Burton Sleeping With Johnny Again?

April 20, 2010 at 12:45 am (Tim Burton Themes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I would do anything Tim wanted me to. You know – have sex with an aardvark… I would do it.

Johnny Depp

Depp has signed on yet another film with Burton called Dark Shadows.  If you are a Tim Burton fan you certainly must be a Johnny Depp fan because he’s in almost every Burton film as of late.  Though he is not the only actor that has been used again and again.  Wikipedia created a chart of how many times each actor has been in his films and Helena Bonham Carter is gathering up points as well.


I am not sure of why Burton reuses actors but I will give him, Depp and Bonham Carter credit for creating new characters for each film.  When Depp first came on the scene it was as Edward Scissorhands, a softspoken man with scissors for hands, then forward through time a bit to the fainthearted Icabod Crane who curiosity in Sleepy Hallow almost gets him beheaded, then to Sweeney Todd, the hard hearted man who will stop at nothing to cut the throat of the man who ruined his life, to our most recent the Mad Hatter who is obviously different in appearance with red hair, green eyes and gapped teeth, and of course, well mad.  Each character provides a new voice, accent, tone, posture, NEW CHARACTER.

Both men are brilliant but let us not forget Miss. Bonham Carter, the women with say in Burton’s world.  Not only in appearance starting out with Burton in a full ape costume in Planet of the Apes but presence as well.  Gentle and welcoming mother in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory to the demanding and frightening Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland.  There is no stopping this women, she was an ape, then a big headed queen, she will transform herself into her character.

I assume it is easy for Burton to work with the same actors because they are comfortable with each other and know how they work, know what to expect and know that it will be brilliant.

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Scissors for Hands

April 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm (Edward Scissorhands, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

“Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.”

Tim Burton

Back to the good days, Tim Burton and an original script!  A man who has scissors for hands, original enough for that alone.  A man who Burton was in touch with which is discussed in a wonderful book called Tim Burton Interviews edited by Kristian Fraga.  In one of the interviews Burton says, “the film is about not being able to touch, to communicate.  It’s about being at odds with your own body, doomed to misrepresent yourself and, in turn, to be miserably misperceived.”  Edward is someone Burton completely understood.  Burton is Edward Scissorhands, so to tell his story is like telling his own.

A book called Suburbia and Burton’s own childhood neighborhood inspired the look of the movie.  In the Suburbia book “people pose in front of their garages or in paneled rooms and explain their lifestyles.”  Burton says, “There’s one comment I love.  “I find a sense of freedom in the suburbs.  You assume the mask of suburbia for outward appearances, and yet no one knows what you really do.”  He goes on to say, “That’s what so incredible about it.  Because you’re so close to people and yet, you have no idea what they’re really about.  This is the way I grew up feeling.  And it can change at any moment.  You’re never so close and distant from people at the same time.”

The designer of the film, Bo Welch states that he shrunk the windows of the houses “to be a little less friendly, a little more mask-like and to heighten the hiding-in-suburbia feeling.”  Welch and Burton agreed on four-color scheme for the houses that included, “sea-foam green, dirty flesh, butter and dirty blue.”  Sounds delightful and uninviting to me :)

Burton himself describes his film as something less than crisp, “The camera moves a little more but don’t worry, it’s still clunky.  There’s still a few shaky camera moves.  It’s still got that same depressed..” and then trails off without finishing.  The author of the article David Edelstein finished by saying, “He has a way of bringing down the room, our boy.”

This is classic Tim Burton, the Burton we all fell in love with, when he knew his characters and shared they’re pain of being the odd man in.

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Has Tim Burton Lost His Edge?

April 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm (Tim Burton Themes) (, , , , , )

“I treat every movie like it’s my next-and-last.”

Tim Burton

Some would say yes with the release of his more recent films, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.  As a die-hard Burton fan I feel he can do no wrong, besides agree to “some” CGI usage to cut cost.  Some may say his films are slowly losing their “Burtonesque touch” and I would sadly have to agree after watching Alice in Wonderland. I would like to say it is because of the over usage of CGI, which makes everything look crisp or too clean.  He did create a wonderful Chocolate factory and Wonderland but they seem to have the influence of “Disney” artist, compared to his films such as Edward Scissorhands and even his more recent Corpse Bride.  Though I can not convince myself that I am disappointed with this man as I sit in bed and push play to enter his film world.

Maybe this is just the evolution of Tim Burton

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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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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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