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Burton's dramedy centers on the strained relationship between Walter and Margaret Keane (Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams), whose big-eyed children portraits were extremely popular in the 1950s through the 1960s. What's interesting about the back story is that the couple’s relationship was tarnished due to divorce and lawsuits trying prove who the actual artist actually was.
Now, in hindsight, we should have known better than to think a film with paintings of kids with spooky-big eyes could possibly be directed by anyone other than Burton himself.
Back in 2011, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith resurrected talk of a Beetlejuice sequel. In early 2012, Tim Burton bolstered the project's prospects among fans by confirming that Grahame-Smith's sequel had his blessing, and that Michael Keaton was slated to return as the moldering menace in the cartoonish striped suit. And we might have our first look at Keaton (or someone) in costume thanks to Grahame-Smith's twitter feed!
As a story full of magic and monsters, Pinocchio seemed the perfect fairy tale for Guillermo del Toro, the visionary behind Pan's Labyrinth to take on. But his Pinocchio collaborator Gris Grimly has dashed our hopes, announcing Pinocchio has had his strings cut…but not in a good way.
Those familiar with comic book movie lore likely know the tale of Tim Burton's failed Superman Lives. In the late 1990s the Batman director decided to try and take another stab at the superhero genre, and while his version of the Man of Steel never actually made it to theaters, it actually did make some serious progress in pre-production, most notably casting Nicolas Cage in the lead role and both designing and creating a new version of the suit.
The weekend before last I had the pleasure of driving down to Disneyland where I, along with my friend Roth Cornet of Screen Rant, were given the opportunity to sit down with the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and discuss both his latest movie and his career. Check out or conversation below in which Burton talks about what made now the right time to resurrect Frankenweenie, the suggested death impulse in his work, and the value of limitations and how they’ve affected his career.
Last night the Disney animated movie Frankenweenie held its premiere at the beloved genre film festival Fantastic Fest-- which might seem like a weird place for a children's movie, until you realize Frankenweenie is a story about a dog risen from the dead. The movie looks to be Tim Burton's return to his roots
Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows will hit Blu-Ray and DVD on October 2. Warner Home Entertainment is actually trying something pretty cool with the bonus features on the upcoming Blu-Ray disc. While a set of deleted scenes will be available in regular viewing mode, the nine bonus featurettes will be “points” in the separate, interactive viewing mode.
Based on his 1984 live-action short of the same name, Frankenweenie centers on an inventive young boy named Victor Frankenstein whose passion for science is only matched by his deep devotion to his dear dog Sparky. So when Sparky meets a premature end, Victor takes his scientific know-how to raise his beloved pup from the dead.
Excitement for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie has been running high all day. The panel for the upcoming film kicked off with a trailer done as an homage to old horror films filled with creepy quotes, aggressive narration and a crack about it being in “The Third Dimension”. Those who were there began tweeting about the trailer immediately, with buzz being almost exclusively positive. The footage was later followed by two more clips which also wowed the crowd.
With The Dark Knight Rises heading into theaters next week, concluding Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, we here at Cinema Blend have decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the Caped Crusader’s previous films. We’ll be posting a new Batman Rewind article each day and we’re kicking things off with Eric’s take on Tim Burton’s 1989 classic Batman.
Inspired by Tim Burton's 1984 live-action short, Frankenweenie focuses on a young boy with an undying devotion to his recently deceased dog that inspires him to play mad scientist, bringing Sparky back to life. The look of this animated adventure has a distinctly Burton, and bring his creepy cartoon characters to life is a voice cast that includes some of his past collaborators...
Based on a script by John August, who previously worked with Burton on 2003's Big Fish, the new film is a twist on the classic Frankenstein story and centers on a young boy named Victor (Charlie Tahan) who is devastated when his dogSparky is run over by a car. Determined to see his best friend again, Victor tries an experiment that brings Sparky back to life, but when word gets around about what Victor has accomplished he is forced to deal with the consequences.
If you've spent the last few years wishing Tim Burton would get back to his spooky roots, you'll be getting exactly what you wished for with this fall's Frankenweenie. A full-length, animated adaptation of Burton's 1984 short film, Frankenweenie is the story of a young boy named Victor Frankenstein
Though Tim Burton hasn't exactly impressed me thus far this year (I'm still amazed by how bad Dark Shadows turned out to be), I'm still excited for Frankenweenie, the filmmakers latest stop-motion animated film based on a short that he directed back in 1984. The movie isn't due out until October, but we've already seen quite a bit from the movie, including a trailer, a poster, and multiple behind-the-scenes images and stills.
This week on Operation Kino we're so sick of Tim Burton we can't even be bothered to review his new movie, Dark Shadows. Instead we hand over the review segment to two very good new indies, Sound of My Voice and Sleepless Night, and then hand over Segment 3 to Mr. Burton, specifically in trying to figure out how his career went wrong and if it might get better
Tim Burton has made a lot of wonderful movies, but none offer as many smiles, heartbreaks and beautiful pictures as Big Fish. It starts with an amusing anecdote learned in adolescence and ends with a dying man being sent off in the most fitting way possible
Burton and Depp delivered a stellar musical concoction in the Oscar-winning Sweeney Todd, and there are those who argue the director’s take on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory surpasses Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from 1971. So if Burton’s in a funk, as many are arguing this week, how deep does it run? And can he pull himself out of it? Sean and Kristy discuss in our latest Great Debate.
Stop-motion is a wonderful artform. While the movies that are made could easily be made inside of a computer, there’s something very special about the idea of a team of animators carefully moving things around and taking snapshots for every frame. As a result, however, you don’t want a stop-motion to be perfect – you want it to be a little imperfect so that it will show off the hard work that went into making it.
Dark Shadows the new film from director Tim Burton, arrives in theaters this Friday, but that’s not the only Burton movie that will be released in 2012. This October, Walt Disney Animation will present Frankenweenie, Burton’s first stop-motion film since 2005’s Corpse Bride. While we obviously still have a few months before the movie will be in theaters, last week I had the chance to not only see 26 minutes of footage, but talk with Burton...
It includes certified Burton classics Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Beetlejuice, continues on with both of his bat-flicks (1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns), then caps things off with Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Say what you will about Tim Burton's career as a whole, but there's no denying that he has had a massive impact on the world of stop-motion animation. Between his work on The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride and the upcoming Frankenweenie, Burton can say that he is one of the few live-action directors to dabble in stop motion and he is certainly the one with the highest profile.
Based on the horror soap opera from the 1960s, the story follows Collins as he is cursed by a witch (Eva Green), turned into a vampire and, as mentioned before, buried alive (well, undead). Released during the 1970s, he finds that his the Collins name, estate and company isn't what it was and takes it upon himself to bring them back to the top.
I don't know about you, but in the hours leading up to the first trailer for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, which was released last week, I was under the impression that the film was going to be a creepy drama in the spirit of the 1960s soap opera on which the film is based. What was revealed, however, was that the film is actually more of a comedy, with Johnny Depp making jokes about Eva Green kissing his ass and pulling the backs off of televisions to reveal miniature singers.
Based on the 1960s television series, Dark Shadows tells the story of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), a man who is turned into a vampire by a vengeful witch (Eva Green) and buried alive for centuries. Emerging in 1972, Barnabas discovers that his grand estate and family have fallen on hard times and, to make matters worse, the witch is still around. The movie also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote.