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Projects in 'WALL*E' director's future are exciting

Deseret News ~ June 29, 2008
As much as I love "Finding Nemo" (2003) and loved the new movie "WALL*E" even more, it's the things in Andrew Stanton's future that really have me excited. A Pixar executive with a good track record, Stanton also co-directed "A Bug's Life" (1998) and co-wrote "Monsters, Inc." (1998) and "Toy Story 2" (1999). And his next feature will be "John Carter of Mars," a long-in-development fantasy that's based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Have I mentioned that I'm a big fan of those books? In a recent interview in Salt Lake City Stanton pooh-poohed my suggested casting of Hugh Jackman as the lead. (Stanton said Jackman is "too old," apparently forgetting the character is supposed to be a Civil War veteran.) But I was pretty intrigued by his talk about digitally animated versions of Burroughs' green-skinned, multi-armed Martians, or Tharks. Also, Stanton chuckled when I suggested Michael Clarke Duncan as the body model — or at least the voice of Carter's Martian brother-in-arms Tars Tarkas. Unfortunately, it will be at least four years until we get to see the movie. More>>>
Andrew Stanton discusses the John Carter project

Ain't It Cool News Interview ~ June 25, 2008
"I have been a fan of those books since I was 10, and I've watched vicariously from the sidelines as it has gone from studio to studio since I was in college in the '80s. And just as fan, wanting to see it be made, and praying to God it would be done right. I thought it was truly going to get done by Jon Favreau, and the minute it fell apart, I couldn't believe it. And the timing was just right with my schedule, and I said, "I don't know, this is crazy but I'm going to see if we can get it." And here we are. Believe me, if it doesn't fall apart for other reasons, I'm going to do it right, because I have been a huge fan of those books.

"Mark Andrews and I are writing it together; he was the head of story on RATATOUILLE and THE INCREDIBLES. We make a great combo together, and we're just spending this year writing. We've learned from the Pixar methodology: don't get distracted about how and all these things everybody else wants to ask; just make a great story and everything else wants to fall into place. So all the other specifics we aren't even going to decide upon until next year, once we have a script that we think is worth making. . . . We don't want to decide [whether the film is animated or live action] until next year. And believe me, we're not going say, "Oh, it's a Pixar film, so it's got to be G-rated." We're going to do what's right for the movie and then we'll find the right way to distribute it." More>>>

Andrew Stanton Out To ‘Break The Curse’ With Adaptation Of ‘John Carter Of Mars’
MTV Movies Blog ~ June 24, 2008
From Bob Clampett, to Ray Harryhausen, to Robert Rodriquez, and Jon Favreau, the list of directors who’ve wanted to make “John Carter of Mars” is a long one stretching back at least 70 years. For a long time, Andrew Stanton, who was recently confirmed to be directing an adaption of “Carter” for Pixar Animation Studios, didn’t feel like he belonged in their company. “I cared a lot that [‘Carter’] was done right, and I didn’t really care if I was the one to do it. I didn’t feel qualified,” he told MTV News.

Stanton’s assertions aren’t faux-humility. The daunting nature of the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which center around an immortal Virginian’s adventures on the red planet, as well as the long-list of talented directors who tried and failed to bring it to the bring screen, would no doubt challenge any director. So what does Stanton have that they didn’t? Well, for one, he’s got unending reserves of talent. For another, he’s got impeccable timing. (“It fell on the floor right at that moment and I was there,” he said) And, thirdly, of course, he’s got a t-shirt. “We want to make t-shirts that say ‘break the curse’ because I don’t want to be another name on the list,” Stanton laughed. “[The project] seems to keep dropping on the floor. I’ll pick it up this time and hopefully I’ll be the one to do it right.”

For the “Wall-E” and “Finding Nemo” director, that means having no illusions about the project’s difficulty, and sticking with it despite what looks to be at least a 5 year process. “I loved those [‘John Carter’] books. I read them all from front to back all through my high school and junior high years, and just always wanted to see them realized on the screen,” Stanton insisted. “The big common denominator for me [with all my films] is: is it an idea I love so much that I would desire so badly to see on the screen that I would be willing to get out of bed for years and face it when it’s not working? [‘Carter’ shares] that common denominator.” More>>>

