huge box office failure, but adapting the original novel Princess of Mars had a long and torturous history. While Burroughs' John Carter of Mars book series was massively popular for the last century, no one would attempt to adapt it into a movie because it would be so expensive to go live-action. It's a little known fact that we might have had the first John Carter movie in 1936. Famed Warner Brothers director Bob Clampett attempted it with animation. He used innovative techniques like oil painting to create dynamic test footage. Unfortunately, the project folded when the studio decided they wanted a Tarzan project instead. Yet thanks to the Internet, we have some of the footage available, along with Clampett himself narrating it.
What did you think of the footage? Could John Carter have been a success in 1936?