Over the years, the trademark style of Tim Burton has become easier and easier to replicate. And yet, there's still that simple spark of madness and whimsy that has eluded all who have tried to do just that, that separates the imitations from the genuine. Which is why this second trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is all the more important, as it helps highlight that same distinction. Watch on below, and prepare to dive head first back into the world of Tim Burton.
20th Century Fox provided another look into the world of the titular Miss Peregrine, and the children she takes action to protect. With Asa Butterfield's Jacob Portman seeming to have kicked off a war between the Peculiar children and their enemies, the figures known as "Hollows," there's going to be a lot of action occupying the screen. In fact, it's that action that distinguishes the latest look at Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and the one that was revealed a couple of months ago. Most importantly, a key plot device has been revealed that explains how our protagonists have been keeping safe for quite some time now.
In true, Tim Burton fashion, Eva Green's Miss Peregrine possesses an oversized pocket watch that manipulates time for the user. With that watch, Peregrine has limited her home's existence to the same 24 hour period. Of course, that period just happens to be the 24 hours before the Nazis happen to bomb the house out of existence, which makes it all the more important to preserve that loop for peace, or to disrupt that loop for excitement.
While the latest trailer for the film adaptation of Ransom Riggs' best-selling YA novel does seem to give away quite a bit of its first book's story in such a small span, it does manage to sell Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children effectively enough that even we're curious to see how it turns out. Already, with Tim Burton working at 20th Century Fox instead of Disney, it seems like he's turned his usual bright colors back up again, and he's even playing around with boats in this new film. As jaded as you might be about another "carefully quirky" Tim Burton film arriving on our doorsteps, you have to admit that the final moments from this trailer look promising.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children finds itself being released in the prime September 30th slot, which puts it right between summer blockbuster season and winter tentpole season. It also finds itself at a time when big ticket family movies will be in short supply, unless you count hopeful efforts like The Wild Life or Storks as contenders. With the Tim Burton brand strongly reinforced with this trailer, there's a good chance that the new world that the trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children keeps talking about is one where Burton is back on top, with a successful franchise to see through to completion. Let's just hope he doesn't hand this one off to Joel Schumacher too.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children opens on September 30th.