Tim Burton Discusses Death In Children's Movies And The Value Of Restrictions

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-10-03 20:35:39discussion comments
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Our culture has become overprotective over the years. Do you think it has something to do with that?

Yeah, and at the same time it spins out of control in terms of violence and other things. They complain about movies but you read less about the effects of technology and Facebook and computers where you can sit endless hours of the day killing people in a video game. To me there are many more potentially culturally damaging things that people donít talk about as much as they rag on movies - which are probably the safest form of entertainment you can get. I remember I watched movies like The Brain that Wouldnít Die on a Saturday afternoon and the guyís arm gets ripped off and heís running his bloody stump down the wall. And Iím alright; I mean Iím still a functioning member of society to some degree.

Do you think itís just that your films feel unfamiliar or new and that those fairy tales are more classic and known and so the familiarity makes people take the darker elements for granted?

Honestly I just find it fascinating. The best thing I could think is the protection thing. And fear. Thatís why I like the idea of not getting so involved in technology. Instead of going online Iíd like to just go look at the clouds for ten minutes and let your mind wander. Especially as an adult when youíre forced to be more responsible, and have a family. It does kind of take you away from your simple, emotional creative life. No matter what you do. Itís important for everybody to have at least a moment to just meditate or whatever you do to space out.

That definitely ties into the film as well, because you have the scene where all the parents are complaining about the teacher, about Mr. Rzykruski, and his ďdangerousĒ methods. Itís progression.

Yeah, yeah. And also itís like when people get all up in arms about something. The best wayÖand itís something you try to tell your kids - you see your two kids fighting. Well why does it work? Because one has an effect on the other, and if you just let certain things go. Itís like the religious thing, when they start complaining about something and it just makes the other thing look better. It doesnít actually do the purpose. If you actually just let things go and let issuesÖ just keep it personal, donít make such a big deal out of it because if you make a big deal out of it then youíre not necessarily achieving what you want to achieve with it. Itís kind of a stupid thing. I donít know. I just find all that stuff shocking and amusing and scary at the same time [laughs].
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