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In 1925, a number of mushers along with their dog sled teams were involved in an effort to deliver antitoxins to diphtheria sufferers in the city of Nome, Alaska and the surrounding areas. Many, if not most, of those infected were children. This event became a national news story and one of the dogs named Balto became a national hero. A statue of him was erected in Central Park, New York, and even an animated film based on him was released in 1995.
However, director Ericson Core, tells us in this film about one of the forgotten canine heroes of this adventure: Togo. Is the film worth checking out? Read on to find out!
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Andrew Stanton is best known for directing “A Bug’s Life”, “Finding Nemo”, and “WALL-E” for Pixar Animation Studios. But his most recent directorial attempt had him tackle a live action film, a live action film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom” series of novels.
The novels were about a man named John Carter and his adventures on the planet Mars aka Barsoom. The novels were quite popular and attempts to make them into full-length films have been around since as early as the 1930’s. Actually, animator Bob Clampett, wanted to make an animated film based on these books, but failed to do so. Had he succeeded, he would have probably beat Walt Disney in creating America’s first full-length animated feature.
But, that failure wouldn’t stop other filmmakers from trying to adapt these novels to the big screen. And finally, 70+ years later, the Disney Studios became the lucky company to achieve this feat. The film, entitled “John Carter”, sadly flopped at the box office. Could the lengthy period in development hell be to blame? Or is the film really bad? Well, let’s find out for ourselves in this review. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “John Carter”.