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THE JOHN CARTER ANIMATION PROJECT
PROMOTIONAL PORTFOLIO
BY JOHN COLEMAN BURROUGHS
Part II (continued from Part I)
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THE JOHN CARTER OF MARS ANIMATION PROJECT
PROMOTIONAL PORTFOLIO BY
JOHN COLEMAN BURROUGHS
Part II: Barsoom Illustrations
From the Danton Burroughs Tarzana Archive
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Early '70s photo courtesy of  Rob Clampett
Bob Clampett and John Coleman Burroughs with the promotional portfolio of their John Carter project


After graduating from Pomona, John Coleman Burroughs did preliminary work, with friend and former Otis Art Institute classmate, Bob Clampett, on an animated version of John Carter of Mars. Clampett, who had developed the Porky Pig and Merrie Melodies cartoons at Warner Brothers, convinced ERB of the potential of developing his fantastic stories into animated features. Since Clampett was still holding down a full-time job at Warners, the work on their short test film had to be done at night and on weekends. Clampett did the animation, while Jack and wife Jane painted the cells and designed the characters. ERB took the finished product to MGM but, although they were interested, they believed that such a project should involve the wildly popular Tarzan which already had a proven name. So, in 1936, Burroughs travelled to Chicago and New York to lay the ground work for launching a Tarzan cartoon feature under the company name Tarzantoons, Inc. He even convinced J. Allen St. John to help out with the project but when Leon Schlesinger offered Clampett a chance to head up his own production unit at Warners, the Tarzan project fizzled. If they had sold A Princess of Mars, it would have been the first full-length serious cartoon ever done -- preceding Disney's Snow White by quite few years.
From the John Coleman Burroughs Biography
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"The paintings of Danton Doring were done as tentative ideas for a moving picture script that Bob Clampett and I sold to a producer who had developed a unique and startling method of photographing insects with great clarity and of a quality far surpassing any previously done in that field up to that time. At the time Bob and I were working together on the John Carter of Mars animation project . . .

The Danton Doring / John Carter Connection:
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"Realizing the potential of a fantasy series of cartoons based around Burroughs' characters, I went out to Tarzana to see Burroughs himself and tried to convince him that I could film and sell a series of cartoons based on his JOHN CARTER OF MARS stories." Bob Clampett
Excerpted from:
Lost Cartoons: The Animated "John Carter of Mars" By Jim Korkis
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See an excerpt from the 1936 John Carter Project
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John Carter Film News

View a John Carter of Mars Excerpt with Bob Clampett Commentary
Alternate John Carter of Mars Animation Excerpt
 

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Lost Cartoons: The Animated "John Carter of Mars"

View a John Carter of Mars Animation Excerpt
 

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