Release Dates For ‘John Carter of Mars,’ & ‘Frankenweenie’ [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

Disney movie release dates Release Dates For John Carter of Mars, & Frankenweenie [Updated]

[Update: The Release dates of both films have been changed. Go HERE for details.]

Two very different projects from the Mouse House – their adaptation of author Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Carter of Mars series and the feature-length treatment of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie – will arrive in theaters during the first half of 2012.

Frankenweenie will be unleashed (heh) first on March 9th of that year.  Hmmm… a Walt Disney Pictures 3D, family-friendly production that was directed by Tim Burton is being released just two weeks before the official start of spring.  Is the company perhaps hoping to replicate the success of this year’s Alice in Wonderland?

The original Frankenweenie was a low-budget, black & white short Burton created back in 1984 and told the story of a young boy who resurrects his deceased dog Frankenstein style.  It was a fun – albeit mildly warped in that classic Burton style  – little flick that had appeal for both older and younger viewers.

Will that basic premise work as well in a full-length film as it did for one that was 29 minutes long?  I would like to see Burton get back on track after Alice (which I found to be a lackluster effort on his part), though I am not entirely convinced this will be the pic to do that.

Frakenweenie Release Dates For John Carter of Mars, & Frankenweenie [Updated]

Still frame from 'Frankenweenie'

John Carter of Mars is definitely a cinematic adaptation to keep an eye out for.  It is based off some classic sci-fi literature and is being helmed by Pixar maestro Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) – a fellow who certainly knows how to create an engaging adventure on the big screen.

Disney has scheduled John Carter for release on June 8th of 2012, which would be just a week before Pixar’s film Brave is scheduled for release.  It would be an unsual move on the company’s part to release two potential blockbusters so close to one another, so there is a good chance that Pixar’s 3D, computer-animated pic will change its day of release in the near future.

John Carter Of Mars Release Dates For John Carter of Mars, & Frankenweenie [Updated]

Artwork from 'John Carter of Mars'

Many of the individuals who have been following the development of the John Carter movie will probably be surprised to hear that the 3D matter is currently up in the air.  Disney executives are reportedly interested in a post-production conversion, though Stanton remains unconvinced at this point.  Bit of (ironic) trivia – the original John Carter series was very much an influence on James Cameron’s little pic Avatar.  You might have heard of that 3D sci-fi adventure, yes? icon wink Release Dates For John Carter of Mars, & Frankenweenie [Updated]

So which Disney pic are you more excited for – John Carter of Mars?  Frankenweenie?  Both?

Source: Walt Disney Pictures

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  2. FRANKWEENIE???? LMAO! yes please a second incredibles!!!

  3. I don’t know much about John Carter of Mars, but looking at the illustrations and knowing that Disney is doing it, I’ll wait for DVD.

    As for Frankenweenie they may of well just have remade Frankenhooker.

  4. Can’t wait for John Carter. Men to anything Burton at this point. Barsoom is… well a foundation of sci-fi and I’m excited to see it.

  5. Eh… is neither an option? I’m looking forward more to Nolan’s efforts (hell, Warner Bros.’ efforts, at this point) than Disney or Burton.

  6. The “Frankenweenie” short I believe is on the “The Nightmare Before Christmas” “Special Edition” DVD released back in 1993. The short
    should give anyone the sense of where he’s going with the story.
    In case anyone is wondering about the tone of the movie coming up.
    The thing is Burton and Disney go way back and “Frankenweenie” is
    something he’s been tinkering with since the mid to late 80′s. So
    it’s not like it hasn’t much history or exposure…

  7. I’ve seen frankenweenie 5 or so years back… the sci fi channel had a short movies special… It was really… unique, not bad… odd… I dont know much about john carter, except that horrible movie with tracy lords as some princess. if it were up to me to say which one gets the green light… I’ld have to say john carter… tim burton gets everything colorful and bright, but with darker tones… I dont like that, during charlie and the chocolate factory, Depps wonka was a complete dick, and I expect more then that after watching gene wilders version… alice in wonderland was dark, and scary… if you read though the looking glass it is suppost to be scary, but the movie was made for a young audience… like kids. if disney does do his movie, i will boycott it, because buton destroyed wonka, and the mad hatter, if he does make a movie like a frankenstien movie but with a dog instead… then disney might as well make snuff films and put them in 3D… There, Im done venting…

  8. I’m surprised so few people on here aren’t familiar with John Carter of Mars. It’s a classic SF romantic adventure from the creator of Tarzan the Apeman.

    I’m a bit apprehensive about Disney doing it though. That probably means no scantily clad princess and no bloody battles. Hopefully they won’t mess with the eightlegged giant Lizards and the four armed green Tharks.

  9. I am looking forward to seeing John Carter of Mars. Andrew Stanton did so well on WALL-E, and I learned that the man who authored the John Carter books also wrote Tarzan. The whole 3-D aspect – I think that unless you make it superb, don’t bother. The last couple of 3-D movies I’ve seen, aside from Avatar have been “meh” on quality, kind of like an afterthought.

  10. I have caught parts of the movie a”princess of Mars” on cable. Wow, talk about a bad movie. I was worried that this was the movie that they had made for John Carter. I am relieved to see that this is not the case.

    • Hah. I just saw that on tv. Aside from bad acting, bad dialogue, bad effects, bad makeup and bad screenplay and no budget it was great :)

  11. I read the John Carter stories a long long time ago, I’ve recently started to re-read them on a Kindle. I was able to find the complete series of JC of Mars books on the web, seems they are amongst thousands of books where the copyright has expired (check out project gutenberg).

    So I’ll be very interested to see how they interpret John Carter for the 21st Century, considering how old the original stories are.

  12. Any updates on the movie at all?

    • John Carter of Mars that is.