Disney’s John Carter will be released soon, but the marketing for the film has been somewhat hit or miss. For those unfamiliar with the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, the trailers prompt more questions than a paternity debate on Jerry Springer. Luckily, I read the first three novels a few years ago, so here is a John Carter Cheat Sheet to help fill in the blanks. I tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but feel free to skip this if you want to go into the film blind.
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John Carter is worth getting excited about because it’s based on work by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) is directing, but the recent trailers and promotional material haven’t painted the film as something original. Badass Digest has posted a fan-made trailer that explains the basic plot setup and concept of John Carter much better than anything Disney has put out yet. It actually even alludes to the fact that John Carter of Mars is a story that predates Star Wars and many modern science fiction staples.
Disney is airing a new one-minute TV spot for John Carter during ABC’s The River on Tuesday night and ComingSoon.net got a hold of it. The new trailer further emphasizes action scenes and is mostly full of one-liners as /Film points out, but I have to say, it still looks pretty thrilling.
If you insert Yoda into the new trailer of John Carter, you’d think George Lucas was remaking Attack of the Clones into a much better movie. The new trailer has a lot of sand, green aliens, and colossium fighting. Honestly, it looks pretty great so far.
Who knew Mars looked so much like Persia. Disney-Pixar’s adaptation of John Carter of Mars is already looking quite amazing. This will be Pixar’s first foray into live-action film, with Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life) directing and Pixar trying its hand at realistic CGI for the first time. So far, the result looks amazing. At the same time, Film School Rejects are astute to point out that there really isn’t a lot of mars going on here. We haven’t yet seen any aliens or many unfamiliar locations. So far, it looks to be the Prince of Persia that Jerry Bruckheimer failed to produce last year, and then some.