In honor of author Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Tarzan/John Carter Centennial, the Burroughs Bibliophiles Convention – scheduled for August 16-18, 2012 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, CA – will feature Jim Morris, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production at Pixar Animation Studios and Producer of the recent visual effects-heavy film John Carter. Morris will appear as Special Guest of Honor during dinner on the evening of Saturday, August 18. Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall shares the bill with Morris.
About the entire three day affair, author Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration) says, “There is a registration fee for those who want the souvenir bag and Jane Goodall banquet ticket, but [there is] no charge to browse and meet people and attend daytime programming.”
In honor of author Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Tarzan/John Carter Centennial, the LA Animation Examiner features five reasons to thank Edgar Rice Burroughs for his contributions to animation and its sister art forms. In dubious descending order of importance, they are:
5) Disney’s Tarzan animated movies, TV series, stage production, video games, and related merchandise – Maybe Disney should thank Burroughs too . . . and that goes double for the entertainment industry as a whole . . .
4) Comic strips, books, and graphic novels in general – From its inception, Tarzan inspired (and inspires) artists to create illustrated renditions of the character. Furthermore, Burroughs’ 70 novels, 40 shorts stories, and the various iterations of each provide precursors to the caped crusaders, men of steel, and web slingers that have followed.
3) Comic-Con – Longstanding ERB fan gatherings serve(d) as one source of motivation for the current massive annual celebration in San Diego.
2) The city of Tarzana, CA – The lovely West San Fernando Valley former hometown of Edgar Rice Burroughs is also the current hometown of the LA Animation Examiner!
1) Carol Burnett’s Tarzan yell – An animated character herself, Burnett (also an accomplished cartoon voice actor) provides a welcome female spin on the Ape Man. For proof, see old episodes of The Carol Burnett Show.
For more information on the upcoming Tarzan/John Carter festivities and on the Edgar Rice Burroughs oeuvre, see www.edgarriceburroughs.com.