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Over the years, director Tim Burton has delivered his share of unusual motion pictures. You know that you’re not going to get a straightforward movie from the filmmaker, there is going to be all manner of quirkiness to be found. Now a teaser for his upcoming Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has arrived and, well, it’s peculiar. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the video below, that is if you can make it through without going a bit strange yourself.
With that jaunty old-timey song — "Run Rabbit Run" by Flanagan and Allen if you were wondering — playing over the top of this trailer, it’s easy to mistakenly think that this might be a bit of promotion for Alice Through the Looking Glass, the follow up to Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Burton isn’t directing that picture, but he’s still involved as a producer.
That was my first impression, but I was very wrong, and have since learned that the plot of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children involves characters caught in a time loop. Taken in that context, this teaser makes much more sense, though there isn’t much more to the footage than a clock playing the same stretch of time over and over again.
Based on the debut novel by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home tells the story of a 16-year-old boy named Jacob. After his grandfather is murdered by what seems to be a made up creature, he travels to Wales in search of the truth, digging into his grandfather’s past. He discovers that his older relative lived in an orphanage for "peculiar children," now in ruins, but when he meets Emma, she takes him back to the 1940s. There he meets Miss Peregrine, who lives with a number of other children who live in a time loop, protecting them from horrible creatures called hollows. From the description, this appears to fall in the same young adult subcategory as the likes of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
An interesting approach, the story is told through a mixture of traditional narrative and real photographs. The result was hugely popular, as the book spent 63 weeks on the bestseller list for children’s chapter books, reaching as high as the number one position.
With Tim Burton at the helm, and a script adapted by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class), Miss Peregrine’s has put together a fantastic cast. Asa Butterfield stars as Jacob, with Ella Purnell as Emma. Eva Green plays Miss Peregrine, while the rest of the cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Dickens, Judi Dench, Allison Janney, Chris O’Dowd, Rupert Everett, and Terence Stamp.
Currently in post-production, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is scheduled to hit theaters on March 4, 2016, so expect to see more before too terribly long.