A Princess of Mars, was originally published a century ago. The Barsoom books inspired most of the stuff you consider to be the sci-fi canon—Star Wars, early Star Trek, Dune, even He-Man. Show More Summary
Can Edgar Rice Burroughs' hundred-year-old classic stand up to a new 3D adaptation from the director of WALL-E? Does a white-ape poop in the mantalia groves? Jon Korn has some answers. Column by Jon Korn Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom series is rightly recognized as a seminal achievement in modern science fiction. Show More Summary