The Living Dead Kill it for Burton

May 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm (Corpse Bride) (, , , , , )

“We all know interspecies romance is weird.”

Tim Burton

There was a lot of criticism about Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and I feel he deserves more credit.  I have heard many complaints that “I just thought it was going to be more like The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  A different film means a different story and a different tone.  We are no longer in Halloweentown where Jack Skellington wants more, we are in the confusing lives of Victor Van Dort and the Corpse Bride. 

The cast was fantastic as always, but the sets and the movements of the puppets are what is being ignored.  If you would watch the behind the scenes features you would see the beauty in the film and the progress that has been made since The Nightmare Before Christmas.  The time it took, the beautiful sets, and the tragic story of the Corpse Bride Emily.  If you take the time to see the film as art you will appreciate Burton’s work. 

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Wonderland

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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