Review: Stanton's "Wall-E": An Instant Film Classic
(CNN) ~ The most consistent production unit in Hollywood just hit another home run. Over the last decade, Pixar has become a byword for quality, combining cutting-edge digital animation with depth of character, slapstick comedy and rich, engrossing storytelling that appeals equally to kids and adults. "Wall-E" has all of that and more. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo"), it's Pixar's most ambitious movie and an instant classic.  . . . Grace, beauty, joy, laughter and love. A wonderful combination for any movie. "Wall-E" is easily the best film of the year so far. More>>>
". . . there’s been no discussion about exactly how it won’t be distributed or what moniker it will be under. Everything is going to be derived based on whatever we end up with script-wise, so this whole year is just about the script. In 2009 will be much more involved in the OK, exactly how is this going to get made? And exactly how are we going to present it? Nobody is worrying about that until there’s a script."
WALL*E is nothing short of a masterpiece of filmmaking. It is brilliant. I have not seen a film deal with such complex issues as humanity’s existence and the fate of the planet in such a deep and beautiful way. . . WALL*E is so fucking perfect a film. The film is very much alive; it has an organic pulse not found in many live action releases. I expected a great film, but I did not expect a masterpiece. Andrew Stanton, like Brad Bird before him, can do no wrong in my book. Andrew Stanton’s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter Of Mars cannot arrive soon enough.
The blog reports that Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo (2003) and the upcoming WALL-E, confirmed today  that he is currently developing an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars, as has been rumoured for several months now. The Pixar Blog ~ June 06, 2008
Q: Can you talk a bit about John Carter of Mars?

AS: Well, pretty much it’s already out there. I’m definitely writing it with Mark Andrews, and that’s all we’re doing right now.
Q: Is it gonna be live-action?
AS: Everybody’s asking that, and we’re not gonna make that decision for about a year or so.  Interview in Art Of Duze

- Pixar is doing the John Carter series
- The first one is probably going to be called Princess of Mars
- It is currently set to be released in theaters in 2012
- They would then continue the series, one film a year (or close to that)
- Andrew Stanton is directing
- Brad Bird is doing a live-action film, 1906, which seems to be a break from Pixar for him ~ Animation Empire
Pixar's 'Wall-E' rolls over competition ~ “Wall-E” blasted off at the box office Friday, earning an estimated $23.1 million and giving Disney-Pixar its best opening day ever. The critically acclaimed “Wall-E,” directed by Andrew Stanton, easily won the weekend, grossing an estimated $62.5 million from 3,992 runs. Variety ~ June 29, 2008
"WALL-E" wows box office

Reuters ~ June 29, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- Animation giant Pixar hit the box office jackpot once again on Sunday as its robot love story "WALL-E" snagged the No. 1 spot during its first weekend of release across North America. The movie, bolstered by near-unanimous critical praise, earned an estimated $62.5 million in its first three days, said Pixar's Walt Disney Co parent. More>>>

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George T. McWhorter
Curator, Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection
and underwriter of the
Arthur Rackham, Isak Dinesen, and Edgar Rice Burroughs Collections
Thursday, August 28, 2008
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Rare Books, Ekstrom Library Lower Level
Presentation of original Arthur Rackham manuscript letters at 2:15
Reception to follow

Special Collections ~ Ekstrom Library
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

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Pixar's "John Carter" Team Visits Tarzana
Pre-production for the Disney/Pixar "John Carter of Mars" film is gathering steam

Tarzana, CA: October 2, 2007
The Pixar creative team spent Tuesday morning exploring the massive Edgar Rice Burroughs archives in the ERB, Inc. offices on Ventura Blvd.  Pixar's Jim Morris (vp), Andrew Stanton (director), Mark Andrews (script) discussed the "John Carter of Mars" film project with Burroughs representatives, Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim Sullos. 

All six members at the meeting expressed a deep commitment to the project, acknowledging that they had been inspired by Burroughs' creations from a very early age. This is evidenced in the excitement held for the John Carter property and the plans for a film trilogy faithful to the Burroughs books. Projected release date is sometime before 2012.

Danton Burroughs presented the creative team with a wealth of resources, including art samples and books by ERB scholars such as Irwin Porges and John F. Roy. They noted that their major resource to date had been the thousands of official ERB, Inc. Webpages and Webzines.

