Andrew Stanton, who had directed the successful-in-all-ways-except-financial John Carter, is going back to the drawing board, literally. His next directorial project will be the sequel to one of his previous animated successes Finding Nemo, currently titled Finding Nemo 2. But is this a step forward or a step back for Stanton?
John Carter was a wonderful, completely underrated film with terrific characters and equally terrific special effects. Animator Patrick Giusiano, who had worked for a company called Double Negative Visual Effects http://www.dneg.com/ under Pixar’s supervision, had obviously put painstaking effort into making those special effects as real as possible.
Actually, as a fan of both the Edgar Rice Burroughs book, A Princess of Mars, and of Andrew Stanton, who directed WALL-E, I wasn’t really that surprised that John Carter would turn out to be an entertaining adventure. (And my fellow Forbes bloggers agree, here and here.) But in some ways, the movie exceeded my expectations. John Carter deserves to be seen by more people than it has. So I’d like to convince you to see John Carter, particularly while it’s still in theaters.
At last, things are looking up for John Carter. I spent yesterday bemoaning the lack of decent advertising for the upcoming film, a misstep that could cost Disney millions. But as of the release of the newest poster, I see I’ve been pleasantly mistaken.