Thanator = Banth

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Knowing that Jake Scully is just John Carter in a squishy-liberal, politically-correct universe, I finally found the reference I was looking for: An uber-classic Frazetta illustration of Carter's son facing a Banth.

This is the very image I thought of when Jake first meets the Thanator, and when a Thanator bows its head for Neytiri to ride it.

http://animewallpapers.lt/albums/FEDOROS_RULES/FANTASYART/FANTASY-ART-BY...

To his credit, Cameron did say "Avatar" was an homage to all the scifi he'd ever read or seen.

Here's the conversations:

Fan: Were you influenced by...

JC: Yes.

Interviewer: I see elements of ...

JC: Yes.

Film Geek: Scene 28 at 14 minutes 32 seconds in looks just like...

JC: Yes.

Accounting Department: Will this thing make money?

JC: Yes.

Accounting Department: Then all is right with the world.

(One more tie-in: "Thanator" is also the name of the Jovian moon, Callisto, as used by its inhabitants in the Lin Carter homages to the Barsoomian and Amtorian potboilers.)

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