~ Bill Hillman
Phil Collins
June 24, 2008
Phil Collins has hit out at artists using their songs in musicals. Despite hoping to pen a Broadway show, the Genesis singer “doesn’t approve” of musicians allowing their songs to be used on stage. He said: “I would like to do a Broadway musical, well, not even Broadway, just a musical. “I wouldn’t use my own songs, I don’t really approve of that. I don’t think it’s something I would want to get involved in.”

Phil wrote the soundtrack for the 1999 animated movie ‘Tarzan’, and had a heavy involvement in the 2006 Broadway theatre production, in New York, writing 11 new songs for the stage adaptation. He also revealed possible further plans for the show, adding: “The ‘Tarzan’ show is going to open in Germany and there are plans to adapt that for a sexier version. A sexy Tarzan. No, not an X-rated version, but there’s life in that....” Phil recently announced he plans to retire but insists he will “keep on writing”. 

From our  site

Tarzan the Musical to Open in London
Netherlands ~ June 2, 2008
Tarzan the Musical, which  was elected the winner of the ANWB audience prize as being the best musical, will also be playing in London, England.

Joop van den Ende announced this during the presentation of the Musical Award in Studio 22 in Hilversum. The production will be done by Stage Entertainment and Disney. Where and when the new production will start is not yet known.

Today the 1,000,000th ticket has been sold!
Netherlands ~ May 20, 2008
Chantal Janzen will remain in the role of Jane in Tarzan the Musical in Holland. Chantal was booked to star in the comedy Boeing Boeing at the end of the year.

However, because of the huge success of Albert Heijn's (chain of supermarket) promotion, the one millionth ticket has been sold and the musical Tarzan will be playing longer than expected. Disney Theatrical Productions have signed Chantal Janzen to extended contract. The lead role in Boeing Boeing will be taken by Lone Roosendaal.

Tarzan the Musical Celebrates One Year in Holland
Netherlands ~ March 27, 2008
Today, one year ago, Stage Entertainment and Disney Theatrical Productions started the first try-outs for Tarzan the Musical. They had great expectations for the musical despite the fact that in the US the number of visitors were decreasing at that time. For that reason and the fact that Holland's Fortis Circustheatre had more potential, scenes were adjusted and songs were added to insure that the production would be a smashing success.

It became a big hit and the audience still love this musical. Within six months the cast album became gold. There are musical lovers who already have visited this show for more than ten times! Today with more than 825,000 tickets sold it is the most successful musical in the Dutch history.

Like in the old movies being Tarzan is not without risks. In the past Tarzan actors used to have stuntmen (like Paul Stader) or get hurt when they did their own stunts (like Ron Ely). Last week Ron Link, the star of the production, broke his hand while running between two tracks. He  is now at home recovering from this injury. So playing a Tarzan role is not without risk even it is a musical.

Reported by Ron de Laat of
Edgar Rice Burroughs Rides to Mars on the Phoenix
Visions of Mars: A Message to the Future
Phoenix Carries Visions of Mars -- first Martian library -- and 250,000 Names.
The Planetary Society
Visions of Mars is a message from our world to future human inhabitants of Mars. It launched on its way to the Red Planet on August 4, 2007 aboard the spacecraft Phoenix. Along with personal messages from leading space visionaries of our time, Visions of Mars includes a priceless collection of Mars literature, and art, and a list of hundreds of thousands of names of space enthusiasts from around the world. The entire collection was encoded on an archival silica-glass mini-DVD provided by The Planetary Society, designed to last hundreds -- if not thousands -- of years.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, of Tarzan fame, paid no attention to scientific considerations in his early 20th century Mars novels, which are also represented on the disk. Nevertheless, the immense popularity of his tales of high adventure taught millions to think of Mars as a place to go to, a possible setting for human action. His successors, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and Arthur Clarke expanded on Wells' and Burroughs' images with scientifically informed and culturally sophisticated visions of a possible Martian future. They, and many others included in the disk, form a rich and nuanced tapestry of what the Red Planet has meant to humans at the end of the second millennium. Simply put, this modest looking disk is a digital record of our collective dream of Mars.

There is Carl Sagan, speaking to the future Martians from near his home in Ithaca, New York, with a waterfall cascading in the background. There is Arthur Clarke, seated in the comfort of his home in tropical Sri Lanka. The Planetary Society's Louis Friedman speaks to them from the Society's headquarters in Pasadena, California, and science fiction author and editor Judith Merrill of Canada also sends her greetings. A wealth of additional content appears on the disk, which was carefully assembled and edited under the direction of Planetary Society Advisor Jon Lomberg.

