Familiar, eh? It wouldn’t be so bad if James had at least credited the influence, but he appears to be wanting to take the whole credit for himself. In a sense, it isn’t only the imaginary RDA corporation that wants to claim Pandora as it’s own with no sharing involved. Personally, I believe that such places must exist, if only in our universal unconscious. Yet for providing the basic vision of that world, Roger should be credited, the situation as it is now having a certain dishonesty to it. To an extent the whole film is a homage to his vision, a way for us to venture there. A dream of an alien land, with flying dragons that can be ridden by the adventurous, and floating islands with trees. Even the ‘Tree of souls design, like a huge rib-cage, is similar to one of Deans. Now I don’t see this as a bad thing in itself, as it is wonderful to have the feeling of inhabiting such fantastic worlds. What bothers me is that not only are they failing to credit him, but are actually trying to deny the influence entirely, presumably for legalistic reasons. What kind of perfect future features anything less than complete honesty?
The human imagination itself is what allows us to fly into flights of fancy like this. Yet out great visionaries enable us to experience it for ourselves. So to rectify this injustice in the small way I am capable of doing, the esteemed Perfect Futures award will be shared between the two artists Roger Dean and James Cameron. If either or preferably both of them want to collect it, I’m free on Wednesday evenings.
Note- There is still time till Wednesday evening and I decided, especially after seeing the Epic again, that I was being a little harsh. I mean, it is very original. So instead of sharing, they will receive an individual award each, to treasure and put on the walls of their studio. James and Roger, I’ll be waiting for you both!
Flying reptiles, resting in tree-tops
Capturing huge creatures on mountaintops ,with ropes to fly them.
A Dead dragon, in a primeval jungle.
The ‘Torukesque’ Dragon again, above the mountains.