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Walt Disney Studios has recently released three clips from its upcoming epic adventure, John Carter of Mars.
From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter —a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
In the first clip, ‘I’m on Mars,’ Dejah helps to explain to Carter that he has ended up on the planet of Mars somehow. Interestingly enough, the pair re-create the planets of the known solar system with rocks and there are nine planets represented. Interesting because although Pluto is officially no longer considered a planet, it was originally discovered in 1930, some ten plus years after Burroughs had A Princess of Mars published.
In the next clip, ‘Mars Best Friend,’ Carter encounters Woola for the first time when he is locked up in a calot nursery. Trying to escape with his newly found Martian super talents, Carter soon finds out that Woola’s loyalty is not to be messed with. This clip was actually shown at last year’s Disney D23 Expo:
Finally, in ‘Canyon Escape,’ John Carter and Dejah make a last ditch effort (get it?) to escape from an oncoming onslaught, much to the chagrin of Matai Shang.