Many of these works have helped shape the human imaginings of our planetary neighbor. Giovanni Schiaparelli describes his observations of the famous "canali," which he believed crisscrossed the surface of Mars. Percival Lowell, in beautiful poetic prose, expounds his interpretation of these supposed "Mars canals," which formed popular and literary conceptions of the Red Planet for half a century. Lowell believed that the canals were an elaborate planet-wide irrigation system, engineered by technologically advanced Martians to combat the drying up of their planet. There is H.G. Wells, whose War of the Worlds imagined what such desperate and intelligent creatures might do to our own water-rich home. And there is Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of this classic tale, which set off a wave of panic across the United States. The soundscape "The Winds of Mars" by composer Bob Derkach introduces Visions of Mars and closes the radio broadcasts on the disk.
See the 
CONTENTS OF TEXTS: Visions of Mars: The Stories
Including A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
CONTENTS OF ART: Visions of Mars: The Art & Radio Shows
Including: Frank Schoonover ~ USA (1877-1972) ~ A Princess of Mars ~ 1917 ~ John Carter defends the Martian princess, Dejah Thoris, in this cover illustration for the classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Historic pictures sent from Mars 

See More Photos: HERE | HERE
Technology ~ May 26, 2008 
A Nasa spacecraft has sent back historic first pictures of an unexplored region of Mars. The Mars Phoenix lander touched down in the far north of the Red Planet, after a 680 million-km journey from Earth. The probe is equipped with a robotic arm to dig for water-ice thought to be buried beneath the surface. It will begin examining the site for evidence of the building blocks of life in the next few days. The first images showed the "Arctic plain" where Phoenix came to rest - a region of Mars that has never been seen up close before. The spacecraft will begin its three-month science mission in the next few days. It will use a robotic arm to dig through the protective Martian topsoil and lift samples of both soil and ice to its deck for scientific analysis. Orbiters flying around Mars had surveyed the landing site in great detail and found signs that water ice is buried 10cm or lessbelow the surface. Phoenix is an apt name for the current mission, as it rose from the ashes of two previous failures. More>>> 

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Tarzana, California, May 12, 2008 – Danton Burroughs, a family man, businessman, and collector of art, artifacts and literary works, and protector and promoter of the legacy of his Grandfather, Edgar Rice Burroughs (the author of Tarzan of the Apes and other famous American literary works), died at home in Tarzana, California on May 1, 2008.  Danton passed away in his sleep due to heart failure.  Danton had previously been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Throughout his younger years, Danton lived in a magical world created by the novels of his Grandfather which was filled with all the exciting illusions of exotic lands and inner earths that included heroes and villains larger than life.  It was an exciting world that stimulated his imagination and Danton’s future was clearly set before him.  Danton became an officer and director of the family owned business of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and was determined to keep his Grandfather’s legacy and fame alive.  Danton’s engaging personality impressed all who knew him and his immense knowledge of the works and creations of his Grandfather allowed him to share his enthusiasm with business associates and friends.  Danton was instrumental in the promotion and licensing of many diverse media properties, such as feature films, animated features, television series, daily and Sunday comic strips, live stage productions, theme park attractions, new editions of original novels and foreign editions, conventions, Burroughs Bibliophiles, fanzines, and comic books.  Danton worked tirelessly, until the last day of his life, at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company created by his Grandfather to market and promote his literary works and the characters he created like Tarzan Lord of the Jungle and John Carter of Mars.  The company will continue to promote and foster the legacy of not only Edgar Rice Burroughs but also Danton through its President James Sullos and the members of the Burroughs Family who will honor Danton’s legacy by keeping his dream alive to share the wonderful and fantastical worlds and characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Danton also sold real estate in the early 1970s in the San Fernando Valley and Venice, California.

Danton’s personal passion was collecting art, artifacts, historical memorabilia and literary works. His vast and varied eclectic collections included Wurlitzer and Seeburg Jukeboxes, an extensive record collection, sheet music and artist's memorabilia of all sorts, bronze sculptures, rare pocket watches, marbles, street lamps, literary works and writings.  The collections were amazing.

