The Pixar mastermind, whose previous films Finding Nemo and WALL-E wowed audiences and critics alike, grew up a huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs's sci-fi creation and fulfils a childhood dream in bringing Carter to the big screen.
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Digital Spy sat down with Stanton to discuss casting Taylor Kitsch as the Civil War hero transported to Mars, assembling an all-star group of actors to play Tharks and how he felt about the movie and live-action filmmaking.
"I found the most challenging aspect to be the physical aspect of it," Stanton said. "In animation it's a slow process, you have very civilised hours, you have your weekends off. You make a lot of decisions over time, you finally see the results but you have time to catch yourself.
"In live action it's, 'Now, now, now, now, the sun is setting!' It's very immediate and everything's very spontaneous. There's a thrill that you don't get in animation."
John Carter opens in cinemas on March 9.