April 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm (Alice in Wonderland) (, , , , , , , )

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality”

Tim Burton

Watching Alice in Wonderland made me thankful that Tim Burton still makes film, though the much used CGI muffled down the Tim Burton feel.  It was too crisp to be a Tim Burton film, that’s because it is also a Disney film.   Though if anyone should have made this film, it is Tim Burton, who can make a true Wonderland.

With a PG rating Burton had to keep a minimal to any gore.  Disney gave him enough room to create the Red Queen’s bloody moat which is filled with the head’s of her victims.  At one point Alice has shrunken and must cross the moat by using the heads as stepping-stones.

The color palette used was a bit more brighter than our usual Burton films.  This can be noticed in his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in which they also used a lot of CGI.  I’m not sure if it was Disney that demanded a brighter film or if the artist involved in the CGI but we are far from Edward Scissorhand’s house and Halloweentown.

Overall I would suggest anyone who is a Tim Burton fan to go and watch this film, because no matter if it’s “not the same” because of Disney or Burton creating a more friendly vibe because he now has children himself, it is still a Tim Burton film.


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Burton’s Nightmare

April 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm (the Nightmare Before Christmas) (, , , )

“There’s a painful quality when you grow up and you’re not perceived correctly”

Tim Burton

Tim Burton and Danny Elfman have proven to compliment each other with the beautiful films they have created that is pleasant to our eyes and ears.

I feel the music and lyrics by Danny Elfman add to the “friendliness” in The Nightmare Before Christmas. The songs Elfman wrote help to provide a more inviting feeling that sits on top of the dark settings and ghoulish creates. The monsters sing their HEARTS out.

If you watch this film without sound as a parent there may be a feeling of uneasiness as they prepare for Christmas and make a dead rat a hat, and as the toys chase after the children.  They have the best intentions of “improving” Christmas as they sing, “Making Christmas.  Time to give them something fun, they’ll talk about for years to come.”

It’s funny how right they were and 17 years later we still talk about The Nightmare Before Christmas.  The music and songs are a major part of why this film has become a classic that we still enjoy today.

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Misunderstood Monsters

April 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm (the Nightmare Before Christmas) (, , , , )

“I found that most monsters were completely misunderstood.  They usually had more sensitive souls than the human characters around them.”

Tim Burton

Tim Burton did not direct The Nightmare Before Christmas though he produce it.  The director Henry Selick does credit Burton with the story concept, character design, look and tone of the film.  In this post I would like to discuss the concept of misunderstood monsters as well as the message given in the film.

When you explain The Nightmare Before Christmas to someone they may feel that it sounds too morbid and or scary for children.   Selick states in the bonus features of The Nightmare Before Christmas. that , “As gruesome as these characters may look, none of them are actually are cruel, with the exception of Boogie.  Most of them are sweet, kind of like misunderstood monsters.”  What needs to be understood is that these creatures are doing their job in Halloweentown and desire to do what they do best, even if it is to hide under your bed.

As a child these monsters were not scary and that is because Tim Burton gave them souls, feelings and passion.  We see deep sadness as Jack Skellington enters the grave yard and sings, “Oh somewhere deep inside of these bones, an emptiness began to grow.”  At this point we also see Sally the rag doll display empathy for Jack and his feeling of needing something more.  As with most of Burton’s main characters, Jack feels misunderstood.  He tried to become something more by becoming something he is not.  Jack discovers in the end that is harder to be someone you are not then to just be yourself.

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My Mission

April 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm (The Start) (, , , )

“People ask me when I’m going to make a film with real people.  What’s real?”

Tim Burton

My name is Makayla Lynn and I am now a graduate of Webster University.  The original purpose of this blog was to demonstrate my skills in film analysis and express my views of Burton’s films for my senior overview project.

Tim Burton made an extreme impact on me from an early age with the films Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas and has continued to do so with each film he has produced from his visions.  I feel he has created a world for the uncomfortable to be comfortable and thank him for that.

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