Danton was a son of the San Fernando Valley.  He was born on June 21, 1944 to John Coleman Burroughs and Jane Ralston Burroughs in Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California.  His Grandfather, Edgar Rice Burroughs, established the community of Tarzana with the renaming of the historic “Rancho del Cabrillo,” the “Tarzana Ranch,” consisting of 550 acres which he had purchased in 1919 from the Estate of General Harrison Gray Otis, the former publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Mirror Company.  Gen. Otis was one of the 5 principal partners in the “Suburban Homes Company” who in 1909 had purchased the southerly 47,500 acres of the San Fernando Valley and recorded Tract 1000 in 1910.  General Otis had purchased from the syndicate the first parcel of this Tract which Burroughs now owned.

By 1922, Edgar Rice Burroughs had subdivided the northerly 100 acres of the ranch and was actively marketing the “Tarzana Tract” on the “Tarzana Ranch,” and as noted in the October 15th issue of the Los Angeles Examiner, “New Town of Tarzana Is Established.”

In 1927, the Tarzana Women’s Club asked Burroughs permission to use the Tarzana Ranch name which was later submitted with application for the establishment of the “Tarzana Post Office,” on December 16, 1930.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, General Harrison Gray Otis, and William Mulholland, Chief Engineer of the City Water Department, who brought water into the San Fernando Valley via the Los Angeles Aqueduct, were the giants of that time who set the stage for the subdivision and development of the San Fernando Valley into the suburban communities it is today.

Danton grew up in Tarzana and attended Tarzana elementary school, Ridgewood Military Academy in Woodland Hills, Sequoia Jr. High School in Reseda, and Reseda High School.  He attended Los Angeles Pierce College, he belonged to the Tri Chi Fraternity, and he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree.

Danton is survived by his wife Linda and daughters Jane and Dejah and brother John Ralston and sister Dian, who have vowed to continue to honor Danton’s legacy and that of his family by preserving and promoting the fantastical literary characters and creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs that so many Americans have enjoyed for almost a century.

All who knew him, loved him.  He was a dear husband, father, brother, and friend to all and our hearts are deeply saddened by his passing.

For further insights into the life of Danton please see the following weblink:

A Memorial Service to celebrate Danton will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.:

Tarzana Community & Cultural Center
19130 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, California 91356
(818) 705-1286
(Corner of Vanalden Ave. and Ventura Blvd.,
Parking available on surrounding streets)

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Danton Burroughs' Memorial Fund at Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260 or through their website


Danton Burroughs, 63; grandson of Tarzan creator protected the legacy
By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer 
LA Times ~ May 15, 2008 

Danton Burroughs, who spent his life marketing and protecting the work of his grandfather, Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, died May 1 at his home in Tarzana, the San Fernando Valley community named after his ancestor's most famous fictional character. He was 63.

Burroughs, who had been battling Parkinson's disease, died of heart failure a day after a fire at his home destroyed a room filled with family memorabilia.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, said Alex Cornelius, a family spokesman.

Bill Hillman, editor of Edgar Rice Burroughs-related websites, told The Times that "it was heartbreaking for Dan to put his life's work into preserving material for the family and see it go up in flames."

The day he died, Danton Burroughs was to be named chairman of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., the company his grandfather formed in 1923 to merchandise his abundant fiction, which included dozens of novels and short stories. 

"My grandfather was always smart, taking care of trademarks and copyrights and going after infringers," Burroughs told The Times in 1990. 

In 1972, Burroughs became an officer and director of the family business, overseeing the company from a Mission-style bungalow on Ventura Boulevard that his grandfather built in 1927. The office is on the northern edge of 550 acres that Edgar Rice Burroughs named Tarzana Ranch in 1919. The community began going by the Tarzana name in the 1920s.

Profits from the creation of the fantasy character Tarzan of the Apes, which first appeared in a novel published in All-Story Magazine in 1911, allowed Edgar Rice Burroughs to purchase the land from the estate of Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, the second publisher of the Los Angeles Times. 

Decades after the author's death in 1950, revenue from Tarzan-related products continued to roll in as Danton Burroughs negotiated the sale of Tarzan rights for feature films, video games, comic books and such disparate products as stuffed animals, sleepwear, jackknives and multivitamins.

He also carefully protected the source of the family fortune, suing anyone who used the Tarzan name or likeness without a license, according to a 1999 Times story. 

The business is "a multimillion-dollar corporation," Burroughs said in 1985 in The Times. "We don't tell anyone exactly how much money is involved. It's a privately held corporation, and we like to keep a low profile."

