Saturday, April 12, 2008

Future Pixar Movies about Astral Projection

It is confirmed that Pixar is going to do a trilogy of movies based on Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars books. This is marvelous news, as the weirdness in those books will almost certainly make for visually delightful environments and creatures a la Fantastic Planet. Here's hoping that the strangeness, excitement and campyness don't get sanitized out.

Librivox has recorded: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars and Warlord of Mars.
Link to a post about how the books almost became serial cartoons in the 1930s, via boingboing. Link to another article about the same thing.
Link reporting Pixar's preproduction. (the release date is 2012, ugh)


Mr. Alex said...

Science fiction was much more enjoyable when we didn't know that Mars is a barren rock and Venus is a boiling hell :-(

Pete said...

E.R.B. is considered more a practitioner of fantasy than S.F.; though he certainly was influenced by H.G. Wells.

Gygax stated that the Mars books had a big influence on D&D in its original incarnation.