I know this is a subject that has been delved into all over the internet, especially back when James Cameron’s movie Avatar first came out. I am really disappointed I did not get to see this movie in the theaters; I waited until it came to cable TV. I remember watching it for the first time and getting an incredible sense of Déjà Vu. I had seen this incredible world before, through the fantastic imagery of British born artist and designer Roger Dean. You may remember his extraordinary album covers for the arena rock bands Yes and Asia. Dean's career in art began in the late sixties, when Cameron was roughly fourteen years old.
To this eye it appears much of the imagery is eerily similar. James Cameron has continued to argue that his vision of Pandora was not inspired by the creative artwork of this talented artist. Below are posted some pictures to review. You folks decide whether there is a connection. I hypothesize there was probably a large sum of monies exchanged to avoid a law suit.
notice the landscape similarities above and below
the reoccurring theme of floating mountains
Avatar vs. Roger Dean
I would urge you go check out the work of Roger Dean as soon as you can. His body of work spans over forty-five years and is quite ubiquitous throughout the internet. The images here are just but a small sampling of the wondrous worlds and landscapes of an extremely creative and artistic mind. What are you waiting for? Go Google him. :)