Within the business, the gregarious Burroughs was especially valued as a historical archivist, said Jim Sullos, company president.

"Dan had the most intimate knowledge of literature that his grandpa wrote," Sullos told The Times this week. "He could pull out of historical documents things people didn't even know existed."

One of Danton's goals was to market some of Edgar Rice Burroughs' other works, especially the tales of John Carter, who stars in a series of novels that take place on Mars, Sullos said. 

Danton named his daughters Dejah and Llana Jane for two princesses his grandfather invented for his fictional Mars world; the Jane was for Danton's mother, Jane Ralston Burroughs.

Burroughs was born June 21, 1944, in Los Angeles and grew up in Tarzana. In 1972, he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Cal State Northridge.

His father, John Coleman Burroughs, was best known for illustrating the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

He also was a photographer who documented Los Angeles as early as the 1920s. Many of his negatives burned in the April 30 fire at Danton's home, said Gerald Fecht, president of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

A supporter of the Valley museum, Danton also helped found the Tarzana Museum and contributed many artifacts to its collection, which is housed in the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center.

"I don't really expect to meet anyone like Danton again," Fecht said. "He had a sense of wonder, a sense of joy . . . he was absolutely a splendid person. When you were with him, it felt like vacation."

An inveterate collector, Danton showcased his flea-market finds and other collectibles in his hillside home. Outside, his house resembled a mini-castle but inside it was more like a major antique store, friends said. 

Among his thousands of collectibles were jukeboxes and pinball machines, sheet music, street lamps and many literary works.

In the fire, Danton lost treasured pocket watches and antique marbles but he was devastated by the loss of so much memorabilia related to his father and grandfather, Hillman said. 

"He felt, and rightfully so, that the Burroughs legacy was entrusted to his keeping," Hillman wrote in an online tribute. "And this disaster seemed to prove how vulnerable and fleeting such a legacy could be."

He is survived by Linda, his wife of 28 years, and his daughters. Burroughs is also survived by a brother, John Ralston Burroughs, and a sister, Dian Burroughs.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donating to the Danton Burroughs Memorial Fund at Parkinson's Resource Organization,
LA Times Obituaries

Danton Burroughs dies at 63
'Tarzan' creator's grandson oversaw usage
Variety ~ May 13, 2008
Danton Burroughs, who oversaw the usage of his grandfather Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan character, died May 1 in Tarzana, Calif. of heart failure. He had previously been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He was 63.

As chairman of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Burroughs handled licensing and promotion of properties such as Tarzan Lord of the Jungle and John Carter of Mars, including films, TV shows, comic strips, stage productions and books.

Danton Burroughs was also a collector of art and literary works including sheet music and jukeboxes.
Born in Los Angeles, he spent most of his life in Tarzana, the community his grandfather established and named after the famous character.

He is survived by his wife Linda, two daughters, a brother and a sister.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana.

Donations may be made to the Danton Burroughs Memorial Fund at Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260. 

Source: Variety Obituaries

May 2, 2008
Danton Burroughs — the grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs and a major force in keeping that man's work alive — died Wednesday evening or Thursday morning at the age of 64 from a heart attack. He had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease for some time but was also coping with an emotional upheaval. Earlier this week, a fire had destroyed a a large number of precious, historical artifacts in his collection. Danton was always fierce about the preservation of every possible book, photo or scrap of paper about his family members so one can only imagine the impact the fire had on his health.

Danton died at his home in Tarzana, a suburb named for his grandfather's legendary creation. He was the son of John Coleman Burroughs, who was himself distinguished in the arts as a photographer, illustrator and author.

His passion for the family legacy is legendary. He was genuinely dedicated to that legacy for all the best reasons as evidenced by the multitude of websites that attest to his generosity in perpetuating the work of his father and grandfather and sharing it all with the world. ~ Adapted from NewsFromMe Log

Museum of the San Fernando Valley ~ May 1, 2008
One of the San Fernando Valley's greatest friends of history, Danton Burroughs has died. Dan died sometime after 10 last evening. He had struggled with Parkinson's Disease for sometime, but his death may have been related to a significant fire among his historical treasures on April 30th. Danton was the grandson of the beloved author Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan.

Danton died at his home in Tarzana, a San Fernando Valley suburb named by his grandfather. Danton was the son of the great American photographer John Coleman Burroughs. He was a founder of the Tarzana Museum and supporter of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Danton was a member of Chi Chi Chi Fraternity at Los Angeles Pierce College and was a lifelong friend of many members of the Beta Chapter of the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity.

