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THis post is not particularly about dinosaurs, but many of us consumed plenty
of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Prehistoric themes growing up. For those that
don't know what this movie is about, ERB wrote it 100 years ago and gave birth
to Science Fantasy- Star Wars, Superman, blah blah blah have all been inspired
by Burrough's pulpy books. A Princess of Mars was actually his first work of
fiction, even before Tarzan. Hollywood has been trying to make this into a
movie for over 70 years,
I saw this film last night at a cast and crew screening and REALLY liked it.
The ad campaign make it looks like another Avatar/Attack of the Clones/ 300
story, but it is far from it. I worked on the designs of some creatures and
storyboarded a bunch of it, so I went in pretty critical. About 3/4 of the way
through I had to remind myself to judge how the final designs/animation came
out, which was clearly a sign that the story and characters pulled me in.
I've been on 3 versions of this film and designed a lot of creatures with a lot
of legs. The animators and other designers did a great job of making them
convincing enough that it was a non-issue.