This is a historical fable to be watched for its imagery and not analyzed for its plot. John Carter deserves and merits respect.
by Carole Mallory for Huffington Post: Frank Frazetta rotoscoped me for director Ralph Bakshi’s Fire and Ice. Remember Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat which in the ’80s made him a star? Well, Bakshi cast me in Fire and Ice. We filmed the movie and then I was rotoscoped by Frank Frazetta. Rotoscoping is a process of creating a cartoon by drawing directly on the film.
Frank Frazetta also drew early images of John Carter. Edgar Rice Burroughs was a fan of Frazetta and they collaborated with Frazetta doing the book jackets for many of Burroughs’ novels. Joseph Stalin’s favorite writer, Burroughs flunked his entrance exam for West Point. He had more important things to do. In 1912, he created Tarzan shortly after he created John Carter. At the age of 74, he died alone reading the Sunday comics in bed. He wrote over 91 novels, 26 of which were about Tarzan. ” I write to escape… to escape poverty,” he said. In 1950, he died a wealthy man.
When I watched Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter, I was mesmerized by the fantasy of what had once been Frazetta images.
The reception that John Carter has received in lieu of Burroughs’ and Frazetta’s involvement is unfair. This is a historical fable to be watched for its imagery and not analyzed for its plot. John Carter deserves and merits respect. It is a bridge to cinema history from Tarzan to today. Bravo to all those who collaborated on it to make it as splendid as it is. And booooooo to those who were laying in wait for its opening to lambast it with a litany of grievances and schadenfreude all of which ignore the visual splendor of this Frazetta-influenced film. Pixar executive Morris and director Stanton felt Frazetta’s art was dated and this film should have a different look. Perhaps this was their mistake. But if you allow your fantasies to take over you can see Frazetta’s influence and spirit.