Maple Leaf Brotherhood ~ May 1, 2008
One of the San Fernando Valley's greatest friends of history, Danton Burroughs has died. Dan died sometime after 10 last evening. He had struggled with Parkinson's Disease for sometime, but his death may have been related to a significant fire among his historical treasures on April 30th. Danton was the grandson of the beloved author Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan. 

Danton died at his home in Tarzana, a San Fernando Valley suburb named by his grandfather. Danton was the son of the great American photographer John Coleman Burroughs. He was a founder of the Tarzana Museum and supporter of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Danton was a member of Chi Chi Chi Fraternity at Los Angeles Pierce College and was a lifelong friend of many members of the Beta Chapter of the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity. Among the last persons to speak with him is Br. Jerry Berns who had a long conversation with Dan about 8 o'clock last evening. He commented to Jerry Fecht, the morning after the fire, that he cherished his college friends, who were the greatest of his treasures. 
At Dan's request, Jerry Fecht went to his home the morning after the fire to photograph damage. The photographs are a tragic record of how fragile our friendships and our history can be. 



Tarzan and Jane are chosen for the German production of Tarzan the Musical
Tarzan in Europe News
Friday, May 2, was the last live television show of "Ich Tarzan, Du Jane!" from Stuttgart, Germany. The special guest was Phil Collins. There were six finalists, three Tarzans and three Janes and, in the opinion of Collins and the three-man jury, all were fine talents.  It was up to the viewers at home to vote for the ones they thought should be Tarzan and Jane. In the final selection, the winners were Anton Zetterholm, of Swedish extraction, with a great voice and a very athletic and acrobatic physique. Jane is Elisabeth Hübert from Germany and she's a very pretty blonde with a fantastic voice

All the lyrics of the musical have been translated into German. Both finalists can sing fluently in either English or German. The Tarzan Musical premiere is slated for October 18, 2008, in Hamburg. Eventually the show will move to Berlin.

The TV show may be accessed at

 Submitted by Walter Taucer ~ Austria
Tarzan convention, comic book show headed to Waterloo in July
WCF Courier ~  May 10, 2008
WATERLOO --- One of the most popular fictional characters of all time will be swinging into Waterloo the weekend of July 25-26 when the national Tarzan convention, known as a Dum Dum, arrives at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. The convention celebrates the most famous creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs, a prolific author who wrote 26 Tarzan novels. The Tarzan event will be held in conjunction with the Iowa Comic Book Collectors Show in the same facility. Both events will be free to the public except for the closing banquet on Saturday night. The main guest will be Denny Miller, who played Tarzan in the 1959 feature film, "Tarzan, the Apeman," and has appeared in more than 25 movies and 100 television shows. Other guests are Jack Bender, a native of Waterloo and former Courier cartoonist who draws the nationally syndicated Alley Oop newspaper strip; Dave Fury, author of a new book on the late actress Maureen O'Sullivan, "No Average Jane"; and Mike Chapman, author of two books on movie Tarzans, Herman Brix/Bruce Bennett and Glenn Morris. More>>>


May 1, 2008: It's been a week of highs and lows in Tarzana.
Following Sandra Galfas' retirement, longtime ERB, Inc. associate, Jim Sullos, 

was sworn in as president of the company on Wednesday.
Danton Burroughs has taken on the dual role of Chairman of the Board and Secretary/Treasurer. 
Tributes, photos and bios are in preparation.
The new ERB, Inc. contact site is at:
A tragic fire broke out Tuesday in one of Danton's Tarzana Archive rooms. 

Although damage to collections and ERB artifacts is considerable, the fire was contained in one room -- the new addition 
-- thanks to the quick response of daughter Dejah, Dan and brother John.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. vigorously enforces and defends its rights in the Tarzan character and stories.  In 2003, for example, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the trial court's decision in ERB's favor that two Tarzan books published in 1972 and 1976 illustrated by artist Burne Hogarth are works for hire owned by ERB, notwithstanding erroneous registrations stating that Hogarth was the author of the works. 

The district court initially sanctioned ERB's adversaries and their counsel, though the court later vacated the sanctions on the condition that ERB be reimbursed for certain of its attorneys' fees that had been the subject of the sanctions motion.

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